The Erko celebrates the 4th of July with music, beer and their backyard smoker

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).

Erskineville Hotel
102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
(02) 9565 1608

Opening Hours
Mon to Sat 10am–12pm
Sun 10am–10pm

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Celebrate American Independence Day with American food and a hot buffalo wing eating competition on the 4th of July weekend

The DOG Hotel, Keg & Brew and The Dove & Olive are each hosting American Hot Buffalo Wing EATING COMPETITIONS for your pleasure.

The competitor who finishes a bucket of hot buffalo chicken wings in the quickest time wins!

Not only do entrants get 1.5 kilos of spicy, succulent wings, they’ll also receive a pint of America’s favourite craft beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

In addition to consumption eminency, the winner of each venue will receive 50 cold hard Washington’s (a.k.a $50 voucher) to spend at any of the participating venues.

For spectators, a delicious red, white & blue menu has been created especially for the weekend. The traditional menu features American classics as follows:

  • Baby Back Pork Ribs made with a Chili Spice Rub, Slowly Roasted and Basted with famous House Chipotle BBQ sauce, served with an Apple and Walnut Slaw ($19 available at all three venues);
  • A Pulled Beef Brisket Roll of cured Beef Brisket slow roasted for 12 hours with jalapenos and slaw served with a side of rustic fries ($15 exclusive to the Keg & Brew);
  • Southern Fried Shrimp Po Boy, a blend of spiced buttermilk shrimp with a delicious Louisiana remoulade with fresh lettuce/tomato wrapped together in a crispy seeded bun with a side of fries ($16 exclusive to the Dove & Olive and The DOG).

Liquid specials for your freedom filled weekend include: Pints ($8.50) & Schooners ($7.50) of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, as well as Schooners of Hop Hunter IPS & Nooner Pilsner’s for $11.

Journey with the Good Beer Company to the land of the free and home of the brave and see if you have what it takes to eat like an American.

Competition ticket entry is $20. Tickets include 1.5 kilo of wings + a pint sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Competition Dates & Times:

  • Keg & Brew: Saturday 2nd July at 12pm
  • The DOG: Saturday 2nd July at 3pm
  • Dove & Olive: Sunday 3rd July at 2pm

What: Independence Weekend + Hot Wing Eating Competition
The DOG Hotel, 2 St Marks Rd, Randwick NSW
Keg & Brew, 26 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW
The Dove & Olive, 126 Devonshire St, Surry Hills NSW
When:  Keg & Brew: Saturday 2nd July at 12pm
The DOG: Saturday 2nd July at 3pm
Dove & Olive: Sunday 3rd July at 2pm


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