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Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Adrienne holding a glass of Jack's Brew and M

I met Adrienne and Nick and their adorable boy Jack through M on Australia Day and going to baby Jack's post Christening party was a good chance to see the three of them again. They're long time and frequent patrons of the Red Oak Beer Cafe in the city, a boutique beer cafe and Microbrewery where at your request, you can get a beer brewed especially for you. So like any good Aussie male, Jack for his Christening received his very own beer "Jack's brew" (although baby Jack didn't actually drink it himself ;) ).

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Framboise Froment beer $7.50

The space itself is warm and woody with a function area towards the back and the restaurant up the front. This afternoon it's finger food and some of their delicious beers. I try some of Jack's brew and it is something I'm sure he'd be proud of. The other thing that I try is the Raspberry beer, something that someone like me might like as it's sweet. I tend to like cherry beers, and I'd say I'm certainly no beer connoisseur at all but this raspberry beer is indeed good stuff indeed. There is also a Belgian chocolate stout beer and another expensive beer served in a brandy balloon at about $100 a glass (I don't order this, I'm not a bad guest!).

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

The birthday boy and his dad Nick

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Battered ginger prawns with aioli

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Seared tuna with pesto

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Kid's plate: spinach triangles, dumplings and spring rolls

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Mini vegetarian pizzas

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Lentil pies with pesto

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Deep fried Indonesian bean morsels

There's also cocktail nibblies today with some delicious gingery battered prawns with a rich aioli dip, seared tuna with pesto, deep fried Indonesian bean canapes, vegetarian pizzas which are surprisingly tasty and delicious lentil pies. Kids get a deep fried platter. The prawns are delicious and huge and perfect finger food. The tuna is nice and fresh, the deep fried Indonesian bean canapes baffle M somewhat but I don't mind their unsualness and the lentil pies are gorgeous flakey. Even the vegetarian pizzas despite being rather plain looking are good.

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Johnny and Mum

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

This supermodel in the making loved posing

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Johnny

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

M and her boys

Speaking of kids, there were lots of well behaved cute ones here. There was a supermodel in the making who adored posing plus a dead ringer for a little version of Johnny Depp (who coincidentally is also called Johnny). Jack has some great friends.

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

But of course the piece de resistence is Jack's birthday cake which rounds off an enjoyable afternoon. A pirate cake no less which was a delicious vanilla buttercake with vanilla buttercream. And as you can see from Jack's expression, he loved it as much as the grown ups and kids did.

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

Jack loves his cake

Red Oak Beer, Sydney CBD for Jack's Christening Party

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Red Oak Beer

201 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW

Tel: +61 (02) 9262-3303

Open: Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner from 11am until late