One of South Australia's strangest culinary creations, the celebrated Pie Floater, is the inspiration behind a special one-off beer created by Vale Brewing for this year's Great Australasia Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) in Melbourne. The intriguing new brew, called Pie Cart Porter, will unveiled at GABS today.
Head Brewer Jeff Wright has high hopes his split pea and smoky flavoured beer, which he describes as “delivering great balance”, will hit the spot with the thousands of beer aficionados who flock to the event each year.
“I got the idea while reading a Paul Mercurio recipe for Pea and Ham Soup with added Porter for flavour and thought: ‘that’s it, we Adelaideans are famous for our pie floaters, so let’s add beer to the mix and take an iconic South Australian taste over to Melbourne this year," says Jeff.
“We played around with a few options before settling on porter, a dark style of beer originally developed in London from brown malt, as it really injects a lovely finish to a drink that’s made with winter very much in mind.”
GABS (May 22-24) is Australia's largest beer event which this year attracted more than 120 entries from Australasia and further afield. For more visit http://www.gabsfestival.com.au