WA Beer Week: Dude Food Feast

Eating sticky chicken wings with my hands at the beautiful venue like The Trustee Bar & Bistro is kinda like wearing a gorgeous evening dress and a pair of thongs. It’s kinda wrong but there’s no denying that it’s really, really good.

Eating sticky chicken wings with my hands at a beautiful venue like The Trustee Bar & Bistro is kinda like wearing a gorgeous evening dress and a pair of thongs. It’s kinda wrong but there’s no denying that it’s really, really good.

On Tuesday night I was lucky enough to be invited to the ‘Dude Food Feast’ presented by The Trustee and Mane Liquor as part of WA Beer Week. Imagine the tastiest dude food you’ve ever stuck into your face paired with fresh WA beer and set in one of the city’s most beautiful venues and you have a good idea of what my Tuesday night was like.

Roxy and Josh

The beers were selected and presented by Roxy and Josh from Mane Liquor and the food was created by The Trustee Executive Chef Michelle Forbes who, to quote my good friend Jess Shaver, is “so f**king kick ass it’s not even funny”.

Jess was right, Michelle and her food was nothing short of kick ass.

Canapes

Pork Slider + Colonial Small Ale

The pork had been marinated for 15 hours and its richness was a great match to the bold hops in the Small Ale and the bread was a little on the sweet side highlighting the subtle caramel malt in the beer.

First Entree

Crispy Squid + Cheeky Monkey New Zealand Pilsner

“It’s real tasty”

How Alex, head brewer Cheeky Monkey, described his beer to Josh, Mane Liquor

The squid was thick crumbed and served with chilli aioli and dill mayonnaise, it was also a serving so big that I fear there are no more squid in the oceans. The beer, brewed by Alex and Ross at Cheeky Monkey, uses three New Zealand hop varieties – Dr Rudi, Motueka and Wakatu and the resulting beer was a gorgeous mix of soft tropical fruits and citrus notes. The beer cut through the thick crumb on the squid and the hops were drawn out by the chilli aioli. My favourite part of this dish was the dill mayonnaise cutting through the fresh hops and adding another layer of flavour. Paired with the food, the beer started to take on a kind of sweet glazed ham flavour which may not sound amazing but it really was.

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Second Entree

Sticky Chicken Wings + Bootleg/Mane Liquor Ryezilla

Sticky Chicken Wings & Ryezilla
Sticky Chicken Wings & Ryezilla

The serving of chicken wings made the plate of squid look tiny. Biting into my first wing my palate got a big whack of coriander. Also made with honey, soy, chilli and lemongrass, the wings were deliciously sticky and fabulous fun to eat. Ryezilla, the collaboration beer between Mane Liquor and Bootleg Brewery, is still boasting heaps of juicy pineapple and mango Enigma hop character though it has rounded out nicely. The wings coaxed out the spice in the beer whilst the sweetness from the glaze on the wings and the caramel malt in the beer worked nicely together.

Sticky Chicken Wings
Sticky Chicken Wings

Main

Beef Short Ribs Slow Braised with Sticky BBQ Sauce, Espresso Aubergine Puree + Eagle Bay Cacao Stout

At this stage of the event I was very full, not just regular full but Christmas-dinner-I-went-back-for-thirds kind of full. Then the ribs landed and they were impossible to resist. The meat was rich and stupidly soft, barely holding on to the bone. The sauce had a subtle sweetness and the espresso aubergine puree provided a nice contrast to the richness of the meat, it also lifted the coffee notes from the Cacao Stout.

Pouring Cacao Stout

The Eagle Bay Cacao Stout is their annual winter release and I was a little sad to realise it would probably be a year until this beer was in my hands again. Made from cacao bean husks, the by-product of the chocolate making process, from Margaret River chocolate maker Bahen & Co, the beer is ultra smooth, chocolatey, roasty and with hints of berry fruit.

Beef Short Ribs
Beef Short Ribs

Dessert

Salted Caramel Beer Ice Cream + Feral Brewing Razorback Barley Wine

“I’m glad it’s not cheese”

Me reflecting on the final course with words I never thought I would say

When I had the first bite of this dessert it was clear that despite being ready to either burst or fall asleep I was going to eat every part of this amazing dish. The dessert was served with a caramel sauce made with Feral Hop Hog creating a pairing of sweet with sweet when paired with the beer. The roasty flavours of the beer cut through the vanilla wafers and delicate ice cream, this pairing was a great example of when beer and food come together to be amazing and you wouldn’t want to have one without the other.

Salted Caramel Beer Ice Cream
Salted Caramel Beer Ice Cream

Thank you Mane Liquor and The Trustee for inviting me to this fantastic event!

girl + (more) winter beers

It’s hard to just pick one, two or even three favourite winter beers so I am compelled to stretch this winter beers thing out longer by throwing out two more local beers that belong beside warm fires and good books …

Ah winter, the time of year when beer geek conversation turns from aggressively hopped American pales to dark malty beasts with punchy roast and chocolate flavours.

Last week I posted about two of my favourite winter beers which followed my radio appearance on Perth’s own RTRFM 92.1, I was kindly invited on a segment called ‘The Food Alternative’ and chatted with hosts Simon and Anth about winter beers.

If you’d like to hear me ramble on about winter beers you can check out the segment here

But me being me it’s hard to just pick one, two or even three favourites so I am compelled to stretch this winter beers thing out longer by throwing out two more local beers that belong beside warm fires and good books …

Bootleg Raging Bull

What a cheeky beast this one is! I remember chatting to brewer Michael Brookes (I’m such a name dropper!) a while ago and he was commenting on how Bootleg had been being for so long that now, since 1994, there are guys coming into their drinking years who remember their dads drinking Raging Bull at Bootleg. I reckon that’s brilliant!

Rich red fruits, chocolate, coffee, plums, spice and biscuits there is so much happening here it’s like a vibrant party but everyone dressed in black.

Bootleg Raging Bull
Bootleg Raging Bull

Eagle Bay Brewing Cacao Stout

Visiting the Eagle’s Nest, my article on Australian Brews News in 2012 on the first Eagle Bay Cacao Stout

First brewed in 2012 this collaboration brew between Eagle Bay Brewing and local bean-to-bar chocolate maker Bahen & Co has quickly become a staple of my WA winter drinking.

Bahen & Co Chocolate Maker | Margaret River | website

Using the cacao nibs from the chocolate making process, a by-product that would normally go to waste, brewer Nick puts it to good use in this gorgeous stout. It was even used in 2013 for the Eagle Bay and The Monk Brewery collaboration for the GABS festival that year – a beer called Cacao Cabana, a choc brown hefeweizen. But I am getting side tracked …

Eagle Bay Cacao Stout 2013 write up in Crafty Pint

The Eagle Bay Cacao Stout strikes a great balance of fruit, spice, fresh roasted coffee and, as one would expect, luscious chocolate.

Now before you throw your hands in the air in frustration because this beer normally doesn’t make it too far from it’s Eagle Bay home, I have good news for you. Such good news in fact I suggest your hands remain in the air and wave in excitement – this year, for the first time, Cacao Stout is making its way into BOTTLES! Keep your eyes peeled on the Eagle Bay eagle bay on Facebook and like, favourite and retweet Eagle Bay to your hearts content feed for more info in the coming weeks!

Eagle Bay Cacao Stout served at one of their Friday Night Feasts dinners – see their website for more information on these winter dinner treasures!