Burgers to me are like truffles to a pig as I will sniff them out wherever they are and greedily devour them all! My snout took me to The Taxpayer located on Victoria square where a night of beer and slider matching laid ahead. The Taxpayer has already been on my burger trails before but this new partnership with Sydney based brewery Stockade intrigued me. The decor has been tweaked since Stockade came on board but nothing major as it still looks great and has a good flow.
The first beer to trot our way was the favourite on the night being the ‘Sesh’ Session Ale that was clean and had a definite citrus spice to it. To line your belly with this was the Al Capone beef and bacon slider which had me licking fingers afterwards. They were my own fingers just for disclosure purposes.
Following next was the award winning ‘Chop Shop’ Pale Ale which arrived with the ‘Paul Hogan’ pulled pork slider with apple cinnamon slaw. They had the juice level bang on with the pork though I am not a massive Pale Ale fan so not my favourite only due to personal preference. For those Hahndorf lovers amongst us the next beer brought a smile with the German-style ‘Wanderer’ Lager. This started as a once off batch that proved itself in the gauntlet of lagers and thus earned a permanent spot. The ‘Sofia Lauren’ crab slider matched this beer which I thought a tad odd being a German beer with a somewhat Japanese slider? Maybe there are more Japanese in Germany then I was led to imagine?
To wrap up the evening we had the ‘8bit’ Indian Pale Ale which also has my favourite artwork too! This IPA is a favourite of mine and went down very well. The matching slider was the ‘Heidi Fleiss’ vegetarian slider with haloumi and mushroom. Once again an odd pairing as a spicy slider would have been perfect for an IPA but I guess you need to throw a bone now and then to the vegetarians. Actually maybe a carrot instead of a bone!!
If you haven’t tried Stockade before then I do recommend these new beers. Go revisit your favorite burgers with new malty friends!
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited to this event as a guest of Stockade and Taxpayer