GBW Day 2 : Lots of Cheese and Kaiju! Dinner

Lunch at Milk the Cow, a licensed fromagerie in Carlton, and for dinner – Kaiju! Beer Degustation at one of Melbourne’s best Japanese restaurants

Good Beer Week, Day 2: Tuesday 16 May

MILK THE COW

Licensed fromagerie. Two of the best words ever to be put together.

Day two of my Good Beer Week adventure in Melbourne was spent with two great friends, Dan and Vicky. We met many years ago over a love of beer but we also share a love of all things cheesey – including so-bad-they’re-good jokes – and so we decided to have lunch at Milk the Cow in Carlton.

Cheese and Beer Flight // Large Size which gives you 90ml each beer and 30g each cheese

There’s also paired cheese flights for wine, cognac/armagnac, sake, whiskym, dessert wine/fortified and cider available.

This flight was –

  1. Midnight Moon with Napoleon’s Pale Ale
  2. Reypenaer VSOP with Palm Amber Ale
  3. Meredith Farm Chevre with Bridgeport Hop Czah IPA
  4. La Tur with Codeo Shiro

Each pairing was lovely and well put together, the stand out for me being the Midnight Moon and Napoleon’s Pale Ale and the most interesting was the La Tur with Codeo Shiro.

5 Cheese Cheesemonger’s Choice

The Cheesemonger’s Choice Cheeseboards change weekly depending on what’s fresh and new, we received (left to right)

  • L’Artisan Mountain Man
  • Mothais Sur Feuille
  • Chimay a la biere
  • Quickes Oak Smoked Cheddar
  • Swiss Gruyere

KAIJU! BEER DEGUSTATION DELUXE

The evening ended with my friends Dan and Vicky and I laughing at a very bad but awesome joke Vicky told whilst we tucked into an amazing dessert that was dish number eight in what was an amazing evening of food and beer.

In summary, wow.

The event was held at Japanese restaurant Kumo Izakaya on Lygon Street in Brunswick East, owner Andre Bishop – and official Dassai Sake ambassador – welcomed the packed restaurant to the evening with a serve of Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo sake and lead a resounding group “cheers!”

Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo

 

Swordfish Ceviche with Avocado Puree, Apple and Kalamansi paired with Kaiju! Krush

Nat Reeves, one of the co-founding brothers behind Kaiju!, explained that in the case of Kaiju! Krush the name popped into his head and he knew he had to make a beer to match it. It had to be a tropical fruit bomb and it had to be immensely drinkable for the ‘Krush’ part. If you have had this beer then you know that they absolutely nailed the brief, it’s a stunning beer!

Paired with the swordfish ceviche it was a gorgeous match, the tropical fruits in the beer working in harmony with the citrus of the dish.

Vegetable Tempura selection of broccoliini, pumpkin and sugar snap pea paired with Kaiju! Savage Wizard American Pale Ale

Massive passionfruit and guava notes in the Savage Wizard made it an absolute delight and it cut beautifully through the light tempura batter.

Home made vege chips and spiced nuts paired with Kaiju! Metamorphosis IPA

These were some seriously moreish snacks and the beer disappeared just as quickly! Metamorphosis is an Californian style IPA with a heavy use of crystal malt supporting Columbus and Cascade hops.

Traditional bincho-tan flame grilled yakitori with Murray River pink salt paired with Kaiju! Hopped Out Red Ale

The Hopped Out Red Ale was the second beer Kaiju! ever made and another great match to the yakitori which, my friend Vicky said, might have been even better than any she’d had on her recent trip to Japan!

Grilled freshwater Eel with cream cheese, blackberry and pickled ginger paired with Kaiju! Cthulhu on the Moon Black IPA

My first experience with eating eel was the stand out dish and pairing for the night! The light roasty character in the Black IPA paired perfectly with the eel and the hoppy notes complemented the slight sweetness in the dish.

Matt remarked that the beer came about after their designer came up with such an incredible label that they had to put a beer in it!

Saikoro Steak – black Angus strip loin with ponzu and wasabi paired with Kaiju! Aftermath Double IPA

The steak was cooked to absolute perfection. The beer was the first Kaiju! beer ever made with Matt describing it as having “lots and lots of dank American hops.”

