Jakes Beer Dinner is a multi-course beer and food pairing event held multiple times a year at Jake's American Bar at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, which is adjacent to Universal, Orlando. Each event highlights a specific brewery's creations paired with food over the span of a couple hours. The event is limited to around 60 guests (our best guess, just by counting heads) and takes place in the private Clipper Room at Jake's.
In addition to pairing a specific beer's characteristics to a food item (which range in size from small to medium sized portions), the chefs at Jakes occasionally infuse the beer into the food as well. A brewery or distribution representative is generally on-hand to present and answer questions about the beers in between courses, and the chefs do make themselves available if there are any food and pairing questions.
Each of the events is a little different because no two brewery's make the same beer! Any reviews or photos on our site are to give a general idea about what to expect. The events have followed a similar pattern with about the same general content at each of the events.
There are passed hors d'oeuvres prior to the start of the event along with a house-beer sample in a reception area. Once seated there are generally four courses (with four beer pairing) along with an "amuse" course to begin the evening. Sometimes, there are little takeaways such as branded beer glasses, but that's probably more up to the brewery and not specifically part of the event.
Figuring out when Jake's Beer Dinner takes place has been a challenge, even for us. It's not well advertised. Your best bet, is to find the event on Eventbrite.com (a third-party that sells tickets to the event) and signing up for notifications from that site. They are usually the first to have information about upcoming dates.
(*) Price ranges listed are the average cost for one main entree and one soft beverage item, unless otherwise stated. There are many combinations of appetizers, deserts and drinks that will add to your final total. Many parks also use seasonal pricing systems which result in food and beverage costs increasing at peak times. Please check with the location that you are interested in for specific pricing information.