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Great Australian Beer Festival Geelong follow up.

At the start of February H and I wandered down the road to the Geelong Racing Club to attend the Great Australian Beer Festival.

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Image from the Great Australian Beer Festival Geelong Facebook page.

With beers and ciders from over 20 Australian breweries there was plenty of quality drops to taste.

The Ox from Red Duck was my personal highlight

Overall it was a great day and I hope that the festival returns next year.

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H and I enjoying our day at the Great Australian Beer Festival.

Camping follow up.

A couple of weeks ago we had the 4th annual Grog Cobras camping trip to Aire River.

As an absolute rarity, we actually managed to have it in the designated month this time.

Unfortunately for readers, what happens on the camp stays on the camp, so you will just have to make an effort and come along and join us next December.

St. Kilda Taphouse follow up.

In November H, Bjorn, Blake and I headed up to The Local Taphouse – St. Kilda for a night out with some delicious beers.

The venue had tasting paddles that allowed you to mix and match a selection of their tap beers. The boys thoroughly enjoyed them.

A line up of the tasting paddles.

A line up of the tasting paddles.

There was some live music on the night which featured one man playing two saxophones at once, which was highly entertaining.

My personal beer highlight of the trip was a split between two Kölschs. The Gilden Brewery Sion and the 4 Pines Kölsch were the stars of the night.

VicBrew follow up.

In October H and I travelled up to the Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka to check out the Victorian Amateur Brewing Championships 2012.

We decided to check out what the venue had to offer before wandering upstairs to have a look at the competition. There were a lot of very tasty beers available but my personal highlight was the B-2 Bomber Black IPA from Bridge Road Brewers. It was a very delicious beer with a taste you wouldn’t expect from a black beer. It was definitely one of my favourite beers of the year.

My family and I with a tasty black beer.

My family and I with a tasty black beer.

H enjoying a delicious beer.

H enjoying a delicious beer.

H and I had a quick look upstairs at the competition in progress and had a bit of a chat with the organisers and a few familiar faces.

For those of you playing at home, I had a stout entered in the competition and I did absolutely dismally. At least there is room for improvement next year.

Octoberfest follow up.

In late September we headed down to the Rhinegold for a meal and some beers.
It was also the grand unveiling of our new shirts.

Scotty and I looking schmick in the new Grog Cobras t-shirts.

For a small cost we got the all-you-can-drink Schoefferhofer deal. The barmaid told us there was only one keg of the imported German beer, and as it ran out before we left, I can only assume that we were the winners.

Our tamed German brewers were also selected to be the pig-carriers at the start of the meal. Bjorn and Hauke got to parade the food around the venue and drum up a bit of excitement.

Hauke and Bjorn with tonight’s main meal.

Overall, it was a pretty good night out. I can see this becoming a staple annual event.

Bellarine Brewery Trip follow up.

In August a small group of us went to check out a local brewery and cidery.
Our first stop of the trip was Leura Park Estate, the home of Flying Brick Cider.
While there we had a bit to eat for lunch and we were all impressed by our meals. We also tried a few of their ciders.
I had two of their range; Draught Cider and Original Cider. They were both incredibly similar and I probably would have struggled to tell them apart on taste alone. Both were quite heavy bodied for a cider and had a slight caramel taste and were very decent to drink. There was also a Pear Cider available but we were keen to move on to the brewery for the day.

Someone nearly looked at the camera for this shot.

H send this to me titled ‘Worst Grog Cobras photo EVER’.

We then moved on to Bellarine Estate to try the range of beers from Bellarine Brewing Co..
This place was a bit busier than Leura Park, but we managed to snare a table and a few of the guys had a second lunch. It all looked very tasty, but the beer tasting paddle was the star of the day. It featured generous serves of four of their beers and we all branched out and got a pot of the last variety to boot. The Queeenscliff Ale was the highlight of the lot with it’s pale malt and light hops. The heads Ale and Two Wives were both also quite good. The Mussel Stout was a bit of an aquired taste and the Bellarine Bitter was no good at all. It’s a shame as the other beers were really solid.

The afternoon was quite good and the guys really enjoyed a sample of the local flavours on our doorstep.

Poker Night II follow up.

Poker Night II was a much bigger affair than the first incarnation and was a rousing success. It was quite potentially the largest event the Grog Cobras have ever hosted.
This time we had two tables running out in Beer Lab and a total of 12 competitors.
An increased buy in saw the winner walk away with a bit over $200.
Unfortunately our reigning club champion did not take the pot this year. In fact, nobody from the club took a prize at all with first and second place going to two guests on the night.
Spoony walked away with the major while Snotty got his money back as a second place consolation prize.
Once again, the night was a big success and I imagine Poker Night III won’t be far away.

May news

The next meeting will be on the 11/05/2012 at 19:30 at Adam and Scotty’s hidden mountain fortress.

The following day (12/05/2012) will be the May activity and we will be taking a road trip up to Melbourne to visit the world famous Mrs. Parma’s to celebrate Good Beer Week. It should be both fun and tasty.

Rock climbing

Last year we had a rock climbing day and it went pretty well so we have decided to give it another burl this year.

Here is the basic info for the day:
When and Where:
10:00 28/04/2012 at The Rock Adventure Centre.

Who:
Everyone is welcome. If you have mates who might be interested in a climb, bring them along; the more the merrier. The venue has group bookings, so if you want to (potentially) save a bit of coin get back to me and I will try to sort out a discount rate.

How much:
$23 for a standard entry and harness. $20 if you still have a valid student card. If we can get a group package it should knock a few dollars off.

What:
Last year nobody lasted more than 2 hours, which is about midday if we get a 10:00 start, so I think it might work out nicely to have a climb, then wander down to a pub for a counter meal and some we deserved beers.

Poker night follow up

The meeting the night before was an absolute cracker with 10 members turning up and it was a good indication of how the poker night at Beer Lab was going to go.

Pull up and have a cold one.

The bar

 

We had seven members (Pete, Paul, The SoulCat, Scotty, Blake, Paul and myself) turn up with the eighth spot being filled by Chris.

Try your hand at poker.

The table

For Blake, it was his first time playing Texas Hold ‘Em and it didn’t take too long for the old hands to work their way to the top with the final two coming down to Chris and Paul.
Paul ultimately was victorious and walked away with the pot leaving the rest of us to count our losses.

Paul was the winner

Overall I thought it was a fantastic event and I can’t wait to get the cards out again.