Beer or get out says Pork Barrel

Alan Shore 27 November 2010 37

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Do you like drinking beers that are out of date? Perhaps you take pleasure in abuse by staff?

If so let me recommend to you the fine establishment known as pork barrel.

Charmingly positioned opposite the rose gardens of old parliament house, there’s not much they could do wrong you’d think, except perhaps serving unmerchantable beer and then telling customers who politely point this out to you to leave.

No kidding, word for word from the manager “drink it or get out”.


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EvanJames EvanJames 3:03 pm 23 Dec 10

I was looking to see if there was a review of this establishment, and found this topic. Pork Barrel used to be very reliable for excellent pizzas, and good beers on tap. Until recently.

The pizzas are no longer being made with care and attention to the dough, and they have pruned back the Zierholz beers on tap. They used to have the German Ale which was magnificent, now it’s just the inferior Swill (great name though), and I think the Porter (which is not optimal with a light pizza).

I tend not to notice the service. You order at the servery hatch and someone brings your food, they seem to do that without problems.

It’s so disappointing when a good eatery loses interest in what it does.

p1 p1 10:40 am 29 Nov 10

After testing a can of Tooheys New which was five years past it’s best before date, I can tell you there was no obvious reduction in quality. That is, it was still really really bad.

p1 p1 10:31 am 29 Nov 10

georgesgenitals said :

Captain RAAF said :

Might have to try this place out……

I think you’ll find that under ACT’s new liquor laws, that will be committing an offence.

The new laws have a specific section banning Capt’n RAAF?

Pommy bastard said :

Mind you it’s served so bloody cold that you’d probably be hard puished to notice.

I noticed a sign at “Moby Dicks” at Kippax the other day saying something like “Our beer guaranteed served below Zero degrees…”. Might as well say “Light on the fizz so you can slam it down fast…”.

WestonGuy WestonGuy 9:26 am 29 Nov 10

best before dates aside, the staff at Pork Barrel are incredibley rude. I’ve been there twice in the last month and will not be going back again that’s for sure. On both occasions I sat at one of the outside tables, tying my dog to the leg of my chair, well away from other patrons. He’s a small terrier and sat there patiently without moving or making a sound both times. After finishing my coffee and cake on the 2nd occasion, one of the waitresses started barking at me through the window in broken English “no dog allowed, this written on menu!” Well, this was news to me as there were no menues on the outside tables and no signs to this effect. Plenty of better places to dine anyway.

la mente torbida la mente torbida 8:41 am 29 Nov 10

Hey people, you’re in the parliamentary triangle and get free parking … what do you expect?

PantsMan PantsMan 10:31 pm 28 Nov 10

troll-sniffer said :

Overpriced mediocrity is what I have found in several visits to this establishment, so I no longer recommend it, despite its amazing setting, which is what the business is living off now I suspect.

Yep, it’s crap. Only frequented by pubes on compulsory ‘team building’ Friday drinks.

DanRayner DanRayner 1:02 pm 28 Nov 10

Gerry-Built said :

I’m sure I have heard a conversation on the radio (possibly Dr Karl) that said the “Best Before” date on beer had more to do with the seal disintegrating than the contents “going off”… I think it is twelve months from bottling – which is the longest they can guarantee the integrity of the seal. Michael Jackson (no, not THAT Michael Jackson; the ‘Beer Hunter’ one) seems to concur

Still disgraceful to sell, and worse, to react in such a shitty manner… nice service…

That’s an interesting idea, I’d never considered that. It doesn’t explain Chimays and Rocheforts (9-12% abv Trappist beers) that will have 4+ years of best before on them. I wonder just how long crown seals last?

Michael Jackson’s article does also suggest 12months is not enough time for some beers like these to mature.

It is still pretty terrible that the management of Pork Barrel would treat this situation in this manner. And Mac’s should be sold within date, end of story.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 12:19 pm 28 Nov 10

Overpriced mediocrity is what I have found in several visits to this establishment, so I no longer recommend it, despite its amazing setting, which is what the business is living off now I suspect.

Alan Shore Alan Shore 12:18 pm 28 Nov 10

Well, now that the incandescent rage of Friday afternoon has worn off, a few comments by way of clarification.

I wasn’t drinking the Spring Tide. I was drinking the Sassy Red, which was okay but not my cuppa tea. I tasted the Spring Tide, and it was just vile — how much of that is to do with the date and how much the brew, I guess I’ll never know. But to my mind it doesn’t matter — unless we were notified of the defect ahead of the sale, the sale should be void.

Pork Barrel has been serving the very drinkable Mac’s Hop Rocker pilsener for some time now, but has recently switched to the Sassy Red and the out-of-date Spring Tide for its evening happy hour brew of choice.

When my companions first noticed the out-of-date label on the beer (and given the beer tasted awful anyway), they returned it to the bar and were provided with schooners of Scharer’s in their place; that was a perfectly acceptable response, in my view. The gent who replaced the beers then took the out-of-date beers to a man sitting at a table elsewhere in the café, whom we take to be the owner/manager. I don’t know what was said between the two.

