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Warners At The Bay Beer Festival 2011@Newcastle Australia

November 30, 2020 – 7:00 pm Comments Off

On Sunday it was Warners At The Bay’s Annual Beer Festival which this year coincided with Newcastle Craft Beer Week.

What a day! Held from 12pm to 4pm the event held in the motel car park of my favorite bottle shop hosted over 80 Beers from 25 suppliers and a couple of  ciders sunk in too! The weather after a week of non-stop rain Sunday really turned it on with blue sunny skies and the mercury  hanging round 30 degrees Celsius-purrrfect beer sampling weather in my book!

The event was a sell out with tickets capped at 700 and by the looks of things everyone showed up! Each ticket holder was given a coopers show bag which contained a pen, a back issue of beer & brewer magazine, info sheets,beer tickets, a copy of the excellent  Beer Lovers Guide To Australia and the most important thing of all a 200ml Warners At The Bay tasting glass!  On to the beers!

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

 

Wow and I mean WOW! This ale was a big surprise. Big malty character on the nose with a bit of caramel thrown in too. The mouth full is where the awesome Hazelnuttyness  hits you wonderfully smooth going down and satisfying. I get abit funny about brewers adding stuff to beers…BUT this is done right in true Rogue Brewery fashion- these guys really know what they are doing.  Had this over at the Innspire Craft Beer Merchants tent- a great bunch of guys who bring in some incredible beers from around the world.  Check out their ute/pickup below.

 

Over at the Stone & Wood Brewery tent the home of one of my favorite brews Pacific Ale which was as always excellent… the fellas were also sampling a Spanish lager brew called Moritz

Very thirst quenching brew very smooth going down in the spring sun and a somewhat faint vanilla taste to it on the finish. Very nice! Will definitely be picking up a case of these on a scorching hot day this summer!

Next up was the Lord Nelson Brewery Stand

These guys from Sydney’s institutional brewpub  were very informative and great to chat with… the beer was great too! They had the Three Sheets Pale Ale and Old Admiral strong amber ale on tap for the day. The Three Sheets was great- not too overpowering in the hop department and a very inoffensive ale- Extremely refreshing. The Old Admiral on the other hand had a good malty backbone to it-would be great by the pint on a cool evening. The brewpub is a great place to check out if you find yourself  in Sydney-a great establishment that is a part of Sydney’s and Australia’s craft brew history.

Next up we made our way over to the wonderful peps at the Beer Importers and Distributors (BID) stand

Sam Adams Lager as always- a great Vienna style lager with malty goodness went down a treat! Warstiener a very clean bright  larger which would rival any Mexican style lager as the easiest drink brew out there . Noble Pils from Sam Adams was also a good example of the style. Hope to see some Belgians next year from BID as they provide the Aussie market with some cracker beers from beer’s holy land.

McLaren Vale

I have converted a few peps over to craft brew with Vale Ale from these guys. I was pleasantly surprised they also brew an IPA which was one of the only IPA’s available for tasting at the event. And what a great IPA at that! Big hop aroma on the nose and a sweet maltyness going down, finishing up with a awesome hoppy bitterness which hop-heads like me are addicted to. Hope to see more from these guys.

Notable Mentions:

Mudgee Brewing Amazing Wheat beer! Has the biggest banana aroma of any wheat beer I have ever tasted! Great to see a good Aussie brewer making a PROPER wheat beer.

Black Duck Brewery Great beers on show especialy the PROPER bitter lovely beer could’ve drank it all day… and that has nothing to do with the fact it has PROPER in its name I swear (^_^).

Ekim Brewing & Happy Goblin best pale ales at the event-great bunch of guys too!

Mark’s Home Brew– Mark and Shawn great guys and last minute suppliers for taps and things so the breweries could serve us beery people beer! Thanks Heaps!

Last but not least a massive thanks to Mark Mead & Crew from Warners at the Bay and Corey Crooks & crew from the Albion Hotel & Newcastle Craft Beer week Founder for making this amazing event happen….us beery folks really appreciate the enormous time and effort that you guys have  put into this event to make it a cracker! Cheers fellas.

PROPERBEERMATE



 

 

 

 

Spoiled With Choices: Plaza Damansara

November 30, 2020 – 9:05 am Comments Off

Lately I find that Plaza Damansara are crowded with pubs. I thing consumer are spoiled with choices. This is just one site of Plaza Damansara with a total of 8 outlet that serve alcohol.

Sid’s Pub
An English Gastropub. If you like to meet new friends here, is a nice hang out place!

Escobar
Is a cigar bar. Have a selection of wine, if you want some chill they serve a variants of beer too.

Flamenco
Is a Spanish restaurant. If you up for some Paella and wine, have a go.

Deutsches Gasthaus
A German gastropub. Serve variants of imported beer. This is the first out of the 4 branches they have.

Chef Diary
A restaurant and bar that serve some Italian style food. Look like an interesting place.

Sevillas
A Spanish tapas and wine place. With curtain covering up, it look a bit mysterious.

Aria
A restaurant with pub style setting at night. Looks very chill and nice to hang out.

Aliyaa
A restaurant setup in the  inside while out side look like a bar. The place is quite bright.

Welcome The Dragon Year With Rm3.3 Million Worth Of Treasures

November 29, 2020 – 10:47 am 3 Comments

Petaling Jaya, 23 November 2020 – With the festive season just round the corner, Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB) today unveiled their Chinese New Year 2012 campaign aptly themed “9 Grand Treasures for the Year of the Dragon”. As part of the campaign, consumers of GAB’s iconic brands will have a hand at winning a 1-kilogram Golden Dragon statue, eight pieces of 100-gram Gold Dragon coins, and cash prizes that add to a total value of more than RM3.3 million. The campaign kicks off on 15 December 2020 and will run right through to 6 February 2012.

