Taste test: New beer tasting

We discovered a perfect way to fill in a lazy rainy Sunday (a rare event in Brisbane these days!) Brisbane News  featured an article called “Brew-haha” on some of the newer beers on the market. Tony Harper and friends taste tested their way through some 60 beers – I bet there were many volunteers! He whittled it down and recommended a list of top 10.  Matt was particular keen to give them all a go, especially since he has been brewing his own beer. I have to admit I’m not such a beer drinker, but what the heck!

We visited a few local liquor stores to get all of the ones on the list, and somehow along the way we gathered a few extras to try. However, we had lots of trouble getting Emerson’s Pilsner. The article had created such a demand for Tony’s number one that it seems as if the whole of Brisbane was sold out of this hot bottled kiwi!

Our list turned out completely different – which just goes to show it’s a personal preference thing.

Beer tasting

Score (Matt – Emma)

1. Hoegaarden (4-4)
2. Cascade Premium (3-4)
3. Knappstein (4-2) fruity South Australian
4. Mountain Goat Pale Ale (3-3) – golden, floral honey aromas from Melbourne
5. Weihenstephaner Hafe Weizenbier (3.5-2.5)
6. Weihenstephaner Pilsner (3-3)
7. Grand Ridge (3.5-2.5) mild citrus, would appeal to wine drinkers from Victoria
8. Chimay (3-2.5) dark, distinct
9. Roger’s Beer (2.5-3)
10. Red Oak (2.5-2.5) – Sydney hints of bananas and cloves
11. Emerson’s Pale Ale (2.5-1) soapy
12. Mildura Stormy Ale (2-1) orangery bitter kick
13. Duvel (2-1) very bubbly; like champagne

Not shown:
Fuller’s London Pride – always a winner
Emerson’s Pilsner – missing in action

Matt, of course, wants to know – if we can get a full list of the 60 beers tested (but please don’t encourage him). When does the wine tasting start?

Taste test: Jammin’ in the rainforest

Rainforest Jam

While up on the Fraser Coast, we purchased some local nuts and a few petite jars of rainforest spreads. Here’s the results of our taste test:

1. Lemon Myrtle Honey (left)- This one was a thick lemon syrupy honey. We could clearly taste the tang of the Lemon Myrtle, with a base of Eucalyptus honey. One way to identify a Lemon Myrtle tree is to crush some of its leaves, and it gives off a similar lovely sweet smell of lemons!

2. Davidson’s Plum Jam (middle) – The labels describes a “tart plum flavour, followed by a delightful tang.” We found it similar to normal plum jam and its mild taste was the most agreeable of the three. Davidson’s plum trees only grow in very limited regions of the Australian Rainforest.

3. Riberry Jam (Lillipilli Jam) (right) – The last one had a distinct taste that neither of us liked. The label says it is similar to “boysenberry and ginger”, so if you like these flavours perhaps this is the one for you. Riberries are only found in Australian rainforests on the east coast

We tried the spreads with mini pikelets for breakfast. If you would like to purchase and try any of these bush foods for yourself, visit Lemon Myrtle Refreshed’s website.

Turning the other pig’s cheek

There is a homeliness about British cooking that warms the cockles of your heart. So it’s a shame to hear that some of the old classics are dying out, or is it?

According to a UKTV survey, 70% of young people said they would refuse to eat either hare or chaps. A combination of health concerns, a wider range of inexpensive food and an interest in international dishes have changed the landscape of British crusine.

The ten most endangered savouries are:

The ten most threatened puddings:

The Scots have left off the menu:

  • Crappit heids – boiled haddock heads stuffed with suet
  • Whim wham – a fruit and bread trifle

The Welsh aren’t eating their:

  • Rook pie
  • former national dish of laver bread – seaweed pureed with fine oatmeal into small cakes.

But at least it beats eating monkey chow!