FROM THE BEER CORNER …SEPTEMBER 2019

Rocky Reed’s weekly wrap up …

All beers only while stocks last!

6 September 2019

For those who dream of a double dose of Hazy… BALTER Dazy has just landed and is ON TASTING TODAY! See below for more details. GREEN BEACON’s Spring Seasonal Release “The Whaler” Blood Orange IPA is back, as is STONE & WOOD’s “Gatherer” Galaxy-hopped wheat beer… this release features additions of locally harvested watermelon, cucumber and mint.

At CRAFT we love beer and, of course, wine! So we’re especially excited when the best of both worlds collide. This time, in the form of a special new range by WAYWARD BREWING CO. of Camperdown, NSW. The DISCOVERY SERIES launches with three inaugural releases… Ripasso Rosso, Ripasso Bianco and Balthazar Imperial Stout…all hand bottled in to 375ml champagne bottles …

Ripasso Rosso & Ripasso Bianco 6.1%
Ripasso is a winemaking technique where wine is re-fermented on grape skins to give it added depth and intensity. For our Ripasso, we’ve applied this concept to beer instead; fermenting a classic farmhouse ale on skins from our friends at Tyrrell’s Wines. Primary ferment was followed by four months maturation in 2000L French Oak Foudres alongside a Brett-dominant wild yeast blend. Layers of delicately balanced malt, citrus and spice intertwine with gentle acidity and fruit character from grapes; all of which is underpinned by savoury French oak and funk from the Brett, blurring the boundary between wild fermented wine and beer. Ripasso Rosso 2019 was brewed using post-ferment Four Acres Shiraz marc, from vines planted in 1879.

Ripasso Bianco 2019 was brewed using Belford Single Vineyard Chardonnay marc, from vines planted in 1991.

Balthazar 9.4%
This bold Imperial Stout offers up intensely layered aromatics of caramel, coffee, chocolate and burnt toffee, intertwined perfectly with subtle whiskey and vanilla notes courtesy of six months maturation in ex-Jack Daniels barrels. On the palate expect a rich, complex and mouth filling beer with flavours of coffee and cacao carrying all the way through to a well-rounded finish.

13 September 2019

We have the A-Z of beer for you at Craft this week. Or at least, ACHEL to WILDFLOWER (we’ll come back to you on the X Y Z)!

NEW ARRIVALS from WILDFLOWER … with the return ST FLORENCE, their annual foray into wine grapes and wild ale. Whole bunches of grapes are left to ferment with the naturally-occurring yeast on their skins, then blended with barrels of WILDFLOWER’S flagship GOLD wild ale. As with last year’s ST FLORENCE release, it’s a grape double feature with two releases: BLACK MUSCAT grapes from Thornbrook Orchard in Orange; and SEMILLON from Tyrrell’s Estate in Pokolbin. Choose your own native wine and beer fermentation adventure! Or better still, choose both adventures. Then venture on to another galaxy with TOO EASY: GALAXY… a bitter wild ale heavily hopped with Australian Galaxy hops. Get it too, before it’s gone!

From beer & wine matches made in heaven to beer & sherry… for the FIRST TIME AT CRAFT… POHJALA from Estonia. We have nabbed a very special beer from their CELLAR SERIES – PIME OO PX – A PEDRO XIMENEZ Sherry Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

Plus we have a cracking local Imperial Stout by REVEL BREWING – ON TASTING AT OUR COORPAROO STORE ON FRIDAY, along with some of their fresh core range brews.

Also for the first time at Craft… BLACKMAN’S BREWERY from Torquay Vic… PLUS NEW ARRIVALS from 3 RAVENS… CHUR… DEEP CREEK… HELIOS… MR BANKS… NEW ENGLAND BREWING CO… NOMAD… NORTHERN MONK… TOOL…& THORNBRIDGE… And while we’re on the letter T… Trappist, Trappist, TRAPPIST !

