Where Did the Baden Powell Hotel Get its Name?

The Baden Powell Hotel isn’t just accommodation near the MCG or a beer garden and pub in Collingwood that serves all of your favourite drinks and a ripper parma, it’s also named after the esteemed Lord Robert Baden-Powell.

collingwood pub named after baden powell

Born in England in 1857, Powell was an adventurous young lad, and spent most of his childhood undertaking open-air pursuits, hunting in the woods and accompanying his brothers on their land and sea expeditions.

The skills he gained from spending a prosperous childhood outdoors, along with his sharp mind, scored him a scholarship in the British Army.

It was during this time that he started to test his theories on scouting by teaching his fellow soldiers how to develop experience in stalking and fending for themselves in the great outdoors. These teachings allowed the other soldiers to become more observant and resourceful, which proved advantageous to active soldiers.

His knowledge in these areas was so advanced; he published a book on them, Aids to Scouting, which would become a textbook of choice for years to come.

However, it wasn’t until the Boer War that he rose to prominence. He was commended for the leadership skills he exhibited when he led the defending force in the siege of the South African town, Mafeking. In 1899, he returned home victorious and was hailed a hero for his commendable service to the British Army.

The Beginning of the Scout’s Movement

After receiving much encouragement from his peers, Powell, now a decorated war hero and general, set about applying his scouting knowledge to the teaching of young boys.

The first scout camp was held on Brownsea Island off the Dorset Coast in the UK in 1907, and was considered a huge success. This camp, which involved 20 young boys, is now widely recognised as the beginning of the scout’s worldwide movement.

This led to the publication of his second book, Scouting for Boys, which was released in fortnightly instalments, the first of which came out on January 15, 1908. Each issue sold out as soon as it hit the newsstand, with the series cementing itself as the fourth best-selling book of the 20th century, beaten only by the Bible, the Koran and Mao’s Little Red Book.

Two years after the final instalment of his book was released, Powell retired form the army and dedicated himself to the new scout’s movement.

This scouting movement is now coordinated by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) from its headquarters in Geneva Switzerland, and boasts a membership of over 28 million.

Lord Robert Baden-Powell died at 83 years of age on January 8 1941.

It’s with great pride that our popular pub in the heart of Collingwood is named after such an esteemed individual.

New Research Shows Going to the Pub is Actually Good For You

It’s time to rejoice!

New research conducted by Oxford University has found that going to the pub is actually good for you. We all know that face-to-face interactions are vital for our social wellbeing, but did you know that your local pub plays a big role in your emotional health as well?

science proves going to the pub is good for you!

Researchers from the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University have found that not only do pubs assist with face-to-face interactions, smaller, community-style pubs also help with maintaining friendships.

The study found that those who regularly visit their local pub tend to have more close friends than those who don’t. Furthermore, pubs help to provide strong social networks that can improve your happiness and overall health. This is because the social environment in local pubs allows people to enjoy a few drinks with their friends in a safe, community setting.

It’s also interesting to note that people who frequent larger, inner city pubs have larger social circles, but in general have fewer close friends than those who opt to hang out at smaller pubs.

The researchers, led by evolutionary psychologist professor Robin Dunbar, define a local pub as being one where the pubgoer is familiar with the owner and other regular customers.

The study also concluded that moderate alcohol intake can improve your social wellbeing, as it can help relax people, improving their social skills and cognitive abilities. However, these abilities decline after consumption exceeds a moderate amount.

Grabbing a beer at the pub after work has never looked so good!

With your health and social wellbeing in mind, there’s no time like the present to head down to your local. Baden Powell Hotel is open Tuesday-Sunday and has all of your favourites on tap, as well as a mouth-watering menu to satiate your hunger.

What Makes a Good Burger?

You know that beautiful moment when you sink your teeth into a fresh burger and your tastebuds are overtaken by juicy meat, crispy lettuce and a perfect bun? This moment, regardless of how fleeting it is, is pretty much the definition of pure bliss. After all, there’s nothing better than a good burger!

But, did you know that there’s actually a scientific formula for creating the best burger?

What does it entail you might ask?

what makes the perfect burger

A good burger, as discovered by the UK supermarket chain, Asda, should stimulate all of your senses, including sound and feel.

Charles Michel, the chef-in-residence and researcher on flavour perception at Oxford University’s Research Laboratory, worked closely with the supermarket giant to devise a sensory formula that will ultimately create the perfectly balanced burger.

What is the Formula for the Perfect Burger?

Well, we’re glad you asked!

According to Michel, 30 per cent of the burger should be built around smell, 25 per cent touch, 15 per cent sound, 15 per cent vision, and 15 per cent taste – yep, that’s right, only 15 per cent of the perfect burger revolves around taste!

