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The Oaks Presents: Six States of Beer

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Stop, do not ever drink beer from the bottle
What an event! For all those beer lovers and foodies out there, this is one event you certainly will be pinching yourself if you do not attend.

The Oaks transformed one of their rooms into a 'beerterrific' and chocolate delight. The lovely and 'Beer Diva' Kirrily Walkdhorn was the host to these series of events, which showcased the best craft beers and produce that this amazing country has to offer.

Each event placed a spotlight on the locally produced craft beers that paired up with some of the best food that each region boasts.

The beers of the night...

I had the pleasure of attending the 'Western Australia: Beer & Chocolate' event and what an event it was!

I did not realise that beer tasted so good and what made it even more pleasant was it blended into each dish so extraordinarily, especially with chocolate!

We were greeted with Bright Ale from Little Creatures. This refreshing and not too bitter beer was full flavoured with a smooth and fresh finish known as the "Sunshine in a glass" by the people who make it. And they certainly got it right with Aussie pale malt and aromas of pineapple, passionfruit and melon.... it was the perfect combination and a wonderful welcome drink.

There were four courses in total and all of them were wonderfully created using chocolate and was exquisite!

Hop Hog from Feral was the first beer of the four course menu, which was accompanied by Wagyu Bresaola and 51% dark chocolate shavings, alongside some delightful beer-infused Pickled Pine Mushrooms.

The beer was remarkably enjoyable with the American style India Pale Ale. It consists of a heavy dose of American Hops, leaving a strong pine needle and citrus aroma followed by an aggressive bitterness and dry finish.

The Wagyu Bresaola, served with Feral Hop Hog Beer...

Second course beer- Matso's Mango Beer- was served with Risotto and Braised Duck, Cherry Mastarda and 71% bitter chocolate. This was my favourite beer of the night. The creator's based this beer on a Belgium Blend recipe with 100% mango blend, the amazing fruit aromas balanced out with the sweet dryness; you can really taste the mango and its sweet feminine blend.

The Risotto served with Matso's Mango Beer...

The third dish was a "Fine Dining" version milk bar style burger and spider drink and my goodness was this mouth watering. It contained bacon and chocolate mousse on a brioche bun with candied beetroot served with a Sprout Spider... this dish was personally my favourite of the night and it was followed with a beer that divided the room.
The Nail Brewing Rauch Smoked beer consisted of pale malt smoked over beechwood which created an 'enticing smokiness' alongside fresh hop and light chocolate characteristics. It was certainly interesting.

Mini Chocolate & Bacon Burger with Spout Spider, served with Nail Brewing Rauch Smoked...

Finally the last course was a 'special creation' for the event from Adriano Zumbo: the Bespoke Beer & Milk Chocolate Zumbarons, served alongside the Nail Oatmeal Stout.

This multilayered malty treat was full of chocolate, dark cocoa, roast & coffee flavours with the addition of rolled oats. The beer was the perfect drink to finish the night.

Bespoke Beer & Milk Chocolate Zumbarons served with Nail Oatmeal Stout...

The next event is NSW Beer & Pork and is said to be bigger and better and according to the chef, Danny Russo, 'do not eat a whole week before attending the event'.

Our Host & Chef for the night...

It is certainly an interactive beer and food experience that one must attend in order to gorge on the spectacular beer creations that this nation displays. And as I learnt at the event, never drink beer straight from the bottle!

The next events of The Oaks: Six States of Beer are:

NSW: Beer & Pork - 13 August 2014

Queensland: Beer & Seafood 15 October 2014

South Australia: Beer vs. Wine 10 December 2014

Be sure to attend at least one of these spectacular events.

For ticket purchases, visit their website for more information.

It is best to arrive by public transport, as there are many buses stopping near The Oak within a couple of minutes walk.
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Why? Experience the best beers & produce this nation has on offer...
When: 13 August 2014, 15 October 2014 & 10 December 2014
Where: The Oaks Hotel, 118 Military Rd, Neutral Bay
Cost: $ 60 per ticket event (Includes all meals and beers)
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Looks like amazing food, particularly the risotto.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12098) 1632 days ago
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