Nothing suggests a relaxing time like kicking back and enjoying an array of fine beer complemented by a delicious four course meal.
“So for the Brewed dinner at the PA Pub,” explains Jupiter's Food & Beverage Director Gary Campbell, “we've partnered with Stone & Wood, which is a local beer company down in Byron. [Stone & Wood director] Ross Jurisich is hosting the evening with us. Brewing is about taking it slow and really enjoying the whole process, and that's what the whole evening is about as well. It's about sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the Stone & Wood beer with what the culinary team have got to offer to support the beer.”
Though the beer is one half of the night's appeal, the other half is definitely the food. “I guess some people still look at beer as a beverage that stands alone,” Campbell laments, “and don't really think of matching it with food.
“So what we've done is taken a lot of the burgers and deconstructed them and reconstructed them. A lot of our flavour profiles now at The PA Pub are built around supporting the beer but keeping it really simple; going back to the basics of cooking. You can have a great burger at the PA Pub that has great seasoning and flavours that don't over-power each other. You can just sit there and go, 'This is really good’, while matching it with all of your old school favourites — your fries, your onion rings and those things that you just really used to enjoy when you could drive down for a burger on the corner.
“The PA Pub is very much – dare I say it – about blokedom. It's been built around sport and beer and burgers. We have comedy in there, we have rock bands, we have live entertainment. We are a little bit old school. You can still get your rock bands live, whereas a lot of places have moved towards DJs. And we really throw on the good old fashioned pub elements of yesteryear.”
Gary recommends that guests keep an eye out for one beverage in particular. “Each year [Stone & Wood] come out with a special beer. This one is the limited release 'Stone Beer'. It comes in a ceramic bottle. For us to get that on the dinner menu, well, it's not something you can go to a bottle shop and get. It's a very, very, very, very, limited beer.”
Fortunately, this Brewed dinner is not a stand alone event. “Well, this is actually only one of many,” Campbell says. “We've already got two lined up after this one. Brewed dinners are just another way to introduce the mainstream audience to the craft beer market.
“It's about the pub and it's about the beer, and keeping it simple and relatable and putting a product out there that the people can have a relationship with. Everyone knows what a steak is, and sometimes people are afraid to try something they don't know that has a fancy name that's really just another way of describing a steak.”
The PA Pub (Jupiters Hotel & Casino) hosts Brewed: Beer Dinners with Stone & Wood on Thursday August 29. Click here for tickets.