Balsamic Baltic Porter Steak & Onion Pie

Acid Freaks Steak PieRaise the roof! BrewCult have brought back their first GABS beer from 2013; a beer that completely stumped me in how much I enjoyed it. It’s a Balsamic Baltic Porter and goes by the name Acid Freaks. Balsamic, yep, that’s not a typo, it’s a beer with vinegar in it.

Even if you’re not a huge balsamic vinegar fan, I recommend giving this one a burl. I did and am now a convert to this oddity of a concoction and to the wondrous world of balsamic. And, after having Acids Freaks again on tap during the recent Brewsvegas festival in Brisbane, inspiration hit. Continue reading

Dark Chocolate and Redskin Cheesecake

PashRashRedskinCheesecakeIf there was ever a beer made specifically, especially, just for me, it might just be Ogden Nash’s Pash Rash Imperial Redskins Stout by Moon Dog. I’m a bit of dark beer fiend and raspberry in beer, or anything for that matter, gets an immediate check in the box.

The beer has a distinct Redskin aroma that powers ahead of the usual roasty, chocolate aromas stouts are known for. This is in contrast to its flavour profile where the (thousands of) Redskin lollies only brush Continue reading

Cinnamon Tea Cake paired with a Peach Wheat Beer

aerialctcbwMy aunt and uncle invited me to their place last weekend to partake in a lovo – haunches of meat and whole root vege cooked in the ground over heated rocks. Knowing they had the main meal more than covered I wondered what to bring to repay the favour and make up for the oodles of leftovers I knew I’d be carting home. Usually we’ll sit and have a cuppa while we wait for the food to cook – which is generally about 2 hours depending on what you’ve thrown in. Looking in my cookbook, which would more aptly be described as a mish-mash of recipes collected and becoming increasingly more unorganised over the years, I came across an old favourite – Cinnamon Tea Cake. ‘Done!’, I Continue reading

F1 China: Hong Shao Rou with Nut Brown Ale

Closeup red braised pork brown aleI’m playing catch-up with my F1 pairing posts at the moment. I knew it was ambitious when taking it on and the last couple of weeks, post-Brewsvegas, I haven’t committed enough time to the blog as I would have liked. Nevertheless, I’m cracking on and determined to complete a post for each race, however late.

With the Chinese GP held in Shanghai last weekend, I embarked on making Continue reading

F1 Malaysia: Nasi Lemak and Noisy Minor ANZUS IPA

Nasi Lemak Noisy MinorDespite Brewsvegas chewing up most of my free time this week, I’m continuing my theme of Formula 1-inspired dishes and beer pairing suggestions. Last installment, for the Australian Grand Prix, I enjoyed Brewcult Spoiler Alert with Lemon Myrtle Barra. This weekend the Formula 1 comes to Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, and offers some inspiration to expand my culinary skills by trying my hand at some local chow and suggesting some beers suited to the cuisine.

After some brief research on the interweb I settled on Nasi Lemak – widely considered as Malaysia’s national dish – and pretty much followed this recipe from allrecipes.com exactly. The only change I Continue reading

F1 Australia: Lemon Myrtle Barramundi with Brewcult Spoiler Alert

Spoiler Alert: it's fishFormula 1 is back! With practice sessions underway and qualifying to commence in a few hours at 4:00pm AEST. I’m a bit excited. The last few years have seen me grow an understanding and increasing appreciation for a sport I once considered to be cars just going round and round in circles. No doubt spurred on by the successes of Mark Webber and now Daniel Ricciardo (I can Continue reading

Munich Helles and Matriciana

Aerial MatricianaA lot of my cooking skills were learnt growing up in a household of bakers, namely my mother and grandmother. Baking for friends and family and entering our wares into the cookery section of the local show was the norm for me and my siblings. From this home-style, country baking my horizons were broadened at my university college where a communal kitchen with 400-ish of my peers presented ample opportunity to learn new tricks and improve my knowledge Continue reading