Crafty Snaps: Liquid Lounge at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Crafty Snaps: Liquid Lounge at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
Wed Mar 21 2012 by Crafty Pint

Today’s the day the 20th – and biggest ever – Melbourne Food & Wine Festival draws to a close. It’s seen beer play a more central role than ever before, with the festival having its own beer brewed specially and craft beer the star at many events. It was the first time beer had been invited onto the MasterClass program, where The Crafty Pint was asked to compile and moderate two sessions for their inaugural Liquid Lounge, which also featured two cocktail sessions.

We opted for a session showcasing beers that are pushing the boundaries in different ways and one based around brekkie – well, what else do you do at 10am on a Sunday morning? The first – Brilliant New Brews – featured brackets of wild ales, collaborative brews, barrel-aged beers and imperial and beyond beers. The brekkie featured beers that had something in common with breakfast or were traditionally served with breakfast.

Brewing guests were Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, from Mikkeller, Ben Kraus, from Bridge Road, Shawn Sherlock, from Murray’s, Josh Uljans, from Moon Dog, and Dave Bonighton, from Mountain Goat, all of whom kindly donated their beers and time for free. Brendan Varis, from Feral, had hoped to join us but had a new brewery arriving in WA so had to pull out, but sent beers regardless.

Both sessions sold out and garnered great reviews. In fact, we spoke to the Melbourne Food & Wine team yesterday and they told us: “You’ve got no choice – you’re working with us again next year!” So, great things continue to happen for beer in Australia, with Mikkel acknowledging that while the scene is still young in Australia we have a good thing going on. His advice? Be loud!

For those who made it – and those who will be there next year! – here are a few snaps from the two sessions taken by Chris McBeer and The Crafty Pint Jr:

Thanks to:

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and their volunteers
The brewers
The Monk, Slowbeer and Phoenix Importers for supplying beers
Chris McBeer for helping put the sessions together
Tom, James and Miro for helping pouring the beers over the weekend

The Beers

Brilliant New Brews

Moon Dog Melon Gibson
Feral Swanambic (unreleased)
Mikkeller Stella 2 Festival Edition

Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø India Saison (Beechworth edition)
Nøgne Ø / Bridge Road India Saison (Grimstad edition)
Mikkeller / Three Floyds Boogoop

Feral King Brown
Murray’s Oak-Aged Heart of Darkness
Mikkeller Black Hole (Bourbon Edition)

Murray’s Anniversary Ale 6
Moon Dog Whisky Imperial Stout (trial batch)
Mikkeller / BrewDog / Nøgne Ø Black Tokyo Horizon

Great Melbourne Beer Breakfast

La Sirène Saison
Murray’s Punk Monk

Weihenstephan Hefe Weissebier
Mountain Goat The Hoeff

Bridge Road Brew 500 Breakfast Lager
The Monk Rauch

Mountain Goat Coffee IPA
Mikkeller Hop Breakfast

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
Mikkeller Brunch Weasel

Temple Brewing

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