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Chinatown 'Dim Sum Crawl' includes craft beer pairings

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 09:14AM
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The Dim Sum Crawl takes place on Thursday. Tickets are $60 and will buy you snacks and beers at four different restaurants.

In a smorgasbord of small plates, the Chinatown Business Improvement District has planned a Dim Sum Crawl for this Thursday in downtown L.A.

For $60, eager eaters can taste four different restaurants' dim sum, as well as "a variety of savory small bites, exotic finger foods, and unexpected treats." Each participant will get to wash down all those dumplings and noodle rolls with carefully paired craft beers.

Eagle Rock Brewery will be curating the beer match-ups and crawl participants will taste a different beer with each restaurant course.

Dim sum enthusiasts will meet at Empress Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. and begin their culinary tour with Ham Sui Gow and Shrimp Cheong Fun, accompanied by two beers from Noble Ale Works.

Then it's on to Mandarin Chateau where you can nosh on potstickers and the House Special Chicken, while sipping on Eagle Rock's Revolution pale ale and Populist I.P.A.

Hop Woo is next with fried rice, Chicken Crunch and Chili Frog; accompanied by Kinetic Brewing's Ignition pale ale and their own take on a white ale, made with lemongrass, lime leaf and ginger root.

Last stop on the crawl is the Plum Tree Inn featuring Pasadena-based, Craftsman beers. The night finishes strong with Plum Tree's Peking Duck and "Dry-Beef," paired with a barrel aged steam beer and a Hefeweizen — respectively.

But what's a bar crawl without dessert? And an after-party?

Ice cream will be served at the Plum Tree and when the dim sum party's over, people can head to the Grand Star Jazz Club for $3 beers.

An added bonus? Each eater will get to take home a souvenir beer glass as a memento of the three-hour tasting session. The crawl starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes until 9:30 p.m.

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