Yak Brewing; Harley Breen

Yak Brewing hunts for Australia’s best pub meals

September 4, 2019
By Alana House

Yak Brewing has launched a nationwide search for the country’s best pub meals.

The competition is designed to help promote the great experience of dining at local pubs and support these Aussie institutions.

The Aussie public are asked to vote for their favourite pub meal across five categories including:

• Chicken Parmigiana or Chicken Schnitzel (depending on what state you’re in)

• Steak


• Fish and Chips

• Pork Ribs

The winning dishes in each category will feature on the menu at a pop-up restaurant in Melbourne called The Hungry Yak, which will offer the ultimate pub experience and plate up the nation’s top pub meals as vote by the public.

Hungry Yak, Harley Breen, Yak Brewing

The public vote is open through to September 30, with the top three meals in each category then reviewed and judged by a panel of experts led by Australian comedian and pub food aficionado, Harley Breen (pictured above).

Breen said: “I’ve been a touring comedian for 19 years so I’ve definitely eaten more than my fair share of pub meals.

“Touring can be exhausting, what makes it easier is knowing you can get a good feed somewhere. Whether it’s a show in a regional town or in a city, the one place that any touring artist knows they can get a good feed, a great beer and a yarn with a local is the Aussie pub.

“When the team at Yak asked me to lead the ultimate ‘taste’ test, I thought to myself ‘Wait, you want me to travel Australia drinking beer, eating food and meeting Aussies in pubs? Sounds horrible, I’ll do it!’

“It honestly couldn’t be a more perfect gig for me. I’m absolutely ready to hit the road to celebrate Aussie pubs, their meals and the people behind them.”

Yak Brewing Marketing Director, Chris Maxwell, added: “Pub meals are an iconic part of Australian culture, and we want to showcase what our country has to offer.

“Pubs are also where Yak’s diverse range of brews are often enjoyed, so it made sense to launch this hunt to not only support Aussie pubs, but hero the pub experience and meals that are served alongside our beers. Finding the nation’s best pub meals is a way for us to give Australia’s best the attention they deserve, with the right beer to go with it.”

The shortlisted venues will be announced in October, with the winners in each category coming together for The Hungry Yak pop-up pub later this year.

To vote or find out more about the campaign head online to www.thehungryyak.com.au.

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