Beer+food Tasting Party: Menu 1

Whoop! So I pulled off 2 lovely afternoons filled with beer, food, good friends and conversation. All of the recipes I used can be found on my blog, I will list them below.

Now it’s back to the drawing/tasting board to plan Menu 2.




Beer+food Tasting Party: Menu 1

First course: Garage Project’s Salted White Peach Sour with a Cheeseboard

Cheese goes well with fruit, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it goes well with a fruity beer too. The carbonation as well as its dry finish makes it a great food beer. I threw in a bit of prosciutto, dried apricots and other fruits, as well as 3 types of cheeses – parmesan, creamy blue and camembert.

330ml serve / 2.9% ABV

Second course: Panhead Xtra Pale Ale with Bread and Butter Pickles

Panhead started in Upper Hutt, launched out of the old Dunlop tyre factory; the brand has a distinct motorhead aesthetic. The pickles recipe comes from ‘Ladies, a Plate: Jams and Preserves’ so this is a collision of two worlds, re-working something a bit old-fashioned. When you try the two together – pow wow! You will want to eat this every time the sun shines.

165ml serve / 4.6% ABV

Third course: 8 Wired Saison Sauvin with Ceviche

The distinctive Nelson Sauvin hop has similar characteristics to Sauvignon Blanc, a wine that is often paired with seafood. This is the only Saison Sauvin I have come across, as one blogger says it is “a little bit special and very tasty”.

165ml serve / 7.0% ABV

Fourth course: Good George Rocket Coffee IPA and Vege Skewers with Satay Sauce

The chilli and peanut flavours really bring out the coffee notes in this beer, backed up by the caramelized notes of roasted kumara – it’s even vegan. What more could you hipsters possibly want?

165ml serve / 6.0% ABV

Fifth course: Renaissance ‘Stonecutter’ Scotch Ale with Pulled Pork, Roasted Carrots and Harissa Labneh

This is an amazing food pairing beer, 9 malts are blended together to make Stonecutter, which is why you get so many layers of complexity from it. Add the warm spicy flavours of the pork and labneh, and this is foodie heaven.

165ml serve / 7.0% ABV

Sixth Course: Funk Estate Afrodisiac Stout and Cookies

Funk Estate’s most critically acclaimed beer to date, it’s an imperial stout that contains five aphrodisiac ingredients including chocolate, figs and maca root. Paired with these easy-like-Sunday-morning walnut and dark chocolate cookies. Yum!

165ml serve / 8.0% ABV

Links to recipes on blog here:

Satay Vege Skewers:
Labneh and pork:
Beer+food Tasting Party: Menu 1

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