I finally feel awake! I spent the weekend in Sydney which involved huge walks each day (to help burn off the even bigger amount of food I ate) and late nights. It left me utterly exhausted but I’m back with the living today which feels pretty good! S had promised me a weekend away to do anything I wanted but I would have felt too selfish to do that! So amongst all the yummy food spots and gorgeous shops, we visited a few of the city’s microbreweries…
The first stop on our “tour” was Redoak Boutique Beer Brewery in the heart of the city. We tried the Organic Pale Ale, which was pretty damn tasty, but the Kristallweizen was amazing! It’s described as a clear, cold filtered wheat beer. I have to admit I’m not much of a beer connoisseur but I do know it tasted as good as the beers I drank in Munich last year, and therefore it is right up there in my all time favourites. The food was great here too – crispy skinned chicken breast on a lemon, parsley and chilli risotto with salsa verde and baby herbs… and some handcut chips. This place was definitely worth the visit (in fact we came back the following night as we walked home just to have another drink).
On the second day of our visit, we wandered into the Rocks to visit Harts Pub. Hart’s Pub sells beer brewed by the Rock’s Brewing Co plus a few specially selected beers from other microbreweries around the country. We tried the 1809 Pale Ale, the Governor’s Ale and a beer from Pickled Monkey Brewing. They were all pretty good, and made for a delicious night eating burgers at the pub while pretending that we could understand the rugby match on tv (we couldn’t help feeling lost being Melbournians) and reading quotes about beer which were written in fancy gold script on the walls (I love Benjamin Franklin’s “beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”). If we had any space left in our stomachs we would have tried the delicous sounding chocolate chip skillet cookie but I think I am going to have to try and make it myself!
Third day, in the Rocks again. This time we had our luggage with us and we really just wanted to sit in the sun for a while with a cool drink. We went to the Lord Nelson Brewery which was established in 1841, and is the oldest pub brewery in Australia. We enjoyed the Summer Pale Ale, Trafalgar Ale and Three Sheets Ale and munched on some potato chips with rosemary and sea salt. It was a good spot for people watching – one guy on a bike ride with his young family looked pretty upset that he wasn’t able to stop for a beer.
Now that I’m back in Melbourne I’m going to have to find a way to get my hands on some of these beers… alas I’m 99% sure I won’t be getting more Kristallweizen any time soon!