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
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.