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After the public off days in January and February, one of the most common theme at the office is people complaining about the lack of holidays on March and April.

Well, so far as government sanctioned holidays, that might be true, but for anyone who likes to enjoy a pint of Irish goodness every so often, there is always the 17th of March – Saint Patrick’s Day!

The 18th is a Sunday, which makes this year’s St. Patrick’s Day ever more convenient, since we can thoroughly enjoy the drinks without worrying about having to get up early the next day. Yeahhhhhhhh!

st patricks day 2012

For those who isn’t familiar with St. Patrick’s Day, there’s a wikipedia entry on it; for those who already know what it is all about, here are some extra fun facts:

  • St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most observed celebrations in the world, enjoyed with over 100 countries. For the past two years, GUINNESS organized the celebration in Malaysia.
  • It is a national holiday in Ireland and  island of Montserrat in the Caribbean
  • St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in America in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737, which has a lot of Americans with Irish ancestry
  • Everything green is used during St. Patrick’s Day – green beer, green food, green outfit, you name it
  • Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Changkat Bukit Bintang attracted over 8000 people here in Malaysia
  • Cities that organized  St Patrick’s Day parades include Florence, Oslo, Munich, Copenhagen, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Birmingham, Sydney, and the biggest of them all, in New York City

st pat's day 2012

As with the previous two years, on this 17th March this year, GUINNESS is bringing back the St. Patrick’s Day Street Party at Changkat Bukit Bintang.

The whole street will be transformed into an iconic St Patrick’s street party from 6pm till late, there will also be the “Comedy Court’ with some of the funniest people in the region with their hilarious performances.

Do not miss out!

Other than Changkat,  GUINNESS is also bringing St. Patrick’s experience to the following cities:

  • Upper Penang Road, Penang – 10th March 2012
  • Mount Austin, Johor Bharu – 23rd March 2012
  • Ipoh Garden East, Ipoh – 24th March 2012
  • Jonker Street, Melaka – 31st March 2012
At Sabah & Sarawak
  • KK Times Square – 16th March 2012
  • KK Waterfront – 17th March 2012
  • Kuching (Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman) – 24th March 2012
  • Kuching (Brighton Square) – 10th March 2012
  • Miri (Pelita Commercial Center) – 31st March 2012

Guinness and friends

All throughout March, there are special promotions in more than 2000 GUINNESS outlets nationwide. Get a GUINNESS St. Patrick’s miniature glass (5 different designs) with every 4 glasses of GUINNESS draught or a bucket of GUINNESS Foreign extra stout. There’s also limited edition GUINNESS St. Patrick’s t-shirt available every Thursday from 8th March till 31st March 2012 for just additional RM 10 in 178 selected outlets.

It is simply the best month for Guinness lovers. From the photos above, you can sorta tell that I am one of those people. 😀

Hop on to  www.facebook.com/guinnessmalaysia for more information!

the friendlist day of the year

As with every celebration that matters, there is also a pledge that I urge you to take part in.

GUINNESS wants to make St. Patrick’s Day officially the “The Friendliest Day of the Year” by getting 1 million people from all over the world to pledge. I’ve put in mine, how about you? If we  hit the targeted number, this will also go into Guinness World Records title for Most pledges for a campaign, be a part of it!

Head to St. Patrick’s Day Pledge on Facebook to do it.

See you at Changkat Bukit Bintang on the 17th March!

In the past few years, quite a number of restaurants that has a primarily pork laden menu with good choices of beer (and wine) selections rose to prominence. Some of the more well known players are Brussels at Solaris & Jaya One, Berlin Biergarten at Solaris Mont Kiara, Weissbrau at Pavilion KL, Hoofed at TTDI, Racks at Changkat, Sid’s pub at TTDI/Bangsar South, and Jarrod and Rawlins at a few locations.

Now, it looks like the same trend is happening in Penang, one of the latest of such establishments is BeerBQ at Precinct 10 (right next to Island Plaza).

