With the rapid approach of Good Beer Week there are many beer related events all over Melbourne. I'll be helping at at one of the events: GABS (Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular) so the Local TapHouse threw on some free beer to encourage people to get together before the event. So I took some time to enjoy a Mountain Goat Hightail Ale, before heading off to dinner.
Dinner started at Massive Weines for one of their large, well presented and tasty hot dogs. I had the Chilli Wiener while she had the pickle Wiener, the bread rolls were fresh, condiments tasty and the 'tailor made' hot dogs were nice too. But while they were impressive hot dogs, they were still essentially just hot dogs.
On the way back to the car we stopped at Lucky Coq, which remains one of my favorite non-specialty beer venues. As usual it was loud, crowded and a squeeze to find somewhere to sit and eat, but the pizza - especially since they're priced at only $4 can make it worth the visit. Unfortunately they can also be a bit hit-and-miss, delightfully tasty, well balanced and delicious one visit, but burned, hardly any toppings or not well made the next visit. Luckily the bar has a good range of beer on offer, ranging from Czech Budvar to Colonial Kolsch, often with taps featuring beer from James Squire, Mountain Goat or Little Creatures. Tonight I thoroughly enjoyed the Mad Brewers Hoppy Heffe with minced lamb pizza, and the new new cherry-choc sweet pizza.