Beers to send you to seventh heaven
OUTSTANDING beers to match the American barbecue cuisine are on offer at the BLVD Restaurant BBQ.
The bar does offer some of the lighter easy drinking lagers, but they also serve some heavier beers that are like having a wine with dinner.
Restaurant manager James McDermott says it is only natural to have a beer with barbecued meats.
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One of those craft beers is a heavy Boston lager called Samuel Adams, which you are maybe going to have one or two of because it is a full flavoured, heavy beer with a lot of strength behind it.
"We also have Blue Moon, an American designed wheat beer, off the idea of Belgium wheat beers," McDermott says.
"It is traditionally served with a slice of orange in there.
"People have a slice of lemon with a Corona, but the orange with the Blue Moon brings out the citrus flavours, which help cut through the fats of what you are eating which keeps your palette fresh."
A Japanese beer called Hokkaido from the north of the country is also one not to be missed.
"We picked that one for the creaminess you get with it and for some of the dishes that have got a bit of spice," McDermott says.
"You get the smoked chicken that has some pepper sauce or the wings with original buffalo sauce, which has a bit of pepper spice to it.
"That heats your mouth and then you have a creamy beer after it and it is quite spectacular."
Many famous Japanese brands are made under licence in Australia or south-east Asia but Hokkaido is one of the few that is made in Japan.