When asked to come up with characteristics of a typical “beer person”, a few traits spring to mind. Some may attribute them as being snobby or maybe enthusiastic. Some may view them as bearded hipsters, while others may see them as discerning people looking for the best taste. But normally, the terms “hero” and “philanthropist” aren’t the first to spring to mind. 5 guys with varying levels of hair did there best on the 13th of March to change that perspective and braved the razor to help take down leukemia.
Darren Magin (of 250beers fame), Mark Howes (head honcho at Newstead Brewing), Jarrett Bravo (also a Newstead Brewer), Brendan Chan (Bacchus Brewing), and Luke Shield (beer lover) squared off against the Jimmy Rod’s Barber Shop and lost. While the guys may have lost their locks, the real winners were the many men and women diagnosed from leukemia. The gentlemen raised over $5,500 for the associations annual “World’s Greatest Shave” event, which sees a huge amount of supporters and participants each year. We should take our hats off to these brave blokes and commend them for doing an amazing job. A big cheer for Newstead Brewing for hosting the event as well. The biggest cheer, is for the men and women battling with this cancer; keep up the fight. (For more information on their the fundraising efforts, check out 250’s post)
Now, the event also contained a beer/food special. 250Beers “Hair of the Blog” Imperial IPA was on tap for it’s second time since making it’s first appearance at Tippler’s Tap for the Bacchus Beer Bloggers Series. This was my first time having this beer, and at 10.5%, you wouldn’t want to have many. I couldn’t stop drinking this, however. It had an immense sweet malt hit at the beginning, leading to a bitterness that just kept coming and coming and coming. The alcohol content was hidden masterfully and the beer went down a lot easier then it probably should have.
The challenge of matching a lovely, high powered beer to a dish was left in the more-than-capable hands of Newstead’s head chef, Peter Swatton. His solution: a Rendang curry. Now, I’ve had IPA and curry before and have been seriously underwhelmed. Either the curry was too hot or the IPA had so much kick, the curry tasted bland. Knowing what kind of beer the Hair of the Blog was supposed to be, I had my reservations about how well this would work. The balance of the curries heat to the beers high IBU’s and sweetness would be difficult. Peter nailed it. The rendang was beautifully cooked. with tender beef and spicy sauce. The part that I loved most was the small, puffed rice on the top, which added a nice crunchy texture to the dish. The IPA gained a coconut flavour after the big curry flavours mixed with it, making the long bitter aftertaste seem more enjoyable then it already was. The curry/beer combo was $30, with $7 of every sale going back to the charity.
When you step back to think about it, the collaboration that went into this event was phenomenal. A beer fan, a blogger, and two different breweries as well as a barbershop and a head chef, were able to come together and do something great for those in need. I think it’s a testament to the community we have here in Brisbane. Bravo, lads.
(If Mark, Darren, Brendan, Luke, or Jarrett want any of these photos, I have the full sized images on my computer, along with a few more of each of you. Just fire me an email at email@example.com and I’ll get them out to you).