Merlo Coffee barista Mollie Butler with the new beer, Pot Shot Ale, to be a feature at Regional Flavours food festival. Picture: Nigel Hallett
Merlo Coffee barista Mollie Butler with the new beer, Pot Shot Ale, to be a feature at Regional Flavours food festival. Picture: Nigel Hallett

Coffee or beer — how about both?

FIRST there was carrot beer, then hazelnut, now Queensland's biggest food festival Regional Flavours will be serving a coffee beer when it kicks off on July 21.

Designed to combine two of Queensland's favourite drinks, the kooky brew is the work of Brisbane's Merlo Coffee and Mount Tamborine's Fortitude Brewing, and will be the signature drink of the weekend culinary event.

Called the Pot Shot Ale by Merlo, it is a lighter style ale with 8 per cent cold drip coffee.

"I think it's a bit of fun," said Merlo Coffee owner Dean Merlo.

"It's kind of subtle but you can taste the coffee just a little bit at the end. It's great."

The beer will be served in the Hunting Club marquee at Regional Flavours in South Bank from 5pm on July 20, then all day on July 21 and 22, with the hope to bottle it afterwards.

But the brew will not be the only quirky food punters will get to experience at this year's festival.

A dedicated pavilion will be set up to showcase and taste test interesting food research being undertaken by universities, with the public encouraged to take part in the development process.

The culinary event, which attracts around 80,000 people over the two days, will also feature an all-star line-up of celebrity chefs including MasterChef judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan, plus Miguel Maestre, Sarah Wilson, Alastair McLeod, Darren Robertson and Katherine Sabbath, who will perform cooking demonstrations across key stages.

There will also be dozens of wine and market stalls selling everything from olive oil and honey to camel milk products and cashew-based cheese; plus live music and entertainment.


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