Next some more friends joined us at our table, having already been to the bar and bought the Spring Tide. We pointed out the date on the label, and they took the beers back. This time they were served not by the gent who had replaced the beers, but by the owner/manager himself, who then uttered the outrageous words “drink it or get out”.

Now, this is not the first instance of poor customer service we’ve received at Pork Barrel. They seem to have a culture of being difficult, which evidently comes all the way from the top.

For example, on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes Pork has two-for-one pizzas. But if you go up and order two pizzas, you will be charged full price for both. You have to specify “two-for-one pizzas, please” in order to get the deal. Want four, or six, or eight pizzas? Well, you’ll have to enter two, three or four separate transactions. Rules is rules.

Another example is the afternoon happy hour (5:00 to 5:59.99pm). When first introduced, happy hour was a schooner of the Zierholz beer of your choice for $2 — amazing value, and clearly unsustainable. Subsequently, the price has risen to $2.50 and the quality of the beer variable. You must ask for a “happy hour beer, please”. Be careful of asking for last week’s brew and assuming it will be $2.50. If it’s changed, they’ll pour it out for you anyway and then charge you their regular (relatively high) price.

There is also a limit on the number of beers you can buy at once. First it was as many as you can carry. I think they were surprised at how many beers can be carried if one sets one’s mind to it, so the limit became four, and then three. Now, there are a lot of grubby graduates from the surrounding government departments at Pork Barrel, so I can understand an unwillingness to foster mass consumption of alcohol. However, the sight of four respectable middle-aged men going to the bar and being denied the opportunity to buy four beers at once (notwithstanding that all four of them were right there) was simply astonishing.

I’ve never seen such an over-managed pub. I’m amazed they can continue to do business like this, and I wouldn’t be sorry to see them fail.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 10:43 am 28 Nov 10

Aussie beer is bad enough as it is without drinking “out of date” stuff. Mind you it’s served so bloody cold that you’d probably be hard puished to notice.

However, if it was a “Mac’s” that’s highly different, and should be treated with respect. I love Kiwi beers me, and I’m not just being perverse, it’s bloody good stuff.

Special G Special G 7:23 am 28 Nov 10

I hope you had run up a huge tab prior to getting kicked out.

MJay MJay 12:10 am 28 Nov 10

Captain RAAF said :

“drink it or get out”.

I would have tried “Fu*ken make me, champ!”

Might have to try this place out……

Lunch on Monday Captain?

😀 😀

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 10:07 pm 27 Nov 10

I’m sure I have heard a conversation on the radio (possibly Dr Karl) that said the “Best Before” date on beer had more to do with the seal disintegrating than the contents “going off”… I think it is twelve months from bottling – which is the longest they can guarantee the integrity of the seal. Michael Jackson (no, not THAT Michael Jackson; the ‘Beer Hunter’ one) seems to concur

Still disgraceful to sell, and worse, to react in such a shitty manner… nice service…

astrojax astrojax 9:32 pm 27 Nov 10

i’ll bet they were taking government money for their own [political] gain; with a name like that…

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 9:09 pm 27 Nov 10

Captain RAAF said :

“drink it or get out”.

I would have tried “Fu*ken make me, champ!”

Might have to try this place out……

I think you’ll find that under ACT’s new liquor laws, that will be committing an offence.

creative_canberran creative_canberran 7:32 pm 27 Nov 10

jsm2090 said :

Also, they serve crap coffee for $4 a pop.

Quit whining, $4 a cup for “crap coffee” is a bloody awesome price for it!!!

http://articles.cnn.com/2008-04-10/world/coffee.dung_1_jamaican-blue-mountain-coffee-beans-premium-coffees?_s=PM:WORLD

Tooks Tooks 7:25 pm 27 Nov 10

The OP left out the most important part: how did it taste?!

DanRayner DanRayner 6:06 pm 27 Nov 10

I’ve always had reasonable service and pretty good food at the Pork Barrel (and usually, excellent beer – everything from local Zierholz to Chimay White on tap!) – it’s a shame that someone experienced such bad service as this

farnarkler farnarkler 5:36 pm 27 Nov 10

You should’ve taken a mouthful and then lavishly vomitted all over table making sure all the other diners see.

DanRayner DanRayner 4:56 pm 27 Nov 10

Gourmand said :

DanRayner said :

mad_kiwi said :

looks like a Mac’s (NZ brewery) bottle, they make some fine beers, i want one now

Yep. I agree, they do make some excellent beers. Just not this one 🙂

+1. Why save the few calories you save by drinking Spring Tide when you could drink something really quite good like Mac’s Hop Rocker.

Man, I love Mac’s Hop Rocker – loads of Nelson Sauvin hops!

Want less kilojoules? Try a lower alcohol beer. Most of the kilojoules in a beer come from the alcohol, not the carbohydrates. A pint of average full-strength beer (4.9%) has 863kj and a pint of low-carb beer (4.9%) has 682kj. Whereas a pint of full-carb, full-flavoured lower alcohol beer like Little Creatures Rogers’ (3.8%) or even Mac’s Gold All-Malt Pilsner (also, 3.8%) has around 570kj. Wanna lose weight? Quit the alcohol.

Drink better, drink less.

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