Well the much anticipated debut of our stand in Ale Star Czar was a cracker of a night with great beer, interesting trivia, and a fantastic special guest in Dave Bonighton, brewer and founding goat from Moutain Goat Brewery.
Shandy's shoes are big ones to fill and Professor Pilsner did not let us down. In his first attempt to pay homage to Shandy, the prof pulled up his sleeve to reveal his version of a meaningful tattoo. Whilst's Shandy's is an historic reference to his heritage, so was the Prof's, albeit a little less ancient. It was a not to scale illustration of the Glen Waverly train line, complete with 'premium' and regular stations alike.
And then it was onto the beers. Murrays Sassy Blond, Red Hill Belgian Blond , Duvel and Mountain Goat Rapunzel. The wrap on these is as always, best left to the Prof - you can read his wrap here.
The trivia was allegedly simplified by the Prof providing all the answers along with the questions. Thats how he sold it to us anyway. There were three rounds comprising, true or false, multiple choice, odd one out. Its fair to say that no team really dominated, but the 'High Table' did enough to get the job done. Probably the most controversial answer of the night was the odd one out that was the odd one out because it wasn't as oddly out as the other three answers. Confused? Yep, so was everyone.
A great night was had by all. A huge thanks to Professor Pilsner for ably standing in for Shandy and ensuring the night was a great success. Also, thanks to Dave from Goat who gave us a great insight into the making of Rapunzel and all other things Goat.