Theakstons Old Peculier
My sister works at a very fancy Perth restaurant, which I’ve been to a number of times. Nearly everything about the restaurant is flawless; the food and service are first class. I’ve been told that the sommelier spends days and days perfecting his wine list each year, sourcing only the finest drops from around the globe. Sadly however, their beer menu consists of some of the most bland, stock standard beers available including asahi, peroni, hahn premium light etc… you get my drift.
Now, during the week I was having a discussion with my dad about the beers my fellow amigos and I have been drinking, and during this conversation I had a great thought. Why can’t there be more restaurants in Perth that not only match wine to food, but rather beer with food?!? I have been to a beertasters event at which we sampled 6 different beers with matching horderves. It was a great night. I just wish there was more choice available in restaurants so I wouldn’t have to pair my food with wine, for fear of ordering a sub-standard beer to accompany my food. Happily, there is a slow resurgence of quality beer making appearance in bars across the city, and I can only hope that my like minded drinkers start to lobby restaurants and change their attitudes towards beer.
Now onto the beer. On this occasion, I was out for dinner at my grandparents, and the beer out of sheer coincidence was a perfect match for the roast chicken my grandma made. The Old Peculier pours a very dark brown almost black colour with a generous off white head. The dark fruity notes emanating from the glass pound your senses as you delve your nose right up to the beer.
At first I was a little skeptical to try the beer, because of its rich, dark colour. However, on tasting the beer, I was pleasantly surprised with a medium body that has vibrant, rich, chocolate-malt flavours that hold a tinge of sweetness as an aftertaste. The beer tastes somewhat slippery on the tongue, and there are definite roast nut flavours present. I tried really hard to think of a beer that this is similar too, but to no avail. It is so unique and different that I think everyone has to try this brew at least once. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Bought from the International Beer Shop for $8.20