Must-try: World-renowned chef Ferran Adrià’s Estrella Damm Inedit lager at Patria
In 2010, Ferran Adrià, the experimental Spanish chef who invented food foam and fielded a million requests for reservations every year at his restaurant El Builli, wanted a beer to match his hyper-complex dishes. So he partnered with Damm, the Spanish equivalent of Molson, to design one with the smoothness of a lager and the fruity, food-friendly aromas of a wine. Patria on King West is the only place in Toronto to try it. The servers present it like a precious vintage, pouring it into sauvignon blanc glasses and storing it in a tableside ice bucket. The soft bubbles taste vaguely of orange blossom and anise—flavours that go perfectly with the salt and citrus hits of Iberian food. Adrià knows his pairings. $17. 478 King St. W., 416-367-0505.