• Your Father’s Day menu is ready and waiting! That special man in your life is sure to love these dishes as much as he loves you.

    1. Craft beer and Healey’s Cheddar soup

    Serves: 6
    Difficult level: Easy
    Time: 30 minutes


    225g streaky bacon, diced
    1 celery stick, finely chopped
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 large jalapeño or other mild chilli, seeded and chopped
    2 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced
    15ml (1 tbsp) fresh thyme, chopped
    340ml Ace’s Brew Worx Lager or other lager
    650ml chicken stock
    55g unsalted butter
    65g cake flour
    250ml (1 cup) fresh cream
    275g Healey’s Cheddar cheese or strong white Cheddar, grated
    salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    slivers crispy bacon, to serve
    small handful fresh microherbs, to serve


    1. Cook the bacon in a pot over high heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a bowl.
    2. Add the celery, onion, jalapeño, garlic and thyme to the pot and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes.
    3. Add 170ml beer and cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
    4. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
    5. In a small pan, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook over moderate heat, stirring to form a roux, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Whisk the roux into the soup until incorporated and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened, about 8 minutes.
    6. Add the cream, Cheddar cheese and the remaining beer and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy, about 5 minutes.
    7. Stir in the bacon and season. Add a few tablespoons of water if the soup is too thick.
    8. To serve, pour the soup into bowls and garnish with slivers of crispy bacon and microherbs.

    2. Devil’s Peak IPAbraised short rib of beef pappardelle with gremolata

    Serves: 6
    Difficulty level: A little effort
    Time: 3 hours


    Short rib
    30ml (2 tbsp) sunflower oil
    salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    6 deboned short ribs
    1 onion, thinly sliced
    1 large carrot, thinly sliced
    750ml (3 cups) beef stock
    750ml (3 cups) Devil’s Peak IPA

    zest of 1 lemon
    ½ garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
    15ml (1 tbsp) parsley, finely chopped

    200g ‘00’ or plain flour
    2 free-range eggs
    pinch salt
    5ml (1 tsp) extra virgin olive oil + extra, if needed
    fresh microherbs, to serve


    1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
    2. For the braised short ribs, heat the oil in a large casserole pot over a medium heat. Season the short ribs and add three of them to the casserole. Cook while turning until well browned all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining ribs.
    3. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the casserole. Add the onion and carrot and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes.
    4. Add the beef stock and beer and bring to a boil.
    5. Return the ribs to the casserole, cover and braise in the oven until the meat is very tender, about 2 hours. Remove the meat and strip, using your fingers.
    6. Transfer the vegetables to a blender. Strain the sauce into a bowl and skim off the fat. Add the sauce to the blender and blitz until smooth. Return the sauce to the casserole pot and boil until reduced to 3 cups, about 8 minutes. Season and return the short ribs to the sauce.
    7. For the gremolata, mix all the ingredients together and set aside.
    8. For the pappardelle, blend all the ingredients in a food processor until they come together as a dough, adding more oil if necessary to bind. Tip the pasta dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll the dough out thinly and cut into strips.
    9. Boil the pasta in salted water until tender, about 2 – 3 minutes, and drain.
    10. Add the pasta to the sauce and stir until well combined. Plate the pasta and finish with a sprinkling of gremolata and microherbs.

    3. West Coast mussels steamed in Brauhaus Weiss beer, garlic and parsley

    Serves: 6
    Difficulty level: Easy
    Time: 55 minutes


    1½ medium onions, finely chopped
    15ml (1 tbsp) garlic cloves, peeled and minced
    extra virgin olive oil, for frying
    125ml (½ cup) Brauhaus Weiss beer
    3kg mussels, cleaned and scrubbed
    150g butter
    45ml (3 tbsp) fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped + extra, to garnish
    salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    fresh microherbs, to serve


    1. In a large saucepan over low heat, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil, about 5 – 10 minutes. Do not allow it to colour.
    2. Add the beer and mussels to the pan, increase heat to medium and cover. Simmer until the mussels begin to open, about 5 – 7 minutes.
    3. Turn the heat off and add the butter, parsley and seasoning, and stir well. Do not overcook the mussels.
    4. To serve, discard any of the mussels that did not open, pour into a bowl and garnish with parsley and microherbs.

    4. Bitter chocolate and Copper Lake Stout tart

    Serves: 6 – 8
    Difficulty level: Easy
    Time: 2 hours


    The base
    75g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil
    45ml (3 tbsp) water
    15ml (1 tbsp) castor sugar
    pinch salt
    120g cake flour

    The filling
    110g 70% dark chocolate, chopped
    125ml (½ cup) fresh double-thick cream
    250ml (1 cup) Copper Lake Stout
    60ml (¼ cup) castor sugar
    4 egg yolks
    30ml (2 tbsp, heaped) cake flour
    sprinkle icing sugar, to serve
    lavender sprigs, to garnish


    1. Preheat the oven to 210°C.
    2. For the base, combine the butter, oil, water, sugar and salt in an oven-proof bowl. Place the bowl in the oven until the butter starts bubbling and the edges begin to brown, 15 minutes.
    3. Remove the bowl from the oven (it may sputter a bit), dump in the flour and stir it in quickly until it forms a ball, which pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough to a 20cm tart tin with a removable base. Once the dough is cool enough to handle, keep a small piece aside and pat the rest into the tin with the heel of your hand. Use your fingers to press it up the sides of the tin. Prick the dough all over with a fork and bake the shell until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and use the bits of reserved dough to fill in any cracks in the filling. Set aside to cool completely before filling.
    4. For the filling, put the chocolate in a large bowl. Heat the cream in a saucepan over medium-high heat, being careful not to let it boil over. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let it stand, 1 minute. Stir the mixture until the chocolate melts completely.
    5. Add the beer and sugar and stir until most of the sugar has dissolved.
    6. Add the egg yolks, one by one, stirring between each addition. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the mixture and stir vigorously until there are no lumps. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan over low heat and stir firmly to stop the eggs from scrambling, until the mixture thickens, about 5 – 8 minutes. Take it off the heat and leave to cool.
    7. Lower the oven to 180°C. When the filling is at room temperature, give it a stir to break the skin that has formed on the surface. Pour into the pre-baked tart tin and bake in the oven, 10 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the tart inside to cook in the residual heat. Remove once the oven is completely cool. Rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
    8. To serve, sprinkle with icing sugar and garnish with lavender.