Beer guru visits Roma to share top tips
MEN often tell beer guru Matt Kirkegaard that he has the best job in the world, and he doesn't disagree.
The author of the Beer Lover's Guide to Australia was in Roma last week for a Beer and Beef Appreciation Night at the White Bull Tavern.
Having tried hundreds of different beers in his career, Mr Kirkegaard said before the event he would be expanding some minds with the evening.
"I think I'll be scare a few pallets with some of the beers tonight," Mr Kirkegaard said.
"Beer is the sort of drink that doesn't carry pretension.
"Because of our climate we tend to drink beers for refreshment rather than taste."
The evening raised much-needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and when Mr Kirkegaard was asked to come along, he said he couldn't resist.
As for what makes beer such a part of his life, he said its unique history and working-class roots are what make it so popular.
"Beer can mean different things to different people," Mr Kirkegaard said.
"Historically it's been easier to make beer and so it's the reason we have towns and cities, because it can be made anywhere.
"It's also historically been an affordable and humble drink."
When it comes to local and commercially available beers, Mr Kirkegaard said there was one clear choice that really hits the spot.
"I would pick Cooper's Green, which is their pale ale," he said.
"The sparkling beer they sell is the only beer sold that we can call uniquely Australian."
The beer critic said of the dozens of beers tested on the night, only two would actually match the beef served, saying it was more about showing people new things rather than settling in old comforts.