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Craft beer and food matching lunch

By 15 May 2011 14

22 May 2011

I’m an avid beer nerd and may have met a few of you while working at Plonk or through the Canberra Brewers club. Some of you may remember I hosted a craft beer and food matching lunch at the Durham Castle Arms a couple of years ago and I mentioned it here – it was such a fun afternoon that we’ve decided to host another. It’ll be at the Durham again this time on Sunday 22nd of May (next Sunday).

We’re matching six courses with five Australian craft beers and one British cider. We’ll also have discussions on how different beers are brewed and cider is produced, how to judge or explore different styles of beer as well as ways to pair food with beer and what sort of flavours go well together.

These beers will include Canberra’s own Wig & Pen Kembery Ale & Velvet Cream Stout, White Rabbit Dark Ale from Healesville (Vic), Stone & Wood Pacific Ale from Byron Bay as well as the traditional Marston’s Stowford Press cider from the UK (all of which will be on tap!).

This should a fun afternoon and I look forward to meeting fellow beer geeks there.

Call Adrian at the Durham on 6295 1769 for more information and to book – thanks & cheerio!

Dan

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14 Responses to Craft beer and food matching lunch
#1
Thumper4:29 pm, 15 May 11

Like white basketball players, there is no really good beer in Australia :)

#2
Thoroughly Smashed5:43 pm, 15 May 11

Thumper said :

Like white basketball players, there is no really good beer in Australia :)

Depends what you mean by “really good”. It’s no barrel-aged, civet-coffee-infused imperial stout sold on only one day every year at a festival of the same name, but Wig & Pen Velvet Cream Stout is a cracker of a beer.

I just hope that Wig & Pen doesn’t close down and goes to a new owner who recognises what they’ve got.

#3
rollcredit10:04 pm, 15 May 11

Beer + cider + informative + food = you’ve just blown my mind. I’ll be there!

#4
vg10:09 pm, 15 May 11

Thumper said :

Like white basketball players, there is no really good beer in Australia :)

Two words

Blake Griffin

#5
Thumper10:48 pm, 15 May 11

I will admit that the Wig does brew good beer. However, having spent many, many months touring southern england in pusuit of beer, I stand by my original assertion. :)

#6
tiliqua8:13 am, 16 May 11

Thumper said :

I will admit that the Wig does brew good beer. However, having spent many, many months touring southern england in pusuit of beer, I stand by my original assertion. :)

Ye missed out on t’ good stuff lad. I reckon there’s a direct relationship between latitude and quality of beer in England. The further north you go, the better it gets. Until you hit Scotland.

#7
Thoroughly Smashed9:33 am, 16 May 11

Thumper said :

I will admit that the Wig does brew good beer. However, having spent many, many months touring southern england in pusuit of beer, I stand by my original assertion. :)

I haven’t been to England so I haven’t tried any of their beers fresh from the cask. I can only assume they’re better than the bottled examples we get here which are generally dire.

tiliqua said :

Ye missed out on t’ good stuff lad. I reckon there’s a direct relationship between latitude and quality of beer in England. The further north you go, the better it gets. Until you hit Scotland.

Some of the best British beers I’ve had came from Orkney.

#8
Peptis10:26 am, 16 May 11

tiliqua said :

Ye missed out on t’ good stuff lad. I reckon there’s a direct relationship between latitude and quality of beer in England. The further north you go, the better it gets. Until you hit Scotland.

Never heard of Brewdog? They make some excellent beers.

#9
gem10:34 am, 16 May 11

Hi Dan. I saw the menu in a friend’s paper and it looked awesome. Then I realised I want to invite some vego friends – will there be vegetarian options?

#10
Thoroughly Smashed11:40 am, 16 May 11

Peptis said :

Never heard of Brewdog? They make some excellent beers.

Hmm, I’ve had one that I’d call excellent, a few that I’d call good, while the rest fail to live up to the hype. And those pretentious labels, gah.

#11
farnarkler6:58 pm, 16 May 11

Thumper you need to read some of Chris Shanahan’s comments about the Wig & Pen’s beer. Richard the brewer has won so many awards that his beer is really good.

#12
tiliqua9:17 pm, 16 May 11

Peptis said :

Never heard of Brewdog? They make some excellent beers.

No I haven’t. Yes, there’s some good, even great, beers in Scotland – Black Isle, Skye and Orkney breweries spring to mind,but damn you’ve got to look for them.

#13
DanRayner10:51 pm, 16 May 11

gem said :

Hi Dan. I saw the menu in a friend’s paper and it looked awesome. Then I realised I want to invite some vego friends – will there be vegetarian options?

Hi Gem, 

To be completely honest, it’s not something that we had really considered (carno-centric of us!). 

But we would like to be as inclusive as we can. How many friends of yours are vegetarian? If, when booking, you could advise us of how many need vegetarian courses we’ll try to accommodate them.

The beers/cider have been specifically matched to different combinations of foods & flavours and any great variations on these would create different experiences.

But we’ll certainly do our best to create some vegetarian courses that will suit the beers provided.

Cheers!

Dan

#14
DanRayner11:34 am, 23 May 11

Thanks so much to everyone who attended this event and helped to make it a great afternoon, I for one had a hoot!

Loads of good craft beer for everyone and lots of friendly people.

Here’s a pic:

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Thanks again to everyone – I hope we can do this again soon

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