Modus Operandi + Cheese

It’s been far too long between beer and cheese posts so here’s a recent pairing …

It has been far too long between beer and cheese posts …

A trip to the Little Cheese Shop in Bayswater inevitably ends in one delicious conclusion – lots of amazing cheese in the fridge at home. Then I spend the next couple of nights wondering whether it’s okay to eat cheese for dinner.

Cheese! Great recommendations from Geoff and Kelsey in-store

Even though cheese for dinner is pretty damn great, pairing it with beer is even better.

The Beer

Modus Operandi Session IPA

Modus Operandi are based in NSW and their beers have gained a strong beer geek following in WA and rightly so, they’re cracking beers!

The Session IPA is 4.1 percent ABV and hopped with Simcoe, Citra and Chinook. It’s a really nice beer, super easy drinking and I loved the grassy and melon flavours that sit side by side with some stone fruit and a lime citrusy finish.

The Cheese

Reypenaer VSOP

A gouda from the Netherlands that is aged for a minimum of two years; both age and a salt wash contribute to the distinctive orange colour.

The taste reminded me of burnt butter and there are some nice rich caramel flavours, a fruity tang and a little nuttiness.


A lovely pairing! The cheese is full flavoured and there’s just enough guts in the Modus Operandi Session IPA to support it.

The cheese brings out all the delicate fruits in the beer and the beers bitterness compliments the tangy of the cheese.

Modus Operandi Session IPA and Reypenaer VSOP pictured on the right

Weekend Reading #38

This edition features articles on the term ‘sour beer’, White Labs Yeast, session IPAs and the importance of breweries telling a story

I love lounging in bed on weekends and catching up on all my favourite beery reading. From the American craft beer scene, local beer news and anything else that tickles my beery fancy, there is a lot of excellent reading material out there! Every weekend (though I may miss the occasional one due to forgetfulness!) I’m posting a list of the articles and blogs that have enjoyed and hope that you will too!

Brewbound | Brewbound Session: The Art of Storytelling

One of my favourite beer podcasts to listen to is Good Beer Hunting by Michael Kiser. Great interviews and engaging conversations, it’s fantastic! Here is an article and a video about storytelling, engagement and breweries.

Good Beer Hunting | Trading Pitches for Pizza – White Labs Pure Yeast and Fermentation in San Diego, CA

As beer geeks we can get a little caught up in the hops and the malt, seemingly the more romantic ingredients of brewing but the science behind yeast is something fascinating. I love finding great articles on yeast and fermentation; so much to learn!

Fortune | Low-alcohol Session IPA is the hot beer trend for summer

This is probably not massively surprising given we have been drinking Australian and New Zealand session hoppy beers like 8 Wired Semiconductor, Colonial Small Ale and, more recently, Pirate Life Throwback IPA.

Draft Magazine | Stop Calling Beers ‘Sours’

An article questioning the use of the term ‘sour’ which I found quite interesting.

Ale of a Time | Keep Calling Beers ‘Sours’

To flip the previous article on its head, here’s a great piece from Luke Robertson.


girl + pourhouse

If you don’t want to read a gushy, “I love this place” post about The Pourhouse then you’d best not click on …

I do love to visit The Pourhouse in Dunsborough. The A3 beer menu is filled with delicious beers from cans of Mountain Goat Summer Ale to Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace on one of their guest taps. Trying to pick what to have is like deciding which of your thousands of children you love the most.

The food stacks up to the beers, tasty and with plenty of variety with a couple of Pourhouse classics that are hard to turn down – like the burger with seasoned frittes or the chilli squid and chorizo.

Burgers, Seasoned Frites and Sweet Potato Straws

Good beer, good food, you’ve heard me rave on about this place all before however I’ve probably neglected to talk about service.

For me good service isn’t just about getting it once, its about getting good service every single damn time. Call me greedy but that’s half the service battle, getting it right every time. For me, The Pourhouse has a 100% record.

On my most recent visit I went for dinner mid-week and since I was driving I needed to be responsible, not that this is a huge departure from my normal self of course.

I approached the bar and stared lovingly into the fridges. The bartender Anna, asked what I was looking for.
“A pale or IPA, something under 5% would be nice,” I said.
“Do you normally drink American or English style?” Anna enquired further
Anna pointed to the 8 Wired Semi Conductor Session IPA, a colourful number from our neighbours over the ocean in kiwi-land and at 4.4% wasa great choice for the flavours I was looking for whilst keeping me in the drive-able category. Win, win!

Crisp and vibrant hop character encased in less than 5% abv, there is a delicate malt flavour, cereal-like, that is soft and let’s the hops really sing. I also love the label – colourful, eye catching and fun!


So another great night at The Pourhouse and all is good in the world. And if you needed another excuse to take a look, they have just got on a bunch of new beer books for their shop. Geek out time folks!