AUSTRALIA has no bigger rivalry than our neighbours in New Zealand.
This Good Food Month the rivalry will continue as Ballarat decides which country makes the best craft beer.
It’s all part of Ballarat’s newest venue, Hop Temple’s first annual Australia versus New Zealand battle.
Talking about the event, Hop Temple manager Zac Hill said beer-lovers will have the chance to taste five beers from two brewers, Woodend’s Holgate Brewhouse and New Zealand’s Pan Head Brewery, and ultimately decide on the winner.
He said the event was primarily a chance to relax and enjoy the selected craft beers which will be accompanied by food specifically selected by the chef to pair with each beer.
“You’re going to be tasting beer that’s not super available in Ballarat,” he said.
“Not a lot of people know how close Holgate Brewery is … they do a lot of great beer.
“Their American IPA is fantasic, one of my favourite all-day drinks.
“The Double Abbey ale is a heavier drinking beer, but this itself is complementary brewed well with toffee malts.”
As for New Zealand’s craft beer, Mr Hill said it was just as enjoyable with anyone interested in exploring the craft beer palette encouraged to give it a try.
“Everyone will love the chocolate porter,” he said
“And the Rosehip and Hibiscus Saison is a very particular taste, it’s good for guys really into beer.” With so many different craft beers being created around the world, Mr Hill said now was the perfect time for anyone who enjoyed more than just the traditional brewers.
“People want choice. Beer has become like wine … they want to know the quality,” he said.
“There has been that shift in culture towards quality rather than quantity.”
Mr Hill said tickets are limited with many already walking out the door.
Hop Temple’s first annual Australia Versus New Zealand battle will kick off at 1pm on Sunday, November 8.
Tickets are $50 and bookings can be made by calling 0419 379 757.
For a full list of events visit thecourier.com.au