Beer lovers are spoiled in this one of a kind brewery – food fanatics also have reason to rejoice: tomahawk steaks, smoked brisket, cheesecake, waffles mhmm…
The layout at Rocks Brewing Co. is much like pub meets warehouse, it’s a brewery so right next to the main dining area are dozens of enormous silver tanks occasionally spewing spent grains and yeast dregs into drains. It’s a wonderful experience of the paddock to plate concept – if you’re into liquid lunches.
3 Convict Lager – slightly bitter
2 Governor Golden Ale – Passionfruit
1 Hangman Pale Ale – Floral, elderflower
10 I.P.L – Indian pale lager, higher in alcohol
5 The Butcher Porter – stout
Unsure of what to drink, the tasting paddle offers 150ml each of 5 differing beers. I favour the Governor Golden Ale and the Hangman Pale Ale, for an infrequent beer drinker like myself, I find their floral, fruity notes light and easy to knock back.
Jalepeno poppers are completely made in house, piped with cream cheese, crumbed and deep fried, they’re crunchy outside and very spicy.
The sweetness of the chili jam, intensity of the jus and softness of the pork belly worked well altogether. My only gripe was that the crackling absorbed the chili jam/apple cider jus and instead of being crunchy, became sticky and gluey which wasn’t ideal but would have been avoided if the sauce was just placed on the side.
The smoked brisket wasn’t as soft as I would have liked but it’s a great ‘manwich’ because all the filling ingredients: pickles, swiss cheese, onions and BBQ sauce are a winning combination and any huge appetites are sure to be satiated as there’s just so much food on this plate what with the side of waffle fries as well.
Belgian waffle ice cream sandwich caramelised banana, salted caramel ice cream, chocolate ganache $15
Sticky fig pudding rocks porter ice cream, butterscotch $15
In the interest of sampling (ie. eat more of everything) we were given a dessert tasting platter of all three desserts. I have to mention that this dessert platter is not on the menu and was put together for the purpose of our visit however this is something the team are considering. The baked oreo cheesecake with candied nuts and salted peanut caramel is some crunchy, creamy, sticky, nutty devil creation – it has everything that makes a good dessert. Likewise, the Belgian waffle ice cream sandwich, caramelised banana, salted caramel ice cream, chocolate ganache and sticky fig pudding with butterscotch feel like variations on the dessert theme of caramel but that is not a complaint at all, this girl is all for it.
MsBrulee dined as guests of Rocks Brewing Co. Opinions however are my own.