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Durham Little Creatures Lunch

12 Nov

We’re a little worse for wear after a big Beer Day Out the day before, but amidst the pouring rain we bundle into The Durham Castle Arms in Kingston for the next beer event. This is an afternoon advertised as food matched with Little Creatures beer. We’ve done this before – in late 2011 and early 2012 – and enjoyed each time, and expect similar. We shake ourselves out of the rain at 12.25 for a start time of 12.30, and they’re still setting up. We’re left to stand in the corner while they work out where we should be sitting. Our arrival beer is a Roger’s (with no food accompaniment). Little do I know, bu it’s going to be the highlight of the event.

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Canberra Beer Day Out

10 Nov

Canberra Beer Day Out starts at 2pm. We arrive at 2.05pm and there’ s a line to the entrance. Seriously? The line isn’t made up of people there to buy tickets – almost the entire line is people who have printed their Moshtix pre-paid ticket. The line doesn’t move. There’s a certain schadenfreude in watching people arrive and attempt to skip the line with their pre-paid tickets. Sorry folks – join us!

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Oktoberfest 2013

4 Nov

Beer. Dancing. Yodelling. Sausages. Loud music. EPIC. Pork knuckle. Lebkuchen. What else could I be talking about, except Canberra’s very own Oktoberfest?

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Small Brewers Beer Fest – take two

29 Sep

In March, we had a good time at the inaugural Small Brewers Beer Festival at the Botanic Gardens (not to be confused with the Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival). It had a huge turnout, and, with it, a few teething problems: the lines were enormous, there wasn’t water available on the hot day, and some of the beer served was hot. With news that the festival was returning for a second time in late September, I was excited – the second time was surely going to be better, with the benefit of lessons learned from the first festival. The first good news is early bird tickets: for the same price it’s 20 tokens instead of 10, meaning double the beer. The second good news is its move to EPIC – an inside event, like Oktoberfest, will be ideal. Even though there are 50km/h winds, I don’t bring a jacket – what will be the point if we’re inside? My expectations plummet when we arrive to find the festival in …

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Small Brewers Beer Festival

10 Mar

We thought the Small Brewers Beer Festival was going to be a small event. I hadn’t seen much advertising (except for the Riot Act and beer loving Twitter friends) and I thought it might be confused with the Craft Beer and Cider Event next month (13 April). We were wrong. It was huge. Continue reading

Oktoberfest at EPIC

5 Nov

Oktoberfest doesn’t really need an introduction. The festival is usually held from late in September into October in Germany, and the event is replicated throughout the world (and throughout Canberra).

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Beer and food matching at the Durham – take 2

30 Mar

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Earlier this month I blogged extensively about our last (October) beer and food matching experience at the Durham, so I’m going to save repeating myself here about the details of the experience.

Instead, I figured I should concentrate on reviewing what we were actually there for: did the foods actually match the beers (if you just want the yummy pictures, scroll through the slideshow above!)?

  • The mussels marinara matched well with the White Rabbit White Ale, but the beer came out a little too early, so most of my table’s beers were finished by the time the meals came out! For those who haven’t tried mussels before, they taste like a combination between chicken and fish. I think.
  • Lamb belly with moroccan carrot puree and Rogers beer – lamb belly was very chewy, but tonnes of flavour. The pureed carrot and sauce were excellent, and the Rogers beer was … curious. It’s not a very carbonated beer. I’m not sure I’d have it again.
  • Char-grilled chicken with lemongrass and lime paired with White Rabbit Pale Ale – the table was in agreement that this didn’t really match, and, separately, the chicken was probably the most disappointing meal of the day.
  • Stuffed pork steak with pear and walnuts wrapped in smoked bacon with Pipsqueak cider – absolutely superb combination – probably the best combo for me. While you’d think apple cider would work better, the pear cider worked beautifully. Not to mention, the stuffing was great. Lovely meal, and I don’t normally eat pork. The only downside is that the ‘smoked’ bacon was quite overcooked and dry.
  • Chocolate marquise with raspberries and marscapone cream served with White Rabbit Dark Ale – I think the purpose of this combo is that the Dark Ale is supposed to be able to cut through the sweetness, but it unfortunately didn’t. The beers and the dish were great on their own, but the sweetness did seem to dull the beer.
  • The final dish was a cheese platter with two types of beer (I don’t have a record of what it was though!) – I think made with two different types of water. There was definitely a difference in taste, which seems logical, but I didn’t mind either taste. The brie and the creamy blue vein cheeses mixed well with the beer, which was able to cut through the flavours.

It was another great day, but unlike last time, there were no prizes (and we all love freebies!). The host was very enthusiastic, but the cramped conditions and our position made it a bit hard to hear. At $59 it was still great value for money because it goes for a few hours and you get to try a whole lot of things you otherwise wouldn’t have tried (they even made marquise this week on My Kitchen Rules, so we knew what they were talking about!). If I’m having pork, I’ll know to serve it with cider.

Attendees: T1 + friends

Date: 24 March, 2012

Cost: $59 each

Worthwhile factor: Worthwhile

Want more? Apparently there’ll be another on in late April – stay tuned!

Beer and food matching at the Durham

11 Mar

I’ve been procrastinating instead of writing my review of the October beer and food matching lunch at the Durham for a while now (well, five months, to be clear!), but news from the Riot Act that there’s yet another coming up at the end of March has properly kicked me into gear to tell you all about it.

Cheese souffle - lots of rocket!

The basic premise of the beer and food matching lunch – or cutely termed ‘beergustation – is that you get a whole heap of meals, and each is paired with a fine alcoholic beverage (usually beer – thus the name). The chosen foods (should) help articulate the flavours of the beers, and the beers make the food taste even better. The beers on show were White Rabbit and Little Creatures. Back in my university days, I do recall proclaiming that I thought Little Creatures beers tasted like Clag glue. (Yes, I’m pretty sure I tasted Clag glue back in the primary school days. It’s a distinctive taste! I’m sure I’m not the only one…) This memory stayed with me when we booked our seats for the event at the Durham, but I can now say that the beer formula has changed OR my tastes have matured OR I was simply pretentious (likely) OR – most likely – the foods that day really did showcase the beers: by the end of the day I was a fan.

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