Its September again and that means Footy Finals! To celebrate Round One, the team at LBHQ is joining forces with Bryce Viskovich and Rhys Daws over at Perth Beer Snobs to offer local footy fans the ultimate pairing that’ll keep your mates focused on sledging the opposition and not your choice of match beer when they come knocking this weekend.
ROUND 1 FIXTURES
Thursday, Sep 7 - Adelaide Crows vs GWS Giants @ Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA
Kicking things off with a nail-biter, do flag favourites - the Crows have what it takes to best early season favourites – the Giants on their home turf in Adelaide this Thursday night? Despite the Crows being the punters’ favourite pick, these teams have never met in a final before and this should get interesting. Live on Free-to-air and Fox Footy from 5.30pm.
The Brewery: Pirate Life
Pirate Life started out only three years ago and have risen to the top of the Aussie craft beer scene in a formidable amount of time. From establishing themselves in Hindmarsh, SA in 2014, Pirate Life’s beers first emerged after a group of sandgropers with the dream of making the country’s best craft ales, decided to set up shop - not in sunny old, isolated Perth but across the Nullarbor in a city that has a small but rapidly expanding craft scene. The desired location of the brewery would also situate the scallywags at Pirate Life on the doorstep of Australia’s eastern seaboard, ultimately giving their brand the chance it needed to go on to become one of the most widely appreciated Australian breweries in 2017.
With an ever-growing list of fantastic core range beers including Pale Ale, IPA, NZ Pale Ale and the big boy - the IIPA - being joined by the likes of the Mosaic Pale and the Pirate Stout, Pirate Life continue to cater for the many different tastes appreciated throughout the country and are executing it perfectly. Even Freo Docker Nat Fyfe is an investor in Pirate Life and it’s great to see he was able to make one smart choice. (note: We’re Eagles fans here at PBS)
Our Pick: HOPCO NZ Pale Ale, 4.8% abv.
Now when it comes to watching the footy and drinking craft beer as a whole there can be one problem that we’ve all come across. AFL is a long game and those big flavoursome crafties can soon catch up to you by half time! This is where Pirate Life’s HOPCO Pale Ale comes off the bench. A delightfully smooth malt backbone coupled with some lesser known New Zealand hop varieties deliver a beer that ticks all the boxes for the ale connoisseur but also can be enjoyed over the course of four 20 minute quarters of footy and is very sessionable. A solid bitter punch keeps you coming back for more and a refreshing lemon/lime aromatic nose from the Motueka and Pacifica hops lifts the whole beer and give perfect balance. In my opinion this is PL’s most poised beer.
Snack Pairing: Tex-Mex Nachos
HOPCO Pale Ale is the perfect match-up for some Tex-Mex nachos with the meaty, cheesy flavours of the dish being cut through perfectly by the bitterness of the Cascade hops found in this pale ale. Make the nachos on a big serving plate so everyone can tuck in while it’s hot! Serve the nachos with Mexican beef mince, a fresh tomato salsa with red onion, capsicum, coriander and lime juice. Use white corn chips if you can find them and top with plenty of melty cheddar cheese and sour cream plus a dash of Tabasco.
DO NOT FORGET THE GUAC!
Pro Tip: Serve the corn chips, beef, melted cheese and other dry ingredients on the serving plate and fill individual dipping bowls with a generous portion of salsa in one bowl and guacamole in the other to ensure that your chips stay dry and crunchy. This way, each chip is covered with just the right amount of nacho toppings. It’s a lot less messy too!
Friday, Sep 8 - Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats @ MCG, Melbourne, Vic
The poor old Tigers haven’t beaten their smaller feline counterparts - the Cats at the MCG since 1999. Can Richmond get up this weekend for Friday Night Footy? If 2017 Brownlow Medal hopeful Dustin Martin has anything to say about it then they just might, as the third and second ranked teams get ready for a banger. Live on Free-to air and Fox Footy from 5.30pm.
The Brewery: Mornington Peninsula Brewery
Mornington Peninsula Brewery is located on the other side of Port Phillip Bay in Mornington and was started by local Victorian neighbours Matt Bebe and Malcolm McLean in 2010 after a discussion had during a celebration of the 2008 Hawthorn premiership win. This is a brewery made for the AFL. The American Pale Ale, English Brown Ale and US inspired IPA are the biggest sellers Of MP Brewery’s core range.
Our Pick: Hop Culture Session IPA, 4.9% abv.
Best served in a tulip glass to appreciate its delicious aromas, the Hop Culture Session IPA is a fruity, tropical hop bomb that delivers a far more balanced bitterness than you might expect. With aromas of lemon, citrus, pine and mango this is a very easy drinking beer that’s not too heavy or overtly flavoured and that’d go down great with what is expected to be a close, intense contest at the home of footy.
