Beer Haiku Friday and Challenging American Pale Ales

Given it is freezing cold, blowing a gale and pouring with rain outside, I’m seriously contemplating firing up my beloved balcony barbeque for lunch. Today’s beer haiku captures my cooking philosophy in a poem titled “Preparing for the Grill“:

As the grill heats up
And the pork loin marinates
I marinate too

My latest post on the Malthouse blog has also just gone up. In “The Challenge of American Pale Ales” I impersonate a ring announcer, announce the return of a brewing contest, provide another link to that great imp picture and, eventually, talk about Little Creatures Pale Ale:

The world has always loved a great battle – David taking out Goliath, the armies of Rome battling the Vandals, the Royal Air Force defeating the Luftwaffe, Ali versus Frazier, George W Bush against the English language… In July 2009, one of New Zealand’s most heated brewing rivalries will be re-kindled.

Glass tips – The fine fellows at Beer Haiku Daily and Colin the Handsome Scotsman at the Malthouse

Mega-bar owner not afraid to think big

Sale St, which opens this weekend, is Dallow’s latest venture. The 800-capacity venue marks a resurgence of the big bar concept, following the success of David Henderson’s SOL Square in Christchurch, and more recently, the 1500sq m Temperance in Wellington.

For Sale St, the team went to Perth before taking in similar concepts in places such as Las Vegas and Dublin. Grant Caunter, DB’s national concept development manager, said Perth does the big bar concept well, and much of Sale St was modelled on the city’s Little Creatures venue.

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