Pie Floater inspires new beer for GABS

A novel take on the quintessentially South Australian pie floater will help fly the state’s flag at this week’s Great Australian Beer Spectacular (GABS) in Melbourne when Vale Brewing releases its Pie Cart Porter to local and international beer lovers.

Head Brewer, Jeff Wright, has high hopes his split pea and smoky flavoured beer, which he describes as “delivering great balance”, will hit the spot with the thousands of beer aficionados who flock to the event each year.

“I got the idea while reading a Paul Mercurio recipe for Pea and Ham Soup with added Porter for flavour and thought: ‘that’s it, we Adelaideans are famous for our pie floaters, so let’s add beer to the mix and take an iconic South Australian taste over to Melbourne this year,’” Jeff said.

“We played around with a few options before settling on porter, a dark style of beer originally developed in London from brown malt, as it really injects a lovely finish to a drink that’s made with winter very much in mind.”

The Vale Brewing Pie Cart Porter will be unveiled at GABS which runs from Friday, May 22 to Sunday May 24, 2015.

Touted as Australia's greatest beer and food festival celebrating innovation, education and the appreciation of craft beer, GABS requires all participating beers to debut at the event and will attract more than 120 entries this year.

Jeff and the brew team also attended the Craft Brewers Conference and took part in in the ‘Pint of Origin’ Meet the Brewer session at the Palace Hotel in St Kilda on Wednesday night, May 20.

Here, 15 taps of only South Australian beer gave patrons a sample of some of our finest brews while providing them with the opportunity to mingle with the brewers, have a chat and get a better understanding of the beers they were sampling.