Three Troupers Pilsner, #BangerFest and the Prince Alfred Hotel

Co-incidentally before another trip to Melbourne, I was fortunate enough to cop a tip from Jamie – one of the “Some Saint Kilda Guys Pty Ltd“. He reminded me that the second annual Banger Fest is on between 9th September and 2nd October. Basically a bunch of pubs around inner-city Melbourne design a dish featuring sausages and match it to Saint Kilda Brew. I opted for the Prince Alfred Hotel, which was pretty close to where I was staying. Their contribution to Banger Fest featured Natural Australian Salt Bush Lamb sausages, which were grilled and served on creamy mash, flavoured with Yarra Valley early spring blossom rosemary
& locally sourced lemon pesto. All topped with Saint Kilda Brew Onion ring donuts seasoned with seeded mustard and lemon zest.

Three Troupers Pilsner

#BangerFest

Now the Saint Kilda Brew worked very well with the bangers, but it’s had a run on these pages before. The Prince Alfred Hotel has a reputation for stocking a couple of eclectics in its fridges and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve had other Prickly Moses beer before, but I can safely say that I hadn’t heard of Three Troupers.

Two descendants of 3 cousins called Troup, who came to Australia in 1853 for the Victorian goldrush, have set up a brewery named in their honour – Three Troupers Brewery. They claim to have in their possession a number of brewing recipes that the three cousins used to make their fortunes in “Liquid gold”, three of which they have brewed and released – Pale Ale, Amber Ale and Pilsner. The Pilsner recipe was apparently inveigled from “a Bohemian Lass” by one of the cousins – a rougish Scottish charmer. This tale has similarities to the story of how the Strickland family obtained a recipe for Pilsner from a German that was working on the Victorian goldfields in the 1850’s. This recipe was used to make 1842 Pilsner, which we’ve discussed previously.

Three Troupers Pilsner isn’t too bad. There’s a small amount of spice – it’s definitely a pilsner. I’ll give it another go. Likewise, I’ll be returning to the Prince Alfred Hotel. Another fine Melbourne pub.