Best Excuse to Drink Beer with Dessert

A Dora Pie

By the time you get to dessert at a restaurant, you're usually not ordering a fresh round of drinks. That's why it's worth heading to A Dora Pie for an intentional pairing. The small, seafoam green shop specializes in pies and beer, with a daily slice-and-pint special for $10. Given the generously sliced wedges of pie, and the solid list of California-centric craft beers on draft, it's a killer deal. Even without the beer, the pies are absolutely worth the journey — flavors rotate with the season, but you can often expect to see shells filled with tangy Meyer lemon curd, coconut cream, and fresh fruit. But the best of the lot is the chocolate silk, which should be no surprise given the owners of A Dora Pie are the same folks behind Chocolatier Blue. What makes it so special is the combination of thick, intense ganache and an equally thick layer of light chocolate mousse on top. Try pairing it with a stout in A Dora Pie's sunny, rose garden of a back patio.

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