He elaborates on the minimal taste factor by saying 35 per cent of the overall taste should appeal to the fifth taste bud – umami – which is a sweet and salty enhancer, with 25 per cent saltiness, 20 per cent sweetness, 15 per cent sourness, and five per cent bitterness also playing a vital role.

Burger width is more important than height, so each flavour can be tasted with every bite, and there’s no uncomfortable widening of the mouth to bit through a tall burger – 7cm wide to be exact.

Other contributing factors include the way the burger is served/eaten, and the sounds around you while you’re eating. Essentially, Michel believes burgers taste their best when served in paper (never on a plate), and should be eaten with your hands (so you can feel the soft bun and the juices running down your palms).

There’s also a growing amount of research that suggests we eat with our ears as well. This is derived from the fact that we love to hear the crunch of bacon and crispy lettuce when we’re eating a well-crafted burger.

What Ingredients Should be Included in the Perfect Burger?

The ideal burger should have nine layers, each of which targets a different sense. These layers will ensure the burger provides textural contrast, complex aromas, visual allure, intense flavours, and a salty/sweet enhancing fifth taste. When combined, these factors create sensual harmony.

The following ingredients should be utilised for optimal dining enjoyment.

A seeded burger bun

  • Chipotle sauce
  • Vegetables, including a crispy lettuce leaf, sliced gherkin and a crunchy tomato slice
  • Bacon rashers
  • Deep fried onion slices
  • Camembert
  • Wagyu beef
  • Ketchup and soy sauce

While these ingredients are what science has deemed to be the best combination, what constitutes a good burger is still highly debatable. But as far as we’re concerned, if you want to enjoy a great burger in an even better setting, come down and visit The Baden Powell Hotel in Collingwood. We’ll serve you up a real whopper!

 

 

Ale Vs. Lager: What’s the Difference?

what's the difference between ale and lager?

Any beer enthusiast will be able to tell you the difference between ales and lagers, and we’re no exception!

The simple answer to this question is that ale is top fermented in warmer conditions of roughly15-25°C, while lager is bottom fermented at less than 10°C.

As lovers of anything to do with these delicious brews, we can say with absolute certainty that their differences in fermentation are what we have to thank for the production of our all-time favourite beers.

Fermentation

Both lagers and ales are fermented form grain; however, they’re each fermented at different temperatures, which alters the chemical composition of the beer and therefore its taste and colour. When fermentation is carried out at a lower temperature, as is the case with lager, the chemical reaction will be slower. As sugar is converted to alcohol quite slowly, brewers will try to keep fermentation temperatures as low as possible, especially during the aging process.

Varieties

When it comes to the style of beer you want to try, you’ll also be able to choose between these sub categories:

Ales

 

  • Porters
  • India Pale Ales
  • Pale Ales
  • Stouts
  • Sour Ales
  • Wheat Beers

Lagers

  • Pilsners
  • Bocks

In terms of which type is more popular – it’s debatable. Many of your favourite, more mainstream brands are lagers; Carlton Draught, Crown, Heineken, Carona, etc, but of the 200+ styles of beer available worldwide, the majority of them fall into the ale category.

Flavours

Fermentation and sub categories aside, at the end of the day, the main thing we care about is the different flavours of both ales and lagers.

Generally speaking, ales are associated with robust, hearty and fruity flavours, while lagers are characterised by a smooth, elegant and crisp palate with a clean finish.

When it comes down to it, the painstaking effort that is taken to brew both ales and lagers is time well spent – we know we’ll be throwing back a few at the pub come Saturday night.

The Baden Powell Hotel has a full beer menu that will cater to any tastebuds, so pop in and say hi next time you’re looking for a pub in Collingwood.

 

 

 

Welcome the Footy Season in with a Beer

Buy a beer and watch the footy at the Baden Powell Hotel in Collingwood

With the AFL pre-season officially underway, there’s no time like the present to hit your local pub and watch the game while downing a cold one.

Sadly, there are no matches locked in at our local stomping ground, the MCG, until the official footy season kicks off with Carlton taking on Richmond at our beloved MCG on Thursday, March 23.

Located a short 15-minute walk from Melbourne’s home of the AFL, we’re a popular pit stop for locals on game night. If you want to enjoy a quick pint before kick off, or to cool off after a big game, there’s no place like the Baden Powell Hotel!

In the meantime, if you want to hit Melbourne’s favourite pub for watching a pre-season match, head down to the Baden Powell Hotel in Collingwood. With a mouth-watering menu of crowd favourites, including pizza, and of course, steak – our menu never disappoints!

