Having found myself unexpectedly unemployed the guys at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Dunsborough suggested working a few shifts with them. It sounded like fun, it involved beer and it paid … that’s three pretty good boxes ticked right there.
It has been great to chat with customers about the range of beers available on tap, some of which they know and some they don’t. Thankfully most are happy to taste test and be subjected to my over enthusiastic rambling.
The current tap beer menu looks something like this:
- Nail Ale Australian Pale Ale
- Little Creatures Pale Ale
- Colonial Kolsch
- Cowaramup Pilsener
- Eagle Bay Extra Special Bitter
- Bootleg Sou’West Wheat
- Coopers Vintage Ale
- Coopers Vintage Stout
- Feral Hop Hog
- Pipsqueak Pear Cider
- Stowford Press Apple Cider
- White Rabbit Dark Ale
- Mountain Goat Steam Ale
- Moody Cow Simply Red Irish Ale
Conversation is easily one of my favourite things about beer. I love chatting to people about the beers they like, tastes and aromas they find in a beer that they’ve never tried before, breweries they have visited or their favourite bar / bottle shop. I definitely get warm fuzzy feelings when a customer walks away from my bar with a pint of something they really enjoy, not just because it’s a hot day, but because it tastes amazing. Yup, I’m a sucker for a beer and a smile!
Over the weekend I chatted with a woman in her 50s who said she loved dark beer. I recommended Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout with the words “oh my god … it’s amazing”. She got one, tried it and agreed. Sam Smith’s Imperial Stout is, hands down, one of my favourite beers and everyone I’ve recommended it to (as I put it on the beer menu at Five Bar so I’ve been recommending it for a couple of years now) has fallen head over heels in love with it too. Roasty chocolatey wonderful goodness!
I found many people were totally unaware about Nail Ale and once they tried the Pale Ale for the first time they were coming back for more.
A number of Pure Blonde and Carlton Dry drinkers discovered that their taste buds were rather fond of Mountain Goat Steam Ale and Colonial Kolsch. Of course, there was one customer who didn’t like anything I offered and was more than happy to voice his distaste for anything craft beer. He settled for a glass of squash. You win some, you lose some.
And best of all, I got to discover something new myself! I was introduced to Moody Cow Simply Red Irish Ale – lightly creamy and soft balanced bitterness. It reminded me that there are so many styles out there that I have barely scratched the surface of. I better make myself a shopping list!