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Coopers Session Ale Unveiled

Coopers Session Ale Unveiled

Cooper Brewery have a delightful new session ale, which is aptly named Session Ale. This light and fruity ale is easy to drink and has an interesting flavour profile. The base malts are pale ale and wheat, while the fruity hop aromas and flavours come from the Melba and, everybody’s favourite, Galaxy. The Session Ale is only being released in kegs for on-premise sales, but Coopers were kind enough to send me some samples that they … Read entire article »

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Vintage Osso Buco

Vintage Osso Buco

This a modern version of Osso Buco that is a lovely flavoursome meal and is ideal on a cold winter’s night. It pairs well with full flavoured strong ales, such as Coopers Vintage Ale. Serves 4 Time: Prep 15 min, Cooking 2 ¼ hours Ingredients 4 Osso Buco (1 – 1.2 Kg) 2 medium carrots, chopped 2 celery sticks, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 400g can chopped tomatoes 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped 2 … Read entire article »

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Cellaring Your Beer

Cellaring Your Beer

All beers undergo flavour changes over time. Whether that is a good change or not will depend on the beer style and the flavours you desire. Beers with flavours that develop well over time are usually those with higher alcohol, higher bitterness levels, darker malt colours, and those that are secondary fermented in the bottle. Bitterness and hop characters diminish over time, and beer compounds slowly oxidise. This can produce raisin, prune, and sherry flavours. Beers that … Read entire article »

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Hawthorn Brewing Golden Ale Review

Hawthorn Brewing Golden Ale Review

Andrew McCall wound his way through the busy city traffic to drop of a six-pack of Hawthorn Brewing’s latest beer, their Golden Ale. Fortunately, the 15-minute parking spot out the front, which is always full, was vacant as if it too was eager to see Andrew. Hawthorn’s new brew is a Blond Ale, with some wheat to give it a dry finish, similar to some of the other successful Golden Ales on the market. The beer … Read entire article »

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Beef Ale Ragu with Pappardelle

Beef Ale Ragu with Pappardelle

Ragu is a slow-cooked traditional Italian favourite that is delightful on a cold night. This version is matched with some warming amber ale (such as Endeavour 2012 Reserve Amber Ale) that brings out the best flavours in the dish. Serves: 4 Prep: 30 min Cooking: 4 hours Ingredients 500g beef cut into 2–3cm cubes 200g mushrooms cut into chunks ½ onion, chopped 2 celery sticks, sliced 2 carrots, medium size halved & sliced 2 cans whole tomatoes (440g) 2 garlic cloves, crushed 4 slices pancetta, chopped 1 cup vegetable … Read entire article »

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Coopers Celebrates 150 Years of Brewing

Coopers Celebrates 150 Years of Brewing

Australia’s iconic Coopers Brewery is celebrating 150 years of brewing quality ales this year. It was in May 1862 that Thomas Cooper brewed his first commercial brew. One and a half centuries later, the world has changed considerably and so has the beer market in Australia. However, Coopers is still a family owned company, noted for brewing fine ales. It was just over ten years ago that Coopers moved brewing operations to Regency Park in South … Read entire article »

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The Chicken, the Pig, & the Goat

The Chicken, the Pig, & the Goat

Serves: 2 Preparation: 20min Cooking: 35min No, it’s not a children’s bedtime story; it’s a love story. This rich flavoursome recipe combines everything we love about food. Chicken fillets are fried in bacon juices, and then served with a rich sauce made from bacon, butter, and beer. It also makes for a perfect romantic dinner for two. Making a pan sauce is a great skill to add to your repertoire. These sauces require the use of a skillet or … Read entire article »

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Sautéed Prawns & Scallops with Celeriac

Sautéed Prawns & Scallops with Celeriac

Serves: 4 Preparation: 20 min Cooking: 30 min This time of year is a good time to get together with friends on those balmy hot summer afternoons. It’s also the perfect time for enjoying lighter meals, salads, and cool refreshing beers, like Australian pale ales. In this recipe we not only marinate the scallops and prawns in beer, we also boil the celeriac in it. This fills the kitchen with beautiful aromas. The celeriac purée can be cooked earlier … Read entire article »

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Endeavour True Vintage Beer Review

Endeavour True Vintage Beer Review

The boys at Endeavour Beer have a great philosophy. They noted that wines have seasonal variations, each vintage is cellared and savoured for its own idiosyncrasies, and yet this does not happen with most beers. So they are openly promoting the year of vintage, this being the year that the ingredients were harvested. Andy Stewart, brewer, prides himself in sourcing the best locally grown ingredients for his beers, after visiting and consulting Tasmanian hop and … Read entire article »

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