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Group Beer Tastings


BeerMatt, Matt Kirkegaard is one of Australia’s most experienced beer presenters and educators. For more than a decade Matt has been sharing his passion for great beer, while entertaining, educating and enthusing audiences, while holding a beer.

Matt has worked with some of the biggest food and lifestyle events including consulting for and hosting The Hunting Club at Regional Flavours as well as taking great beer The Ekka and Oktoberfest Brisbane. He has also hosted work events for up to 150 and private beer dinners for as few as four people.

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Group Beer Tastings


BeerMatt, Matt Kirkegaard is one of Australia’s most experienced beer presenters and educators. For more than a decade Matt has been sharing his passion for great beer, while entertaining, educating and enthusing audiences, while holding a beer.

Matt has worked with some of the biggest food and lifestyle events including consulting for and hosting The Hunting Club at Regional Flavours as well as taking great beer The Ekka and Oktoberfest Brisbane. He has also hosted work events for up to 150 and private beer dinners for as few as four people.

Group Tastings

Matt can present a wide variety of tastings each month. He can also tailor a private event for you and your friends, school parents, clubs or any other group interested in learning more about good beer and having fun. You can get some event ideas and indicative pricing from the events listed here.

Scroll down for a sample of Matt's regular events, or check out the upcoming events listing to for other events across Brisbane.

You can also stay up-to-date with upcoming tastings by subscribing to Matt's newsletter, and Facebook and Twitter streams.

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Beer Tapas


Beer is the most sociable of beverages. Find out how beer and food can be even more social with a beer tapas lunch at The Alliance Hotel.

Beer Tapas


Beer is the most sociable of beverages. Find out how beer and food can be even more social with a beer tapas lunch at The Alliance Hotel.

Share plates are a wonderful way to dine with friends. With Matt's love of beer and food matching, he has long wanted to blend the idea of sharing food with sharing beer in the same way. Rather than just have just one or two different beers with a meal, Beer Tapas lets you share a wide selection of beers with friends, sampling a much wider range of smaller serves paired with food.  
 
Matt has worked with The Alliance Hotel's chef Graham Waddell to create Beer Tapas, a menu of great share plates that I have matched up with beers.  The idea is you order a selection of our unique beer tapas dishes with friends and each dish will be paired with a bottle of beer to share as well. You can enjoy the flavours of the tapas plates, beautifully matched with the samples of beers from around the world.
 
With a group of friends sharing 6 or 7 plates of food, you also get to sample 6 or 7 perfectly-sized serves of beer adding to the experience, while keeping the alcohol consumption very moderate.
 
Beer Tapas is designed to be a very social way to enjoy beer, while also experiencing great food matches. Most importantly, there's not a pulled pork slider or buffalo wing to be seen. These are contemporary restaurant dishes matched to beer, not dude food. 
 
Matches include dishes like half-shell Kinkawooka mussels grilled with herb crumb and spicy aioli matched with Beechworth Pale Ale and Haggis scotch quail eggs paired with Rodenbach Grand Cru, and the average cost of each pairing - including beer and food - is around $25...or $8 per person if shared between three friends. 

Beer Tapas is available every Saturday lunch at The Alliance, and Matt personally presents the menu and guides the tasting once a month. To find out the dates Matt will be hosting lunch, visit here.

To book, call The Alliance Hotel on (07) 3839 0169

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