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.
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.
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.
A healthier approach to pizza, House sweet onion flatbread with washed rind, balsamic figs and prosciutto matched with Limited edition Stone & Wood Garden Ale.
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.
House Spiced duck pithivier pie with dark cherry relish matched with a heavier choice, the Limited Edition Stone & Wood Stone Beer.
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
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