July 19, 2013 by 250 Beers
On the 10th of July I made a special announcement on this blog regarding Beer of Origin 3. Basically, after BoO2 was done and dusted, I was approached by Lauren, the Functions Manager at Platform Bar, Grand Central Hotel and asked if I wanted to hold BoO3 as an event in her venue.
I thought about it for all of two seconds before blurting out “Yes!” I mean BoO is only in its first year and only started as an idea of mine just hours before the start of this years State of Origin series. To go from novel idea at home for BoO1 to a real-life, proper bar for BoO3 is madness!
I met with Lauren last week to discuss which beers would be available to us for the event. Obviously, I was looking for a beer from Queensland and a beer from New South Wales. Due to contractual obligations, we couldn’t play with the taps so there’d be no draught beer for BoO3 – just bottles. We were restricted further by the fact that there aren’t many QLD brewed beers in bottles (soon to change thanks to the imminent arrival of Bacchus Brewing’s bottling line). Even more restrictions were enforced when it became apparent that we could only utilise breweries and suppliers that the owners have existing accounts with! We settled on Burleigh (QLD) and 4 Pines (NSW). Pale ale versus pale ale.
The 17th July came along – the day of BoO3 – and it was BoO fever pitch in Brisbane¹. Lauren sent me a message with a photo showing the voting cards that she’d put together. The idea was that any patron buying both beers would be entitled to vote for their favourite and automatically go into a draw to win a $50 hotel voucher.
I got through a day at work before heading along Ann Street at 5pm to witness a decent crowd stirring outside Platform Bar. Holy shit. Should we have made it an all-ticket affair? Er, no, it was a large group of tourists waiting for the illuminated green man to signal so that they could cross the road safely at the crossing.
I had a work colleague with me for moral support. Note singular not plural (thanks for the support lads). We entered the bar to find 12 people in there! It was still very early in the evening I guess.
I won’t go into the details surrounding the game on TV because that’s not why we were all there. The votes were the important thing. How were the general public voting? Burleigh 28 Pale Ale or 4 Pines Pale Ale?
Do you want to know who won BoO3? It was Queensland…by one vote! One solitary vote split the decision between two interstate pale ales. A very close call indeed but well done to Burleigh Brewing in a week that saw Peta & Brennan scoop the Business of the Year award at the 2013 Telstra Queensland Business Awards. Nice one.
Thanks to everybody that came along to participate and support the event and thanks to all of the staff at Platform Bar who helped make it all work.
So, Queensland take the title of Beer of Origin Champions for 2013 having drawn BoO1 and winning BoO2 and 3.
I know it’s a long way off but I already have a few ideas for next years Beer of Origin. It might just be bigger and better.