To get involved in the action, be sure to pop into our pub for a pre-season drink, where you can have a bite to eat while soaking up the action-packed atmosphere of game night.

Check out the full AFL pre-season fixture for 2017, HERE!

Why Cricket Is The Greatest of All

“No other sport compares in terms of the number of skills displayed, and the blend of subtlety, entertainment, sudden thrill and sustained intellectual interest on offer…”

Pubs in Collingwood playing cricket

These are the words written by Ian McDonald, a Caribbean-born author who’s writing and lectures on cricket were well received and regarded around the world.

McDonald’s reasoning for rating cricket above all other are beautifully elaborated as:

“There are games that take more strength, more speed, ones that require a higher level of fitness, and ones that require deeper resources of endurance. But no game equals cricket in its all-round development of all the aptitudes. There are games that contain a greater concentration of excitement per playing hour. But no game approaches cricket in its blend of subtlety, entertainment, sudden thrill and sustained intellectual interest. Cricket, like no other game, takes the whole of a man – his body, soul, heart, will and wits.”

 And of course, McDonald’s favourite form of cricket was Test Cricket…

“Like any lasting love affair a good Test match has its moments when the play is ordinary, slow-moving, and even boring. But the complex interplay of emotion, psychology, collective bonding and individual character, allied with the sudden bursts of excitement and the unexpected twists of fortune, add up to an experience that far outweighs the temporary and quick-fading lust for instant gratification that so many other sports supply.”

Read McDonald’s wonderful full article here!

As we are currently in peak season for cricket digestion… with the 20/20 Big Bash in full flight, ODI series all over the calendar and Test cricket just around the corner… The Baden Powell has been hosting more and more conversation and debate revolving around the state of the sport… Whilst some think the short forms of the game are destroying the sport, other love the excitement and exposure it brings…

Whichever opinion you share… I think we can all agree that cricket lends itself well to watching! With the game constantly resetting after each ball, its the perfect sport to settle down in front of with a beer… or alternatively, have on in the background as you socialise, waiting for that exciting roar to swivel in your seat too see what’s happened!

Whether you’re heading up to the MCG to watch cricket live in the greatest stadium in the world, or watching on TV, the Baden Powell Hotel in Collingwood has you covered.

Only a 10 minute walk down the road from The ‘G, and with a spacious beer garden open weekends, and fit with flat screen TV… you cant go wrong!

Embrace Summer at the Baden Powell Hotel

With summer almost upon us… we know what’s on your mind… sunshine, cricket and refreshing cold beer… right?

We’ve got you covered!

collingwood beer garden

As of the first say of summer (this week!) we will be opening up our popular Beer Garden all weekend, and have the cricket playing on the large outdoor flat screen televisions – just in time for the exciting Australia V New Zealand ODI Day/Nighter starting this Sunday!

Drop by to enjoy some quality cricket matches upcoming/currently underway with a bunch of cricket loving friends… and keep the party going with our selection of ice-cold beverages. Our Beer Garden has 4 beers on tap available for your convenience, which will be hand selected for refreshing summer-time consumption.

With the weather forecast only expected to go UP from here, we are excited for some sunshine, cricket, good times and hopefully some Aussie success as Collingwood’s favourite Beer Garden gets pumping again!

In the mood for steak and wine? You will be after reading this….

STEAK – whether you like it barely kissed by the flame, or cooked ‘well-done’ right through (no judgment!)… There’s something primitively mouth-watering about the thought of cutting into a chunk of juicy red meat.

steak

Here at the Baden Powell Hotel, both our friendly chefs and bartenders are often asked their opinions on the best beverage pairing for their perfectly cooked steak …. And the truth of the mater is – It’s completely up to personal preference!

However, we know that’s a bit of a cop-out… so we will elaborate on the most traditional pairing to compliment the hearty, savoury protein flavours of a succulent beef steak; and that is of course Red Wine!

In actual fact, when it comes to Red Wine and Steak, it’s not so much about complimenting, and more about neutralizing! Robust, hearty red wines contain tannins that provide that full, rich flavour, which compliments steak because it cuts through the fatty oils of red meat – coating our tongue and roof of the mouth, allowing us to easily digest the juicy protein.

Generally speaking, the thicker, heartier steaks pair well with a big bold red wine – and the leaner, more simple cuts go with a slightly lighter New World red.

With this in mind – we encourage you to swing by the Baden Powell for our steak special every Thursday…

$35 Steak Lunch
400 Gram Rib Eye Steak
+ Glass of wine (of your choice!)

… or $18 succulent T-bone Steak Dinner Special!

Thursday is Steak-Day at the Baden Powell – come by for your weekly dose of protein, and try to find your perfect match of Steak and Wine.

