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Five ways to perfectly pair your next night out with Blue Moon

Here’s how to match the refreshing Belgian White beer to food at some of Melbourne’s top restaurants and bars

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A cheese and cured meats board with a Blue Moon beer
Photograph: Carmen Zammit

A lot of fuss is made about pairing your food to your wine, but not everyone likes wine. Luckily, beer is often the perfect match to a meal, especially when you’re talking spicy food and delicious salty bar snacks. Blue Moon Belgian White is a refreshing, citrus-laced brew that is increasingly finding its way behind bars across Melbourne’s drinking and dining scene. Next time you find yourself at one of these Melbourne establishments pair your schooner of Blue Moon Belgian White with one of these meals to experience the beer (and your food) at its best.

A spread of Greek food and a Blue Moon beer
Photograph: Carmen Zammit
Restaurants, Greek

Lamb skewers and saganaki at Rebel Blue

Windsor

Rebel Blue is a thoroughly modern adventure through Greece where you can get everything from traditional moussaka to nutella-loaded loukoumades. Order a schooner of Blue Moon Belgian White (it’s on tap!) then sit back and enjoy it with a serve of Rebel Blue’s lamb skewers and traditional saganaki. The citrus notes in the Blue Moon (it’s brewed with Valencia orange peel) will cut through the fattiness of the lamb and complement the lemony fried cheese.

A cheese and cured meats board with a Blue Moon beer
Photograph: Carmen Zammit
Bars, Cocktail bars

Cheese and meat selection at Mr & Mrs P

Brighton

This Brighton bar is the result of the bar’s namesakes’ – Greg and Georgia Poliwodzinski – who have more than 25 years experience in the hospitality industry between them. The team here know their drinks and offer a long list of cocktails, wine and (of course) Blue Moon beer. The bar is known for its to-order charcuterie boards where you can order any two cheeses or meats for $36. Add on a Blue Moon beer for the perfect date night.

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Pulled pork and a Blue Moon wheat beer
Photograph: Carmen Zammit
Restaurants

Pulled pork shoulder at Le Bon Ton

Collingwood

Le Bon Ton’s rockabilly cowboys serve American-style barbecued meats well until the early hours of the morning at their Collingwood saloon. Led by New Mexican brothers Will and Mick Balleau, this establishment turns meat into smokey, melt-in-your-mouth magic. Try a Blue Moon beer with one of the bar’s most popular dishes – pulled pork shoulder. Smoked for 12 hours over iron bark and fruit wood the pork is rich and warming and Blue Moon’s refreshing, almost zingy flavours complement it effortlessly.

A Blue Moon beer and a mushroom burger and fries
Photograph: Carmen Zammit
Bars, Cocktail bars

Mushroom burger and fries at Kodiak Club

Fitzroy

It’s not just meat that goes well with beer. At the Kodiak Club the team serve a vegetarian burger that makes a great match with a tall, frosty glass of Blue Moon. The late-night haunt is a favourite for those who love grungy American dive bar vibes and downing a dozen buffalo wings. Forget the wings though – your Blue Moon’s best buddy on the menu is Kodiak’s mushroom burger. The combo of fat mushroom, onions, cheese, pickles and mustard meets its match in a cleansing, citrusy brew.

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Pork belly and Blue Moon wheat beer
Photograph: Carmen Zammit
Restaurants

Crispy skin pork belly at Morris Jones Bar & Restaurant

Windsor

Morris Jones is a triple threat: a wine bar, cocktail lounge and a Californian-Japanese restaurant all in one. The bar is all about encouraging a little adventure when eating or drinking. Might we suggest you try the crispy skin pork belly? It’s served with confit shiitake mushrooms, wasabi crackling and dashi smoke, and those Japanese umami flavours pair with Blue Moon’s easy-to-drink citrusy notes to amplify your overall dining experience.  

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