Wednesday, 4 June 2014

European bier hall ‘Hophaus’ launches @ Southgate

Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Hophaus.
Gastrology attended the launch of reinvented European bier hall ‘HOPHAUS’ at Southgate last week. 

Along with the impending opening of new Southgate Italian wine and tapas restaurant ARTUSI, Red Emperor’s new location and chef Lin Chan (Flower Drum), and Bluetrain’s critically acclaimed new upper level fit out, HOPHAUS affirms Southgate’s position as a landmark Melbourne dining and socialising destination.
A contemporary twist on the great Bavarian Beer Halls, HOPHAUS is the latest addition to Red Rock Leisure’s stable of social pubs and Southgate’s restaurant precinct, drawing inspiration from the history and tradition of the world’s original “craft breweries” that celebrates the Germanic approach to brewing, one of both art and science. 

HOPHAUS’ architectural design has been created by the multi award-winning Maddison Architects founded by Peter Maddison of Grand Designs Australia. The unique interior is based on research of European beer halls, and then re-inventing them, so that the materials and finishes are familiar yet different – a prime example being the polychrome glazed brickwork (over 6,000 in total) that features throughout the venue.
Venue manager Scott Highfield & Executive Chef Marc Brown

HOPHAUS owner, Paul O’Brien has successfully created a truly one-of-a-kind experience that delights and surprises but retains a familiar and hospitable atmosphere. 
We loved the food that we sampled. The menu at HOPHAUS features classic Bavarian favourites with a contemporary Melbourne flair with a big focus on communal shared dining. Curated by Executive Chef, Marc Brown, the food was exciting and fresh, using age-old European cooking styles that brought out the natural flavours of great Victorian produce.

The open kitchen showcased low and slow cooking methods over the coal fired pit and rotisserie. We sampled a selection of barbequed meats at the launch and they were absolutely delicious. Each morsel was cooked to perfection and seasoned beautifully. 
HOPHAUS houses over 30 draught taps around its huge central bar.  With an impressive selection of German, Austrian, Belgian and Czech Brews on offer, HOPHAUS is a unique drinking house - somewhere to taste and learn about the famous German beer styles that have influenced the drinking habits of generations across the globe.

The feature beers at HOPHAUS change regularly and some of Germany’s and Europe’s oldest and most loved brews will be available on tap, including beers from the famed Weihenstephan (the world’s oldest brewery), Paulaner, Franziskaner and Bitburger breweries.

HOPHAUS also features a selection of German, Austrian and Alsace wines by the glass along with New World wines that celebrate the region’s famed varieties: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner and more.
With a menu that features uncomplicated, good and honest food, HOPHAUS will keep you coming back for more.

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