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Sydney Craft Beer Week, Garage Project, USA Beers, Yeastie Boys + More

Happy Friday friends, hope your Sydney Craft Beer Week is going great!

We've had an absolute mountain of beer arrive in store this week - check it out below. We've also have Yeastie Boys Minimatta Session Pale Ale on tap. This featured in our beer tasting earlier in the week - very tasty, particularly if you love Earl Grey Tea!

 

Now Pouring on Growlers & Squealers

 

TAP 1: Buxton Blood Stone Red Ale

Blood Stone is the session equivalent to Buxton’s High Tor, a red ale packed full of American Hops. This sessionable red ale was created for the GABS festival in Melbourne to feature the Australian Galaxy hop.

4.2% ABV

Squealer Fill (945ml): $20

Growler Fill (1.89L): $38

 

TAP 2: Yeastie Boys Minimmatta Earl Grey Pale Ale

A sessionable earl grey pale ale, inspired by the common complaint from Gunnamatta drinkers: “I just wish I could find some way of drinking more of the stuff”. We slashed the booze, halved the tea, and doubled the puns to create a perfect sessionable balance. Heirloom orange and floral notes entice you in on the nose, and are followed by a clean malt profile carrying a hint of tropical fruit, before giving way to the fresh hop finish and lengthy floral tea notes on the palate

4.0% ABV

Squealer Fill (945ml): $20

Growler Fill (1.89L): $38


Next beers on tap (in no specific order):

BrewDog Libertine Black Ale

Doctor's Orders Defibrillator - German Weizen Doppelbock style aged in American Bourbon Barrel Oak

EPIC Imperium Vintage Ale

Epic Loves Bacon Smoked IPA

Epic Lupulingus Double IPA

Boatrocker Hop Bomb IPA

Rocks Whiskey Porter

Evil Twin Hipster Ale

Two Birds Bantam IPA

Two Birds Belgian Stout

 

Latest Beers In-Store & Fresh Stock:


Friday 24th October

Garage Project Death From Above

Garage Project Pernicious Weed

Garage Project Venusian Pale Ale

Garage Project Hop Trial #1 IPA - NEW!

Garage Project Bourbon Barrel Aged Baltic Porter - NEW!

Garage Project Wabi Sabi Sour - NEW!

Garage Project Baltic Porter - NEW!

 

Thursday 23rd October

Riverside 777 IIPA

Riverside 44 American Amber Ale

Mornington IPA

Mornington Pale Ale

Mornington Imperial Stout

Brooklyn Brown Ale

Brooklyn Lager

Brooklyn Local

Hitachino Nest White Ale

 

Wednesday 22nd October

Black Duck Herons Craic Irish Red Ale

Black Duck India Runner IPA

Black Duck Platypus Australian Ale

Black Duck Mother Duck American Pale Ale - NEW!

Black Duck Phoenix Export Stout

Black Duck Sylva Bullet Pilsner

Black Duck Proper Gander English Style Bitter

Innis & Gunn Original - NEW!

Innis & Gunn Whiskey Stout

 

Tuesday 21st October

Yeastie Boys White Noise - NEW!

Yeastie Boys Minimatta - NEW!

Yeastue Boys The Sly Persuader - NEW!

Deschutes River Ale 

Deschutes Inversion IPA

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Obsidian Stout

Deschutes Foray Belgian Style IPA - NEW!

Boatrocker Misfit Belgian Ale

Boatrocker Hop Bomb IPA

De Ranke XX Bitter Belgian IPA

Rochefort 6

Rochefort 10

Westmalle Tripel

Gulden Draak

Piraat

Delirium Tremens

Fantome Hiver

Fantome Noel

Troubadour Imperial Stout

Rogue Santas Private Reserve

 

Monday 20th October

Alesmith IPA

Alesmith Old Numbskull Barleywine

Alesmith Speedway Stout

Alesmith Extra Pale Ale

Ballast Point Sculpin

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA - NEW!

