The final Saturday in September is finally here, the big day at the G, the AFL Grand Final. After very strong showings from both teams last week in the preliminary finals, we have the minor premiers, in the Adelaide Crows playing the 3rd placed, Richmond Tigers in what promises to be a fast-paced, even (hopefully) matchup.
For their final AFL craft beer pairing instalment, the Perth Beer Snobs - Bryce Viskovich and Rhys Daws are at odds in their ultimate pick for the biggest sporting event in the Australian calendar. Although they both agree on their favourite brewery, here is each of their cases for what you should be drinking this Saturday for the Grand Final.
Saturday, Sept 30 - Adelaide Crows vs Richmond Tigers @ MCG, Melbourne, Vic
Richmond will likely need to hold Adelaide to less than 100 points to have a good chance at breaking their 37 year long premiership drought and that will be a tough ask, Adelaide boast the best and most effective forward line in the league this year with Tex Walker, Charlie Cameron, Josh Jenkins, Tom Lynch and the man himself, Eddie Betts - all having a season to remember. We think Adelaide has Richmond covered... Their forward line and midfield are the complete package this year and the only way Richmond get over the top of them is by turning on that same defensive pressure they showed throughout their impressive wins over Geelong and GWS. But who knows, 2017 has been the year of upsets and this will hopefully be a ripper of a game. Live on Free-to-Air from 12pm and delayed broadcast on Fox Footy from 3.30pm.
The Brewery: Modus Operandi Brewing
For both of us, this is currently Australia’s best brewery, located in Mona Vale on the coast of New South Wales. Modus Operandi’s wheels started moving in 2012 (and officially the brewery was opened in 2014 for production) after Grant and Jaz Wearin went on a six month trip travelling around the USA in a caravan taking in as much of the Yankee craft beer scene as possible. Upon returning with a very talented brewer out of the famous Oskar Blues Brewery camp to head the brewing, they got underway teaching those world-famous brewing techniques to their Australian brewing team. This bodes well for them, as after only a few months in operation, MO went on to win multiple categories at the CBIA Craft Beer Awards.
Bryce’s Pick: Former Tenant Red IPA, 7.8% abv.
This massive red IPA was awarded Champion Australian Beer, only three months after being officially released. Named after the former tenant of the site where the brewery now sits. This beer is crammed with massive amounts of Mosaic and Galaxy hops that will blow your nose clean off when you open the can. The hops are balanced out with strong malts and sweet caramel. Personally, I think this is MO’s standout beer from their core range and drank best from a tulip or snifter glass to take in the massive aroma as you sip. I thoroughly recommend you tell the boys to leave their cars at home for this one.
Rhys’ Pick: Sonic Prayer IPA, 6.0% abv.
We’ve seen MO produce some mind-blowing beers of late with some incredible beers landing around the country, but after those small batch limited releases have quickly disappeared there is always one beer that is front and centre and sitting on the shelf ready for one's enjoyment. Sonic Prayer is a hell of beer to have as your “core range” IPA. This beer has been incredibly popular in our Facebook group's community recently. With a massive dose of American and NZ hops that smacks of bitterness on the palate and brings a tingle to the tongue, this beer will you dryer than a spare tyre in Meekathara. The German malts also bring a great balance and offer a subtleness that really makes these big cans seem much smaller.
Snack Pairing: Cheats Chilli Sausage Rolls
Two big beers with big booze and big bitterness need two things. Heat and spice. Pull these out at halftime break and “Killers” some time...
- 1 Egg
- 2 Sheets Puff Pastry
- 6 Chilli Chevups Sausages (you can use normal sausages just remove them from the skin)
- Sriracha Hot Sauce and Whole Egg Mayonnaise
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Lay out 2 sheets of puff pastry and allow to thaw slightly.
- Cut pastry sheets in half long ways.
- Place sausages in a line down the centre of pastry.
- Whisk the egg. Brush one side of the pasty with the egg mixture.
- Fold the pastry over onto itself to close the sausage mix inside. Brush the pastry with egg.
- Transfer to baking tray and bake the sausages rolls for 12-15 minute until golden brown.
- Chop up and serve with chilli mayo (50/50 mix of sriracha hot sauce and whole egg mayonnaise.
From us over at Perth Beer Snobs, we would like to say 'Cheers' to everyone who will be sitting down amongst good company in living rooms around Perth this Saturday watching the spectacle.
Well there you have it, A quality beer for every AFL finals match with two for the Flag fight this weekend.
Which will you decide?