The Beer Corner, looking out onto Barrack Street and the Terrace across to Stirling Gardens and the City of Perth Building, has an entrancing, and ever changing, array of beers on tap – of course wine and other drinks are also on offer, but the beer selection is the key.
On my way to a book launch in the State Buildings, and running ahead of time, last evening I popped in and set up at a stool looking out to the Terrace and selected a glass of Whisky Sour, a sour beer from Victorian brewer Sailor’s Grave – this has fragrant bouquet of lemons and hops, with a very tart palate of citrus, a hint of bourbon lurking there too – a bit of Googling revealed the classic Berliner Weisse style has been adapted by the inclusion of oranges, maraschino cherries, lemons, orange bitters and rye soaked oak staves – giving rise to the tangy lemon notes and referencing a whisky sour. Top drop!
With it I ordered a bar snack which seemed to fit the bill – pickled mussels – and they certainly did. A small dish of plump, juicy mussels in a vinegary brine, chopped fennel fronds, sliced celery and a few crisps to mop up the remnant juice. Went exceedingly well with the sour brew.
I finished with another glass – this time from Boston Brewery in the Great Southern, – Shark Eye – an oak aged stout, dark and creamy, with a smooth, chocolatey palate – long and lingering, with just a touch of sweetness. Good finishing drink, I thought.
The Beer Corner is a popular, and so it should be, drinking spot, one of many in the State Buildings, and the beer selection is one of the best around the traps. The bar snacks are top class too. Great place for a relaxing brew.