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

Dogfish Head Aprihop

Dogfish Head India Brown Ale

Dogfish Head Palo Santo 

Firestone Walker Double Barrel ESB

Firestone Walker Double Jack IIPA

Firestone Walker Pale 31

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Rye IPA

Great Divide Colette Farmhouse Ale - NEW!

Great Divide Hercules Double IPA

Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager - NEW!

Great Divide Yeti Stout

Lagunitas Censored Amber Ale

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid IPA

Lagunitas Little Sumpin Ale

Lagunitas Maximus

Left Coast Hop Juice Imperial IPA - NEW!

Mad River Double IPA - NEW!

Mad River Extra Pale Ale - NEW!

Mad River Jamaica Red Ale - NEW!

New Belgium 1554 Black Lager

New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale

New Belgium Ranger IPA

Ninkasi Believer Double Red

Ninkasi Tricerahops IPA

Ninkasi Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout - NEW!

Ommergang Game of Thrones Fire & Blood

Ommergang Abbey Ale

Ommergang Hennepin

Ommergang 3 Philosophers

Port Brewing Mongo IPA

Port Brewing Wipeout IPA

Samuel Adams New World Tripel - NEW!

Samuel Adams Double Agent Imperial Pilsner - NEW!

Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard American Strong Ale

Stone Brewing Levitation Amber Ale

Stone Brewing Pale Ale

Stone Brewing Ruination Double IPA

Stone Brewing Smoked Porter

Stone Brewing 18th Anniversary IPA - NEW!

Founder Pale Ale

Founders Centennial IPA

Founders All Day IPA

Weltenburger Asam Bock

Schlenkerla Weizen

Lindemans Kriek

Lindemans Cassis

Moon Dog Love Tap

Robinsons Iron Maiden Trooper Ale

Rogue Dead Guy

Rogue Brutal IPA

Renaissance Elemental Porter

Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale

St Bernardus Tripel

Sierra Nevada Big Foot Barleywine

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

Weihenstephan Festbier

Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta

 

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Sydney Craft Beer Week Store Update

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Happy Friday friends, the start of Sydney Craft Beer Week is upon us!

If you are looking for one must-do event next week we would recommend our Kaiju! Beer Tasting being held upstairs in our tasting room. Click for info.

 

Now Pouring on Growlers & Squealers

TAP 1: Buxton Blood Stone Red Ale

Blood Stone is the session equivalent to Buxton’s High Tor, a red ale packed full of American Hops. This sessionable red ale was created for the GABS festival in Melbourne to feature the Australian Galaxy hop.

4.2% ABV

Squealer Fill (945ml): $20

Growler Fill (1.89L): $38

 

TAP 2: BrewDog Jackhammer IPA

The devastatingly bitter finish will drill straight through your taste buds. If you like hops and bitterness then go ahead. But be warned: this beer has more bitterness than a human palate (or nipple) can detect. For freaks, craft beer junkies and stamp collectors only. 

7.2% ABV

Squealer Fill (945ml): $22

Growler Fill (1.89L): $42

 

Next beers on tap (in no specific order):

BrewDog Libertine Black Ale

Doctor's Orders Defibrillator - German Weizen Doppelbock style aged in American Bourbon Barrel Oak

EPIC Imperium Vintage Ale

Yeastie Boys Mini Matta 

Epic Loves Bacon Smoked IPA

Epic Lupulingus Double IPA

Boatrocker Hop Bomb IPA

Rocks Whiskey Porter

Evil Twin Hipster Ale

Two Birds Bantam IPA

Two Birds Belgian Stout

 

 

Latest Beers In-Store & Fresh Stock:


Thursday 16th October

Holgate 15 Year Anniversary White Ale - NEW!

Hofbrau Oktoberfest 

Lowenbrau Oktoberfest

Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen

Franziskaner 5L Keg

Lowenbrau 5L Keg

 

Wednesday 15th October

MoonDog Love Tap Double Lager

MoonDog Jumping The Shark 2014 Hungarian Oak Barrel Aged Saffron'd Imperial Red Ale - NEW!

Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black

Yeastie Boys The Sun Before The Darkness Tripel - NEW!

BrewCult Hop Zone Session IPA

BrewCult Outta Sight White IPA - NEW!

Wilde Gluten Free Pale Ale

Anchor Steam Ale

Stone & Wood Lager

Mountain Goat Steam Ale

 

Tuesday 14th October

Mikkeller Beer Weak Brunch Weasel Stout - NEW!

Mikkeller Funky E-Star Wild Belgian Ale

Mikkeller George vs Brian Tequila Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - NEW!

Mikkeller We Brew Gold Leaf Double IPA - NEW!

Mikkeller Hues Gueuze - NEW!

Mikkeller/Three Floyds Collab Majsgoop Barleywine - NEW!

Mikkeller Nossebajer IPA - NEW!

Mikkeller Cafe Viking 25 Year Anniversary IPA - NEW!

Red Duck Pale Ale

Red Duck Tiger Mountain Espresso ESB - NEW!

Red Duck Bobcat American IPA

Kaiju Hopped Out Red Ale

Kaiju Metamorphosis IPA

Kaiju Double IPA

Edge Cryonic Hops

Boneyard Golden Ale

Croucher Pilsner

Evil Twin Hop Flood Amber Ale

Evil Twin Yang Imperial IPA

Amager Sinner Series Gluttony Double IPA

Amager Sinner Series Wrath Saison

Amager Sinner Series Envy IPA

Amager Wookie IPA

Amager/Three Floyds Collab Artic Sunstone American Pale Ale

Beer Here Lupulus American Pale Ale

 

Monday 13th October

Murrays Punk Munk Belgian Ale

Rochefort 10

 

Friday 10th October

Riverside 55 Pale Ale

HopDog American Werewolf in Belgium Belgian IPA

HopDog Superbeast Barleywine

HopDog All Hallowed Pumpkin Ale - NEW!

HopDog Holy Snappin' Turtles Barrel Fermented Wild Ale - NEW!

 

Thursday 9th Ocotober

Little Brewing Co Mad Abbot Christmas Ale 2013

Little Brewing Co Mad Abbout Christmas Ale 2014 - NEW!

Little Brewing Co Death Between The Tanks Double IPA

Little Brewing Co Tripel

Hacker Pschorr Munchner Gold

Hacker Pschorr Kellerbier

Hacker Pschorr Weisse

 

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Beer Store Update 10th October

A shorter working week this week has meant a few less deliveries but we've still managed to sneak in a couple of new beers! Read on below for all store info and latest beers.

 

Now Pouring on Growlers & Squealers

TAP 1: 8 Wired / Bridge Rd Nieuw Brune

The 8 Wired / Bridge Road Brewers Nieuw Brune is a collaborative Belgian Strong Ale. This beer is fermented with a Trappist ale yeast and aged in Cognac barrels.

8.2% ABV

Squealer Fill (945ml): $18

Growler Fill (1.89L): $33

 

TAP 2: Prickly Moses Commander IPA

Prickly Moses Commander IPA is named after a new malt that brewer Luke Scott believes to be the first using it as a base malt in a commercial beer. This Australian IPA features a blend of Ella, Vic Secret, Galaxy and Pride of Ringwood hops. 

5.8% ABV

Squealer Fill (945ml): $19

Growler Fill (1.89L): $36

 

Next beers on tap (in no specific order):

BrewDog Jack Hammer IPA

BrewDog Libertine Black Ale

Doctor's Orders Defibrillator - German Weizen Doppelbock style aged in American Bourbon Barrel Oak

EPIC Imperium Vintage Ale

Prickly Moses Commander IPA

Yeastie Boys Mini Matta 

Epic Loves Bacon Smoked IPA

Epic Lupulingus Double IPA

Buxton Blood Stone Experimental Red Ale

Boatrocker Hop Bomb IPA

Rocks Whiskey Porter

Evil Twin Hipster Ale

Two Birds Bantam IPA

Two Birds Belgian Stout

 

Latest Beers In-Store & Fresh Stock:

Friday 10th October

Riverside 55 Pale Ale

HopDog American Werewolf in Belgium Belgian IPA

HopDog Superbeast Barleywine

HopDog All Hallowed Pumpkin Ale - NEW!

