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Dan Murphy's Growler Station

Dan Murphy’s Growler Station Review – An Old Philosophy Reborn

* This is a sponsored post

Dan Murphys, since April 2013 has been offering craft style beer sales through Growler Stations at their Prahran and Alphington stores.

On Sunday 27th October 2013, Kangaroo mum, Lil Miss G and I, along with Alice from KeepLeft PR with her partner (a self confessed brewed beer aficionado) got together at the Prahran store to experience the concept of a Growler Station for ourselves.

Firstly, a short history lesson! A Growler, in times past, was a galvanised bucket filled with brewed beer, that a pub patron would use as a take home style container. The pressure from being brewed would slowly release from under the lid, making a growling sound as it seeped out. The name stuck, so we still call it a Growler today.

Dan Murphy’s has brought this amazing concept to Australia and taken the humble pale and using modern techniques, reacquainted us with the past.

We are, in Australia, a couple of years behind on this concept. It’s been operational in a modern format, in the US, UK and Europe for some years.

In the past, galvanised buckets were used to hold and transport the beer, this is what it looks like today;

Dan Murphy’s has available bottles that are 1.89 liters(one Imperial gallon) made of glass or special PVC. In the store you choose from one of four styles available. The bottles are refillable, so you can return to the store for more craft beer!

Now, whats the difference in beers available that are already for sale?

The difference is Growlers allow for smaller boutique style crafted product and provide manufactures a format to run a smaller or limited batch. Since these beers are stored in small commercial kegs, a manufacturer does not need to setup for long term, large commercial production. A smaller beer run also allows for distinctive beers, that are not usually commercially available or otherwise would only be suitable for a short period of production.

At Dan Murphy’s, they also provide an opportunity, at a good price base of allowing customers to taste different boutique beers, that you may not always be tempted to try if bottled. Prices of the near 2 litre bottle are comparable to a 6 pack of brewed local / imported beers.

There are plans for smaller squealer bottles for the future, but the 1.89 litre bottle is the only size currently available.

What are the benefits?

The beer is freshly brewed, so although techniques for making and bottling beer are extremely well practised, craft beer is recently made, crisp, pleasant and refreshing. Bottles of Growler can be stored at home for 7 days and consumed in 3 days after opening.

Your beer is stored in a single container.

The Growler is refillable (reducing the need for glass bottles, cardboard and plastic packaging, etc.)

Purchasing several bottles makes it more convenient to take to a gathering instead of a keg, as there is no need to setup. Simply open the bottle, share it round and enjoy!

What are the drawbacks?

Due to the style of beer being small batch craft style, your choice of beer may only be a limited for a time and potentially no longer available the next time you visit Dan Murphy’s.

Potential for very short shelf life and must be consumed rather quickly after opening. Must be refrigerated at all times.

I would like to provide my many thanks to Monty at the Prahran store for his time and invaluable knowledge on this unique product and graciously answering my many questions.

I also would like to thank Alice of KeepLeftPR for her dedication and hard work in setting up the review and product sampling at the Dan Murphy’s store.

Finally, I would like to thank Dan Murphy’s for the Growler sample I received to assist me in this review. My recommendation is if you enjoy beer and you’d like to try something different, go ahead and give a Growler a try, I bet you will love it!

Get more details here
* Dan Murphys
http://danmurphys.com.au/guides/growler-content
@danmurphys

KeepLeft PR
http://www.keepleftpr.com.au/
@KeepLeftPR

Liam & Peter At Pizza Master Class

What I Learned With Pizza Masterclass

You know how to make pizza, don’t you.

I know how to make pizza. Well, I thought I knewhow to make a pizza.

My pizza’s in the past were made according to a recipe I designed, to be easy, straight forward, with a few toppings and quick to cook.

I received an invite to attend at a function organised for the Blogconnect Pizza Masterclass by the fine folks of @keepleftPR. Being my first major function attending as Kangaroo Dad I was excited by the prospect. I would get to find out my pizza experience, was severely lacking.

My previous pizza making in the past of the past were OK. I discovered pleasantly that although my old technique was adequate, there was MUCH more room for improvement.

This event was sponsored by Bakers Delight, Leggos. Woolworths, Dan Murphys & Perfect Italiano.

I met 20 other fellow bloggers of various niches; mummy bloggers, foodies, lifestyle, fashion and even a couple of fellow bloggers who also happen to be Aussie Daddy Blogger members.
The Keep Left team really made us feel welcomed and shortly after arrival I spoke with those representing the sponsor brands. After some conversation the with brand representatives and a few samples devoured we were taken to another area where our professional chefs Liam Mclaughlin and sous chef Peter showed us their pizza making magic.
We were given detailed information on construction (making bewdyful pizzas), bases, ingredients, cooking time and the right guide of ingredients and when to put them on the pizza.
Note: To the amazement of a lot of people (myself included) we discovered that one of the most popular cheese styles in Australia – Tasty cheese – is highly recommended to NOT be used on pizzas!!!! This is due to the melt/cooking point for the cheese when it’s heated. Apparently it does not have the consistency it needs (doesn’t cook at the right heat and will burn), produces oil when heated up and may possibly slide of your pizza!!!!

