There’s more to beer than a bottle and bubbles. As the loveable rogues of Australia will tell you, beer is an art form. It’s a delicate balance of flavour and function. Beer, lager, ale whatever you like to call it, whether you take yours in a tall, chilled glass or in a bottle swathed in a stubby-holder, is the product of serious contemplation and extensive gastronomic engineering!
In a small acknowledgement of the greatness of what we like to call ‘liquid gold’, we pay homage to it and all its unique and nuanced varieties in our Sydney International Terminal Beer tour. All aboard, this tour is taking off!
Destination 1: Itacho Sushi
The Japanese equivalent of beer and nuts is a bottle of Ashai Super Dry ($8.50) and a bowl of edamame and you’re in luck because it’s served up here daily. When we found out that Asahi means ‘morning sun’ we couldn’t help but rise to our feet and applaud the Japanese. At long last, formal recognition that it’s ok to drink beer before midday. Can I get a ‘Hells Yeah?’.
Destination 2: Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar
The Balik Beer ($14) on the menu here is an ancient Russian treasure. According to the legend it was first brewed using an old, secret Russian porter recipe. Sounding a little mysterious? The curiosity continues when this sherry tasting amber liquid is served up in a wine glass. Don’t question it, just charge your glass, press it to your lips and enjoy take the culinary journey to Russia.
Destination 3: Bambini Wine Room
Because it is the oldest hotel in Sydney, it could be argued that the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, is responsible for spawning the well established Sydney beer culture. But we’ll leave that to you figure out over a few cold ones. Nestled in Sydney’s historical heartland, The Rocks, this sandstone institution produces some of the city’s finest beer. Bambini Wine Room stock their most popular drop, the Lord Nelson ‘Old Admiral’ Ale ($8.50). It’s a robust dark coloured beer with winter-warming notes of caramel and malt. Like nothing else your palate will have experienced. Pair it with Bambini’s farm house style paté, tomato relish and crusty bread. This combo packs more punch than Pacquiao.
Destination 4: Danks Street Depot
Passengers, this is your last stop before you depart T1 and we want to send you off with a bang. No better way to do it than with an Aussie favourite: Matilda Bay Alpha Pale Ale ($9). This is sunshine in a bottle. A few swigs of this magic brew from Western Australia and you’ll be triumphantly singing Waltzing Matilda as you board the plane.
We’re always on the lookout for new beers to wet the whistle with. Can you recommend your favourites? Or why not send us a pic or contact us on twitter (@jenfreshonthego) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SSPAustralia).