Update: this place is closed

Beer BQ at Precinct 10, next to Island Plaza in Penang
Beer BQ at Precinct 10, next to Island Plaza in Penang

First, a disclaimer. Two of my ex schoolmates are share holders of this restaurant, and they invited me to this review session. I’ve known these blokes for the past 20 odd years, they told me to treat this with honesty, like any other review, which I will gladly comply. 😀

I like Precinct 10, it is a brand new commercial center that reminds me of suburban US. The shops are aligned in U shape with ample of parking in the middle. That way you never need to have a very long walk to any outlets. Most commercial areas packed in too many shop units with too little parking space, this place is a fresh departure from those greedy developer’s SOP.

wild mushroom soup, cauliflower soup, caesar salad
wild mushroom soup, cauliflower soup, caesar salad

Now to the food. Together with mom, sister, brother, Haze, and Horng, we had the restaurant manager recommended us some of their signature dishes to share.

We started off with some complimentary bread, with plenty of butter.

Then the soups: Wild mushroom soup (RM m9.90) has all those chunky bits of mushroom which I like, and soup of the day (RM 7.90) that night was cauliflower soup with very smooth texture and slightly “strange” taste to me, but Haze and my siblings absolutely loved.

The Caesar salad (RM 15.90) has bacon, croutons, and chunks of Parmesan cheese in it, and was easily one of the best Caesar salad I’ve ever had. I’m not sure if this is the best for someone who’s on diet, but it was awesome!

buffalo wings, roast pork, smoked salmon salad
buffalo wings, roast pork, smoked salmon salad

What’s a beer place without some good old beer food?

We tried their Buffalo Wings (RM 15.90) which has quite a kick, they were strongly flavored with homemade Hot BeerBQ sauce and really does go well with beer. Comes with Blue cheese dressing too!

Anyone who loves roast pork (RM 16.90) would agree that this is always the perfect finger food to go with beer. While I did find the skin for the roast pork a tad too chewy, it was overall still plenty satisfactory. They suggested Stella Artois to go with this, but I think any beer would work!

We also had the smoked salmon salad (RM 19.90) that came with home made cheese sauce. This is a dish most suited for those who are really on diet. Tastes decent.

BeerBQ pork ribs
BeerBQ pork ribs – succulent and yummy

Then we moved on to the real deal, the BeerBQ pork ribs (RM 38.90). Drenched in their signature BeerBQ sauce and very well marinated, this rack of ribs was tender and absolutely flavorful. If you have already order some starters, I recommend sharing this dish, the portion is rather generous for the price.

This is one of the better ribs I had.

BeerBQ seafood platter, fish and chips, brownies
BeerBQ seafood platter, fish and chips, brownies

Another main dish that we shared was the seafood platter (RM 40.90). There were king prawns, squid, mussels, clams, and even scallops. While the ingredients were superb, the platter is covered in the same BeerBQ sauce that I thought suited the ribs perfectly, but not quite well with seafood. It was a decent dish though, but I think perhaps the standard bread & fry preparation might work better here. Especially if you’ve already ordered the ribs.

My mom had a serving of fish and chips (RM 21.90), and she liked it. Mom helped sell fish at the market in the morning, so if she says that the fish is good, it is good.

At this point, we were pretty much stuffed, but was convinced to try their brownies (RM 8.90). We ended up finishing it in about all of 20 seconds, the brownies was top notch.

brother, sister, haze, myself, mom, and horng
brother, sister, haze, myself, mom, and horng

Other than the dishes we tried, BeerBQ also serves five pasta dishes, rib eyes, grilled salmon, chicken chops, beef ribs, and lamb rack. Other beef food includes fries, calamari, fish fingers, and onion rings.

This is a real restaurant that does concentrate on their food instead of a beer place that “oh by the way we” also serves some food.

Konig Ludwig Weissbier, Franzishaner, Konig Ludwig Dunkel, Leffe
Konig Ludwig Weissbier, Franzishaner, Konig Ludwig Dunkel, Leffe

As for beer, there’s Hoegaarden, Carlsberg, and Franziskaner Weissbier on tap. On bottles they serve Konig, Franzishaner, Leffe, Stella, Budweiser, Erdinger, Beck’s, Lowenbrau, and more.

So if you’re looking for porky goodness and a cold one to spend the evening, this is a place to go in Penang.

map to BeerBQ at Precinct 10, Penang

Address:
BeerBQ Bistro
Precinct 10
Jalan Tanjung Tokong
10470 Penang
GPS: 5.449262, 100.305524
Tel04-890 5157
Web: https://www.facebook.com/beerbqbistro 

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Several weeks ago (in fact it was last year), along with a bunch of well known ethanol lovers, I was invited to the launch of Little Creatures at The Hill in Damansara Height.

