Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Zierholz at the Brewery (Canberra)

We had our staff Xmas party here this year. OMG there was so much excellent food. We chose the $40 a head Xmas banquet (there is a choice of three from $35 per head to $45 per head). There were 19 of us and we couldn't eat it all. I'm so glad we didn't go for the more expensive banquet (with extra dishes) and in fact the cheaper banquet probably would have fed us all quite well. So, here's what we ate:

Mini swiss brown mushroom, onion and caraway tarts
A hot and cold selection of German meats
Over roasted duck and spatzle salad (this was so good)
Grilled chicken breast
Zucchii fritters
Beer battered fish and chips
King prawns sauteed in garlic and sage
Sauerkraut, warm potato salad, braised red cabbage
Traditional German bretzels (giant bready pretzels, yum)
Slow cooked pork belly with caramelised Zierholz Porter sauce

Their everyday menu looks pretty good too.

For the beer drinkers (we were in a brewery after all) there were a number of different German style beers on offer, which had been brewed on the premises. The best part was the 'paddle'. A paddle is 7 shots of the beers made by the brewery in a neat little rack for $10, plus a middy of your favourite beer once you had finished all the shots. A great way to sample all the beers without having to drink too much of one you didn't like. They also do mini kegs, which my boss had for his 40th (unfortunately before I started work here) and which he said were very good.

Zierholz is in Fyshwick so there are no issues with parking. They also do bar snacks for casual diners. So next time you are in Canberra and wondering what to do, maybe a visit to the brewery might help pass the time?

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