Co-author of the ebook Secret Sydney Bars Walking Tour (Amazon). Reviews wine & craft beer bars and pubs, Asian restaurants and other places that open late. Please visit my blog for more of the same from around the world www.TravelWineFood.com
Published September 2nd 2016
Mrs Parma's and Her Five Draughts
While there are plenty of great places with craft beer on tap outside Melbourne CBD, we were on a mission to find one in easy reach of the centre of the city. Lots of sports bars and old style bars offer craft beer in bottles, of course, but any long term craft beer fan would have been ordering these online anyway.
We visited about ten bars looking for craft beer that we not only hadn't tried yet, but that were also at an affordable price. $12-$15 for a pint isn't something we can do every day.
It's just a bit down from the top of Little Bourke St, and is hard to miss, with cars regularly dropping people off and picking up from in front of the place. (The risqué name also had me concerned about whether I should review it or not!)
We requested a tasting paddle, expecting to choose the beers, but quickly found it was a set of five in flavour order from light to dark. We had no choice in the matter. Slightly disappointed, we struggled with the heavy board and attempted to find a table that wasn't already closed off for drinking. A lady quickly wiped a bench for us and we sat down to try the beers.
Then the light went on. Of course. There weren't that many to choose from in Mrs Parma's, and a craft beer expert had already chosen the best beers of what they had. Of the list below (see pic), we actually enjoyed all of them. They all had something tasty and, even though I usually only drink craft porters and stouts, I could definitely enjoy the others on the paddle. (Though as paddles are usually of 4, it took me awhile to work out the five draughts joke!)
Craft Beer List for the Set Tasting Paddle at Mrs Parma's
Pleasantly surprised at not only the quality we got for the $14 but also the size of the samples, we sat and sipped our wins carefully, savouring the artistry that went into creating the collection. Disappointment to appreciation in moments!
We'll continue our hunt for places with new and reasonably priced craft beer in the centre of the city but, in the meantime, Mrs Parma's will be one we'll return to very soon.