The Windsor Alehouse is bringing craft-beer culture to Punt Road. With an impressive selection of 19 craft beers on tap and quality pub fare available, this freshly refurbished waterhole is already proving to be a favourite among locals.
Heading the culinary charge in the kitchen is Kevin McLaughlin. Having spent many years developing his knowledge of contemporary cooking over in the UK and Ireland, Kevin has now returned to Melbourne. Having previously spent two years at The Deck in Southbank, Kevin is excited to be able to showcase his culinary flair with Windsor Alehouse. With such great brews at his disposal, Kevin integrates craft beer throughout the menu, alongside a focus on local, seasonal produce.
Soul food is the order of the day at Windsor Alehouse. Start with a selection of smaller dishes. Pork belly bites will be a hit when paired with a sweet maple glaze and celeriac remoulade, while stuffed jalapenos will create a firey start to your meal. Windsor Alehouse also stays true to its roots with good quality pub grub.
The Alehouse beef burger will quickly stifle any rumbling stomachs with a generous Angus beef patty and all the usually trimmings inside a fluffy brioche bun. There’s also a chicken option with spiced thigh, red slaw and jalapeno mayo – of course both burgers are served with a side if crispy chips.
The menu incorporates beer right through the offerings. The beef brisket is slowly braised for 10 hours in a sauce made from James Squire’s 150 Lashes Pale Ale and is served with sweet potato fondant, sautéed greens and red wine jus. If you think you’re up to the challenge another brew-focused dinner is the huge 450g of pork ribs marinated in a sticky hickory barbecue stout sauce with a side of horseradish slaw. And of course there’s nothing better to wash down pork ribs than with another pint of Australian craft beer.
“Our menu compliments our beers and ales to give you the full experience a craft beer venue should. We are bringing the beer right into our cooking and braising,” said Kevin. “I am very fond of drinking beer surrounded by knowledgeable beer drinking friends who keep introducing me to the great beers.”
The curator of this craft beer haven is Head Bartender, Stefan Trentini. Stefan comes to Windsor Alehouse off the back of a seven and a half year stint at The Local Taphouse in St Kilda. He’s looking forward to introducing new audiences to the world of craft beer. If you’re looking for help with beer and food matching, Stefan is your man. When it comes to recommendations Stefan suggests things along the lines of “the SupaFly Rye UPA starts with a spiced, slightly liquorice malt body then balance to a floral and piney hoppiness with legs for days. I would match it with the braised brisket, as the malt character of the beer really compliments and contrasts with the richness of the beef and the jus.”
The team are excited to provide a new home for craft beer lovers, friends and family to come together in a new and unique tasting experience.