Yesterday began in the lower register – damp and coldish. A shame, as one of M’s housemates, Max, was coming down to Wollongong from Sydney. I had at the Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills a few weeks back sold him on the “best Chinese food this side of Sichuan” at the Red Dragon in the Steelers Club and on the wonder that is Illawarra Brewery.
Max’s train arrived and fortuitously a Shellharbour bus was waiting at Wollongong Station, accelerating our progress down Burelli Street at far as IPAC – appropriate given Max is an actor. Then at Steelers Chris T, my usual Wednesday lunch companion, joined us.
Red Dragon lived up to its reputation. The two-for-one deal meant we could have four dishes and we did: Sichuan spicy lamb chops; Mao Family pork 毛氏红烧肉; Kung Pao chicken, and a garlicky/sesame oil stirfry vegetables to balance the heat of especially the lamb, which is very hot. All for just $12 a head….
Then on to Illawarra Brewery, the weather having improved, where we partook of the medal-winning craft beer Apocalypso.
The Illawarra Brewing Company’s beers have picked up more accolades, winning three medals at the recent Australian International Beer Awards.
Held in Melbourne [in May] during Good Beer Week, the AIBA judges beers from all over the world.
Illawarra Brewing Company’s Dave McGrath said they sent down four beers to be judged, three of which received medals.
They won a bronze for their porter and kolsch and the Apocalypso IPA picked up a silver…
We spent the afternoon in conversation and also wonder at the nature and light show going on before our eyes. As you may see…
Alas, the Red Dragon has long gone…
Called in at The Illawarra Brewery — 2
Before being interrupted by the bushfire posts I was telling you about last Wednesday…
Always a nice place to sit. Rather funny, given the grimmer predictions about today – and yes it is hot already – what they have called the seasonal beer.
The barman also gave me a taste of the current seasonal: Apocalypso. “It is made from the pale malt and new Hop varietals from the east and west coast of the USA. Calypso, Mosaic and El Dorado are added the whole way through the brew process, with the Calypso shining through presenting tangerine citrus and lychee on the nose and palette.” Now that was very good indeed! Next time I’ll have that one.
Did I mention I saw whales? And no, they really were out there. I only had two halves of beer.
One good reason to take Apocalypso in half-pints is that it is 7%!