Paul Wilson’s guide to Good Beer Week
Award-winning chef and author Paul Wilson is back in Melbourne after a stint at Sydney’s Icebergs to launch a cheeky Latino restaurant in Lygon St, East Brunswick.
Wilson joined forces with Alby Tomassi (Feast of Merit and The Banff) to come up with Lady Carolina after the pair toured South America for tasty inspiration. The 90-seat restaurant is expected to open in early July with a cevicheria, where diners can match cured fish to pisco, and a covered beer garden out the back, complete with a taco truck and rum bar.
And of course there will be excellent beer.
Wilson plans to do plenty of research at Good Beer Week, which runs from May 16-24. These are Wilson’s five can’t-miss events at the annual Melbourne’s own beer fest.
May 20, Hophaus Bier Bar Grill, Southbank
The Germans have been pioneers in the craft beer movement for centuries. Hophaus’ design alongside Marc Brown’s well judged modern German fare will showcase for the first time in Australia with Vintage Munich master brews.
18-20 May, Milk the Cow, Carlton
Cheese and beer is indeed a perfect match and one you can easily replicate at home. Enjoy four craft beers and cheeses from Milk the Cow’s unparalleled cheese selection.
May 19, Estelle Bistro, Northcote
This is my gastronomic pick for the festival. The immense skill of the Estelle kitchen and Hitachino Nest Beer, Kikusakari Sake and Kiuchi Umeshu will no doubt provide thought-provoking food and beverage marriages that linger in your memory.
20 May, Babu Ji, St Kilda
In my opinion, Melbourne’s best Indian partners with America’s best brews. Enjoy tantalising tastes from the Tandoor and street food of India alongside Brooklyn’s finest.
19 May, Pope Joan, East Brunswick
This will be a wild event for sure. Pope Joan’s larrikin owner Matt Wilkinson and his team never disappoint when it comes to natural farm to table flavours.
For taste of Wilson’s new Lady Carolina menu, check out his newly-published cookbook, Cantina: Recipes from a Mexican Kitchen (Hardie Grant Books, $49.95).