This is a recipe for beer-battered flathead fish with lemon and dill.
Brewing beer is an ancient practice, but it’s a bit of a modern one too. The oldest known brewery was found near the Dead Sea in what is now Jordan, dating back to 9,000 BC.
In Australia, there are many types of beers including lagers, ale ales and pilsners. The type most people are familiar with is ale, because that’s what’s out there on the market in terms of commercial beer.
The process for making beer starts with malted grain, either barley or wheat. The grain is soaked in water to break down the starches, which are the foods for yeast cells. Yeast is added and helps with fermentation – converting sugar in the malted grains into carbon dioxide (which becomes alcohol) and alcohol (which makes us feel nice).
Beer is an important part of many social activities in Australia. It’s often used to flavour food dishes like marinades and soups, but is also great as a drink on its own. Beer is not just for adults either – stout (dark beer) is enjoyed by many kids because it’s not too hoppy and has a sweet aftertaste.
Other than that, beer goes well with blue cheese, nuts and chocolate desserts.
This recipe uses a type of beer called a lager, which is a top-fermenting beer that’s stored in tanks and stored at low temperatures. Lagers are something of an outcast in Australia, but they’re as popular overseas. The reason lagers don’t have as wide a market in Australia is because Australia is not near any oceans; this means our summers are very hot – much too hot to store anything outside, even very cold-temperature refrigerators.
Lagers have a very distinctive taste – dry and malty, with a strong flavour. The most popular one is called Coopers Pale Ale. It’s not as sweet as traditional ales, but it’s a bit more hoppy (sometimes described as ‘hoppier’). Other types of lager include Carlton Dry Lager and Pacifico.
Lagers are popular beer styles in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, but their popularity is slowly growing in Australia.