To win the Golden Dragon statue and Gold Dragon coins, consumers just need to check the caps of any big bottle Tiger, Guinness, Heineken or Anchor, and look out for the colour of the bottle cap liner which will determine the prizes that they have won.

For consumers who purchase GAB beers from major hypermarkets, they too stand a chance to win when they purchase the 26-can festive packs. All they have to do is look out for the lucky cans with pull tabs that are specially coded, and match those codes to find out the prizes that they have won.

To mark the launch of the campaign, media were given a sneak peek of the grand prizes. The showcase of the 1-kilogram Golden Dragon statue, as well as eight pieces of 100-gram Gold Dragon coins, was accompanied by a 99 feet Golden Dragon Dance which added that extra dash of auspiciousness to the occasion.

Speaking at the launch, Ms Yap Swee Leng, the Marketing Director of GAB said, “Next year will be the year of the Dragon and since it is one of the mightiest of all the zodiac signs, we are inspired to come up with a campaign that is not just better than previous campaigns, but one that is befitting its might. Hence, we decided on the “9 Grand Treasures for the Year of the Dragon” consumer promotion that will give out more than RM3.3 million worth of gold and cash prizes.”

As part of the campaign, GAB is also hosting 99 ‘Golden Dragon Nights’ happening throughout January 2012 at participating restaurants, coffee shops and food courts across the nation. At these events, consumers will be treated to good food, entertainment and lucky draws while they enjoy GAB’s award winning beers.

For those who are celebrating the  Chinese New Year festivities at pubs and bistros, they just need to spend RM99 and above on any of GAB’s iconic brews such as  Tiger, Guinness, Heineken, Anchor, Kilkenny, Strongbow, Paulaner, and Sol on a single receipt to receive a limited edition Chinese New Year bottle opener.

For the first time, GAB will also be hosting Chinese New Year nights at nine selected new villages. Consumers attending these celebrations will be treated to a six course dinner complete with Yee Sang, GAB beers and gifts. As part of GAB’s festive good-will, part of the proceeds from these dinners will be donated back to the respective villages’ community development fund.

Ms. Yap said, “We have taken great effort to create many attractive promotions and organise great number of parties so that our consumers may further enjoy our winning beers, whether it is Tiger, Guinness, Heineken or Anchor. As a personal wish, I hope all our consumers will have a chance at winning one of the 3.3 million ringgit worth of grand treasures that are being offered!”

Celebrate an auspicious year ahead with GAB’s “9 Grand Treasures for the Year of the Dragon”!

 

Roti Babi My Style

November 25, 2020 – 9:05 am 2 Comments

Few weeks back, a friend give me a sandwich maker. So I decided to try it out by doing Roti Babi (Pork Sandwich). I taste a few types of Roti Babi, so I just decide to infuse something I like. Back by popular demand to post up the recipe, I decided to put it up in Beerbeer.

The ingredients you need:
• minced pork (200g-300g)
• White onion (3-4)
• carrot (1 reasonable size)
• garlic
• shitakei mushroom (4 big ones)
• bacon (around 300g)
• bread (make sure it fit your sandwich maker)

#1. Prepare the caramelise onion
Slice up the onions and put in the pan on low heat. Slowly sweat the onion, put the lid up and let the steam sweat out the onions. When the onion is soft, add in some salt and sugar according to taste. Stir the onion once a while, add some water if the pan is too dry. Gently fried till the onion is brown and soft.

You can watch the video above to see the process. I also learn from there.

#2. Prepare the pork filling
Firstly dice up all the garlic and mushroom, then shred the carrot to fine small piece. Throw in all the garlic, mushroom and carrot into the pan and let the ingredient soften up. Stir fry it and let it sweat. After that add soy sauce and worthshire sauce to add some flavour. Throw in the minced pork inside and start to mix it all in. I add in more soy sauce, salt, black pepper and some honey to give it more taste. You can add chili powder to spice it up as well. Fried till the filling is lightly dried.

#3. Assemble the filling.
First put the bread on the sandwich maker. If you like your bread to be oily, you can spread the butter both side. You can also dip it with egg to give the aroma. Then top up with the pork filling.

After that layer it with a piece of bacon. Make sure the filling and bacon do not when over the center line.

If you want to put fried bacon or replace with chinese sausage is up to your own individual taste.

Then top it up with caramelise onion. Drip a few drops of worthshire sauce and add some black paper.

Toast the bread according to your liking. If you prefer to have it a bit char then just leave it on a bit longer.

This is a flexible style, you can add or minus things that you don’t like. I prefer to layer the filling so I can have a mouthful of everything each bite. Non fried bacon will give more moist inside while the fried bacon will give the crunchy bite.

You can also replace the caramelise onions with fried shallots as well. Add in mayo or cheese if you want. To be more healthy you can also throw in some oats in the pork filling during stir fry. One more important point, don’t be greedy and put too much filling. Just stack up nicely will do.

The total cost for Roti Babi come out about RM20-30 which can easy feed 8-10 people. Have fun cooking.

Beerbulance

November 24, 2020 – 9:28 am Comments Off

This is actually quite funny. Imagine every time you run out of beer in the party or special occasion, just dial the special number and a Beerbulance will come… haha

Of course, many places in the have alcohol delivery service. Maybe Malaysia should start one too, but so far not many Malaysian drink at home. So it may not work here yet. Cheers!

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