Our next day in Melbourne was a busy day indeed. For much of the day we were engaged in a walking tour of what felt like the entire city. Our heads were filled with so much information about Melbourne and its history that, by the time of my writing this, I’ve forgotten most of it. There were a few experiences, however, that stick out in my mind.
One of these experiences was our encounter with eccentric opal miner Nicolas S. Le Souëf of Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. While his demonstrations on opal cutting and setting were interesting enough, the menagerie he’s collected whilst digging about at the Coober Pedy mines was what caught my attention. As you can imagine, the types of animals that live in mine shafts are not, generally, the types you’d want to have a cuddle with. Redback spiders, huntsman spiders, giant centipedes, and snakes were all on display along with the rather less cringe-inducing lizard habitat (the blue tongue skink was neat because of its namesake body part).
The next day we put our newfound knowledge of Melbourne to work by visiting Mitre Tavern. This tavern is tucked away in a wide-set alley and it said to be the oldest pub in the city. While there, I had a Steam Ale (4.5% ABV) from Mountain Goat Brewery.
|Scenic Railway at Luna Park|
From The Local Bottle Store & Provisions it was a short walk to The Local Taphouse—the obviously-affiliated craft beer bar next door. There, in addition to trading puns with the bartender (like my family and I, she and her siblings often volley lame jokes back and forth much to the eye-rolling annoyance of the third party observer), I had a Coffee IPA (6% ABV), a trial brew from Mountain Goat that is described as “a new world IPA…with coffee in it.” Yes, it is caffeinated.
|Inside of The Local Taphouse|
Next in line was Chevalier Biere de Garde (7.5% ABV) from Bridge Road Brewers—a clear mahogany beer with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet and malty and, curiously, smells of both caramel and plum. The flavors are also an incongruous mix of spicy yeast, tartness, oaken cherry, and the slight burn of alcohol. While all of these flavors intermingle, the sweet fruitiness overpowers all. It is, perhaps, too sweet to be really enjoyable.
|Biere de Garde|
That about sums up our time in Melbourne but there’s still to be said about Australia. Keep your eyes open for the Outback and Cairns post.
|The national seal is on the left|
|What kind of jerk spanks koalas?|
|Gypsy Pear Cider|
|I'll admit it, I had a Golden Gaytime in Australia|
|How would you pronounce this?|