Beer Cocktails

Beer cocktails are as simple as they sound – cocktails with beer in them. Beer is just another ingredient like any other so it’s kinda like calling a martini a “spirit cocktail” but I digress a little

The Fremantle Beer Fest is happening this weekend – 15 & 16 November – on The Fremantle Esplanade Reserve (in case you hadn’t figured out from my posts all week!) and I think it’s going to be kinda epic. The usual suspects of WA brewing will be there – Eagle Bay, Colonial, Feral, Nail and Gage just to name some, alongside new kids on the block Northbridge Brewing Co and Homestead Brewery.

Whilst indulging in your favourite WA brews and discovering some new ones there are also free master classes happening all weekend long. From home brewing advice to cooking with beer, there is a class to interest everyone.

One of the more unique classes will be held by Andrew Bennett, one of the men behind North Perth bar The Classroom and upcoming crowd-funded bar Lucky Chan’s Laundry & Noodle Bar. It’s called ‘Hoptails’ and  it’s a master class on beer cocktails.

The full schedule of master classes at this years Fremantle Beer Festival

Beer cocktails are as simple as they sound – cocktails with beer in them. Beer is just another ingredient like any other so it’s kinda like calling a martini a “spirit cocktail” but I digress a little.

I’ve noticed beer cocktails are appearing here and there and I have been reading more articles that mention them in the last few months. Articles like – 10 Great Beer Cocktails in Paste Magazine or 26 Drinks that Prove Mixing Beer is a Great Idea on Buzzfeed. Locally I even spotted a beer cocktail in the pages of Australian Bartender Magazine not too long ago.

On a recent trip to Margaret River at the start of October I walked into one of my favourite south-west venues and found their feature cocktail was one of the beery persuasion. Hello, Morries Anytime! Bar manager, Billy, created a gorgeous beer cocktail using Bootleg Speakeasy IPA together with elderflower liqueur, tequila, a splash of juice and fresh rosemary that tickled my nose as I sipped my drink. This was a really beautiful drink.

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Please pardon my average photography but there were several drinks consumed before this!

[I would like to add that Billy was awarded AHA Mixologist of the Year earlier this week – CONGRATULATIONS BILLY!]

Billy in action
Billy in action

So if this all sounds tasty and delicious then I think you’re probably right and should head in to see what Andrew Bennett, who also received an Award of Excellence at the AHA Awards, will be stirring and shaking up on Saturday at the Cryer Malt tent at 5pm!

Bring on more beer cocktails!

It’s back! Fremantle Beer Fest 2014 …

Hopefully you have recovered from WA Beer Week because you will need your palate to be nice and refreshed for this weekends Fremantle Beer Festival.

Fremantle BeerFest

The Fremantle Esplanade Reserve will be transformed into a beer lovers paradise on November 15 & 16 and feature your local favourite brewers like Gage Roads, Feral Brewing, Eagle Bay Brewing, Mash Brewing and Nail Brewing just to name a few. New brew kids on the block Homestead Brewery and Northbridge Brewing Co will also be there so if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet this might be a great opportunity to get to know them.

For a complete list of breweries on the day, click here

Not only is the festival a great opportunity to try lots of WA beer and meet the brewers but there are Master Classes running all weekend long. Classes will cover topics from beer and food matching, home brewing advice and cooking with beer and hosted by some of the best people in the industry including Matt Marinich from Print Hall/Bob’s Bar, Gerrard Mitchell from Beersine and so many WA brewers that if I listed them it would look more like a phone directory than a list of presenters.

For a complete list of the Fremantle Beer Festival Master Classes, click here

Last year I teamed up with Margi from Eagle Bay Brewing to present a Beer and Cheese Masterclass which attracted around 60 people. Margi and I were thrilled to share our love of beer and cheese with so many people and we’re lucky enough to have been asked to do it again this year!

Accurately, and maybe even a bit of an understatement, the class is called We Love Beer and Cheese where Margi and I will be talking beer and cheese across four delicious pairings. You’ll be able to find us in the Cryer Malt tent at 3pm on Saturday.

Just like last year it is free to join the Master Classes, all you need is your bum on a seat and we will treat you to some fresh local Eagle Bay beers matched to some tasty cheese.

As diligent researchers, Margi and I have been putting in the hard work to come up with some pairings we hope you will like.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fremantle Beer Festival! Get your tickets here.