HopDog Holy Snappin' Turtles Barrel Fermented Wild Ale - NEW!

 

Thursday 9th Ocotober

Little Brewing Co Mad Abbot Christmas Ale 2013

Little Brewing Co Mad Abbout Christmas Ale 2014 - NEW!

Little Brewing Co Death Between The Tanks Double IPA

Little Brewing Co Tripel

Hacker Pschorr Munchner Gold

Hacker Pschorr Kellerbier

Hacker Pschorr Weisse

 

Wednesday 8th October

Weihenstephan Hefe

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

4 Pines Stout

Lord Nelson Three Sheets

Murrays Rude Boy Pilsner

Dad & Daves Pale Ale

Hawthorn Amber Ale

Hawthorn Pale Ale

 

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Westvleteren XII Competition Rules

To enter the competition to win a bottle of Westvleteren XII click here

  • The promoter is Beer Cartel whose registered office is at Unit 9, 87 Reserve Rd, Artarmon NSW 2064 Australia.
  • This competition is only valid for those living in Australia who are aged 18 and over.
  • Employees of Beer Cartel or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  • Closing date for entry will be December 1, 2014. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  • The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows:
  • The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  • The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  • No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  • The winner will be selected base on their response to the question: In 20 words or less please tell us who you would most like to share a bottle of Westleveren XII with?
  • The winner will be notified by email within 7 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  • The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
  • The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Australian law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Australia.
  • The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: Unit 9, 87 Reserve Rd, Artarmon NSW 2064 Australia.
  • Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Beer Cartel and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at http://www.beercartel.com.au/Privacy-Policy.
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Win the world's best beer! Westvleteren XII

 

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Rate Beer #1 Highest Rated Beer

Beer Pal #1 Highest Rated Beer
 

Valid for those living in Australia only.

Entry details are available here and privacy policy here

Competition drawn 5th December 2014

 

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Oktoberfest Store Update 26th Spetember

Happy Friday friends!

We've just had a couple of growler changes putting on the people's favourite Riverside 777 IIPA on tap (expect to be gone by tomorrow evening), and because it is Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest Märzen.

Alongside this there has been a few awesome beers hit the shelves including HopDog's Super Beast Baley Wine, and Sierra Nevada Hoptimum - sweet! Read on for more...

 

Now Pouring on Growlers & Squealers 

TAP 1: Riverside 777 IIPA

Riverside’s 777 weighs in at a hearty 9.2% ABV – not that you’d know it from the ease of which you’ll finish your glass. The beer uses four hop varieties, with particular emphasis on the US hop Mosaic. Those give exactly what you want from any top notch IIPA; citrus notes as ripe as fruit straight from the tree and a whole forest’s worth of pine character. 

9.2% ABV

Squealer Fill (945ml): $22

Growler Fill (1.89L): $42

 

TAP 2: Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen

Bavarian barley slow roasted, caramelized to a rich, red amber colour combined with the purest spring waters from the Alps, exclusive yeast and the finest Hallertau hops. Traditionally, Märzenbier was stored in a cellar until late in the summer, with the remaining bottles being served at the Oktoberfest.

