Praying Monk Restaurant holds 'summer school'; teaches food/beer pairings

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --Think of it as summer school for grown-ups!

Scottsdale's Praying Monk Restaurant is hosting four classes this summer, combining beer-focused lessons with delicious food pairings.

"There's an art to pairing food with any drink," says Chef Aaron May.

The series is called Summer School at the Monk. The first class helps folks differentiate lagers and ales. "All beer can be broken down into ales or lagers," says May.

"The majority of beer consumed in the world is lager," says wine & beer expert David Johnson. "But now we're returning to the old traditional ales."

At Praying Monk, the chefs try to showcase different beers and menu items so people can decide how to make a good food and wine pairing.

For example, a yellow pilsner might go well with a spicy dish, like Chef May's buffalo-style cauliflower. Or a Mexican lager would be complemented by a green chili pork stew.

Summer School at the Monk
Praying Monk
7217 E. First Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Four classes:
-June 25: Ales and Lagers
-July 16: Geographic Styles
-July 30: Micro Producers of the World
-Aug. 13: Unique and Specialties

Tickets are $30 per person per class or $100 per person for all four classes. Tickets include beer samples and food tapas. Reservations are required and guests can do so by emailing or calling 480-398-3020. Visit for more details.