SUNDAY MUSINGS: Pizza + Little Creatures Märzen
|Pizza + beer = smiles|
It’s Sunday evening and, after a massive weekend of running, riding, paddling and other foolish outdoor pursuits, the main thing on the agenda is winding down, or something along those lines (which sounds odd. Isn’t the weekend meant for winding down? Who knows anymore. 48hrs to live or just an extra 48hrs to live?).
As part of such winding activities, tonight’s menu is all about simple indulgences. Pizza and beer. TV instead of study. Falling asleep on the couch. Chocolate biscuits. Trackpants.
The main course then is all about wood fired pizza and good beer. Good pizza too, from Zesto, my closest pizza palace and a venue that is doing pizza right. I’m not pizza critic (or such) so I won’t critique the pizza, but suffice to say the base was thin, the topping well proportioned and the taste was fucking unreal. Or at least I think so.
The beer? It’s another Little Creatures Single Batch, this time a Märzen, the great beer of, well, March. I’m note sure if it was brewed in March (which would mean that its now 5 months old), Perhaps it is, which might explain why this looks, well, a little dull. It’s grainy and lager-ish, looking more like a slightly more sophisticated Coopers Sparkling Ale than a serious small batch beer.
The question then centres around whether this is just an average take on the Märzen recipe (which is pretty blurry from what I can understand) or is it a dud/fading bottle? Moreso, it highlights the relative perils of the experimental small batch beer formula. How do you benchmark a style like this when a) we don’t actually see many Märzen brews here b)our interpretation of March is completely different to that of those crazy Bavarians.
Regardless, this is a drinkable, yet ultimately simple quaff. I drank it nonetheless, as pizza without beer is like, well, pizza without beer. It still didn’t quite satisfy as much as I thought it would though (or maybe I’m just being a grump?).