Saturday afternoons are rather strange bits of the week. On Friday night, you’re relieved the week is over. On Sunday, you’re relaxed, and then you scramble to make the most of the evening before the grind of Monday hits.
But ah, Saturday afternoon, the sweet spot of the wonderful weekend, is when you begin to feel rested. Fresh from a lovely lie-in, but not quite ready for the fun of Saturday night, we often look for somewhere to chill on a Saturday afternoon.
And that is precisely where the Saturday Beer Club at Bar MF by Morganfield’s comes in: free flow craft beers from the tap with beer bites from 4-7pm for $55++ a person, and nestled high above the roar of Orchard Road. What’s not to like?
First off, I’ll tell you what I don’t like about it: that it’s monthly. Aw come on, I could get used to this weekly. And I was a little annoyed when I was limited to having just one beer in hand each time. I’m a man who likes to take sips of two pints and compare (editor’s note: we do not condone the writer’s lifestyle ;)). But beyond that, it’s really quite a wonderful concept. I rocked up to the veranda at Orchard Central with a friend (sip your friend’s beer, that’s how you get around the limitation!), and we had a great time just chilling over the drinks and the food.
Morganfield’s inaugural Saturday Beer Club menu! Selection rotates every month!
Each month, there’s 10 types of craft beer and cider. During the inaugural launch of the Saturday Beer Club, flying the Aussie flag are beers from Beerfarm (Perth, Western Australia), Stone and Wood (New South Wales), and Bridge Road Brewers (Victoria). Beerfarm’s India Pale Lager was something that hit the spot for me, even though I don’t usually consider myself too much of a hophead in the flavours I like. Stone and Wood’s Pacific Ale was a good clean starter too: easy and fresh to open the session with. But what really pleased me was finding a good porter in Bridge Road’s Robust Porter: I definitely picked up a taste for the roasty flavour you get in porters while studying in the UK!
That man just wants to pour you a beer, and he’s not going to demand money for it.
American craft beers aren’t forgotten either: Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California) and SweetWater Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) are on the menu too! As befits the current IPA craze on the American craft beer scene, there’s an IPA from each of them on offer. But what’s intriguing is really the SweetWater Blue: a fruit beer made with blueberries. Still fairly serious a beer, but oooh, the blueberry was a nice touch.
For something a little more unusual, there’s also Black Kite Brewery, a microbrewery in Hong Kong. The Saturday Beer Club features their wheat beer, which is rather banana-ey, with a tart taste reminiscent of sour mash. If it’s free flow, why not experiment with your taste buds, right?
But see, it’s not right to me to just drink beer. The Japanese have a concept that relates to alcohol: otsumami, or bar snacks. They believe that good alcohol must go with good snacks, to pair and bring out flavours complementary to each other.
I had no beef with these beef cubes. They were great.
I believe they are right. And the Saturday Beer Club takes good care of you in that department. There’s Coffee Beef Cubes (aahhhh so good), Grilled Prawns, Burnt-end Skewers with Satay Sauce, Smokey Bacon Bourbon Ribs, Salt and Pepper Squid, Candied Peach BBQ Ribs and Popcorn Pork.
Not your ordinary popcorn pork. Also disappears really quickly when you’re sipping beer, and you don’t realise it at all!
Still hungry? Help yourself to Mini Blueberry Pancakes with Bacon, or some Potato Salad or Fruit Salad to ease off from the grease.
Just like that, I had a really relaxing afternoon sipping beers, tasting new things, and generally chilling with friends. Well worth it. See you at the next one.
Thank you Morganfield’s for the invitation.
This post was written by Lan Yingjie
Saturday Beer Club
Bar MF by Morganfields
181 Orchard Road
#11-03 Orchard Central
Next edition of the Saturday Beer Club will be held 28 July 2018
Priced at $55++ a person
Tickets available here