Pure Bier Fest Launch 2012 at Bavarian Bier Café

Pure Bier Fest, the annual bier festival, launched across Bavarian Bier Cafés for the month of May. The annual festival is a celebration of the German Bier Purity Law which dates back to 1516 and declares that pure German bier can only have four ingredients: hops, malt, yeast and water.

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Do you know Bier from Beer?

At the launch event, Dominic Dighton, Bavarian Bier Café’s bier professor introduced a new ale that the group has imported for the first time in Australia.

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L-R: Dominic Dighton, Bavarian Bier Café’s bier professor and Rudolf Heider, General Manager NSW

The Hacker Pschorr Braumeister Pils is a crisp, clean, dry style and refreshing Pilsener, pale in colour with higher proportion of bitterness in hops. The bier is spicy and aromatic, with grassy and herbaceous notes and a bitter finish making it an easy to drink bier, even for a novice.

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L-R: Hacker Pschorr Braumeister Pils, Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Hell, Lowenbrau Original

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Hell is named after a Franciscan fryer and comes from a brewery dating back to 1363, one that is held in highest regard in Germany. The bier has fruity characteristics, with passionfruit, vanilla and banana, and a distinct spice associated with it. Highly carbonated, it finishes light and tart with no bitterness, an attribute that sets it apart from the Pilsener.

Lowenbrau Original is the flagship product for Bavarian Bier Café. A typical Munich lager, the bier is pale in colour with caramel and malt characters and a bitter finish for those who like a stronger flavour.

Thomas Beissert, Bavarian Bier Café group head chef put on a demonstration where he prepared Obatzter, a Bavarian specialty which is often served with bier.

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Head Chef Thomas Beissert

Obatzter is made with German ingredients where possible such as Camembert and Philadelphia cheese, butter, Spanish onions, a secret paprika spice mix, chives, parsley, caraway seeds and seasoned with salt and pepper.

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Obatzter, Bavarian speciality served with beer

The savoury spread is traditionally served on pumpernickel bread or with pretzels.

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Pretzels with Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Hell

Guests were treated to a selection of tasty canapés that challenged perceptions that all Bavarian food is rich and hearty. Some were mini version of larger dishes that are served across all eight of Sydney’s Bavarian Bier Cafés, tempting a return for a leisurely lunch or dinner with friends.

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Selection of canapés

Clockwise from top left : Asparagus and Black Forest Ham, Garlic Oil; Roast Onion and Beetroot Tartlet, Goats Curd and Baby Watercress; Truss Baby Tomato, Rocket and Basil Pesto with Parmigiano Regiano; Lemon Goats Cheese Croquette with kafir lime mayonnaise

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Sage Prawn Skewers, Wheat Bier Butter

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Spiced Beef Tartare with a Twist

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Crisp Pork Belly, Honey and Thyme Flowers

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Shredded Beef Cheek Burger

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Tarragon Chicken Sausage, Salsa Verde

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Full-sized meals prepped in the kitchen

The media launch was a sampler of what Bavarian Bier Cafés around Sydney have to offer during Pure Bier Fest. Expect to enjoy Monday Night Bier Flights for $10, indulge in Tuesday’s mega pork schnitzels with the Lowenschnitzel eating challenge and take Wednesday’s taste challenge that pitches Pure Bier against “average beer”. Thursdays will see the return of the Bier Akademies and Fridays will rock with Bier and Beats featuring DJ music among other activities.

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Mini Bier Akademie & DJ

Pure Bier Fest runs throughout May across all Bavarian Bier Cafés.

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Gourmantic attended the launch event on May 2, 2012 at the O’Connell St Sydney venue as media guests.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.