Perth Beer Snobs: AFL Footy Finals Match Pairings (Round 2)

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Bryce Viskovich and Rhys Daws are back at it this week to bring us Perth Beer Snobs’ beer and snack pairings for the second round of finals footy as fans are still recovering in shock, following the most clutch ending to a Footy match the AFL has ever seen last week.

West Coast supporters were at risk of damaging their vocal chords as the whole of WA joined in for a state-wide shriek of glee when the Eagles won last Saturday, knocking Port Adelaide out of the competition in a bitter defeat. West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey kicked a buzzer-beating goal putting WCE up by just two points after ten minutes extra-time. The match was only the third time where the extra-time rule has been invoked but  that incredible after-siren kick will be immortalised in WA and AFL folklore forever. 

We love you Shuey!



Friday, Sep 15 - Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans @ MCG, Melbourne, Vic

Last Friday night's feline frenzy was certainly not fun for Geelong at the MCG after getting thumped by the Tigers in front of what felt like 95,000 roaring Richmond supporters. Sydney on the other hand destroyed the Bombers by 65 points at the SCG on Saturday afternoon. Can the Swans keep this winning streak going at the home of football this weekend or will we see the magical Danger-wood duo and the rest of the squad have a field day like they have for most of the season? All we want out of this game is cold, delicious beers, great food, good mates and an entertaining, close game. Live on Free-to-air and Fox Footy from 5.30pm.

The Brewery: 4 Pines Brewery

Located in Manly, approximately 30 minutes drive from the centre of Sydney. 4 Pines was started by WA local Jaron Mitchell from Margaret River (West Australians have pretty much had a hand in most of Australia’s best beer) after a post-surf exchange with his father when his dad asked “Where can we get a good beer round here?” as he unzipped his wetty. Jaron explained they were in Sydney and good beer didn’t really exist in New South Wales. From there, the idea to open a brewery in Manly was born. 4 Pines beers range from a stout to hefeweizen to amber ale to an exceptional in-season IPA. With eight options on offer they have all seasons and styles covered.

Our Pick: American Amber Ale, 5.1% abv.

Now Available at: Claremont, Marmion Cellars

As the temperature at home picks up and the days get a little longer this is the perfect spring-time selection to accompany the milder Melbourne weather we'll experience through our TV screens this Friday, watching on in solidarity for our Victorian counterparts who will be soaked and shivering in the stands of the MCG as temperatures drop as low as 6° c. Bridging the gap between the winter stouts, porters, summer ales, goses and farmhouse styles, this ale pours a really dark amber, almost brown colour and is best appreciated served in a mug or stein glass if available. 4 Pines Amber Ale is a robust and bitter ale with sweet toasted toffee malts and a tropical, citrus twist that's driven from the mosaic hops which should drink well while you watch Buddy run over half the field and kick a goal again.
Note: This beer is not as sessionable as some other brews. We recommend either pacing yourself or starting your pregame with a lighter beer.


Snack Pairing: Grilled/BBQ Boerewors Sausage with Margaret River Dairy Co. Cheddar

Boerewors is a large sausage which originated in South Africa and can be found in the meat department of almost all supermarkets. Made from beef, lamb or pork (or a mixture) along with various spices, this snag is actually a great pairing with the American Amber Ale as the barbeque spices and smokey flavours complement the malt character of the beer. The cheddar on the other hand will contrast with the sweetness of the caramel, citrus and other tropical flavours of the mosaic hops. We recommend either grilling or BBQ-ing your sausage. Once cooked, cut the sausage and the cheese into small portions and serve on a large plate with toothpicks and paper towels for an extra classy finish.

Saturday, Sep 16 - GWS Giants vs West Coast Eagles @ Spotless Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Well how about that for the Eagles first final of 2017! In what was easily the best game of the round, the Eagles and Port went hammer and tongs (terrible beer BTW) for the whole match only for it to be all tied up at full time before being decided by Luke Shuey's once-in-a-lifetime, after extra-time, buzzer-beating kick. Can West Coast now string together two miracles as they travel to Sydney to face the Giants in another do-or-die match for both clubs? Or will the Giants finally find their feet at Spotless and stomp the opposition. The Eagles do have a record of putting up a fierce fight against Greater Western Sydney but with the Giants gaining an extra two days rest after last week, not to mention the Eagles' travel itinerary -an always present finals curse, this match is going to be a nail-biter!  Live on Free-to-air and Fox Footy from 4.30pm.


The Brewery: Nail Brewing

Perfect for a nail-biter of a footy game, Nail Brewing is one of the original brewers on the Perth craft scene. Owner John Stallwood has been producing fantastic local beer since 2000 and his brewery's slogan “Before craft was craft” seems very apt considering all that was really going on for local craft beer two decades ago was Little Creatures and Nail. This WA brewery even holds the gong for the world’s most expensive beer - the Antarctic Nail Ale, produced using water melted from a block of Antarctic ice. A single bottle sold for an astonishing $1850! Our Nail pick's a little cheaper thankfully.


Our Pick: Nail VPA (Very Pale Ale)  6.5% abv.

Available at: Claremont, Ellenbrook, Applecross, Greenwood, Marmion Cellars

Nail VPA is a beer that is all about the warmer weather. What started out as a one off brew soon created a lot of traction around town and it was easy to see why. VPA became Nail’s first canned beer and the massive smack of pineapple, orange and passionfruit that lashes the tongue like a crisp beery fruit juice suits the recent change to warmer spring weather here in Perth. This beer is highly sessionable and will go down a treat this Saturday. However, we reccomend serving in a tulip glass rather than from a shoe if you're looking to pay tribute to a new Eagles legend after last week.

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Snack Pairing: Cheese and Bacon Cob Loaf

One of the best footy foods is the trusty stuffed cob loaf. Toasty, crunchy bread, cheese, sour cream and of course BACON! With only a 15 minute preparation and 20 mins in the oven it gives you plenty of time to have everything sorted so there's no chance of missing bounce off. The citrus and pineapple shines through in this beer and keeps the mouth feeling fresh while you chow down on some cheesy bacony goodness.

You’ll need:

  • 500g  loaf of cob bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 200g shortcut bacon rashers, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives, plus extra to serve
  • 250g block cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) cream
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 French stick or baguette, sliced
  • 1 large oiled frying pan
  • Salt & pepper

Our Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C(160C fan-forced)
  2. Cut 4cm off top of cob loaf to form lid
  3. Scoop bread from centre of the loaf, leaving 1.5cm edge
  4. Tear up bread pieces
  5. In the pan over medium heat, add onion and bacon
  6. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until bacon is browned and onion has softened
  7. Remove from heat and add chives to bacon mixture
  8. Stir in creamed cheese and mix until combined
  9. Add cream, sour cream and grated cheese
  10. Season with salt and pepper
  11. Spoon mixture into loaf and arrange lid, bread pieces and sliced baguette in a single layer around loaf
  12. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and toasted
  13. Sprinkle top of dip with last of the chives 
  14. Serve warm with cold VPAs on hand