Coopers Pale and Melbourne Bitter have long been the staples of the Melbourne live music scene, and I'll be the first to put my hand up and say I rate them both. But more and more we're seeing live music venues expand their offerings, and with good reason: a couple of quality craft beers can make a live show that much more fun!
Below are some great combos I recently enjoyed:
Kona Big Wave at The Workers Club in Geelong. The live tunes were belted out with reckless abandon, and the beers were flowing freely. A great tasting brew that went nicely with the pork ribs and brisket we ate before the show.
Two Birds Taco at Northside Records in Fitzroy. Soul stalwarts Leisure Centre lit up Northside records with their infectious grooves and layered harmonies, and the album party went off with a bang. A couple of sneaky Two Birds Tacos at the back of the crowd were the perfect way to set the mood, and those positive vibes we associate with Two Birds beers were in full swing.
Hargreaves Hill Jnr at Spotted Mallard. Came out to see some of the incredible lap steel playing from the Turner Brown Band, as I am a bit of die hard fan of all things blues and especially electric slide. As I was driving at this gig, I wanted something a little lower ABV. Enter the Hargraves Hill Jnr. At 3.5%, this was the perfect way to combine my love of good beer with my love of live blues music, all while safely operating an automobile! A fun vibe and one of the best mid strengths going around.
Like all things beer culture related, it's just another piece of the puzzle. But the relationship between beer and live music is as strong as ever, so I say celebrate it!