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Grumpy’s Green

This place seem to be doing the right thing sustainably, taking responsibility for their own water collection, and all their food ingredients and beers sourced from Victoria. It’s been open for nearly a month now, and the other night I got to see what they were like.

I tried the sauteéd mushrooms, the tofu skewers and the chickpea battered vegetables. Shared between three, these were a nice size for a light meal. The vegetables had so much flavour, and the cooking really brought out the best in them. I would really appreciate more vegan options on the menu, it is sad to see a delicious sounding veggie burger that I can’t eat! The mushrooms weren’t labeled on the menu as vegan, but only needed to have the butter changed for oil, so maybe this is the case with some of their other dishes.

On tap the Holgate pilsner was delicious, I have emailed the brewery and all of their beers are suitable for vegans. The raspberry beer in bottles was quite nice, and they make a good vodka and raspberry too.

The service was not grumpy at all, and the atmosphere was really nice and relaxed, with an excellent beer garden, and plenty of different spaces to sit in.

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Vegan Alcohol Reviews, part 2

Yellow Tail 2007 Shiraz
Pretty good for a $10 bottle.  I’ve had a few beers now but this is very drinkable.  While not up there with my favourite wines, it still provides a complex, well-rounded taste, with some oak, spices and fruityness.

The bottle says it will go with your favourite beef dish.  It goes quite well with mi goreng, spinach, peas, carrots and celery in this haus.

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Vegan Alcohol Reviews, Part 1

I find it hard to describe alcohol other than “good” and “bad”, but I will try and talk about some.

3 Ravens are a brewery located in Thornbury, and recently I have been enjoying their Blond Altbier, which is a German style ale. Delicious, complex flavours, and a satisfying drink. It is on tap at that awful bar at the Abbotsford convent (awful because they’re trying to grow lawn under a pine tree). I have also found this in six packs at the Smith St Cellars. Their website says it’s available at other places too, in Victoria.

Peter Lehrmann Barossa Shiraz – 2006 – quite nice. A bit acidic and dry at first, but is tasting a bit better with every sip. Way better wines available for that price though (~$15-20), depending on the bottle shop.

Gardners Ground 2007 Canowindra preservative free, organic shiraz is a classic in this haus, well balanced flavour that is excellent to drink by itself and with all kinds of food.

Pepperjack Barossa Shiraz (not sure what year, whatever they had at Gaylord the other night) – well balanced flavour, I haven’t noticed it at any bottle shops though, only curry restaurants.

Windy Peak 2008 Pinot Noir – at the end of the bottle it tastes great, earlier on it was a load of bollocks.  It has something to do with De Bortelli so I didn’t expect it to be much good, fairly drinkable, but you’re probably better off getting a cleanskin from a good region… I hope..

Moar recently drunk vegan alcohols: Mountain Goat Pale Ale, Little Creatures Pale Ale, Coopers Pale Ale, Jägermeister, Bombay Sapphire gin. All nom.

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