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!

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 –