Liam and Peter explained that your bases are important and whilst one can be like a chef and make a base from scratch, its easier to get one from Bakers Delight (and you can still use a rolling pin to make a thinner base – awesome!!!). They are par-baked, meaning less moisture and a shorter cook time, so they are ready to make and bake for pizza.

Adding toppings was accomplished after laying out a thin base of everyone’s favourite tomato base and sauces from Leggos. Next a selection of toppings was placed, since we also found out that less, is more.
Mozzarella cheese was next from Perfect Italiano. With sprinkles of parmeson added after the cooking. Pizza, of course, gotta have cheese.
Certain vegetables will cook better on pizzas after they have been lightly pre-cooked beforehand. These include heavy or solid vegetables like pumpkin, mushrooms, onions, capsicum and also to varieties of meat like, pepperoni, sausages and ham. Items from this selection and also fresh, uncooked ingredients (herbs, nuts) were added to the tomato and cheese base. All of these items were proudly supplied by Woolworths.
These then cooked for about 6-8 minutes in dedicated stone based pizza ovens.

Once we had Liam and Peter finish their masterclass with showing us the fantastic end result of their efforts, us attendees were separated into two groups to conduct our own pizza making experience. Whilst one group prepared and cooked, the others once again mingled with our sponsors and had the opportunity to ask more questions about the brands. Dan Murphys supplied the drinksand I discovered that red wines are often favoured as an accompaniment to pizza consumption. Beer and white wine varieties followed up a close second.

I was with the first group and we all commenced to pick our toppings and herbs (Supplied by Woolworths) for our pizzas. Note: the mushrooms were no more than 6 hours old from farm to the KeepleftPR premises. Most Woolworth’s stores receive them a little later to respective stores, than 6 hours…talk about fresh!
We headed back to our tables and commenced with the placing out the Bakers Delight pizza base and topped them with a Leggos tomato paste from a jar or a tub (thicker). We then placed out toppings on the pizza and layered cheese, which in my case was LOTS of mozzarella. The grand aspect of this process was no two pizzas were the same, with everyone putting in their individual tastes and flavours.
These were then baked in the special Pizza ovens for about 6 minutes.
Whilst these pizzas cooked I spoke with Peter Nixon from Dan Murphys and discovered a range of wines suitable for consuming with Pizza. I also spoke at length with Kristen Young from Woolworths about the freshness of the product and the varieties of goods available for us to make pizzas with (the spread of food, the quality of it and the range provided was amazing)

Every product supplied on the evening is available from their respective stores.

Once the pizzas were ready I sat and spoke with a few of the other bloggers, all with many fascinating backgrounds and we discussed our blogs and why we write them. I also met The40YearOldDad – Justin and Working_Dad – James. Both fellow Aussie Daddy Bloggers I have spoken with often and we are all part of the same ADB group, yet we three met for the first time that evening!
Once the second group commenced eating their cooked pizzas, all the brand representatives came and spoke about who they are and what they do for their company, their brands and products of the evening. They also answered a few questions we asked of them.
The evening concluded after 10pm and as we said our thanks and good byes we were given parting gifts!!!! Contained therein were pizza trays and supplies of each of the brand sufficient to allow us to make a pizza in the comfort of home!
Some even used the complimentary service of Uber and were treated to a personal car service trip home.
I found the night an experience I shall long remember and thoroughly enjoyed the new connections I made from meeting many during the evening.

I wish to also say thank you to the team @keepleftPR, Rebecca, Kat, Alice and Sarah. Thanks for your tireless efforts for making this evening happen and in making it a great experience. Thankyou to Dan Murphy’s, Leggos, Woolworths, BakersDelight, PerfectItaliano & Bertocchifor the amazingly fresh and extensive produce provided. Many thanks also to Liam and Peter for a great cooking experience and a fantastic lesson provided in updating and providing me with better pizza making skills!

Click the links below to find the brands

Organisers
Keep Left
#blogconnect

Brands
Dan Murphy’s
Leggos
Woolworths
Bakers Delight
Perfect Italiano
Bertocchi Smallgoods
Uber

Twitter hashtag of the evening
#bcpizzaclass

NB – All photos copyright Jason 2013 – All rights Reserved. If you require to use these photos, please email me to discuss options.

Torkona-Very-Best-Dad-Jokes

Very Best Dad Jokes Book Competition

Hi Folks,

I am excited to help out a fellow Daddy Blogger Torkona with promoting his brand spanking new eBook.

It is for Dads and it’s choc full of the best Daddy jokes you will find this side of the equator.

There’s a copies for you to win and you need to be in it to win it for Fathers Day.

Here’s an extract of a couple of REALLY good jokes here that got me guffawing lots;

Joke 1

Son: “I’m Thirsty”
Dad: “Hi Thirsty, I’m Friday”

Joke 2
I’m a dyslexic atheist – I don’t believe in Dog

For those of you reading from the Northern Hemisphere, Fathers Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September for those of us Down Unda!

This eBook sells for $4.99but Tork is also offering special price allowing you to take advantage of this exclusive Father’s Day Sale price of just $2.99 and download the Dad Jokes Book to the eBook reader of your choice. (Plus, $1 from every sale will go towards the Little Hero Foundation to help seriously unwell children).

I’m in luck to also be able to offer 2 FREE COPIES for a couple of lucky Dads.

Click on the link below for your chance to win one of the two available copies – TOTALLY FREE!!!

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