Snack Pairing: Oven-baked Potato Wedges
For this Friday Night with the boys, get things heated up with some steaming oven-baked potato wedges with Philadelphia Cheese with Sweet Chilli as a dip. A very cheap and easy snack and the perfect accompaniment, Sweet Chilli Philly needs no introductions. To make, throw a frozen bag of wedges in the oven for 20-30 mins, before adding a generous portion into a bowl to be scoffed down by your mates along with that tasty dip. Cheese and chilli both compliment hoppy IPA’s, the bitterness of hoppier beers enhances the stronger flavours and spice of the chilli while the cheese brings a salty and creamy element which compliments the chilli sauce's sweetness. It’s also a lot cheaper than buying sour cream and chilli sauce separate if the boys are on a budget this week.
Saturday, Sep 9 - Sydney Swans vs Essendon Bombers @ SCG, Sydney, NSW
The bombers will be facing a difficult hurdle this week trying to establish dominance over a Swans team which has only lost two of their past 16 matches. Buddy Franklin is going to be difficult to slow down by the Essendon squad which haven’t beaten Sydney for over five years. Live on Free-to-air and Fox Footy from 2pm.
The Brewery: Young Henrys
Young Henrys is a fairly new brewery based in Newtown, Sydney where the Swans will host Essendon this Saturday. The Young Henrys idea was born over a beer funnily enough. It all came about when two local Sydneysiders were having a chat about what was a pretty mediocre local beer scene. Their conversation quickly evolved to become the idea for this internationally acclaimed brewery. The first Young Henrys beer was produced in March 2012 and now five years later, the brewery is producing a core range of three beers and a cloudy cider with seasonal limited releases always coming through the tanks.
Our Pick: Natural Lager, 4.2% abv.
A fantastically refreshing beer that produces a lovely soft citrus aroma and gentle bitterness. It is also unfiltered and has a cloudy appearance which is different to most other lagers around and fitting for the local forecast on the day of this match.
Snack Pairing: Buffalo Wings
The lightness and cheek sucking bitterness offered through YH’s Natural Lager cleanses the palate and is perfectly matched up to some spicy buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese sauce.
· 1.5kg chicken wings
· ½ cup buttermilk
· ½ teaspoon garlic powder
· 4 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
· 1 ½ cups of hot sauce (sriracha is a personal favourite if you like it spicy!)
· Blue cheese dressing
1. Combine one cup of the hot sauce, buttermilk and garlic powder in a resealable bag.
2. Stir the mix to combine and then add the wings and seal the bag pushing out any air in the process.
3. Mix to evenly coat the wings and marinate in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours (up to 12 hours).
4. Preheat the oven to 200 ° c and place wings on a wire rack allowing any excess marinade to drip off in the bag.
5. Arrange in a single layer on the rack without the wings touching and cook for about 12 minutes.
6. Turn the wings and cook for a further 12 minutes or until the skin is a deep golden brown colour and crispy.
7. Combine the remaining hot sauce and melted butter in a large bowl and toss the wings to coat in the sauce.
8. Serve straight away with the blue cheese dipping sauce and a couple ice cold cans of Young Henrys Natural Lager.
Saturday, Sept 9 - West Coast Eagles vs Port Adelaide Power @ Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA
We’ll be flying high this Saturday when our mighty Eagles face off against an impressive Port side after only just squeezing through to make the finals. The Power missing out on a top four ladder placing by 41 points, means both teams will be fighting for survival in this elimination match held in Adelaide. GO EAGLES! Live on Free-to-air and Fox Footy from 5pm.
The Brewery: Big Shed Brewing Co.
This backyard brewery is currently located in a small warehouse in Royal Park, SA. Started up by Jason Harris and Craig Basford as a hobby out of Jason's massive farm shed on a rental property in Barossa way back in 2002. More than a decade later the Big Shed Brewing Co. dream has become reality.The first beer brewed through the commercial set up was the FrankenBrown in 2014, a 5.3% abv. American brown ale with a strong malt front, coffee and biscuit notes, along with the addition of hops added in the boil and through dry hopping for extra bitterness and aroma.
Our Pick: Californicator West Coast IPA, 7.5% abv.
Available at: Connolly (limited availability),
This is your typical West Coast IPA in that it’s a more tropical hop-forward IPA using both old-world and new hop varieties. Citrus, passionfruit, apricot and pine can be found up front balanced by a mild caramel malt, with a toffee and biscuity backbone. This West Coast IPA equals a bigger, bittier beer without being overbearing and too intense. Note that this isn't a session beer so warn the boys. Urge them to order an Uber cause this is a big one that packs a punch bigger than Will Schofield. Best served in a beer tulip glass.
Snack Pairing: Loaded potato gems
IPA's are best served with either sweeter foods or saltier foods and in this case the saltier foods will complement the malt flavours and cut the bitterness of the beer.
Here’s how we make it:
1. Get a baking dish and dump a bag of potato gems in there.
2. Heat them up in the oven as per usual (about 20-30 mins, follow the instructions if need be).
3. Fry up some diced bacon and onions while you wait for the potato gems to cook in the oven.
4. When the potato gems are done, pull them out of the oven, throw the diced bacon and onions in the dish and mix through.
5. Sprinkle grated cheese over the top (any saltier cheese you like).
6. Add a few tablespoons of sour cream on top.
7. Let this cool down for another 5-10 minutes before serving. By that time any cheese will have melted on the top and the dish itself will have cooled down.
Trust us, it’s lit