In my early days of having a drink or two, I was subjected to cheap beers at parties and keggers, with the occasional mixed drink (made with cheap alcohol) here and there. Beer was beer… nothing special, just a drink you had at parties or when going out.
I’ve learned a lot over the years, and the biggest thing I’ve learned would have to be that beer is NOT boring. Anyone who says that is probably not trying enough beers (or are d-bags), plain and simple. There are beers that taste fruity, beers that taste bitter; some are light, some are heavy, and some even taste like chocolate or coffee. You can have beers that go on a hot summer day (Corona with a lime, please) and beers perfect for filling and warming the soul. Travel has helped to introduce me to many different beers all around the world, and I’m always happy to have a new one thrown at me here in Sydney, too.
Pat and I ventured back to the The Local Taphouse on Friday night (two days in the same week for me!) and ordered us up some grub, along with some tasting paddles of beer. We fell in love with the Local back maybe half a year or so ago when we followed the guidance of the Sydney Good Pub Food Guide (read this post on WhyGo).
I will say that we were a little upset with the way they’ve changed the food menu nowadays. They’ve split it up between high-class food in the sit-down restaurant area and the more pub-style food (like burgers and pot pies) in the rest of the non-seated and non-waiter section of the place. So, when you unknowingly go and sit in the sit-down section and order a couple of starters off the bat BEFORE realizing the only mains on offer are $45 steaks and lamb shanks… eek. And all I really wanted was that 3 beer beef burger I had before. *sigh*
At least the tasting paddle, decked out with 5 different beers from all around Australia, was nice. That alone kept us happy and loving the evening in spite of the food let down.
So, the moral of the story is that beer is not boring, and it is a drink that I love to try all over the world. Where have you had your favorite beer tasting?