After having a great time celebrating AhFa’s birthday at 42 East a few weeks ago with plenty of Kilkenny Draught, we decided to have an encore. This time our excuse was Suan’s birthday.
OK, maybe it wasn’t just an excuse, Suan is a dear friend and a big fan of Kilkenny (in fact, I first learned about this beer from her). Since she won’t be around on her actual birthday, we decided to get together a few days earlier.
Barfly, and these Kilkenny’s reserved for Suanie
Our destination of choice this time was Barfly at Solaris Dutamas. A place where solving the parking puzzle requires a PhD, but hey, we do it for friends right?
Luckily we had the foresight in calling in a couple days earlier to book for a table.
Michael, Li Ling, Suan, KY enjoying some Kilkenny
The place was well packed with people when we reached there at about 9pm. I always like going to a busy place for draught beer, you know it will always super fresh.
In the case of Kilkenny at Barfly, yeap, the draught were fresh, fragrant, and every bit as how a good pint of Kilkenny should be. Something that we learned from the Kilkenny Masterclass experience.
some of the beer food we have to pair with Kilkenny beer
Of course, when you have beer, you gotta have some beer food to go with.
Dark ale like Kilkenny pairs well with chicken, pork, and generally slightly stronger tasting food. Barfly happens to have quite a decent selection of snacks & even main dishes that goes well with beer.
Mike showing that all pint glasses hold the same volume
We had their flaming chicken wings, superfly potato skin, pig in haystack (enoki mushroom + bacon), fries, ikan bilis with onion and chili, nachos, sausage kau, and commando chips.
Many of the dishes were a bit spicy, and when you wash down that spicy kick with a big gulp of cold beer, that feeling is just the best!
and.. we had a great time! Happy Birthday Suan
Awesome friends, great beer, and some food over a few hours – good times!
Earlier this month was our good friend FireAngel (Ee Laine is the actual name, but we call her ahfa)’s 18th birthday for the nth time, we decided to throw her a somewhat not-so-surprised party at 42 EAST, TTDI.
birthday girl and me with my awesome t-shirt
It was just an old fashion type of evening, hanging out, enjoying some finger foods, and having plenty of Kilkenny draught to go around for everyone. Over here at 42 EAST they serve them in three pints for RM 66++, a rather good deal.
I love the aroma of the dark ale served fresh, something that’s only topped by the awesome company that we had that night.
with a bunch of friends at 42 EAST, TTDI
Among the attendees were the familiar faces – Haze, Michael & Li Ling, Lance & Melissa, Horng & Yuki, Suan, Terence & Celine, Sam, Whey Lu, and AhFa’s date – John.
good times, great beer
I think we should do this more often and not just when someone’s ticker turns up a notch.
We’re gonna have another party real soon, can’t wait!
To be honest, while not being a habitual alcohol consumer, I do enjoy my beer every now and then. A cold beer and some finger foods in front of the TV with my favorite sports team on after a tiring day is just about the most a guy can ask for.
I liked my beer cold, in fact, as cold as possible, and always thought that chucking it down in big gulp is the most satisfying thing ever.
Kilkenny Appreciation Night, at The Bee, Publika
And then I went to Kilkenny’s Appreciation Night at Publika the other day and got a whole new revelation. This was the first event hosted by Kilkenny in Malaysia, with a promise of taking the guests on a journey to experience all things Kilkenny.
Michael (The Star), Tim (Nuffnang), Suanie & Haze (blogs), Ashley (Esquire magazine)
The event was attended by quite a lot of familiar faces. Michael from The Star, Ashley from Esquire magazine, Timothy and David from Nuffnang, Eileen from Mindshare, Ernest who draws cartoon, Suan, Haze, representatives from GABs, and more.
the smell test at the Sensory Station, guess them right and win a prize
We started the night with a glass of Kilkenny in hand and got to mingle with like minded people.
Kilkenny set up a Sensory Station on location and I think it’s quite a neat little idea. There were seven bottles containing different smells at the station, and participants were asked to identify what each ingredient was.
I managed to identify about 4 out of the 7 (with a bit of cheating), and it just goes to show that while many of us have keen sense of smell, it is often not easy to match it to what we remember. These are pretty “normal” ingredients tho – nuts, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, elder flower, and so forth.
Kilkenny Masterclass experience by Ben Ng from GAB Professional Solutions
Highlight of the night was undoubtedly the Kilkenny Masterclass conducted by Ben Ng from GAB Professional Solutions.
In the first “experiment”, we got to try the ale served super cold at between 0-4 Celsius, temperature achieved with the help of some dried ice. It was very easy to drink and actually tasted quite bland.
Next, we tried the same Kilkenny, now at between 4-6 Celsius and it was almost like a completely different beer. Much richer aroma and stronger taste. Ben then explained that on extreme cold temperature, the taste and aroma is muffled, but allowing it to warm up just a little and you get to enjoy the full spectrum of taste and aroma from the famous red ale.
That thick foam on top of the beer? It isn’t there to short change you for a smaller portion of beer, but actually adds to the smooth character of the overall experience.
