Lock in then Load up

Lock in then Load up

Lock‘n’Load in West End has launched a new event series perfect for those of us who love our gourmet food minus the pomp and circumstance.

By Jane Schon | 11th June 2014

Halfway down the Boundary Street strip is one of my favourite spots for a relaxed afternoon beverage with friends, Lock’n’Load.

The venue - a New Orleans street corner bar mixed with an Aussie beer garden, normally with a three-piece band in the window - is known for its cosy yet boisterous atmosphere. But Lock’n’Load has decided to don a slightly swankier hat for a new regular event.

I am a lover of beer and good food. So I jumped at the chance to attend the debut of the Five-course Degustation Dinner appropriately dubbed, For Lovers of Beer and Food. It’s like it was made for me!

Instead of going for the regular sit-down dego affair, Lock’n’Load have incorporated the laid-back charm they are know for to create something entirely new.

Stroll in on time (or a few minutes later) to indulge in five courses of delicious gourmet treats, finger-food style. But don’t be fooled, each dish is fittingly sizeable and you will definitely walk away full!

The courses are all matched with a different beer from a set of craft beers on offer for the evening. We were lucky enough to enjoy one of my favourite brewers, Stone & Wood.

Rather than handing out menus to each guest, throughout the night each course and beer is explained in detail by the chefs and brewers.

Here’s a quick break down of what we enjoyed on the evening…

Beer nuts (beer beans) on arrival.

Course 1

A small starter to get things going, the flavoursomE Smoked trout in a crunchy cornet with a light beetroot mousse and horseradish cream complemented with Stone & Wood Lager.

Food at Lock'n'Load

Course 2

My pick of the night, the “Meatballs” filled with Confit chicken, instead of red meat as expected from the name, aged Brie and tomato jam contrasted with a lighter beer, the Stone & Wood flagship brew, Pacific Ale.

Course 3

A healthier approach to pizza, House sweet onion flatbread with washed rind, balsamic figs and prosciutto matched with Limited edition Stone & Wood Garden Ale.

Food at Lock'n'Load

Course 4

Lock’n’Load’s Pulled pork sausage “mini hot-dog” with the bitey flavour of fennel pickle on a brioche bun, washed down with Stone & Wood Jasper Ale.

Course 5

House Spiced duck pithivier pie with dark cherry relish matched with a heavier choice, the Limited Edition Stone & Wood Stone Beer.

Food at Lock'n'Load

Check out the Lock’n’Load website for more Five-course Degustation Dinners coming up soon. Tickets for the events are only $59 – limited to 50 guests.

142 Boundary St, West End

Please note that this article has been sponsored, however all opinions are authentic and expressed in the authors own words.


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Article by Jane Schon

Jane is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She is addicted to theatre, travelling to far off places and developing her personal style (AKA shopping). Jane adores good food (and even better coffee) and is a self-confessed sleep enthusiast.


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