More research at Eagle Bay Brewing
Important research at Eagle Bay Brewing with Margi
Researching beer and cheese with Margi
More extensive researching of beer and cheese with Margi, Eagle Bay Brewing

 

 

Manchego + Beers

I have beer and cheese on the brain, even more so than normal, so over the weekend I tried a couple of beers with some manchego cheese …

This weekend, November 15 & 16, is the Fremantle Beer Festival on the Fremantle Esplanade Reserve. Not only does the weekend long festival bring together the expansive list of WA breweries but also showcases a range of Master Classes that are all included in the festival entry ticket.

Check out all the Master Classes happening at The Fremantle Beer Festival

One such Master Class will be on Saturday at 3pm called We Love Beer and Cheese hosted by myself and Margi, retail and marketing manager for Eagle Bay Brewing. Seats are limited to 50 and guests will be given beer and cheese in return for having to listen to two rather enthusiastic ladies of beer talk about the things they love.

It’s no wonder that I have beer and cheese on the brain, even more so than normal, so over the weekend I tried a couple of beers with some manchego cheese …

Manchego - nutty, grassy, fruity and a little oily.
Manchego – nutty, grassy, fruity and a little oily.

Manchego – a Spanish sheep’s milk cheese with a distinctive zig zag pattern on the rind. Find out more about this tasty variety here.

Bridge Road Enigma New World Pilsner

“This pilsner has been brewed as an Australian take on the craft pilsners of NZ, a light bodied lager, heavily hopped with the Australian hop variety Enigma”

Enigma is a new Australian hop variety you may be familiar with from the locally brewed collaboration between Mane Liquor and Bootleg Brewery – Ryezilla.

In the body of this pilsner I found the Enigma hops giving off passion fruit, apricot and citrus aromas. The flavours were delicate but complicated, showing stone fruit, light bready malts and a crisp bitter finish.

Bridge Road Enigma confirmed my love for Bridge Road Brewers, their beers are exceptionally tasty and each limited release is genuinely well crafted, leaving you wanting more.

Bridge Road Enigma – ‘Beer of the Week’ at Beer is Your Friend

The Enigma paired with the manchego cheese was a lovely match even if the hop bitterness from the beer did dominate. The nutty flavours from the cheese seemed to cling to the beers bready notes, giving the whole mouthfeel of the beer a little more weight. The beers fruity hop flavours were also nice against the cheeses own fruitiness.

Bridge Road Enigma

Eagle Bay Mild

It’s been a while since I have had Eagle Bay Mild as I get caught up in their totally drinkable pale ale and tasty limited releases like the Cacao Stout. Revisiting this beer is a reminder that it’s really very good. There are aromas of toast and burnt caramel whilst the flavours are full of biscuit, spice and a finish that is all floral hops.

Eagle Bay Mild

These two proved to be another lovely match in an entirely different way to the Bridge Road Enigma.

The bigger malt focus of the Mild, when compared to the Enigma, gave a big boost to the nuttiness in the cheese and together they seemed to enhance the Mild Ale’s floral hops.

Eagle Bay Mild

Fremantle Beer Fest | 15-16 November

Fremantle Esplanade Reserve

Tickets here

 

Beer + Cheese Masterclass

I spent all Saturday at the Fremantle Beer Festival and left just before 10pm with three new hats and a few new favourite beers. I think that easily qualifies as a successful day. During both days of the festival there were masterclasses on various beery topics and on Saturday Margi from Eagle Bay Brewing and I held a masterclass on beer and cheese.

I spent all Saturday at the Fremantle Beer Festival and left just before 10pm with three new hats and a few new favourite beers. I think that easily qualifies as a successful day.

During both days of the festival there were masterclasses on various beery topics and on Saturday Margi from Eagle Bay Brewing and I held a masterclass on beer and cheese.

You may already know this because I’ve rambled on about it on the blog a couple of times now or perhaps you were one of the smiling faces I saw in the crowd and if so, thank you very much.

The session attracted around 60 guests

we all basically hung out eating cheese and drinking beer for twenty minutes

The response seemed very positive which could be due to all our prior “research” resulting in fantastic pairings or maybe if you give people free beer and cheese they are inevitability going to be pretty happy. Either reason is fine by me.