If you are like me who had no clue what exactly is Little Creatures, well, it is an Australian beer from a micro brewery in Frementle, Western Australia.

Haze and Paintlust's work displayed at The Hill
Haze standing by one of their art works (paintlust) displayed at The Hill

Haze and Vinn painted a canvas at The Hill sometimes last year for Kronenbourg French festival, and was delighted to see that the painting is still prominently displayed at the upper level at the restaurant.

Do check out more of their work at paintlust.net, they offer wall painting and other art works by commission.

beer, plenty of beer!
ermmmmm… beerrrrr… burpp

Now back to Little Creatures. Since it is from a micro brewery, and micro being synonymous to small, the distribution of this beer is rather limited. Currently you can find it only at The Hill & Brussels restaurants (both in Solaris & Jaya One).

We tasted both the pale ale and bright ale, with the former slightly more flavorful while the bright ale a tad easier to drink and .. well, lighter. I like the pale ale.

Michael, FA, Haze, Suan, and myself
Michael, FA, Haze, Suan, and myself

We were also treated with a line of buffet spread at The Hill. I don’t remember how many chicken wings I had that night, they were addictive. Other food such as the pasta and such were pretty decent too.

Haze, Suan, Michael, Ahfa, Deep, and quite a few other familiar faces were at the same media launch as well, we had a good time with the fine folks at Luen Heng.

food at The Hills was pretty good too, but the parking situation...
food at The Hill was pretty good too, but the parking situation…

As for The Hill, well, it is quite a charming place, but I still wouldn’t go there unless the parking situation is improved. Unless you’re willing to walk pretty far (which often I do), the only option is to use their valet services, which is both expensive and very very slow. Waiting for extra 15 minutes to get your car back isn’t very fun when you want to go home.

I’m going be having a continuous 19 day off from work starting today for CNY and a bit of diving, the longest so far since I started working in Malaysia more than 8 years ago. It’s gonna be glorious!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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For the Beer fans out there, you might have noticed that it is now already Oktober, the month that is forever associated with a festival that many of us undoubtedly are familiar of – OKTOBERFEST!

Tiger Beer - Guinness - Kilkenny - Strongbow - Paulaner
Paulaner – Strongbow – Guinness – Tiger Beer – Kilkenny 

For the uninitiated, Oktoberfest is a month long celebration of good beer, good food, and plenty of performances and of course, that calls for huge celebrations.

This year is no different than previous years, GAB will again celebrate Oktoberfest in various restaurants and pubs across the country on the whole month of Oktober.

Guiness Oktoberfest at Bulldog
Oktoberfest at Bulldog, expect more of these!

There will be quite a lot of places celebrating Oktoberfest. On these celebrations, Paulaner, Strongbow, Guinness, Tiger Beer, and Kilkenny will be on happy hour all night long on draught.

Furthermore,  available exclusively during Oktoberfest festival are  Paulaner Oktoberfest BierHopf Ice Beer, and 111 Zwickl. You won’t want to miss out!

If you haven’t been to one, you should! I went to Oktoberfest at Bulldog last year and had a whale of time. There were tonnes of beer to go around and they are usually coupled with awesome food, and all with very good deals too, just in the name of the celebration.

Check out the video above to get an idea of what’s awaiting.

Guinness events are always a blast
Check out the massive beer mugs in FA’s hands

At every GAB Oktoberfest celebration, you’ll also get a 1 Litre Oktoberfest Mug with every purchase of 1 Litre Tiger Draught, look at the photo collage above, the bottom right mug is about the size of the Oktoberfest Mug you’ll be getting (held by FA, the lady in red).

All GAB brands are involved in the celebration, including one of my favorites – Guinness. In fact, I suspect that this might be even genetics as it too was my late dad’s favorite choice of drink. The black creamy beer with the distinct aroma and slight bitter taste that simply has no competition for the past 250+ years.

Guinness appreciation
Everyone can enjoy this awesome goodness, bottled or draught

I’m also a huge fan of Kilkenny as well, and this brand too will be on happy hour all night long during Oktoberfest with GAB. Yes!

At whichever location, it will certainly be an entertaining night, with games and a special appearance by Die Dorf Fest Kapelle, a “Bavarian Style’ Oompah band who will be performing for the night.

