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‘Perfect Pairings’ – Good Beer Week

With Good Beer Week done and dusted for another year, we can’t help but reminisce about the incredible line up that 2017 brought. It’s one thing celebrating the vast array of craft beer on offer, but when you get the chance to collaborate with Melbourne’s finest foodies, it’s something we won’t be forgetting for a while!

‘Perfect Pairings’ was all about celebrating how well craft beer is matched with cheese, chocolate and coffee.  Together with 3 Ravens, Milk the Cow, Ganache Chocolate and Aviary Coffee, guests enjoyed 12 generous tastings during this 2 1/2 hour event.

We were lucky enough to have exclusive access to 3 Ravens Head Brewer Brendan O’Sullivan, Head Cheesemonger Laura Lown, Master Chocolatier Arno Barkes and Owner and Roaster at Aviary Coffee. An exclusive menu was developed to test the senses, tantalise the tastebuds and get everyone thinking about how these foods can enhance the flavour notes of each beer.

If you were lucky enough to attend this sold out session, you’d know that it’s not every day you get to taste the latest “Druid” by 3 Ravens, mixed with an Ethiopian coffee roast – this was a standout.  Each taste tester too home an exclusive ‘Perfect Pairings’ gift bag, including take home craft beer glass and gift from each venue.

If you missed out, here’s your chance to re-create these delicious pairings at home. Click here to see our ‘Perfect Pairings’.

Enjoy!

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