Archive for February, 2011

Merivale gets creative with food for annual food and wine festival

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Merivale’s annual food and wine festival, March Into Merivale, returns from 21 February to 15 April involving over 11 venues including the recently launched modern Asian eatery – Ms. G’s, French bistro – Felix, and Surry Hills hotspot –  The Beresford.

Headlined by ten of Merivale’s head chefs, the 2011 theme is ‘The art of food’, with a set of campaign images that feature the group’s chefs and Merivale CEO, Justin Hemmes, posing in their favourite food-inspired attire.

A mouth-watering array of over 50 special events will also take place across the eight weeks including a Giaconda wine dinner, Biodynamic wine dinner with Nicolas Joly and Julian Castagna, shaken and stirred cocktail class at Lotus, Henschke and Blackmore wagyu beef night and world wine fair with over 100 wines to taste at The ivy Room.

The great lunch and dinner deals will return with restaurants est., sushi e, Ash Street Cellar, Mad Cow, Uccello, Sailors Thai ivy, Lotus, Bistrode CBD, The Beresford, Ms. G’s and Felix offering $33 lunch and dinners with a glass of wine or beer. Merivale pubs will also offer their own lunch and dinner deals.

Justin explains: “We’re all so excited about March Into Merivale 2011, which is set to kick off this year on 21 February and run through to 15 April. I love that March Into Merivale has become a much anticipated fixture in Sydney’s food and wine calendar and with our amazing line up of $33 meal offers across 11 restaurants and four pubs, March Into Merivale is the perfect opportunity for everyone to come in and sample the amazing food and service offered everyday through all our venues.”

“In addition to our $33 meal offers, we’ve put together a great range of special events that showcase the imagination and talent of our award winning chefs. Take a look at our calendar of events, lock some dates into the diary and come along to as many things as you’re able to squeeze into your schedule over our eight week festival.”

It will be even easier for diners and drinkers to sample the March Into Merivale delights in 2011 with the introduction of a festival passport where guests collect stamps from different Merivale establishments each time they eat in order to receive a $100 Merivale voucher. Each completed passport will also be entered into a draw to win dinner for six with Peter Doyle at the winner’s home.

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Cascade Appoints New Head Brewer

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Cascade Brewery Co has appointed as its new Head Brewer following on from Max Burslem’s transition to the newly created role of Transformation Manager.

With more than 20 years brewing experience in English breweries in Berkshire and Manchester, Mike started his career in a small brewery working on the development of craft style beers.

On his appointment at Cascade, Mike said he is delighted to take on the task of Head Brewer and is already feeling at home in Tasmania.

“Cascade is an incredible brewery and site, with a strong tradition and heritage in brewing. Cascade’s founder Peter Degraves chose this site for brewing in 1824 for the quality of its water and the brewery continues to benefit from his foresight.”

“Cascade is unique amongst Australian breweries in that it continues to malt barley for brewing in its own maltings and it continues to focus on traditional brewing methods.  This combination results in high quality beers which are valued and enjoyed by beer lovers.  I’m amazed by the innovative ideas and new products developed by the Cascade team.  Our relationships and support for Tasmanian farmers and growers ensure the highest quality ingredients are used for our beers.”

Mike said he was looking forward to working with Cascade’s former Head Brewer Max Burslem and the Cascade team over the coming months to ensure Cascade continues its rich tradition of brewing beers enjoyed by beer fans around Australia.

Cascade Brewery Co is Australia’s oldest brewery and is renowned for using Tasmania’s high quality barley and hops together with the pure mountain waters of Mount Wellington to brew its range of acclaimed beers.

McLaren Vale Beer Co Lands 2 In The Hottest 100

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Australia’s best craft beer as voted by Australian beer drinkers in the annual Local
Taphouse’s Hottest 100 Craft Beers of 2010 is Vale Ale – with its stable mate Vale Dry also
being voted in the Top 10, and the top lager.
Vale Ale displaced Little Creatures Pale Ale from the top spot it had held for the past two
years and polled well ahead of the other 499 craft beers from across Australia that were
included in this year’s “People’s Choice” poll. It is the first time the McLaren Vale beers have
been included in the poll – with Vale Dry having been in the market since late last year.
McLaren Vale Beer Company Managing Director, Mr Adam Trippe-Smith, said the result was
a “great pat on the back” for the young and enthusiastic team behind the emerging premium
beer company.
“We are passionate about our beer and committed to having fun while pursuing the perfect
brew,” Adam said. “We’re delighted our customers have enjoyed our beers enough to vote
us top of the Hottest 100 in our debut year and we look forward to continuing to surprise and
delight them with our beers, which are increasingly being stocked by discerning pubs,
restaurants, bars and leading beverage stores around the nation.”
McLaren Vale Beer Company crafts the internationally-awarded Vale Ale and recently
released Vale Dry – Australia’s first unfiltered dry lager. Its home is the world class
hospitality venue, The Salopian Inn, established 1851. Look out for the distinctive
black and white label in leading pubs or visit for more information.

Be sure to check out The Local Taphouse blog for the full results of the 2010 “Hottest 100” beer line up.