“If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain”
proverb: If someone won’t do as you wish or a situation can’t be arranged to suit you, you must accept it and change your plans accordingly.
GABS: The Great Australiasian Beer SpecTAPular – part of Melbourne’s Good Beer Week featuring over 100 unique festival beers all launched during the event.
Perhaps inspired by this old proverb or perhaps just overcome with jealously of Melbourne’s GABS festival, Five Bar in Mt Lawley arranged for some of WA’s GABS beers to appear alongside a specially designed menu by Beersine aka Mitch.
Five Bar: 560 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley
The beer list and menu looked like this:
Cheeky Monkey Rastapopolouse Belgian Stout
paired with: Bahen & Co Chocolate Mousse with Smoked Plums
Naked Monkey Old Fashoined Double IPA
paired with: Slow Cooked Beer Short Rib
Little Creatures SS Menno Sour Beer
paired with: Singapore Chicken and Rice
This was my dinner and a mighty fine dinner it was! Back in my bartending days I had many, many late night dinners at Uncle Billy’s in Northbridge and one of my favourite, must-have dishes was the vinegar chicken. Soft chicken, slightly crispy skin and that powerful acidic sauce that’s so addictive I’d practically drink it from the bowl.
This pairing of MM Menno and Singapore Chicken took me back to those meals, the beer filling the shoes of a tangy dressing, complementing the lemon grass and gingery notes of the dish. It all played out very nicely and was not a match I was expecting. I love surprises!
Eagle Bay Nigella’s Mulberry Beer
paired with: Beersine Paprika Cured Pork Loin with Pickled Fennel
Bootleg Peanut Butter Amber Ale
paired with: Sour Strawberry Jelly Sandwich
I loved this pairing. Peanut butter ale and strawberry jelly?! Talk about big kid food! The two went together really well and kept in the spirit of the original GABS beer idea of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich beer made by two different breweries – Bootleg taking the peanut butter half and NSW brewing Thirsty Crow taking care of the jelly bit with a strawberry jelly sour.
Beer is Your Friend, a great Australian beer blog, did an interview series with some GABS brewers including Thirsty Crow – you can check it out here.
Colonial Gary Le Bron Musk Saison
paired with: Goat’s Cheese and Roasted Pepper Croquettes with Aioli
These croquettes sold out before I could get my grubby little hands on them but I heard nothing but great reports. Perhaps if I ask nicely Beersine will whip these up again some day!
The Monk Dark Monk Black IPA
paired with: Five’s Beef Tartare with Brioche and Truffle Oil
Feral Funk’N Phresh 100% Brett Ale
paired with: Coconut and Lime Cured Salmon with Cucumber Salad