We ventured out to The Australian Hotel and Brewery for the BBQ Food fest 2017. Whilst here, we sussed out the brewery, an expansive pub, originating from 6 brothers wanting to create Australian Craft beers. They set this up in Rouse Hill and it is thriving. The brewery has indoor and outdoor sections, sports bars, dining areas and function spaces. There’s plenty of room to eat and drink. With a massive range of beers on tap and plenty brewed in house, you won’t be short of a new beer to try.
A $10 paddle is the best way to find your favourite. Pick 5 beers and receive them on a tasting paddle and you’ll be set. We tried the Fire and Brimstone; smoked malts with old and new world hops as well as the Pilsner and Seishermanos; a maize and lemony light drink to clean your palate and perfect for an afternoon drink. It was a hot afternoon so we decided to mix it up with the fresh press apple cider – perfect for summer. Another interesting flavour was the Cranberry Sour – a Christmas exclusive! This blend of Berliner Weiss’s infused with fresh cranberries is awesome! We strongly encourage you to head into the brewery and try some for yourselves. You can also get takeaways and merchandise as well.
The BBQ festival was a great day out with entertainment and a range of vendors serving up smokey charred goodness. They were also showcasing products and smokers to purchase.
BBQ has always been a thing in Australia, but usually associated with grilling some sausages, different types of meat or to bang a couple of shrimp on the barbie. However, this fesival was more associated with the American style BBQ, cooked low and slow on the smoker. Vendors were serving up a range of meats like smoked brisket, pork belly, pulled pork, beef rib and burnt ends!
We sampled the BBQ a number of different crew; Bovine and Swine (from around our neck of the woods) always delivers and we now have some new favourites to add to the list including Black Bear BBQ. Black Bear was started by a couple of mates with a passion for BBQ and now have a joint out at Blacktown that caters to the masses. Another standout was Smokin Grill specialised BBQ food truck, our pick of the day.
Milky Lane also had a food truck, if you see this truck, around make sure you get into their burgers. The Kevin Bacon was a tasty behemoth with double beef, double cheese, bacon and truffle. Seriously insanely good.
The Tsuru food truck was also there and we sample a few bao and fries.
We finished with something sweet from Loaded Magnums, which as the name suggests is a Magnum ice cream loaded up with additional ice cream and a range of toppings. Knafeh is also a favourite! The bearded bakers are entertaining and amazing cooks.
The Australian Hotel and Brewery is a great venue, it was a hot day, so it was good the staff let us slip inside to enjoy our food. We loved the BBQ Food Festival and had a great time chowing down on some quality BBQ. We will definitely be keeping an eye out for BBQ Food Fest 2018.
350 Annangrove Rd, Rouse Hill NSW 2155