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February 22, 2011

“Pints, Pairings and Poisoned Dwarf” Combines Local Ales with Dinner and Irish Music

Enjoy the Celtic sounds of regional favorite Poisoned Dwarf in the Virginia Room at the Williamsburg Lodge during “Pints, Pairings and Poisoned Dwarf,” a special four-course dinner from chefs Anthony Frank and Ken Clasen served with a selection of ales from Williamsburg AleWerks at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11.

The Virginia-inspired menu begins with butternut squash bisque paired with Chesapeake Pale Ale; followed by a salad course of winter baby greens with honey roasted pecans and apricot goat cheese in a filo purse with Virginia wildflower honey vinaigrette paired with Draketail Ale. The entrée of braised boneless beef short ribs with Brussels sprouts, crispy prosciutto and hazelnuts with American Grana Padana risotto and Vidalia onion crema is paired with a hearty Tavern Ale. A warm dark chocolate porter brownie served with maple ice cream, beer caramel sauce and Washington’s Porter tops off the meal.

Poisoned Dwarf’s traditional Celtic sounds focus primarily on Irish traditional music with acoustic instruments only. The sounds of the Irish flute, whistle, guitar, uilleann pipes, banjo, accordion, fiddle and various percussion instruments, including bones and bodhrán, bring such lively sounds to all Poisoned Dwarf performances, it’s nearly impossible to keep from dancing. Their love for playing their music is contagious from the very first note.

The Williamsburg-based band includes Stewart Pittman and Lance Pedigo from the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg; Tom DeRose from Colonial Williamsburg military programs; Eric Hunter from Colonial Williamsburg coach and livestock; and Wayne Hill, a tavern balladeer. For this event, Poisoned Dwarf will be joined by singer and songwriter Stephen Christoff and traditional Irish dancers from the An Cor Rud School of Dance.

“Pints, Pairings and Poisoned Dwarf” is $45.50 per person, including tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 1-800-447-8679. The Williamsburg Lodge is located at 310 S. England St. in Williamsburg. For information about Poisoned Dwarf, visit

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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