Since it was Melbourne Cup Day, it was inevitable that a couple of the regular crew would succumb to the lure of the ponies and unbridled speculative frenzy. For those who did make the effort to descend into Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar, there was ample compensation in the form of the second half of the Packers-Bears game* and an entirely respectable Brit style ale from balmy Tauranga, in New Zealand.
Fitzpatrick’s ESB (4.5% ABV)
Freshly baked biscuits
This body belies its strength
Cherry blossom days
Food match: Duck salad, chilli squid
It’s the kind of beer you drink when: you’re ready for a long summer night when Daylight Savings has just begun.
* Packers lost at home. How sad, never mind.
n. pl. haiku also hai·kus
1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
2. A poem written in this form.