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When beer fans have to bear with football

BEER lovers were given a treat at the Bulldog last Saturday -but only if they were also English Premier League fans. The Wulumuqi Road pub hosted a five-course dinner pairing a different beer with each dish, but many guests complained their appreciation of the meal was marred by the broadcast of the Manchester United vs Liverpool clash which happened at the same time.

Proceedings began with a spicy Hungarian-style goulash matched with Vedett Extra White from Belgium. The light lager with 5.2 percent alcohol is a blonde lager that makes for a good session beer and appeals to fans of Hoegaarden.

Next up was the ubiquitous German dish of mixed sausages with sauerkraut. The beer, however, was anything but typical - Pipeline Porter made with 100 percent Hawaiian coffee. This American craft beer was dark and roasty, but not necessarily in a pleasant way. The taste overwhelmed the sausages and was barely contained by the stronger flavor of the fermented vegetable.

Fish and chips are an obvious accompaniment to beer, and the Australian Coopers Pale Ale was a shoo-in to go with it. The most commercially available of the drops of the evening (not to mention cheapest), it showed why it was one of the most popular brews in town.

The Bulldog specialty of cured pork knuckle was dressed up with Radeberger Pilsner, a German brand that dates back to 1872 and was once brewed for the King of Saxony. The smooth, rich tasting beer is one of the finer examples of this style of lager.

Pudding was apple strudel paired with Pure Blonde, an Australian low-carbohydrate lager that took its native land by storm and is creating waves on the Chinese mainland also. Another great session beer, especially for those avoiding the perils of the beer belly, the label has the added benefit of not leaving you bloated after a couple.

Despite the beer tour, dinner guests were aggrieved when the football match began and drowned out all conversation during the meal. The packed house of fans in team shirts also meant service was slow as staff struggled to cope with the throng of punters.


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