6% ABV

Squealer Fill (945ml): $15

Growler Fill (1.89L): $28

 

Next beers on tap (in no specific order):

Bridge Road / 8 Wired Nieuw Brune

BrewDog Jack Hammer IPA

BrewDog Libertine Black Ale

Doctor's Orders Defibrillator - German Weizen Doppelbock style aged in American Bourbon Barrel Oak

EPIC Imperium Vintage Ale

Prickly Moses Commander IPA

Yeastie Boys Mini Matta 

Epic Loves Bacon Smoked IPA

Epic Lupulingus Double IPA

Buxton Blood Stone Experimental Red Ale

Boatrocker Hop Bomb IPA

Rocks Whiskey Porter

Evil Twin Hipster Ale

Two Birds Bantam IPA

Two Birds Belgian Stout

 

Latest Beers In-Store & Fresh Stock:

 

Friday 26th September

Acme California IPA

Brooklyn Lager

Brooklyn Brown Ale

Hitachino Nest White Ale

North Coast Red Seal Ale

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Riverside 77 IPA

Weihenstephan Korbinian

Weihenstephan Festbier

 

Thursday 25th September

HopDog SuperBeast 2014 - NEW!

Murrays Angry Man Brown Ale

Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Original

Schneider Weisse Tap 5 Meine Hopfenweisse

Schneider Weisse Tap 1 Mein Blondes

 

Wednesday 24th September

Lord Nelson Second In Command Brown Ale - NEW!

Paulaner Munich Lager

3 Ravens 55 Pale Ale

 

Tuesday 23rd September

Cantillon Gueuze

Cantillon Kriek

Kwencher Pale Ale

Mountain Goat Summer Ale

4 Pines Stout

Murrays Moon Boy Golden Ale

Stone & Wood Pacific Ale

Wilde Gluten Free Pale Ale

Anchor Steam Ale

Quiet Deeds IPA

Burleigh Hef

Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Original 

Schneider Weisse Tap 5 Hopfenweisse

 

Monday 22nd September

Founders Rubeaus Fruit Beer - NEW!

Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA - NEW!

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - NEW!

HopDog Redhopulous Hoppy Red Ale

HopDog Cosmic Highway Motueka Pale Ale

HopDog Horns Up Rye IPA

 

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Beer Cartel Store Update 19th September

Quick tap change this afternoon sees Oakham Ales Green Devil come into the line up for growler and squealer fills. Some more new beers this week from Nomad, SixPoint, Edge, Red Duck, To Ol and Epic to wet the appetite. Enjoy the weekend and bring on the warmer weather!

 

Now Pouring on Growlers & Squealers 

TAP 1: Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA

An amazing hop harvest aroma with tropical fruit bursting through. Smooth and fruity starting with passion fruit, pineapple, and mango developing into lemon, limes and a citrusy bitterness. Finishes with a crisp refreshing dry aftertaste.

6.0% ABV

Squealer Fill (945ml): $20

Growler Fill (1.89L): $38

 

TAP 2: Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale

So good it’s almost wrong. Dark ruby in colour and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain’t for the wee lads.

8.5% ABV

Squealer Fill (945ml): $22

Growler Fill (1.89L): $42

 

Next beers on tap (in no specific order):

Bridge Road / 8 Wired Nieuw Brune

BrewDog Jack Hammer IPA

BrewDog Libertine Black Ale

Doctor's Orders Defibrillator - German Weizen Doppelbock style aged in American Bourbon Barrel Oak

EPIC Imperium Vintage Ale

Prickly Moses Commander IPA

Yeastie Boys Mini Matta 

Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest

Epic Loves Bacon Smoked IPA

Epic Lupulingus Double IPA

Buxton Blood Stone Experimental Red Ale

Boatrocker Hop Bomb IPA

Rocks Whiskey Porter

Evil Twin Hipster Ale

 

Latest Beers In-Store & Fresh Stock:

Friday 19th September

BrewDog Dead Pony Club California Pale Ale

BrewDog 5am Saint Amber Ale

BrewDog Libertine Black Ale

BrewDog Jack Hammer IPA

BrewDog IPA is Dead 2014 Single Hop Series

Blanche De Namur Witbier

Saison Dupont Biologique

Garage Project L'lil Red Rye Ale

Schlenkerla Weizen

Schlenkerla Urbock

MoonDog Love Tap Double Lager

MoonDog Jukebox Hero IPA

ParrotDog Bloody Dingo Amber Ale

Renaissance Perfection Pale Ale

St Bernardus ABT 12 Quadrupel

Weihenstephan Vitus Weizen Bock

Tuatara Aotearoa Pale Ale

Founders Centennial IPA

 

Thursday 18th September

Riverside 69 Summer Ale

Riverside 33 Golden Ale

Riverside 55 Pale Ale

Mountain Goat Fancy Pants Amber Ale

Mountain Goat Rare Breed Rye IPA

Rocks Brewing Hangman Pale Ale

Rocks Brewing Governor Golden Ale

 

Wednesday 17th September

Willie Smiths Port Barrel Aged Organic Cider - NEW!

