The official start of Good Beer Week 2015 is only days away and, it’s safe to say, we are beside ourselves with excitement. A whole week of the finest craft beers paired with food from Melbourne’s best restaurants? And you wonder why we’re excited?!
On that note, you’ll notice I mentioned brews AND food because, let’s be honest, we all know that the best Good Beer Week events are a combination of both.
It takes a pretty special collaboration, though, to pique our interests, and we’ve earmarked The Wild Debut Imbibe and Banquet as the Good Beer Week event you absolutely can’t miss. The event will see Abbotsford bar and restaurant Dr Morse partner with Alphington brewery La Sirène for a four-course degustation; a hearty feast that not only showcases Dr Morse’s exceptional menu, but also celebrates the unveiling of a very special, very exclusive new brew that La Sirène been working on. Oh, and did we mention that the Good Beer Week event includes a bottomless glass?
For those of you who haven’t yet tried La Sirène’s incredible craft beers, well, where the heck have you been?! This Melbourne craft brewery is beloved by beer nerds for its very particular brewing methods and artisanal Belgian and French style ales that’ll please both traditionalists and lovers of a modern brew. La Sirène’s out-of-the-box style is the froffie equivalent of how Dr Morse approaches food, making this foodie event a true match made in heaven!
So, what of the food, you say? Listers, there’s a reason why Dr Morse is recommending attendees wear elasticated pants—the menu is devilishly delicious!
The evening will kick off with canapés of gruyere goujeres with jamon and pickled honey dew, which has been paired with the La Sirène Florette witbier, a light Belgian style brew that has hints of toasted coriander and orange juice. A dish of mussels steamed in saison, served with caramelised marmalade and lemon grass curry oil, follows and is washed down with the dry, tart La Sirène Saison Nouveau. Droooooool.
Dr Morse have designed a cracker for main; the gloriously meaty beer-glazed lamb shoulder (let’s all take a moment to picture its deliciousness) that comes served with guanciale boulangere potatoes. The warm and malty, yet perfectly spicy, La Sirène Wild Tripelle is the Sonny to Dr Morse’s Cher.
We all know dessert is the perfect way to end a decadent degustation and it’s no different at The Wild Debut Imbibe and Banquet. Just quietly, this is the course we’re most looking forward to and when you see the chocolate chestnut cake with Nutella parfait and tamarillo compote, paired with the award-winning La Sirène Praline dark ale, you’ll know why! The craft beer’s vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut notes is the ultimate match, make that the only match, for Dr Morse’s dessert.
If you’re currently drooling and battling a rumbling tummy, we don’t blame you—The Wild Debut Imbibe and Banquet is one of our top picks for Good Beer Week 2015. Tickets are currently on sale for this exclusive event, but judging by the menu and beers on offer, plus the fact that your ticket includes a bottomless glass (!!!), they won’t last long.
You know what to do, Listers—book your tickets now and avoid a case of serious food #fomo.
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Image Credit: La Sirène