The Culinary Institute delivered a terrific beer event and fundraiser last July when the enthusiastic staff and students at the institute’s on-site restaurant teamed up with the Boston Beer Company to present a terrific six-course Samuel Adams beer dinner. Chefs, instructors, and students worked with guest presenter Bob Cannon, one of the head brewers at the Boston Beer Company’s headquarters (he’s the guy with the big beard and the shaved head in the commercials). In his crisp Boston accent, Cannon presented classics, seasonals, and — as a grand finale — a brassy, vat-shaped bottle of the brewery’s rare Utopias — a barrel-aged “beer” with a hefty 27 percent alcohol content (by volume). It looked and smelled more like a brandy than beer. Having a recognizable character like Cannon on hand made it even more enjoyable.
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