November 9, 2013 by 250 Beers
A couple of nights ago I attended the second of the Brewhouse Brisbane‘s Sniff & Sip sessions. After last month’s Beer Here/Edge Brewing session there was absolutely no way that I was going to miss one of the best value for money beer and food events in Brisbane. This latest ‘sesh’ involved beers from Kooinda Brewery based in Heidelberg West, Victoria.
My attendance meant yet another unavoidable necessity to play a NOvemBEER joker card. Seven days in, three jokers down.
I arrived just before the start of the session and was greeted by Brewhouse co-owner, Michelle, who I’d not had the pleasure of meeting during my previous visit. Michelle is as friendly and as welcoming as her husband, Grant, which made the free pot of Brewhouse beer upon arrival taste even better. I opted for the Railroad IPA (6.2%) mainly because I hadn’t tried it before but also because of my fondness of the style. I didn’t regret my choice.
The event kicked-off with our host for the evening, Dan Rawlings, giving us all a brief history and summary of Kooinda. Those that know Dan will be well aware that he’s employed by fellow Victorian brewers, Holgate. Some would say that Kooinda are a rival brewery to Holgate however, Dan stepped in to help out his friend – the absent Dan Rickard from Calibre Craft Beer (Queensland’s distributor of Kooinda). This is a great example of how much of a community the craft beer industry actually is. Can you imagine a CUB rep covering for a Lion rep at an event? It just wouldn’t happen.
I’m kicking myself for not taking any photographs at this Sniff & Sip but if the truth be known I was pre-occupied eating, drinking and involved in full conversation with BABBs Brewmaster and fellow bar dweller, Kris Domagala for almost the duration.
The five beers being showcased were Belgian Witbier (5.5%), American Pale Ale (4.7%), Hop Transfusion IPA (7.5%), Milk Porter (4.6%) and Black IPA (7.0%). You’ll note the appearance of two IPAs. What a lucky boy I was.
My pick of the bunch was the APA and the Hop Transfusion. The pale ale is a fine example of the style and very refreshing whilst the IPA ticked many hoppy boxes for me. I actually struggled to put that IPA down which is surely a good sign. It misbehaved a bit whilst pouring from the tap but the wait for it to settle was well worth it.
Yet again the food was outstanding so hats off to chef Chris. I fell in love with the cheese kransky corn dog and fried gherkin and who could possibly forget the delectable callebaut chocolate covered pretzels?!
The next Sniff & Sip session (12th December) will feature Steve ‘Hendo’ Henderson. He’ll be showcasing a number of his Brewcult beers as well as a collaborative brew being produced alongside Sim Bonetti, head brewer at Brisbane Brewing Co. The tickets will sell-out fast so do as I’ll be doing and get in early!
Talking of Sim, he was sat to my right for the best part of the event. Kris and I had been talking about the Sniff & Sip sessions and wondered whether a session could ever happen with some Brisbane Brewing Co. beers. I turned to Sim and asked him if he’d be up for it. He said “Yes” and that it would need a little while to plan five one-off special brews so I suggested February. I then proposed a Valentine’s theme for the brews and session. Sim appeared to be up for it. Hopefully, Grant and Michelle will embrace it too. It just needs the magic of Cassie Potts to organise it!
The evening drew to a close and the vibe in the Brewhouse reflected the meaning of Kooinda perfectly; a ‘happy place’.
I took the spare seat that was going begging in Dan Rawlings’ Holgate-mobil. We were destined for the ‘soft launch’ of Brisbane’s newest craft beer bar, Brewski. l had a joker in play so I had to make the most of my evening!
The bar opened officially yesterday (Friday 8th November) so get along to Caxton Street and join the Caxton craft revolution! I’ll publish a post detailing my Brewski visit very soon.