What happens when the best music venue in Adelaide teams up with a badass local brewing company that produces some sweet beer-y sips? An epic evening of beer-themed food, drinks, laughs, and good music!
Now, I’m going to be brutally honest here – I am not a fan of beer *cue in gasps and shocks* BUT hear me out! This event may have made me lean more towards the love o’meter for beer. You all can now catch your breaths again, because everything is right in the world again.
The team at Eventalaide was invited to the first of what will hopefully be many, many events of beer appreciation.
Big Shed Brewing Co. has been in existence for the past two years, but the story starts way back in 2002, when the crew began experimenting with the flavours and created the fruit-flavoured beers that we thoroughly enjoyed at this event last night.
We were treated to a scrumptious 4-course meal, which was accompanied with the signature beers that were the stars of the night!
First up, we were treated to the appetizer – the pork belly popcorn with cherry popper mayo– and while it didn’t have a crackling, it was still pretty damn delicious to munch on. It tasted just as good with the mayo as it did without. The accompanying drink we had was the German Pale – “Kols Chisel”. As I dramatically explained earlier, I am not a huge fan of beer. However, I loved the way this drink was very nutty and had a rustic taste to it. It’s easily one that I can see myself sipping on after a long day (which was the case in this scenario).
While we waited for our next meal, we were treated to the Cherry Popper Apple and Cherry cider. Of course, this was my favourite drink of the night, but understand that I love sweet-tasting things. And this was definitely a sweet drink, but not Rekordelig sweet. The perfect and manageable level of sweet.
Next up, we had the crispy duck shanks with pickled carrot and beery ripe porter compote. The meat melted off the bone and tasted divine. The compote served on the side gave the meat the fruity tang and worked nicely. The accompanying drink we had was the Californicator. This was another surprising favourite for me. This beer had the “pop” factor, with a subtle hint of passionfruit, apricot and pine. The fruity flavours in the alcohol made it a refreshing drink and can easily be seen as the other half to the F Yeah (which we had with our next meal).
We were then served the beef cheek and brown ale pie, with green pea purée, prosciutto, and pepper leaf pumpkin for main. If you think it looks big, it’s because it was giant! The meat was succulent and had a tantalizing yet delicious taste of beer. We were also given the F Yeah (beer), which had a classic taste of fresh brew, with citrus vibes emanating from it. Easily considered as a ‘unisex drink’, this beer was super smooth and light. According to our fellow diners Rick and Sally, the F Yeah and the Californicator were the “Mr. and Mrs.” of the beer range we were served at this event – a fitting description, indeed!
Saving the best for last in true traditional style, we were served the golden stout time Beeramisu with caramel and honeycomb and let me tell you now – it is just as intoxicating and heavenly as it sounds! The caramel sauce that it was served on was a great accompaniment to the cake, which was spongy, light, and creamy. Served on the side was the FrankenBROWN American Brown Ale, which was the darkest beer of the lot and had a stronger yet enjoyable flavour. This drink is definitely not for the weak-willed, so prepare yourselves for a heck of a kick from this one!
Special thanks to the chef and the good guys from Big Shed Brewing Co. for allowing us to sample their delicious bites and sips – rest assured that we had a great time and we are stoked for the next beer fest! And also, thanks to the fine people at the Gov for providing an excellent venue, where we had the opportunity to appreciate a balance of an intimate yet social gathering with other beer lovers!
Words by Fatema Sitabkhan