Friday, 6 January 2012

Brisbane Beer Days Out - Zum Kaiser, Brisbane German Club

While in Brisbane for the OCAU BBQ, I tried to visit as many beer establishments as I was able to fit into our schedule.  Unfortunately the itinerary was limited by all the other things we were doing, so I only got to visit one beer-venue each day we were there.

The first was Zum Kaiser, Brisbane German Club.
While the cricket crowd and the excessively noisy dining hall did spoil things a bit, this place is a must visit for both the great food and the beer.  Large servings of quality German food and real imported German beer, all at very decent prices.

Not having visited Germany, and living so far away - where bottled beer does not usually arrive very fresh or treated very well - kegged German beer on tap is probably as close to the 'real thing' as we'll get. Here is what they had on tap when we visited:
Since the cricket was on at the Gabba (across the road) - dinner was limited to a buffet type situation, which meant that the food (especially veges from the warmer) was probably not as good as usual.  However, the pork knuckle was amazingly delicious and well worth the visit:

It went well with the Kölsch (pictured above), which while it was enjoyable was not that different to what I've brewed myself - which I guess is a good thing.  The dark and malty Alt was nicely balanced and very enjoyable, but the Schwarzbier I ended the night with was not so much to my liking:

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