A big part of why I’m in Melbourne is to explore the landscape of microbrewery. Learning about beer making, tasting beer .. well it’s a hard days work but someone have to do it : )
At the last beer making session, the class went to this 1 brewery in Black Rock, Melbourne. It’s a bit of a drive from downtown Melbourne, about 30 minutes without traffic. Yes, there’s traffic in Melbourne people : )
The class was given a tour of their facility and equipments. Really state of the art, but then again I’m new at this thing. Met 1 of the residence brewer, Brian. He was the 1 giving us the tour. Great guy with “mean” brewing technique.
Sorry, no pictures of their facility. No photo taking is allowed.
For the record, this brewery is quite young. 2 years old in operation but has a couple of awards on their belt for their beer on the Australian. They won bronze awards at the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards for their Summer Ale, Dark Ale, American Pale Ale, & Pilsner.
Here’s the list of beer that they serve:1. Summer ale (Kolsch)2. American Pale Ale,3. New World Pilsner4. Dark Ale (American Brown)5. Red Truck Lager
And they also do a Cider, from apple.
A lesson learned when doing beer tasting, always start from the “easiest” to drink and work your way up. Easiest meaning light and not too complex in taste. A Stout will probably the last beer in a tasting.
All their beer is very easy to drink and not at all bitter like the common Australian beer. Bitterness in beer is measured in IBU. What I mean by easy to drink is the type of beer you can drink 3-5 glasses : )
All beers are well balanced in terms of flavor. They use hops on several of their beers but none is “overpowering.” I like it so much that I’m imagining my glass of water in front of me is a cold Summer Ale. LOL
Summer Ale and New World Pilsner is definitely my favorite.
After the tasting we continue to lunch. To my surprise it was very good.
I tried a couple of dish. The first 1 is The Pork. A simple dish cooked with care. 2 of the slice is a bit overcooked that the meat part of the pork becomes just a tad dry. But other than that its a great dish. The sauce is very light with just a sprinkle of lemon to counter balance it. The skin is so crunchy that 2 tables over can still hear me eating it.
The second dish is The Scallop. So fresh and beautifully decorated. And ohhh .. the mashed potatoes is so delicious. It’s very flavorful, not your ordinary mash.
I went back to the kitchen and have a chat with the Chef. His name is Mauro. He is from Argentina. I got a bite of the Short Rib with Chimichuri sauce that he is preparing for 1 table. Juicy with the richness of Chimichuri sauce … what can go wrong. : )
If you are in Black Rock, pay them a visit. It will be worth your trouble.
Here is their contacts:
Open 6 days (Closed Mondays)
12pm until late: Lunch & Dinner
298 Beach Road Black Rock VIC 3193
PO Box 516 Black Rock VIC 3193
Switchboard: 1300 878 360
Functions: 0487 893 480