Beer of the Week

29/02/2016
Mountain Goat Japanese Cowboy IPA

Mountain Goat Brewing – Japanese Cowboy – IPA

Richmond, VIC
7.0% abv.

I have to admit that I was one of the people who felt a pang of disappointment upon hearing of Mountain Goats‘ sale to Asahi. I decided at that moment that no more Mountain Goat shall pass these lips and with a last wistful look at a lone can of fancy pants in my fridge, I closed the door on a chapter of my beer drinking life.

Thankfully, I’m easily swayed by the possibility of a good beer so my vow was broken and a Mountain Goat was procured. What a delight, dangerously well balanced for a beer pushing 7%! Smooth malt with a strong hop bite, just in the right place. Now to swear off the Goat again… till the next time!

21/02/2016
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Two Metre Tall – Soured Wild Plum Ale

Tasmania
6.4% abv.

An oak aged Lambic style ale.

When I first tasted a Lambic style beer I didn’t get it at all. From memory I may have even reeled back from the shock of a flavour profile I simply wasn’t expecting, nor were my taste buds prepared for. Thankfully that first encounter wasn’t my last, because if it had been I’d never have paid much attention to this beer of the week.

Simply put, it’s amazing. The balance and complexity of this beer is fantastic, every mouthful delivers something extra to notice from the last one. Beers from this brewery are small batch and infrequently available at bottle stores, so when you do see one make sure you snap it up.

07/02/2016
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Garage Project & Modern Times – Whizz Bang – Hop Rocket IPA

NZ
6.2% abv.

The perfect beer to kick-start 2016’s Beer of the Week with! And, how fitting that NZ has only just celebrated Waitangi Day this past weekend.   

The great guys from Garage Project have teamed up with their friends from San Diego, Modern Times Beer, to bring us this incredible ‘Whizz Bang’ of a beer. Unsurprisingly, the can itself is another work of art, something we have come to expect from Garage Project. We have also come to expect exceedingly good beer to come from those outstandingly designed cans and this one is no exception.

The side of the can states it’s a hop rocket IPA which it lives up to it, with aggressive hop characteristics but in such a well crafted balanced way. This Beer more than delivers what it says it will.

07/12/2015
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Two Birds Brewing – Bantam – IPA

Spotswood
4.7% abv.

There’s something about this beer I find suits a more upper class atmosphere. The flavour profile shows restrained elegance, where nothing is too over the top yet provides more than enough sweet malt and hop bitterness to reassure you are in fact drinking an IPA. Tropical fruit and fruit salad give way to a gentle rolling bitterness that leaves you wanting more and with a lower ABV than usual for an IPA it’s easy to have more. When I sit back with this sophisticated beverage I feel as though this would be the drink of choice for Mr Bond should he choose an IPA over a Martini sometime. Agitated not still!
Two Birds Brewing – Bantam IPA.

30/11/2015
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Pirate Life Brewing – Throwback – IPA

South Australia
3.5% abv

Sometimes I have to admit I’m not as clever as I like to think I am. When I first saw an episode of Family Guy I thought it was the most unfunny, boring show I had ever seen. I avoided it for over a year, until finally sitting down to give it another shot. As if a switch had been flicked, I found it hilarious!
What I realised was that the first time around I’d missed the point of it all. It’s the same with this week’s beer of the week. I first tried it when it had recently been released and it didn’t impress me, I just didn’t get what it was about. I avoided it for a while until finally I thought I’d give it another go.
I opened a can while relaxing on a hot Saturday afternoon and it finally made complete sense to me. It’s that perfect beer for when you want to have something with decent IPA flavour without the usual high alcohol content that comes with it. I may be a little late on the Pirate Life bandwagon but boy am I a convert!

23/11/2015
Tuatara

Tuatara Brewing – Outrigger – Pacific Pale Ale

New Zealand
4.5% abv.

It’s quite an experience simply opening a carton of Tuatara beers.
First there’s the impressive heavy duty cardboard to ensure lightstrike isn’t even remotely an issue. When you do fold back the cardboard flaps you’re immediately entranced by a dozen lizard eyed bottle tops staring up as if to ask the question, ‘why haven’t you cracked one open yet’? Then there’s those beautiful lizard skin inspired bottles which I never get tired of holding. When theatrics like these are pulled off correctly as it has been in this case, it adds excellently to the overall enjoyment.
The beer pours clear and beautifully pale, releasing an array of tropical, spicy aromas. The taste doesn’t disappoint either, with delicious passionfruit, pineapple and mango flavours from Aussie galaxy hops. I’m not sure if it’s just me but I also get a really enticing peppery spice from this one as well.
Perfect for a hot Antipodean summer’s day.

16/11/2015
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Boatrocker Brewery Miss Pinky

Braeside
3.4% abv.

In the words of Boatrocker BreweryDon’t just rock the boat, Tip it over!

And they don’t disappoint. My wife and I have been waiting a while for this beauty to return to Boatrocker and we cannot get enough. Available only at their barrel room open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the journey out to Braeside (for those living in the North) is well worth the drive.

Unveiled at the Gala Showcase in March this year, the moment I tasted Miss Pinky, I knew it was special. At a modest 3.4% abv, the 100 kg of raspberries provides a refreshingly tart flavour that combines perfectly with that  familiar ‘Berliner Weisse’ style; perfect for summer.

Don’t be shy, give her a try! 

09/11/2015
Copycat

Mash Brewing Copycat AIPA

Thornbury (3 Ravens Brewery)
6.8% abv.

No matter how many times I have this beer from Mash Brewing, I never get sick of it.

Bursting with tropical piney hop bitterness, with just the right amount of malt sweetness to balance it out – and the story behind its creation is pretty cool too.

A bloody good “copycat”!

02/11/2015
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Boatrocker Brewery – Orange Sherbet – Berliner Weisse

Braeside
5% abv.

It had been quite some time since I last had the opportunity to have Boatrockers Orange Sherbet so when I found out I could get it directly from their new barrel room, I decided a visit was in order.
The barrel room is fantastic and only going to get better, with plans underway to install a kitchen complete with smokehouse. It’s not often you get to sit down for a drink with well over 300 barrels lining the walls around you. But back to the beer!
It’s just as I remembered, a solid berliner weisse, well balanced sour coming through with a tantalising hint of orange at the end. Currently it can ony be picked up at the barrel room so make sure you head down there and grab some.

26/10/2015
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Exit #10 West Coast IPA

Dandenong South
7.1% abv.

If you haven’t tasted this, get into it! It is exactly how you would expect a West Coast IPA to taste – big bold flavours of pine, small amounts of resin and fruits galore with a beautiful floral aroma.

My mouth waters just thinking of this beer. I’ve never been disappointed with an Exit Brewing beer yet!