Episode 14: From Pale Ale to Stout – a Deep Dive Into the World of Craft Beer
LISTEN HERE Pic by @thenerdpatrol Okay, we confess, we are beer neophytes, but after chatting with independent beer educator and all-round ale guru Matt Kirkegaard, we feel a little more clued up. Matt has a job that would make any beer lover exceedingly envious. He writes and talks about, travels for and, of course, drinks beer for a living. Matt’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in food, won the country’s inaugural trophy for beer writing, established the industry news outlet and podcast Brews News and hosts regular dinner and beer education classes. In this episode of ExtraVirgin, Matt tells us why old-school Australian beer is like the ‘plastic’ cheese slices of our childhoods, and explains how the rise of independent brewing opened our eyes and tastebuds to a whole new world of beer. We learn why you should drink your beer out of wine glasses, how far to fill the glass, and how to match beer with everything from steamed mussels to ice-cream. Natascha also gets to taste one of Matt’s latest discoveries, a beer that even someone who doesn’t usually drink beer can enjoy. So, sit back, pour yourself a cold one and enjoy this episode, starring the world’s most popular alcoholic beverage. Cheers!