Mini cheese platter of comte and savourine with sultanas and candied walnuts paired with Kaiju! Betelgeuse Imperial Amber Ale

Because you can never have enough cheese in one day! More delicious cheese and more delicious beer, the Betelgeuse is basically twice as big at their Hopped Out Red making it twice the fun!

Chocolate mouse with crumbed brownies, honeycomb ice cream and chilli meringue paired with Kaiju! Where Strides the Behemoth Double India Black Ale

What way to close out a dinner – barrel aged beer and a kick ass dessert, a beautiful pairing. The beer was aged in Pedro Ximenez barrels and this was just one keg of the four they made.

Amazing night, congratulations to the whole team at Kumo and Kaiju! on an excellent evening!

 

5 Minutes with Josh from Mane Liquor

5 minutes with … a 5 minute/5 question interview with great beer loving people …

This edition of 5 minutes with features Josh Daley, one of the directors and all-round-nice-guy at Mane Liquor.

5 minutes with … a 5 minute/5 question interview with great beer loving people …

This edition of 5 minutes with features Josh Daley, one of the directors and all-round-nice-guy at Mane Liquor.

WA Beer Week is coming up fast … it all starts on Saturday so make sure you get your tickets booked to avoid disappointment. Old Faithful goes Feral, an event with Feral Brewing at Old Faithful Bar & BBQ just sold out late last week and as we get closer, more and more events will follow suit.

Mane Liquor, one of Perth’s best beer stores, is on Great Eastern Highway and even though there are no less than four liquor stores between my house and there, I will still drive to Mane. Why? Because the range of beer is amazing and because Josh, Elliot and all their staff are great people who are happy to chat all things booze. You could teach someone a lot about customer service if you spent an hour at Mane Liquor.

With such an impeccable reputation for beer it is unsurprising that Mane are heavily involved in WA Beer Week. They will be kicking off proceedings with the Mane Liquor Beer Spectacular on Saturday 25th October with an afternoon of beer, music by Perth’s radio station RTRFM and food by Beersine, Toastface Grillah and more.

On Tuesday 28th they’ll be hosting a degustation at The Trustee and on Thursday 30th they’ll be teaming up with Baby Mammoth for the We Want Sour! event, a six course evening looking at lambic beers.

I caught up with Josh, one of the directors at Mane Liqour, to chat about WA Beer Week and what beers are currently in his fridge …

Josh, Mane Liquor

There are a record number of events for WA Beer Week this year, why do you think this is?

Mane Liquor on Twitter

Craft beer has grown exponentially in the last few years and I think this has had a massive impact on the growing community and passionate followers of craft beer that have ensued. Social media plays a huge part in it and helps put good beer and events in more and more peoples faces.

Your event with Baby Mammoth – We Want Sour – has rated pretty high on a lot of peoples wish-list of events, what do you think has got people so excited?

I think the fact nothing like this has been done before in WA, or at least on this sort of scale. Sour beers have always been popular internationally but are only just becoming highly sought after in Australia (I guess us Aussies are usually a little late to the party) and I think this is peaking a lot of interest from the long time craft beer drinkers

What otHer WA Beer Week events are you keen to check out?

I’m a bit of a foodie and I really like that section on WA Beer Weeks webpage. The lunch at Co-Op dining looks amazing and knowing how good the food is there, I think that is definitely one to add to the list. I like the looks of East vs West from a beer perspective. The Eagle Bay and 4 Pines guys really know how to put on a good show so that will definitely be worth going to as well. In all honesty, there are just too many great events to mention.

What advice would you offer to anyone going into their first WA Beer Week?

It’s only a week so try and go to as many events as possible! Nothing like this is going to come around again for another year!

What five beers are currently in your fridge at home?

  • Mikkeller George vs Brian Tequila barrel aged… this beer is just ridiculously good. I thought I died and went to heaven when I drank this so I had to replace the gap in my fridge with another one.
  • Eagle Bay Pale Ale – pretty much my go-to carton beer, always good, always fresh and well priced.
  • Bootleg Speakeasy IPA – one of my favourite IPA’s
  • Exit Milk Stout – for a 5.2% stout, this is billowing with flavour
  • Kaiju Cthulhu – love Black IPA’s and this is one of the best Aussie ones I have got my hands on. It’s always a toss up between this and their Behemoth but this having the lower ABV means I’m more likely to want to open this by myself.

Thanks Josh for your time for this interview!

Catch Josh during WA Beer Week at all three Mane Liquor events –