Snags & Sons

A wet winter's night called for a trip Snags & Sons with my fab friends Jessica Shaver and Pia Poynton.  Fresh from a Nøgne Ø tasting at the International Beer Shop the girls had plenty to share including a lovely bottle of Brooklyn Sorachi Ace.  It tasted of distant balmy summer nights.  The perfect match to my Toulouse Sausage crammed with creamy brie and caramelised onions.  Sausage loving, beer drinking and plotting to take over the world ... perfect. 20120605-220123.jpg

BEERtasters Wunderbeer #3 at Five Bar

Five Bar kicked off February with a beer and food matching session showcasing great Australian craft beers. I have been lucky enough to flutter about promoting these events and always pop down to devour or just to say hello. Wunderbeer #3 was hosted by the wonderful Anthony Williams of BEERtasters and the girl that knows her beer very well, Pia Poynton of Five Bar.

The amazing photography is by Jessica Shaver.





BSF Five Bar ~ Beer & Cheese

Everyone thinks cheese and wine are the perfect match but beer can be just as fancy too! We sampled 7 different beers paired with beautiful cheeses designed to compliment and enhance these incredible flavours. We delved into uncharted territories of food and beer matching with Nick Bath, Director and Founder of Blue Cow Cheese Company and Pia Poynton of Five Bar.

cheese dreams ensued

BSF Five Bar ~ Around the World beertasting

We took a journey around the world with beer as our companion and Anthony Williams of BEERtasters and the lovely Pia Poynton of Five Bar as our guides. There is always something magical about the menu when Head Chef, Jamie Newbury is involved. Five Bar was recently nominated Best Bar Food at Bartender Magazine and after our little globe trot we could see why.

We sampled seven different beers with food inspired by its country of origin.


Belgium: Blanche De Namur with Classic Bratwurst Sausage with Sauerkraut and Honey Mustard Dressing

Germany: Weihenstephaner Pilsner with Crispy Fried Scallop & Chive Potato Croquettes, Lemon Hollandaise and Paprika

France: Trois Monts Golden Ale with Slow Braised Buttered Leeks on Toasted French Baguette & Organic Goats Curd

Australia: Rogers with Margaret River Spiced Venison Chorizo with Apricot and Quandong Jam

North America: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with Cajun Spiced King Prawns with Kiwi Fruit, Coriander, Chilli and Lime Salsa

England: Fuller’s ESB with Keens Milk English Cheddar, Sticky Quince Paste and Crispbread

Scotland: Innis & Gunn Rum Cask with Bailey’s Crème Brulee with Scottish Shortbreads