Tap & Tapas at Sandinista: Spanish Craft Beer & Food Pairing Event

As part of their month(ish) long Spanish Tap Takeover, Sandinista have unveiled 3 rather exciting events which aim to pair some of their fantastic tapas dishes with drinks and luckily for many of us, the first one is a Spanish Craft Beer & Tapas Tasting on Wednesday 23rd May.

By Ben Brown | Last updated 2 May 2018

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The chefs and bartenders have got together to carefully pair five delicious Spanish beers with selective tapas dishes off their new menu. The idea is that both the food and beer complement each other perfectly.

In addition to tickling your taste buds, Mat O’ Connell from beer and wine importers, Morgenrot will be giving you a mental workout, explaining the pairings and why they’ve been selected.


Tap & Tapas – Spanish Craft Beer & Food Pairing
Wednesday 23rd May, 7pm
5 x Beers & 5 x Tapas Dishes

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Here’s a look at the menu and pairings:


ARROZ NEGRO x Cruzcampo (Lager)
Squid ink rice, calamari, aioli

You’ll enjoy a Cruzcampo Lager, sticking to its original recipe since 1904. Very easy to drink, with a thirst quenching bitterness ideal for your first taste of Spain and to start your evening off right. This will be paired with Calamari, squid Ink rice & aioli.

Seared Iberico Secreto pork, beer & honey sauce

The Iberico pig is one of the oldest heritage breeds in the world, showcased wonderfully here. La Pirata‘s American pale ale pairs fantastically with this “secret” cut of pork. Powerful citrus, with a long, fresh finish contrast wonderfully with this juicy, rich cut of pork.


ESPINICAS Y GARBANZOS x Mala Gissona Django R. Blanche (Witbier)
Chickpeas, spinach, smoked paprika

Espinicas y Garbanzos, chickpeas, spinach, smoked paprika perfectly paired with Mala Gissona’s Django R. Blanche – a fruity, spicy Witbier that is given a wonderful richness by chickpea-based stew, simple but wonderfully enjoyable pairing.

CARRILLERA DE CERDO x Palax Reserva Brune (Bock)
Slow cooked pig cheek, chickpea puree

The malt and caramel notes highlight the sweet, richness of the slow cooked cheek. Underpinned by a creamy chickpea puree, the ultimate comfort food pairing!


CHURROS x Beercat la Segadora (Farmhouse IPA)
Rum chocolate sauce

It wouldn’t be a Spanish food pairing without indulging in some churros in a rum chocolate sauce paired with Beercat’s La Segadora. A controversial pairing; deep fried dough pastry with a rich chocolate sauce is bittersweet pairing with the lemon and cinnamon notes in this big aromatic farmhouse IPA from Beercat.

Sandinista, 2 Old Bank St, City Centre, Manchester M2 7PF
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