Conducting some beer and cheese research with Margi at Eagle Bay Brewing
Conducting some beer and cheese research with Margi at Eagle Bay Brewing

Here are the beer and cheese pairings we put together –

Eagle Bay Vienna Lager + Beersine Vienna Cheese

A straight forward match showing off complementary flavours. The Vienna Lager boasts nice toffee aromas backed up by caramel flavours and it’s also a little earthy and nutty. The cheese, that’s made with the same beer, carries nice fruity slightly sweetish notes that go nicely with the caramel thing the beer has going on. The cheese is also suitably rich for the beer, neither dominating the other.

Eagle Bay Pale Ale + Maffra Aged Cheddar

Another great complementary pairing with the fresh fruity hops from the pale ale walking hand in hand with the fruity and slightly tangy cheddar.

Eagle Bay Kolsch + Meredith Ashed Chevre

This was my favourite pairing of the day. I first had this cheese at The Cheese Barrel in the Swan Valley and instantly thought how great it would be with a kolsch. Within days I had a growler of Colonial Kolsch and had located some ashed chevre and the result was beautiful. This was no different.

The tanginess and zesty of the goat’s cheese highlighted the fresh limey citrus characters in the beer

The match was also an excellent palate cleanser, the beer effortlessly cuts through the sinfully creamy cheese … god damn I love this pairing!

Meredith Ashed Chevre

Eagle Bay Single Batch IPA + Bassett Colston Stilton

Eagle Bay’s IPA has a great balance of caramely malt and fruity hops. The hops are a great contrast to the saltiness of the Stilton. This cheese, a cow’s milk from England, is sensational and we had people begging for more. It’s uber-creamy, rich and the texture makes you want to smear it on your hands and face.

That's one big hunk of stinky Stilton!

A few people at the masterclass asked where they could get the cheeses we tasted – Blue Cow have a store finder on their website that might be handy, you can check it out here and be sure to keep tabs on the Beersine website for all their tasty treats.

Thank you

Margi and the Eagle Bay Brewing team for providing the beer on the day and inviting me to be a part of this event;

Beersine for providing the Vienna Cheese, and

Blue Cow Cheese Company for providing the other three cheeses and being very good about giving us samples when we were constructing the menu.

Love your work!

girl + Fremantle Beer Festival

It’s WA Beer Week soon and what better way to kick off the beery celebrations than the Fremantle BeerFest, 9th & 10th November on The Esplanade.

It’s WA Beer Week soon and what better way to kick off the beery celebrations than the Fremantle BeerFest, 9th & 10th November on The Esplanade.

There will be lots of stalls which means plenty of great craft beer. There’s also a home brew competition, live music and master classes.

“What master classes are happening?” I hear you say (in my imagination). Well, I’m glad you asked …

There are some excellent master classes including Unleash the B(y)east – a look at beer yeast, Cooking with Beer, Beer and Chocolate and Beer in Judgement – a closer look at beer judging. For all the information on these and more BeerFest Master Classes you can check out the full run down here.

Another Master Class that’s happening on the Saturday at 2pm is Cheese & Beer which I’ll be co-hosting with Margi Wallace, Eagle Bay Brewing’s fabulous marketing manager and all round top chick. We are very excited to be taking part in the Fremantle BeerFest and even more excited by the topic. Many of you will know my extreme and sometimes unhealthy fondness for beer and cheese so if you come down to see our master class please brace yourself for high levels of enthusiasm which, let’s face it, will only be fueled by the one or three beers I’ll have consumed before hand.

You can be assured that there has been plenty of preparation going into our Cheese & Beer Master Class. There has been a lot of research. Trial and error has been the preferred research method but there’s also been a lot of reading however test subjects found that reading inevitability lead back to trial and error.

Conducting some beer and cheese research with Margi at Eagle Bay Brewing
Conducting some beer and cheese research with Margi at Eagle Bay Brewing
Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard met it's match in some stinky gorgeous blue cheese
Stone’s Oaked Arrogant Bastard met it’s match in some stinky gorgeous blue cheese
Trying Lagunitas IPA and Maffra Cheddar, not a bad match but perhaps too many hops for the cheddar to handle
Trying Lagunitas IPA and Maffra Cheddar, not a bad match but perhaps too many hops for the cheddar to handle

I hope to see you at the Fremantle BeerFest and at the Cheese & Beer master class, come and eat cheese and drink beer with us! It won’t just be you and 49 people watching me eat cheese and drink beer. I’ll share, I promise.

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