I am passionate about beer and food matching. In a country that for the most part considers pale lager to be beer and beer to be pale lager with, maybe, Guinness to be the only other flavour available, matching beer to food is a really important element in tempting people to drink more widely across the spectrum of flavours.
It can be a very hard slog to try and get restaurants and even bars to put more thought into their beer lists. I am commonly told by indignant restauranteurs that “we have an excellent beer list”, when I suggest there is room for improvement. Their perception of ‘excellent’ is based on their wide selection of nearly identical lagers, many listed as imported despite being brewed under licence locally. So I always get excited to see hotels putting on high quality beer and food events. This one, featuring Bridge Road, looks a cracker.
I’m not going to be able to get along to this one, but if you’re in Melbourne on Melbourne Cup eve and love beer, I suggest you do. I don’t know Max Hotel, but I will be checking it out when I’m next in Melbourne on the strength of this dinner.
Where: Max Hotel
32 Commercial Road, Prahran
When: Monday, 2 November.
Cost: $95 (It does always amaze me when you look at something like this that if it was a wine dinner offering exactly the same value you would immediately add $50 to the price and no one would complain.)
Bridge Rd Australian Ale on tap
Beer Bread with fromage frais & soft herbs
Bridge Rd Robust Porter
Oysters cold Kilpatrick
Smoked eel crouton
Bridge Rd BLING I.P.A
Quail sausage, MT Zero Persian lentils, egg plant, preserved lemon
Bridge Rd Celtic Red Ale
Pressed duck a l’ orange with pea sprout and frisee salad aged chardonnay dressing
Chevalier Bier de Garde
Slow cooked pork neck, farro, turnips, pancetta & parsnips
Chevalier Hefe Dunkel
Chocolate tart with clove & tea sorbet
Meredith blue Goat’s cheese with bitter almonds quince & witlof