Archive for June, 2010

No day of rest for the Beresford Hotel

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Surry Hills hotspot, the Beresford Hotel, has reinvented the Sunday afternoon session, making it better than ever before.

The all new ‘Beresford Sundays’ will be offering $5 wine, pints and basic spirits between 5–7pm and performances from some of Sydney’s top local acts including Murray Hood, Kitty Glitter, Jimmy Dee and James Tobin.

Already a celebrated Sunday institution amongst locals, the Beresford Hotel is the perfect place to catch up and chill out with friends for the last few free hours of the weekend.

Along with the Beresford’s recent cosmetic facelift, the food menu has been carefully redesigned by Mad Cow’s Head Chef Christopher Whitehead. The revamped menu offers both great food and affordable prices, with entrees from $9 – $18, and mains ranging from $18 – $27, with selected lunches available for $10 between 12-2pm, Monday – Friday.

The delectable food offerings include everything from tagliatelle with chilli, garlic, broccolini and anchovies, to a tantalizing passionfruit semifreddo with raspberry and rockmelon salad.

Award winning sommelier, Franck Moreau, has overhauled the wine list and a swizzle of class has been added to the cocktail list by mixologist Mikey Enright, with the addition of the ghettoblaster, lovebox and Beresford iced tea.

For more details on getting to The Beresford Hotel click here.

Bluetoungue Brewery Starts Production In Warnervale

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

7am this morning marked a momentous occasion for the beer industry in Australia, with brewing commencing at the brand new 120 million dollar Bluetongue Brewery at Warnervale. The brewery has taken 18 months to reach operational status and boasts world class technology enabling the Bluetongue brewery to brew a wide variety of beer styles.

Bluetongue’s Brewmaster, Dermot O’Donnell says, “Starting up the brewery was such an exciting moment for the brewing team today. The 2 years of intense planning, hard work and around the clock commitment from the team seem to have paid dividends and we have had a successful start to the brewing process.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the new Bluetongue Brewery team, which has enormous potential to brew the highest quality beer brands. Pacific Beverages has created a very flexible brewery, which can brew a variety of beers ranging from traditional European lagers to modern American and Australian beer styles. The Brewery has significant brewing expertise with brewers from the original Bluetongue Brewery combining with the international expertise that the SABMiller team bring.”

O’Donnell explains, “The Bluetongue Brewery is unique in its design because it has twin-stream brew houses – a large and a small one under one roof, which allow for brewing flexibility to suit consumer and customer demand.

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Aussie Company Wins Gold For Its Rums

Monday, June 21st, 2010

100% Australian owned Kinkynero Dark Rum and Kinkylux White Rum, produced by the makers of Vodka O (ASM Liquor), are proving they are up there with the best, taking out Gold in their rum categories at the 2010 World Spirit Awards in Europe.

Kinkynero and Kinkylux were up against more established global rum brands and it was very much a David versus Goliath battle as the Aussie owned spirits were awarded Gold in the dark and white rum categories. Competing against over 1,000 brands from around the world, the gold medal wins are yet another accolade for the burgeoning Aussie-based brand.

Kinkynero is a rich dark Carribbean rum which has been barrel aged for more than two years. It features subtle undertones of cocoa, vanilla and raisins, and can be enjoyed neat or in a variety of cocktails.

Kinkylux is a light bodied white rum made from the finest Caribbean sugar cane. Aged in oak barrels for over two years, Kinkylux has a smooth, mellow and refreshing taste, and is perfect straight or in cocktails.

Other wins for ASM Liquor include Double Gold for Tequila Blu at the two most prestigious spirit tasting awards in the world – the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the 2010 World Spirit Awards in Europe.

Kinkynero and Kinkylux’s Gold medals are a win for rum aficionados everywhere and proves that Australia can produce a top-notch rum that can beat the more established brands. And, at under $40 per bottle, we should all drink to that!

For more information be sure to check out the ASM Liquor webpage.

3 Ravens Bronze – 4.6% Alcohol

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Poured a hazy copper colour, a low level of carbonation and a medium sized beige head, with lots of small floaties floating around in the liquid (hops maybe?).

On the nose earthy hop notes are accompanied with a variety of malt driven smells including marmalade, toffee, caramel, bread and toffee.

On the palate the flavour follows very closely the theme set by the aroma, being dominated by malt notes namely caramel, bread, roasted nuts, toffee along with some mild citrus brought to the party by the English style hops.

Verdict: Well balanced, with a great body and mouth feel, a highly drinkable brew in the colder months, and a solid English style Pale Ale.

Score: 8.0 / 10

Link: 3 Ravens

Where to buy: The 3 Ravens Bronze along with the rest of their range can be purchased directly from their website.

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Otway Organic Lager – 4.5% Alcohol

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Over the last decade people have become more concerned with what they are putting into their bodies and the effect its production had on the planet. Brewing beer is traditionally a very resource hungry process and it has been good to see brewers trying to limit their use of planets resources. Mountain Goat has recently installed water tanks at their brewery for drinking water and solar panels on their roof to help with electricity consumption, and fortunately they are not alone.

The Otway Lager contains only organic certified hops, malt and rainwater captured at the estate and promises the drinker a preservative free experience. In a glass the Lager appears pale gold in colour with a medium level of carbonation and medium size head which didn’t hang around long before dying off completely.

The aroma is very fresh with mint, fresh cut grass, cloves, coriander notes on the nose. On the palate some banana, mango, pepper, bread and coriander notes laid over slightly sweet base. The Otway Lager is well balanced and ends extremely clean lending a lot it to its sessionabilty.

Verdict: Not as crisp as I would have hoped, the beer is still very good though the base malts work beautifully.

Score: 7.6 / 10

Link: Otway Estate

Where to find: Short of heading south of the border to Victoria, you can purchase their range online at the Otway Estate website.

Iron House Paddys Head Stout 5.2% Alcohol

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

The weather in Sydney of late has been cold and wet to say the least, signalling the time to switch from those easy drinking lagers and light ales that embody summer to the stouts and porters that bring warmth to the cold of winter. Iron House Paddys Head Stout covers the need nicely dark black and hailing from down South in Tasmania, where we assume they know a thing or two about staying warm in the cold.

The Iron House Stout poured from a bottle into a glass with a small tan coloured head, a low level of carbonation and a dark black body. The nose is a real highlight on this brew with plenty of different aromas to intrigue the stand outs being licorice, roasted coffee, cooking chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

On the palate this brew is not lacking in the flavour department chocolate, burnt toast, macadamia nuts, coffee, brown sugar and pepper were very easy to pick up. Considering the amount of flavours present I was extremely surprised how clean this beer ends, not much is left after swallowing except for a moderately sweet caramel aftertaste.

This is not a beer that works when overly cold as some of the flavours come through very one sided and harsh. But its not the sort of style you tend to rush anyhow, allowed to warm the taste becomes alot more rounded and the more subtle flavours really shine.

Verdict: A lovely Winter Stout this is a great brew to unwind with after a cold wet Winters day, I am definitely keen to get my hands on some more.

Score: 8.1/10

Link: Iron House Brewery

Where to buy:Seems Iron House beers don’t make it too far North from their home in Tassie, luckily they can be purchased online from the “Taste of Tassie” website.