THE GREAT FOSTERS LIE

fosters

As an inner-Melbourne Pub located just a short tram ride from the City, our bar tenders at the Baden Powell Hotel are often chatting to thirsty tourists who can’t help but question in their varying accents… “Where’s the Fosters?!”

 

Well, as you may or may not be aware, Fosters is in fact an Australian brand beer, but not necessarily an Australian-made beer… at least not anymore… and whilst it may be advertised as “Australian for Beer”, you’ll certainly have a better chance finding Fosters in a British bar, than at any Melbourne or Australian pub.

 

Fosters is an internationally brewed beer who’s most predominant brand rights are owned by Heineken International in the UK and Europe, and SABMiller in the US and India.

 

Brief History of Fosters

 

  • – 1886 – Two Irish-American brothers, William & Ralph Foster create Fosters Brewing Company in Melbourne’s iconic brewing scene.
  • – 1907 – Fosters gets swallowed up in the Carlton United Brewery merger.
  • – 1970’s – Foster’s falls out of favour in Australian market as CUB chose to promote VB and Carlton Draught instead.
  • – 1980’s – Foster’s is first promoted in the UK with the iconic cliché Australian Paul “Crocodile Dundee” Hogan commercials.
  • – 1981 – Foster’s was first brewed under license in the UK.
  • – 2006 – British brewer Scottish & Newcastle, who have been brewing Fosters under license for a decade, buy UK rights to the Fosters brand.
  • – 2006 – Brewing giant SABMiller buy Indian and US rights to the Fosters brand.
  • – 2008 – Scottish & Newcastle is bought out by Heineken International, giving them control over Fosters’ biggest market in Europe.

 

Interesting Facts About Fosters

 

  • Fosters used to be a popular up-market beer in Australia, promoted as Carlton United’s premium brand, until the late 1970’s.

 

  • Fosters currently accounts for less than 1% of beer drunk in Australia.

 

  • Meanwhile in the UK, Fosters is the 2nd biggest seller behind Carling.

 

 

  • Fosters is still internationally marketed as ‘Australian’, including slogans such as “Australian for Lager”, “Australian for Beer”, “Think Australian, Drink Fosters”, etc. etc.

Beer Olympics!

beerolympics

 

While the Olympics Spirit lingers… we thought it best to capture the vibe of friendly(ish) international competitiveness, and introduce the BEER OLYMPICS!

WHAT YOU NEED:

– A group of friends. 4 people (2 teams of 2) bare minimum… the more the merrier!

– A deck of cards

– Ping Pong Balls

– Solo Cups (Those red cups you see in American College movies…)

  • – A fridge full of beer… obviously!

GETTING STARTED:

Basically, start by dividing a group of over-aged friends or family into teams (countries)… Unfortunately we can’t all be Australia, so try to explore the roots of your family tree and represent your ancestry… Irish? Chinese? Greek? Italian? The benefits of living in such a multicultural country!

Now, simply set up a round robin of your favourite drinking games, and let the games begin! *We highly recommend an Opening Ceremony march around the back yard, uniforms optional/recommended!

GAME SUGGESTIONS:

Beer Pong

A classic. Set up on both ends of a table (maybe outside or on the veranda to avoid spillages!) and take it in turns to fire Ping-Pong balls in to your opponent’s cups. Everyone has their own set of rules…. Just watch those elbows!

Flip Cup

A fast paced, team-bonding experience. Line up your cups on both sides of a table, facing your opponents… shake hands (in the spirit of the Olympics) and then proceed to boat race down the line, with the next person not starting to drink until the person before them has successfully landed a flip of their cup from the edge of the table.

Beer Ball

An exciting, active, battle requiring beer in cans, teamwork, good aim and quick reflexes! Two teams set up both ends of a table, a player in each corner… and work with your teammate to empty your cans of beer first, by bouncing Ping-Pong balls of the opposing cans.

Spoons

A kitchen table classic, requiring a deck of cards and handful of cutlery. Pass cards around the table until one player has 4 of a kind, at which point the race to grab a spoon out of the middle of the table begins. One less spoon per player each round ensures one player is knocked-out at a time. Last man standing wins!

… There options for games are endless. Pick your favourites, browse online for inspiration, or just make them up!

 

Of course, if competition isn’t your style, why not just come in for a quiet pint in our comfortable Collingwood Beer Garden at the Baden Powell Hotel, and enjoy our wide selection of beer, wine, or spirits, whilst spectating from our flat screen TV. Or, stroll up to the MCG (very close by!) to observe competition from a healthy distance!

As always, please remember to drink responsibly! These styles of games can be great fun without excessive alcohol consumption… try to keep games short and sharp, leaving plenty of time for the medal ceremony!