Red Duck Boppel Duck Doppelbock - NEW!

Red Duck Bobcat American IPA

Kaiju Hopped Out Red Ale

Kaiju Metamophosis IPA

Kaiju Double IPA

Edge Cool Hops Lager

Edge Addiction Pale Ale

Edge Ashes To Mashes Wattleseed Stout - NEW!

Evil Twin Fitzroy Hipster Ale

Beer Here Pale Hops

 

Tuesday 16th September

Nomad Long Trip Saison - NEW!

Nomad Jetlag IPA - NEW!

Balmain Pilsner

Wilde Gluten Free Pale Ale

Murrays Angry Man

Murrays Whale Ale

Quiet Deeds IPA

 

Monday 15th September

Epic Lupulingus IIPA - NEW!

Epic Loves Bacon Smoked IPA - NEW!

Epic Imperium

Epic Fig & Coffee Oatmeal Stout

Epic Pale Ale

Epic Armageddon

Bridge Road / Nogne India Saison

Bridge Road Golden Ale

Bridge Road Pale Ale

Bridge Road Bling Bling IIPA

Bridge Road Porter

Bridge Road Hefeweizen

Bridge Road Chevalier Saison

Bridge Road Chevalier Biere De Garde

8 Wired Hopwired IPA

8 Wired Tall Poppy Red IPA

8 Wired Saison Sauvin

8 Wired iStout

8 Wired Super Conductor

8 Wired Semiconductor

SixPoint RAD Fruit Beer - NEW!

SixPoint Sweet Action Cream Ale

SixPoint Bengali IPA

SixPoint Resin IPA

Boatrocker Misfit Hoppy Belgian Golden Ale

Boatrocker Smash New World Hop Ale

Boatrocker Alpha Queen American Pale Ale

De Ranke Saison De Dottignies

Birra De Borgo Imperiale Imperial Stout

To Ol Sofa King American Pale Ale - NEW!

To Ol Sundancer Hoppy Steam Ale - NEW!

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

 

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Fancy a beer date?

Working in a bottleshop each day surrounded by 100’s of different beers is always interesting. We notice the little things, the differences in beer labels, alcohol content and... beer dates.

You would think there would be some consistency in the best before dates on beers, but there are multiple reasons why this doesn’t occur:

  • ­Some beers such as sour beers and imperial stouts are made for cellaring. Just like a good wine they will develop different characteristics overtime. In fact, a lot of the sour beers we sell (Cantillon, Boon etc), will have best before dates of 10 years from the date of bottling. (NB: If you do look to cellar any beers, make sure you keep them standing up, rather than lying flat like wine)
  • ­Some brewers just like to be different. In the US, one brewer (Stone Brewing Co), doesn’t put best before dates on it’s beers but rather freshness ‘Enjoy By’ dates. In some cases the brewery recommends that consumers drink the beer in just 35 days from bottling so that the flavour and aroma of ingredients are at their maximum!
  • ­In different markets, different dates are applied. For instance at some breweries in the US, a best before date of 6 months is given, while the same product bound for the Australian market will instead have 12 months (most know that coming from the US it is somewhat difficult to sell through beer in 6 months when a third of the that time is spent en-route to Australia).
  • ­Another anomaly is the writing of beer dates – in the USA this is in MM-DD-YYYY format which is in contrast to Australia’s DD-MM-YYYY.
  • ­And then there are some breweries, like Coopers and Lord Nelson, who place a ‘Best After’ date rather than a best before date on their beers.
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The reality is that beers will develop different characteristics overtime and having tried a significant number of beers at various stages of their ‘shelf life’ there are a few things we’ve learnt. The main being that the most significant changes typically occur with super hoppy beers (think IPAs), where over time the hop aroma, flavour and bitterness is lost at the expense of more malty flavours coming through. The beer is still drinkable, it’ll just have changed.