A VERY SPECIAL BELGIAN/TRAPPIST BEER TASTING AT RED HILL THIS WEEKEND! – SATURDAY 2-4PM

BELGIUM is to beer what France is to wine or the Scottish Highlands to whisky. Belgium boasts more indigenous beer styles than any other nation in the world, ranging from Abbey and Trappist ales and wild Lambic beers, to sour Flemish reds and farmhouse saisons. It is the MOTHER SHIP OF CRAFT BREWING! This weekend we’re taking you on one mother of a BELGIAN TRAPPIST MONASTERY beer adventure!

20 September 2019

Do we have some ‘Cans-O-Bliss’ for your weekend refreshment!! It’s Friday, so get your weekend stash sorted. RUN, DON’T WALK!
FIRESTONE WALKER… STONE… OSKAR BLUES… OTHERSIDE and ALL-IN BREWING among the NEW ARRIVALS this week at Craft.
  • FIRESTONE WALKER Luponic Distortion IPA Series No.13 5.9% **.             Showcasing ‘FLAVOURS THROUGH HOPS’ Hints of Pina Colada, Key Lime and Nectarine **
  • FIRESTONE WALKER Union Jack West Coast Style IPA 7%
  • FIRESTONE WALKER Mind Haze IPA 6.2%
  • OSKAR BLUES Dale’s Pale Ale 6.5%
  • OSKAR BLUES Can-O-Bliss Hazy IPA 7.2%
  • OSKAR BLUES Steep Coast Double IPA 8%
  • OTHERSIDE Festive Session Ale 4.2%
  • OTHERSIDE Lo-Fi Citrus Wheat 3.5%
  • OTHERSIDE Anthem India Pale Ale 6.2%
  • ALL-IN BREWING Consequences Pale Lager 5%
  • ALL-IN BREWING Legbreaker American IPA 5.6%
  • ALL-INN BREWING Full Harvest 6.7%
  • ALL-INN BREWING Clockwork Robust Porter 4.8%

27th September 2019

It’s the SPRING OF SOURS… or rather…SOURS, LAMBIC, GUEZE, KRIEK, FRAMBOISE, BERLINER WEISSE, FLANDERS, SAISON, FARMHOUSE and WILD ALES. At last count, a selection of 50+ sour or spontaneously fermented beers in our stores. For those who are partial to a bit of tart and funk, you’ll swoon at KRIEK BOON, JESTER KING will have you puckering and you’ll be RODENBACH for more!

Other breweries among our sour-fest fridge line-up include…

WILDFLOWER… LA SIRENE… GARAGE PROJECT… JESTER KING… MIKKELLER… MAYDAY HILLS… ALVINNE… BALLISTIC… BATCH… SITE.. FANTOME… LIEFMAN’S… ANDERSON VALLEY… FATHOM… SAILOR’S GRAVE… REVEL… WOLF OF THE WILLOWS… CO-CONSPIRATORS… LEFT BARREL… GREEN BEACON… STONE&WOOD… DEEP CREEK… WILD BEER… KENT FALLS BREWING… JACKIE O’s… NORTH END… NEW BELGIUM… WAYWARD… HALLERTAU…

PLUS Tassie farmhouse beer and cider artisans TWO METRE TALL BACK IN STORE! Cleansing Ale, Derwent Aromatic Spelt Ale, Forester Wild Amber Ale and Huon Dark Apple Ale.NEW ARRIVALS this week from DE RANKE and 3 FONTEINEN too. Not only the quintessential Oude Gueuze and Oude Kriek but also ‘Zwet.Be’ Porter! Plus ‘Tuverbol’ by BROUWERIJ LOTERBOL …a Belgian Strong Golden Ale blended with 3 Fonteinen lambic. And from DE RANKE, ‘Dun Ham Complexite’ Belgian style pale ale and ‘Back to Black’ Imperial Porter.

STONE & WOOD’s fourth COUNTER CULTURE release is a dark affair too… OR  IS  IT??  ‘So Long Darkness’ Invisible Stout, your eyes and your palate will certainly be at odds with each other. A MUST TRY!

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