Weekend Reading #36

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!

Beer Is Your Friend | The Problem of “Pacific Ale”

[Published 25 May 2015]

A great read on the question of whether pacific ale is a style and how Thunder Road are, once again, in a trade mark argument.

If pacific ale is a style I don’t think I could easily describe it; what I am more interested in is one question – what on earth were Thunder Road thinking? No good was ever going to come of this, whether it’s intended or not, it feels like a poor attempt to hitch their wagon to the Stone & Wood Pacific Ale juggernaut. If you want your beer to be forever compared to one of the best in the country you had better be making a damn good beer first and foremost, surely far more important than debating who owes two words.

Draft Mag | Master Cicerone Rich Higgins Demystifies Beer and Food Pairings

[Published 15 May 2015]

Always like a good beer and food article, I like the way Rich has broken things down and thrown in a couple of suggestions that are not seen in typical ‘how to match beer and food’ articles.

Broadsheet | What Exactly is Sour Beer?

[Published 13 Jan 2015]

A short but good introductory article on sour beer. Just forget what the article says about drinking them in summer – sours are for always!





Beer + Moving House

Moving house sucks. Fact. Thankfully though I wasn’t completely without some tasty beers throughout the process.

Moving house sucks. Fact. Thankfully though I wasn’t completely without some tasty beers throughout the process.

The adventure of moving back to Perth from the south west was an extended process that stretched out over a few weeks, each weekend involved driving the 400+km round trip sometimes not once but twice. The first weekend involved a three tonne truck, the second was a car dragging a trailer of stuff we originally thought was going to fit into the aforementioned truck and the final weekend had two car trips where the car was so full it was dangerously close to throwing up our stuff all over the Forrest Highway.

During those three weeks my partner and I were spilt between two houses with me staying in the south west with the dog and my partner hanging out at the new house, sans dog.


As you can imagine, over the course of three weeks the house I was in progressively emptied whilst the Perth house gained boxes, boxes and more boxes.

This resulted in some rather interesting beer and food moments for me as I tried to keep some nice beers in the camping fridge (our proper fridge went in the first weekend to Perth) whilst buying food that required minimal effort.

The first week wasn’t too bad, I still had a small table to use and a selection of kitchen essentials. With cheese being a large part of my diet I made sure I had a board and a sharp knife.


After a few dinners of microwave packet rice, can of tuna and can of corn I started to get kinda bored. Trying to think of better things to nuke also got tiresome so many nights consisted of microwave meals. I wouldn’t qualify what I was having as being anywhere in the realm of ‘beer and food matching’.


As the majority of furniture and day to day items left the house I had only the very bare essentials – a camping fridge, an inflatable mattress, a microwave and random items that for whatever reason had not been packed yet, like my partners toolbox that often doubled as a table.


Of course sometimes I didn’t need a table …


But what I did need was beer, beer to get me through the uncomfortable nights sleep and the never ending cleaning. Thankfully the local bottle shop was doing 2 for $10 on their Stone & Wood Pacific Ale.



And my wonderful man bought me some beer presents from Cellarbrations Carlisle which helped too.

Beery presents from my man

Now finally we are moved in, almost all unpacked and discussing the cost/benefit of removalists for next time.


girl + Perth

A quick visit to Perth for a few Saturday night drinks and delighted to find that there was excellent beer at every corner.

Meelup Beach

It has been almost two years since my partner and I moved from Perth to the south west. Swapping a city for country lifestyle is easily one of the best decisions we have made.

We regularly return to Perth for quick overnight visits, see a few friends and family before heading home and wishing we had more time to see more people.

On this particular visit we went out for a few Saturday night drinks and was delighted to find that craft beer wasn’t at all hard to come by.

First Stop – Tan Po Po

Damn I have missed this place! Teriyaki Fish for under $7, love love love. Please if anyone knows of anywhere in the south west who’s not charging more than $12 for the same dish I’d love to know. Great food, amazing prices AND BYO. Happy days!

Liquor Barons Mt Lawley is just up the road and carries a great selection of craft beer. We decided a 6 pack of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale would do quite nicely with dinner.


Second Stop – Defectors

Upstairs at The Flying Scotsman with cosy couches and a balcony for people watching, Defectors is a nice little spot.

A good range of beers on tap and in bottle, I opted for a 330ml bottle of Saison Dupont. It had been far too long since I’d had one of my favourite beers. Spicy, musty, dry and a little fruitiness, I’ve missed you.

Third Stop – The Mechanics’ Institute

There has been an explosion of new bars opening in Perth in the last 18 months. Rather than tasking ourselves with the hangover inducing adventure of tackling them all we simply picked one. We chose The Mechanics’ Institute.

From what I’ve seen on their Facebook page they are mostly known for some fabulous cocktails but it was great to see a fine selection of bottled beer too. I spied Two Birds Sunset Ale, Burleigh 28 Pale Ale, Feral Hop Hog, Rogers’ and Brewdog Punk IPA cans. Happy Days!

Fourth Stop – 399 Bar

Time for a Campari …


Fifth Stop – The Brisbane Hotel

It’s not long ago that the craft beers on tap at The Brisbane were Beez Neez and Redback, both of which I have enjoyed many a pint of don’t get me wrong, but the word “craft” is debatable. Now you can find the likes of Little Creatures Single Batch on tap and a respectable bottled list with the likes of Two Birds, Brewdog, Holgate, Sierra Nevada and Mountain Goat. On this particular night we enjoyed a couple of glasses of Monteith’s Dopplebock Winter Ale. I’ve not really rated Monteith’s beers in the past but their Winter Ale is lovely – rich and with a drunken raisin sort of taste going on.

Craft beer is emerging, I guess we all knew that, but from what I saw finally more and more beer lists have had as much thought put into them as any other menu in the bar – Fantastic!