The Erskinville Hotel (affectionally known as the Erko) celebrated the 4th of July with an all day party on Sunday 3 July 2016.
The venue was decked out in American memorabilia and American flags. Live rockabilly bluegrass and country music was played by the band Cruisin’ Deuces in the front room while out the back the backyard smoker produced meats for their 4th of July special of brisket sandwich with house slaw and Westmont pickles, and BBQ pulled pork sliders with house slaw and Westmont pickles.
Other specials supplied by the kitchen inside included footlong hotdogs (traditional, chilli dog and BBQ pulled pork), Louisiana Gumbo consisting of chicken and andouille sausage gumbo with cajun rice, USA cheeseburger extravaganza with double beef, double bacon, double American cheese and pickles, 1/2 rack of smoked pork ribs with kansas BBQ sauce, slaw and pickles and key lime pie with dried lime and vanilla ice-cream.
4 Pines Brewing Company did a tap takeover supplying four beers on tap including Brookvale Union Fresh Apple Cider, 4 Pines American Style Pale Ale, 4 Pines American Amber Ale, and Keller Door Small Batch (which is supplied exclusively to The Erko). The Keller Door is a new experimental beer that was made from hops imported from America that gave the beer a more citrusy flavour.
There was also a range of imported American beers on offer including: Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Brooklyn Lager, Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose and Boont Amber, North Coast Puck Petite Saison, Mad River Extra Pale, Lost Coast Indica IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Hop Hunter, and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Yellow Snow IPA.
For the non-beer drinkers there was a cocktail special called American Pie that was made from Young Henrys Moonshine, apple juice and cinnamon bitters.
The kitchen is led by Richard Price, the ex-Head Chef of Queensland’s Lester and Earls, who prepares Southern-style American smoked and barbecued meats that take 12 hours to smoke and barbecue. The Erko is known for its brisket and chopped-pork collar, its baby-back ribs lathered in viscous barbecue sauce, and its succulent buffalo wings encrusted with a layer of zesty spice.
So whether you’re a buffalo wings fanatic, a baby-back ribs enthusiast or an pulled pork burger devotee, there’s sure to be something on the menu that will delight you any day of the year (not just the 4th of July).