Weekend in Sydney
At the weekend I went to Sydney to visit Prue, Mark, Lou and my mate James. I hadn't visited since I made a 3 day trip to Darling Harbour with my family in 1997 so I was looking forward to it.
At the weekend I went to Sydney to visit Prue, Mark, Lou and my mate James. I hadn't visited since I made a 3 day trip to Darling Harbour with my family in 1997 so I was looking forward to it. I flew up Friday night after work; Eric Bana was on the flight. Once we arrived we went to Palmer & Co for a Sazerac. Palmer & Co was pretty cool, but too busy and loud for me at the time so we went to bed after one drink.
Saturday we woke late; raisin toast on the balcony with two coffees. After a short walk to Circular Quay Prue, Mark, Lou and I hopped a ferry to Manly where we wandered around and gawked like the tourists that we were. Enough of that - lunch at 4 Pines Brewery. I started on the Berliner Weiss which I hadn't had before. It was just what I felt like but a lacklustre for my palette, it could have been more sour. I then had a medieval Gruit with my fish and chips. Not a great combination but a tasty beer, quite herbal. The food was excellent though the service was a little slow.
Grand Final & Surry Hills Festival
We then hopped the ferry back to the city and headed to the Royal Albert Hotel to watch the AFL Grand Final with James. I'm not much interested in AFL but James is a passionate supporter and hates the Swans so it made for an entertaining match. The pub was great, very small with great atmosphere and a good range of beers. I had the Nail Brown which was excellent and a couple of Sixpoint beers. We also bumped into the guys from Cavalier which was an odd coincidence as we often see them around in Melbourne.
After the game, we walked up to the Surry Hills Festival. There was a small but fun crowd gathered for the bands, light projections and food truck. We had a few beers and watch the crowd before calling it a night. Prue and I grabbed some cheese, terrine and Bridge Road B2 Bomber Mach IV on the way home. After a lovely roast lamb dinner cooked by Lou I fell asleep on the couch and didn't stir until morning.
Dumplings and Afternoon Beers
Prue and I woke around 9 am and went for a run through Circular Quay, the Opera House, the Botanical Gardens, Hyde Park and the city to clear our heads and undo some of the previous day's indulgence. We then promptly went to Din Tai Fung to munch up on dumplings. The food was excellent and reasonably priced at $32 a head; we were expecting closer to $50 each.
We then took a long but leisurely walk to Darlinghurst to have a beer at The Local Taphouse. I'd visited the original St Kilda venue many times so I was eager to see how it compared. The tap list was excellent though there were lots of rich, dark and heavy beers which I wasn't in the mood for. I went for the Newstead pale, which was OK; a little too hoppy and not well balanced. Mark and Lou headed home, so James, Prue and I went to the Cricketers Arms for another round before calling it a day.
All in all, it was an excellent weekend. I can't wait to head back in a few weeks for the Sydney Craft Beer Festival.