April 3, 2014 by 250 Beers
A short while ago I wrote a prelude to the latest Five Flavours event hosted by Riverlife. As I wrote back then, the latest brewery to feature at Riverlife’s scenic home at the heritage listed Naval Stores on the southern banks of the Brisbane River was to be Tasmania’s Moo Brew.
With Mrs 250 Beers by my side – which made for a refreshing change – as well as being accompanied by my wife’s cousin and her husband, I set foot into the tranquil grounds as a Five Flavours virgin. If you’ll forgive the pun, this was my first taste of Five Flavours…and savour it I did.
The doors opened at 3pm but we didn’t stroll in until around 5pm. There’s no insistence that revellers arrive for the start. It’s all very relaxed and runs well into the evening and night. We were greeted at the entrance by smiling staff who gave us wristbands and access to drink and food vouchers. Employing a voucher system is a must at these types of events. The less time spent queuing when hungry or thirsty the better which also helps maintain a happy crowd. There were a number of desks dotted around the site where we were easily able to exchange cash for more vouchers at any time.
Having the event run for a fairly long period provided Brisbanites the opportunity to either arrive early, have a few beers, some food and then head out into Brisbane for a night out OR arrive a little later, enjoy a relaxed meal, settle back and enjoy the evening OR arrive at the start, eat, drink and stay for the duration. Basically, you can stay for as long as you like whenever you like.
The guys at Moo Brew won’t mind me saying that their beers aren’t the cheapest of craft beers. They’ll probably say that you get what you pay for. They’d be correct. All of their beers are very tasty so it was surprising to see that all five of the core range of beers on tap were reasonably priced at $8 for a large plastic ‘glass’ and $6 for a small. I was expecting to pay more than that. I don’t have a particular favourite Moo so I was happy to get through all five (large of course) at a cost of $40. Featured beers were Belgo, Dark Ale, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale and Pilsner.
The entertainment was good. Staggered throughout the afternoon and evening were five (see why it’s called Five Flavours?) live acts that performed acoustically under one of a handful of large semi-permanent marquees. Importantly, it wasn’t too loud. Even though the Riverlife site is large, it isn’t massive. With a full-house, which it was, it would be quite easy to frustrate patrons with a volume overload. Thankfully, we could all hear ourselves think.
As for the food, wow! Having never been to a Five Flavours before I had no expectation level set for the food. I was there predominantly for an evening out with my wife – without the children in tow – to enjoy a few beers by the river. That’s it. I wasn’t there to be a food critic. On this particular occasion, food was just something that I knew I had to partake in or else I’d go hungry and possibly tipsy. I had a fear that it might be mass-produced rubbish but I couldn’t have been further from the truth. It was amazing. A choice of five (obviously) offerings from the menu included Buffalo wings, Cajun spiced steak, tempura whiting fillets, pulled peppered beef roll and a selection of ice creams. I opted for the beef roll. It was served in a large bread roll with gravy, onion and lashings of coleslaw. Oh, yes.
With the sun setting on the opposite side of the water to Riverlife, beer in one hand, beef roll in the other, wife next to me, dimly lit fairy lights glowing all around and decent tunes playing in the background it was a perfect evening. I’d happily recommend Five Flavours to anybody. I admit that we struck it lucky with the weather. It did pour with rain late on but we were sat in a marquee by then. Had the heavens opened during the busier early evening, we would have been in trouble.