Sapporo, Riesling and Sashimi

Kris: A sunny afternoon, some fresh local seafood and a couple of friends dropping by? Time for some riesling and perhaps a beer or two. I was keen to make some sushi and discovered a 6 pack of Sapporo at our local bottle shop that, under further investigation on the packaging, was brewed in Adelaide, South Australia. I have tried the Japanese version, the Canadian version in the 500ml can, so how would the Australian interpretation taste?
Kris: I have mixed emotions about contract brewing classic beer styles in other countries. It seems common place these days. Guiness brewed in Melbourne. Peroni in Newcastle. Fosters is another prime example. In England it is advertised as Australia’s favourite beer? To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I spotted it in a bar or bottle shop. Apparently the majority of Fosters is brewed in France and sold in England? I guess thats why it is exciting to travel and to sample beers that are brewed  in their homeland. The Australian version of Sapporo was fine. A crisp, easy drinking lager and a good match for fresh shucked oysters and sashimi. I have said it time and time again, I love Riesling! I think it is the hop driven, beer lovers wine. My favourite interpretation of this varietal is aromatic with a distinctive lemon/lime character. Jim Barry 2010 Watervale Riesling is a classic, affordable version of this style. It is also a great match for oysters and tuna sashimi.
Kris: As mentioned previously, I am still learning the fine art of sashimi/sushi. It is one of my favourite ways of eating fresh seafood. I have the upmost respect for sushi chefs; it is truly an art in itself.
Caroline : I love the Jim Barry 2010 Watervale Riesling; I am also a huge fan of Alsace Riesling and the Domaine Zind Humbrecht was a great match for the oysters and sashimi. It had a bit more sweetness than the first wine we tried  and finished with the lemon/lime character that Kris and I both love in Riesling. A perfect spring/summer dinner!



Pan fried Sardines and White Rabbit White Ale

Kris: It was a treat to go to our local seafood shop, MAKO and find fresh sardines. They are easy to use, you don’t need to gut them or fillet them, if you don’t mind, you can eat the whole fish bones and all when cooked. I thought they would be a great lunchtime match with some White Rabbit Brewery White Ale.

 Pan fried Sardines

200g fresh sardines

1  clove garlic (thinly sliced)

fresh parsley


zest of 1/2 lemon

olive oil

50ml lambic beer

sea salt and cracked pepper


Pre-heat a pan and fry capers, lemon zest and garlic for a couple of minutes

Add sardines and drizzle with a little more olive oil

After 2-3 minutes, turn the sardines

Cook for a couple more minutes

Pour over the lambic ( it’s nice to add a bit of acidity) and turn off heat

Sprinkle with finely sliced parsley and season with salt and pepper

Serve with fresh, crusty bread

 Kris: This simple dish is a perfect match with the White Rabbit White Ale. This is a Belgian style witbier, brewed with juniper, coriander and orange peel. The citrus and spice cuts through the richness of the sardines and the sweetness from the wheat and addition of some local honey balances the intense saltiness of the dish.

Caroline: This dish was great. You can de-bone sardines this big, but I think the heads and bones and brains add great flavor and texture so I recommend eating them WHOLE (snap off the face if it makes you feel weird). The White Ale added a great amount of sweetness to the salty sardines..yum