KY & Haze having a good beer over supper
KY & Haze having a Kilkenny over supper

For the definitive green beer fans, Heineken too is one of the beers featured in this celebration. Ale, Lager, or black beer, we’ve got everything covered.

heineken from GAB

So, fellow beer lovers, here is the list of Oktoberfest celebrations in Malaysia with GAB:

  • 7/10/2011 – 798 Wine Bar, TCM
  • 8/10/2011 – The Beer Factory, Sunway Giza
  • 9/10/2011 – SOULed Out Sri Hartamas
  • 11/10/2011 – Jupiter Club
  • 12/10/2011 – Royal Selangor Club
  • 12/10/2011 – Metro Club
  • 13/10/2011 – The Beer Factory, Old Klang Road
  • 13/10/2011 – Season’s Club
  • 14/10/2011 – Cold Storage Special at Solaris, Mont Kiara
  • 14/10/2011 – Caesar’s Club
  • 14/10/2011 – The Patio, Genting
  • 16/10/2011 – Sid’s Taman Tunku
  • 17/10/2011 – Camberwell Club
  • 18/10/2011 – Jarrods & Rawlins, Bukit Damansara
  • 18/10/2011 – D’Fortune Club, Dataran Menteri
  • 19/10/2011 – Laundry, The Curve
  • 20/10/2011 – QE II, Weld Quay, Penang
  • 21/10/2011 – Golden Sand Resort, Penang
  • 22/10/2011 – Cold Storage Special, Gurney Plaza
  • 24/10/2011 – Mewah Club, Klang
  • 25/10/2011 – Switch, Kota Damansara, PJU 5
  • 25/10/2011 – Neptune Club, Petaling Jaya
  • 25/10/2011 – Odeon Club, Kepong Baru
  • 29/10/2011 – KK Waterfront, Kota Kinabalu

Visit www.facebook.com/OktoberfestMY now & find out where u can join the fun, games & band tonight!

I haven’t been to 798 Wine Bar at TCM yet so that’s the one that I am aiming to be for Oktoberfest, can’t wait, it’s gonna be a blast for sure.

The question is, how many Oktoberfest are you going to attend?

While I love to eat, I”ve also at the same time, known to be a relatively cheap drunk – ie: it doesn’t cost much to get me drunk. My usual tolerance is about 3-4 glasses of alcohol on a good night.

Then again, those who are regarded as connoisseur does not necessarily eat a lot, audiophiles aren’t someone who must have their music super loud, so why must a “good drinker” be one that drinks a lot? To me, it should just be one who knows how to enjoy their alcohol, be it beer, spirit, whisky, or tapai (ok maybe not the last one :D)

FA, Michael, KY & Haze at Craft Brews
FA, Michael, KY & Haze at Craft Brews

Having said that, I don’t consider myself at all skilled in alcohol tasting, I can’t describe the subtle hint of chocolate aroma or certain type of truffle smell in some aged whisky, but I do know what I like and what I don’t like. In another word, like most everyone else, I assume.

A week or so ago I was invited to  Craft Brews at Kota Damansara for their Rogue beer launch – there were altogether 8 types of beers, with four available on tap and the other four in bottles.

my favorite fried roast pork is awesome as always
my favorite fried roast pork is awesome as always

The Rouge beers come with weird names – Brutal IPA, Mom Hefeweizen, Chocolate Stout, Dead Guy Ale, Juniper Pale Ale, Mocha Porter, OREgasmic Ale and Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

I can’t pretend to remember the tastes of all the 8 beers I’ve tried (of course some only a sip or two), not taking notes did not help either, but I remember I don’t care much about Chocolate Stout (still love my Guinness).

The Hazelnut Brown Nectar really does carry a hint of hazelnut aroma in it, slightly sweetish at the end and quite drinkable, if not tasted a bit unconventional.

8 types of Rogue beer, plenty to go around
8 types of Rogue beer, plenty to go around

The memory on other beer were a bit of a blur, though I remember enjoying most of them, and especially like the Dead Guy Ale, creamy and richer in flavor.

Oh, and there were food too. Craft Brews still serve one of the best tasting fried roast pork out there, I took quite a few helpings. The teriyaki style sausage were yummy too.

Haze and I also won a couple t-shirts (XL in size, WHY!?) in beer pouring contest after being push up the “stage” by host of the night – Linora.

It was a fun night, good beer, good food, and great company in Michael, FA, Deep and the like.

Adress:
Craft Brews
Jalan PJU 7/2,
Mutiara Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.161031, 101.613761
Tel: 03-7722 3000