The only place you’ll get your hands on La Sirene’s Two Penny Farmhouse Ale is at the Melbourne branch of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. The Alphington-based brewer has teamed up with the English celebrity chef’s restaurant, to create a beer with a back story.
For those not familiar with Dinner’s approach, all the dishes on the menu are modern versions of historical recipes, some dating back to 1390. The beer collaboration is based on an easy-drinking Belgian beer served to field workers in the 18th century because the water was too contaminated to drink. It also references First Fleet convict James Squire, who was one of the first people to brew beer in Australia, which he sold for two pence a pint.
La Sirene is hot right now in artisanal beer circles; their farmhouse-style beers are brightly flavoured, refreshing and delicious. It’s what attracted the team at Dinner looking to make a food-friendly style of beer.
The bar at Dinner by Heston is open to all, with bookings recommended. Given that it’s a Blumenthal-brand bar, it’s not surprising the bar snacks are interesting.
The best are the house crackers, made with duck, kangaroo or celeriac. The meat (or veg) is blitzed with tapioca and spices, then steamed, sliced and dried before being popped into hot oil – good friends with the Two Penny Ale.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
- Crown Towers, Level 3, Whiteman Street, Southbank.
- 9292 5779