Restaurant Spotlight: Loma Brewing Co.
With our 2018 festival season quickly approaching, we want to highlight some of the stellar restaurants that will be joining us across the country. Our first stop is Levi's® Stadium, and we are no stranger to the Bay Area. Although we hold many returning restaurants close to our heart, we decided to catch up with the winner of the Best Savory Dish at last year's Bacon and Beer Classic: Loma Brewing Co. Our team sat down with Aubree, the executive chef at Loma, to chat about the unique flavors she's bringing to the Classic in February. By the way, all-inclusive tickets are now on sale! You can purchase them here.
1. Tell me a little more about Loma Brewing Co. How did it get started?
Loma has been open for just over a year. The owner, Kevin Youkilis, got a taste for craft beer while traveling for baseball. His brother Scott is a successful San Francisco-based restaurateur who helped open the brewpub. We like to think of it as a gathering place, somewhere to come together for a good time and connect with our community. The beer and food is only part of what makes Loma amazing. The completely renovated building, the staff, the community, the beer fans, and the love we have all put in is what makes the vibe at Loma so welcoming.
2. Tell us about the bacon dish you are serving at the Classic.
The dish I'm bringing this year is inspired by one of the most popular off-menu dishes at Loma: Korean Pork Belly Nachos. We cure and confit our pork belly in house and toss it in a Korean BBQ sauce after it has been rendered a bit. It really melts in your mouth. It's paired with our house-made Kimchi and pimento cheese.
3. What style of beer would you recommend with it?
There are a lot of dominant flavors in the nachos and they are also a little spicy and salty. I would say our Pale Ale pairs best, because it won't overwhelm your taste buds! The hoppiness of the beer also compliments spiciness well.
4. What is your favorite beer that you brew at Loma Brewing Co.?
My favorite is the Black Lager! I'm from the Midwest and we aren't much into hoppy beers (unlike the rest of the Loma crew). This beer isn't hoppy, its smooth, and it's unintentionally deceiving with its very dark color yet light mouth feel. I love bringing it to parties; it's a fun beer to taste and talk about.
5. Why are you excited to participate in the Bacon and Beer Classic?
I am excited to be part of the Bacon and Beer Classic for the second year! It will actually be the first event we've attended twice, so it's becoming a great tradition for us. Winning Best Savory Dish last year is motivation to pull out something even better this time around. Now that I understand how popular the event is, we will also be a little better prepared. We got our butts kicked last year with repeats on repeats of guests diggin' our dish! This year I'll be bringing a bit more staff and even more food!
6. What do you love about living in California?
I love living in California because it offers amazing opportunities and potential in the culinary world. The diversity in restaurants is untouchable. I am lucky to live in a place that allows me, if I want, to have pupusas for breakfast, ramen for lunch, and a burger for dinner.