A crafty beer-pairing session

Happened at Craft Brews recently. It was a special five-course dinner that paired the dishes with certain beers.

The beers were Rogue, which had its launch party recently. The chefs were specially hired for the event – Cuisine Riot, a team of Malaysian-based TV chefs. The dinner was open to the public for a fee.

The food boyz

Beer-pairing is actually not uncommon, although most times it’s wine, not sure why. Beers (as in ales mostly), have depth and complexity as well. The problem here has been the lack of variety as most beers used to be lagers. That has obviously changed.

Craft Brew founder Paul Khong  says that Craft Brews wants to spearhead the beer education and appreciation trend in Malaysia. “We see it as our responsibility to create new and exciting opportunities to help and educate people on how to enjoy beer.”


Craft Brew has a range of beers, with the latest being American-made Rogue.

Nite began with a glass of OREgasmic Ale (pale ale, ABV 6%), paired with pork belly, onion tagliatelle, onion coulis, pickled daikon and papaya ketchup.

It was an excellent dish of tender, juicy slabs of meat, with a very wild-tasting ketchup. The beer was a little too bold and tasty for me. The OREgasmic was the only beer i couldn’t finish at the launch party.

When the next dish showed up with a couple of syringes, it got my attention.

Where the needles at?

This is a mix of mushroom consomme, sago pearls and… instant noodles. As you fire the syringe into the soup (not your arm), it turns into noodles.

Cool. I enjoyed playing with my food.

This dish seemed herbal-ly, and refreshing, with medium-strength flavours, and went well with the light-medium beer – the pairing was with the Mom Hefeweizen (Belgian ale, ABV 5.2%).

Next was the duck fillet, Israel couscous and beetroot, with the Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale (brown ale, ABV 6.2%). The bird was cooked quite rare, with a nice roasted skin, and gamey – which was tempered by the sweetness of the couscous. It was a good mix for the roasty, caramely beer.

Hey there brown sugar

I missed out on the tandoori chicken and dessert as i had to split early.The next pairings were the Juniper Pale Ale and the Chocolate Stout. Dammit!

Well, am sure there’ll be other such events comin up. Look out for it if you’re into beers while dining.


Checkin Craft Brews

Was there on a cool Friday evening, sampling their draft beers and a lil food.

Craft Brews (7722-3000) launched last month, and is located near Petronas / Tesco, Mutiara Damansara, PJ. It serves mainly beer, as well as some interesting food like pork ribs.

The main beers featured here are those sourced from micro breweries; Craft Brews is not a micro brewery. There’s the Monster Green Lager, English Ale, Weizen (German wheat beer) and Czech Pilsner on tap. These are from RedDot Brewhouse, Singapore.

Hey i’ve got a micro brewery too! Sort of.

Piece of cake!

Piece of cake!

There’re also bottled beers from Flying Dog (US) and Rogue (US). These will be tested & featured here shortly!

The ‘Signature Home Brews’ soon arrive in towers, with four ‘flavours’. They all have different shades.

Grace seems to like Martian piss

Grace seems to like Martian urine

Choose your piss. Left-right: Czech, English, Martian, German

Choose your poison. Left-right: Czech, English, Monster, German

The Czech tasted pretty much like standard lager, the Monster Green (added spirulina) is quite similar, but with a fresher edge, the English Ale’s bold flavour is too strong for me, while the Weizen went down quick & easy.

I find prices for the draft beers on the high side -$28.75 for a pint of Carlsberg and $33.35 for the signature brews.

Prices aint nett - add service charge n govt tax

Prices aint nett - add service charge n govt tax


Our fave for d night - Weizen

Pick your juice

Choose yor juice

D joint is also a restaurant

D joint is also a restaurant

Nice plumbing

Nice plumbing

A blind beer-tasting challenge. Not for me - my task was easy - down all the samples. Obvioulsy i lost

A blind beer-tasting challenge. No challenge for me - my aim was simple - down all the samples. Obvioulsy i lost...

And Grace won, d beerholic. But my prize was better haha!

And Grace won, d beerholic. But my prize was better haha

Moved on to Nigel's housewarming n harrassed his kid Dylan

Moved on to Nigel's housewarming n harrassed his kid Dylan

Tx to Khabir, ended d night in style

Tx to Khabir, ended d night in style. Ended up staggering

And messed with Homey on d street

And messed around d street with Homey

Brain damage: 8/10

[Follow-up post here]

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