At last, 'Food & Wine' means beer!

At last, 'Food & Wine' means beer!

Coopers is proud to be the official beer of Good Food Month, a national celebration of food and drink. Coopers will be working with beer writer Matt Kirkegaard – best known as BeerMatt – who will be our correspondent covering the feast that will be presented to food lovers across the country.

Have you noticed that food writers and food festival directors refer to ‘Food & Wine’ when they really mean food and drink?

It’s something that has long wound me up as a symbol of the unconscious bias against beer. Of course, for much of the ‘80s and ‘90s there weren’t many breweries making beer that paired with much besides peanuts and pizzas. Coopers traditional ales were a beacon, but the general perception of beer meant food matching was a bridge too far at that stage.

Now that flavoursome ales seem to be everywhere it’s exciting to see that the grandfather of craft breweries has ensured good beer is included in the Mother of all Food Festivals, The Brisbane Times Good Food Month Good Food Month. If you’re in Brisbane make sure you check out the Coopers Beer Garden at the Night Noodle Markets or any of the Let’s Do Lunch venues that will be offering a Coopers Pale with a special lunch offering.

Finally, I personally can’t wait until I get the chance to judge some of Australia’s best pies matched to a Pale Ale as Good Food Month rolls into Sydney and Melbourne later this year.

Grab a program for any of the Good Food Months across the country and revel in good beer making it into the ‘foodies club’!


Matt Kirkegaard