Archive’s Grape vs Grain

My blogs are very few and far between these days. There are many reasons, but chief among them is my insatiable consumption of everything delicious, no holds barred. I have zero discipline, no self control. Essentially, I’m getting fat. I am a walking lava lamp so a little restraint has been needed.

Notwithstanding the above, I hopped along to Archive’s Grape vs Grain degustation dinner. I think there have been a few of  beer and wine degustation dinners in Brisbane beer scene recently, and I’d never experienced one.

The food and drink line up looked great. A collection of wines from Altitude 701 and beers from Brouhaha Brewery were presented alongside a menu prepared by Archive’s head chef, Duncan Hastie.

The room was packed; beer scene regulars, a few friends, and complete strangers. Matt Jancauskas, Head Brewer and co-founder at Brouhaha Brewing was there and graciously told an insightful, inspiring story of Brouhaha Brewing’s establishment. I love hearing stories of dreams fulfilled and his was excellent. Read Crafty Pint’s fab article about the brewery and Matt here.

So, the food and drink program:

  1. KING PRAWN SANGRITA SHOOTER  served with JARRET SPARKLING 2016 ORANGE NSW / BROUHAHA DRY HOP SAISON.
  2. THAI RARE BEEF SALAD served with VINTELOPER RIESLING 2016 CLARE VALLEY SA / BROUHAHA IPA.
  3. WHITE BAIT FRITTER w LEMON GARLIC AIOLI served with TERTINI ROSE 2015 SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS NSW / BROUHAHA BLONDE.
  4. SMOKEY BBQ BEEF SHORT RIBS served with DOMAINE THOMSON PINOT NOIR 2015 CENTRAL OTAGO NZ / BROUHAHA IRISH RED
  5. SELECTION OF WITCHES CHASE CHEESE MT TAMBORINE QLD served with SWINGING BRIDGE MAW RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 ORANGE NSW / BROUHAHA RASPBERRY SAISON

Looks good, huh? It was delicious!

My highlights:

Wine: Tertini Rose – This wine has a light ruby, medium bodied and nicely balanced. Not too sweet, not too dry. This was a perfect selection for the White Bait Fritters.

Beer: Raspberry Saison – Yes I know, I love a Saison. This one was just beautiful. Light pink, a little tarty and light bodied. I was guzzling this with the Witches Chase blue cheese.

Food: This was a hard pick, it was all delicious, but I have to say the smokey beef ribs were the standout. I love anything BBQ.

Clearly I loved the dinner. Hat tips to Archive, Altitude 701 and Brouhaha Brewery.

Unfortunately for me I ended up getting home at 4am… Needless to say  I was a little tender that day. I blame the post dinner whiskies at Cobbler. They always tip me over the edge!

 

 

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