Another important difference we got from the class was the difference between ale and lager. In short, ale is top fermented in warmer temperature while larger uses bottom fermenting yeast with colder temperature. Ales are usually light to dark brown, with a more robust and fruity flavor. Kilkenny is of course, one of the most popular ale in the country.
beef balls, chicken kebab, fish fingers, quiche, and calamari for food pairing
Of course, beer is never complete without some finger food to go with. All throughout the night, we were served dishes that were carefully chosen to pair with Kilkenny.
I particularly enjoy the quiche, fish fingers, and calamari as seafood complements the aroma and richness of Kilkenny very well. Chicken kebab, and somewhat surprisingly, the beef balls worked well as food companion to this Irish import too.
sand art performance by Loong Bee
After the Masterclass experience, we were also treated with a pretty unique sand art show by the one and only sand art performer in the country, Loong Bee. The performance took us through the journey of Kilkenny, from its introduction all the way back in 1710 to being a global brand in the 21st century.
We had a great time at the Kilkenny Appreciation Night, and certainly look forward to more of these in the future.
OK folks, some of you might have read my previous post titled – “ALEmentary, My Dear“. On that post I talked about Kilkenny’s ALEmentary Knowledge Facebook game and how you can stand a chance to win the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or the Google Nexus 7.
To increase the winning chances for you guys, I provided you with some screenshots and tips on how to improve your score on the game.
Well, a picture says a thousand words, but I think a video, with 30 “pictures” per second, says a whole lot more words than mere pictures and descriptions.
So here’s a game guide for you (don’t laugh at me and Haze ok, we tried our best, hehe)
Hopefully the combination of our guide and your skills will get you to win these babies
Kilkenny is a popular Irish cream ale, and with a heritage dated since the 1710 century,it is now easily found in most pubs and bars around the country. Rich, creamy, and with its aroma and flavor of toasted malt, it is also easily one of my favorite.
Now what are the secrets in brewing up a good barrel of Kilkenny? It’s all in the ALEmentary Knowledge. Which incidentally, is also the name of the Facebook application that teaches and challenges you to a test of brewing quality Kilkenny Ale.
And as with any challenge worth its salt, there are prizes to be won, so let’s look at them:
Grand Prize – Samsung Galaxy Note 2
First Prize – Google Nexus 7
5x Weekly Prizes – Exclusive Kilkenny T-Shirt
I don’t know about you, but I think the Galaxy Note 2 is a pretty sweet phone/tablet, and I certainly wouldn’t mind having it in my pocket (albeit it’s gonna be a bit snug, but I digress..)
In this post, I’m going to give you a short tutorial on how to play the ALEmentary brewing game, as well as some tips to become better at it and hopefully, you will at least beat the score Haze and I managed to end up with – 7790.
The game is a simple ‘complete tasks in one stage, move task to another within time limit’ genre similar to other business/time management games. There are a total of 5 stages to clear, and if you are raring to win this.. you’ve got to nail all 5.
Every stage is important, but some are more important than others.
The stages are:
Stage 1: Making Wort
Stage 2: Adding Hops
Stage 3: Fermentation
Stage 4: Packing
Stage 5: Pouring
There’s an in-game tutorial that teaches you how to complete each stage, go through that and you’ll be set to go. Now here are some methods we used to improve our scores.
First, don’t bother filling all 9 in one go when you start the game in Stage 1. That would means you put in the mashed barley in all 9 pots, add in the roasted barley and the water. This technique will only get you to about 50 pints before the time runs out.
Instead, focus on getting as many pots brewing as fast as possible, put in all 3 ingredients in one pot before moving to the next. Once the timer gets to red, proceed to the next stage and repeat this process. The idea is to have pots brewing as early as possible once the game starts.
Pro Tip: when you have less than 35 seconds left, don’t bother making any more worts, it won’t get through all the stages.
Another dangerous setback is right before you get to stage 3. You may have collected about 4-6 pots ready for stage 3, before you move any pots to stage 3, take a look at the temperature slider and make sure it is still in the green area. If it isn’t, press the burn button until it is green before you move the pots here. A wrong temperature will burn your current pots, rendering all your previous efforts useless.
Pro Tip: Don’t bother throwing away any burnt wort or hops if they aren’t interfering, but you shouldn’t have any burnt wort or hops anyway.
The 4th step would be to move the barrel into the truck. Beware of the slider again, if it passes green the barrel will overflow and will reflect in a lower point score.
Pro Tip: once it hits green, slide it to the truck as soon as possible, this ensures you to have more barrels instead of wasting extra precious ale (and time)
The last step is the most crucial. I always slide it all the way to the right till it hits the Kilkenny logo, then use the slow pour method (slide to left) to fill it up, you have to be careful not to let it overflow. This stage requires some practice, but it is crucial, since it is a multiplier that you use with the score you get from previous 4 stages. I managed a near perfect 99.975/100.
After quite a number of hours trying to beat this game Haze and I managed a total score of 7790. She’s better at making barrels, while I generally do better with Stage 5 pouring multiplier.
To be honest, most Facebook contest games aren’t terribly exciting, but we can’t stop ourselves from playing with this one. It has the element of frustration and excitement all roll into one, we still want to end up in top 10! Just need to be just a bit faster, gahhhh. Excuse me while I continue playing this.