We try to live by the old adage “fresh is best”, but there are times when the adage just doesn’t make sense or apply.

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Beer travels in Europe

Over the last month I (Rich) have been lucky enough to spend a bit of time in Europe holidaying it up while getting a chance to try a few fine beers along the way in France, Italy and Belgium.

Being a first timer to Europe I was hoping for big things, and while the sights definitely lived up to their reviews I was somewhat surprised at the lack of availability of some of the world famous beers that I know exist over that way.

In France particularly, while you could find Hoegaarden and Leffe at most pubs and restaurants, you really had to work hard to get anything a little different. I did come across a couple of nice little venues in Paris; Académie de la Bière, a pub with a big focus on Belgium beers (along with awesome Mussels) and Brewberry, a bottleshop/bar with some very interesting European beers (mostly brewed outside of France).

Moving further around France there was little different that I saw apart from a brewery in the centre of Lyon which I missed out on due to time restraints and in Arles, a new beer bar that opened the day I arrived – coincidence? I think not!

Arriving in Brussels, Belgium from Paris you could immediately see things were different. Belgium is a traditional home of beer producing 1,000’s of incredible beers, including a number made by the monks in various monasteries (Chimay, Westmalle etc). At almost every pub and restaurant you could find exceptional Belgium beers to try – all of a sudden I was spoilt for choice! A couple of stand out’s are the Cantillon brewery – home of ‘traditionally brewed’ sour beers, the Delirium Beer Cafe, with over 1000 beers to choose (and a feverish after-dark crowd), as well as drinking a Kwak in its traditional mini yard-glass  at the Grand Place (central square, with its amazing buildings).

Further on into the trip we visited Italy. Italy is the originator of the slow food movement (using the freshest ingredients from the closest locations) and thankfully this also lent itself to the beer movement. Again in most bars and restaurants you could find an interesting, locally produced beer that was worth trying – a very welcome change after the travels through France. If you ever get to Rome – make sure you check out Open Baladin – a cool bar, with a funky feel and awesome beer list.

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The birth of a new beer style

Ever wonder how many beer styles there are in the world and how they came to be? Unfortunately an exact number of styles is impossible to put a finger on as there is no universally agreed list, with different countries and organisations having different sets of classification criteria. However, it is safe to say that there are over 75 different beer styles in the world with many of these styles having been around for hundreds of years.

As taste buds evolve and brewers continue to innovate with brewing techniques, hybrid styles and ingredients, more styles are needing to be defined and added to style lists. Each beer style is defined by a variety of characteristics with ingredients, yeast, colour, bitterness and alcohol by volume being the key determining factors. A recent style addition has been the Black IPA, also known as an India Black Ale or Cascadian Dark Ale – one “style” can be known under slightly different names.

The birth of this style is dated to the late 90’s and early 2000’s in the United States and was initially referred to as the Cascadian Dark Ale, named after its place of origin. Cascadia comprises of a region in the American Pacific North West, made up of Washington State, Oregon, British Columbia (Canada) and portions of other US states. This region has a highly developed craft beer movement and is home to North America’s two largest hop growing regions (Yakima and Willamette Valleys). Interestingly, a secession movement has also been trying to have Cascadia become its own independent state and even have their own flag!

In 2010 a handful of beer writers and industry leaders met in Portland Oregon to discuss the Cascadian Dark Ale. With nineteen examples of the style on hand they went about finalising the style descriptors and basic recipe guidelines. Once completed they submitted their Cascadian Dark Ale characteristics to the American Brewers Association and Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP).  This style has since been entered into the style lists and as a result a new style is born. 

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