October 25, 2008

Note that highlights is plural. Strap yourself in…

  • I felt the baby move this morning. Highlight of the highlights. Very, very cool!
  • Had a crash course in roasting from John with Sambo.
  • Packed up the roaster and brought it home – video of the craziness below.
  • Hit the Beer Festival with the brothers and Dad and Ceils – tasty!
  • Had dinner at Dee Why then good ice cream from an ice-creamery called Chill Bar

Whew, what a rush…


Long White Clouds

April 23, 2008

We’re about to leave for the airport so I thought I’d keep my promise and just quickly make a holiday post. We’ve seen heaps. Done some awesome driving tours around the top of the North Island – Taupo, Rotorua, Coromadel Peninsula. Visited lots of geothermal thingys. Seen heaps of cows and only a few sheep?!? Paid an arm and a leg for petrol $2.17/litre – curse my right foot! Eaten great food. Drank a few tasty beers and a couple of decent espressi. All in all good times. See you very soon.

Beer Festival

October 21, 2007

Yesterday a group of us went to The Australian Hotel Beer Festival. It was very tasty! Stand outs included The Grand Cru and 2IPA both from Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. A no-show from Grand Ridge and Cooper’s decision to not have the awesome Vintage in their Festival line up (motivated by cost) didn’t stop us from having a great afternoon.

L to R: Joy, Lach, Jimmy, Geoff, Turns, Me

New Tastes

August 27, 2007

The McDonald’s ‘Name It Burger‘ now has a name – ‘The Backyard Burger’. I had one this arvo so I could park in the Macca’s car park (and ‘cos I wanted to try it). It’s very tasty and I like the name.

I’m about to have dinner and try a new beer that I picked up in Leura on the weekend. We were up in Katoomba cooking on the Cumbo Uni Church weekend away. As we were there I felt it necessary to make a visit to one of the top beer selections in the Sydney metro area – Leura Cellars. The beer is made by Saltram’s, a winery in the Barossa. It’s called Pepper Jack Hand Crafted Ale and it has Pepperjack’s Barossa Valley Shiraz in it. Should be interesting…

Beer Festival

June 12, 2007

A great evening with a cool crew from St Paul’s. Unlimited volumes of Coopers Vintage on tap from an awesome dude who completely ignored the fill line on the tasting cup but had no idea about what he was serving. About 40 beers on show the mentionable ones including Leffe Brown (on tap) & Radieuse, Schofferhofer, Little Creatures full line up, Erdinger, Hoegaarden Verboden Vrucht (Forbidden Fruit). A few shenanigans on the way out making the night a bit more memorable!

Beer & Brewer Magazine sort of launched itself at this most auspicious occasion – we met the publisher (Dave) who gave me a free copy of Issue 1 that’s going straight to the pool room.

We had planned to have dinner at the James Squire Brew House (I’m yet to visit this hallowed ground) but we decided we wouldn’t appreciate it fully after what we had just sampled so instead hit the old time hangout of Sydney’s coolest junior hoodlums: Macca’s Darling Harbour for some tasty burgers.

Now I’m looking forward to The Sydney Food & Wine Festival where I’m told Redoak will have a stall. I might even see Jamie Oliver too. See you there Saturday.

Link Me Up Matty

June 8, 2007

Sydney Beer Festival

Funny Google Maps: Atlanta, Georgia to Paris, France (scroll down to direction #19)

Engage Conference (KCC) open for rego

Facebook: I’m loving it. Reuniting with old friends from Africa. Cool!

Let me know what you think…

It’s Official

April 20, 2007

The Australian International Beer Awards were presented last night in Melbourne. The Grand Champion:

Weihenstephan Kristall

I haven’t tried it… yet!

We’re having dinner tonight with Chris & Nat Swann, friends from beach mission and I’m taking some James Squire Hop Thief to have with some curry. Yum!

What’s your favourite beer?