When in Byron do as the Byrons do (that old chestnut), hence today’s beer is Stone and Wood Brewery’s ‘Jasper Ale’. Brewed in heartland of Byron Bay, Jasper Ale is a departure from the more well-known, stone-fruity, Pacific Ale. More English in style, yes, but less bitter than your average ‘Boys Bitter’. A deep rusty red in colour, there’s mild fruit on the nose and a slight ‘apples and pears’ taste on the first quaff. The mild bitter finish expands as the beer warms up and I learn from the website that this was intended as a winter ale ….. as much as we get a winter in these parts.
(Aren’t photos much better when not taken on an iPhone?)
Jasper Ale is not an earth shattering brew by any means, but it’s certainly fresh and very drinkable … ideal for a warm winter. As for Byron Bay, well I know it has it’s detractors but where else can you go on a Sunday afternoon, look down from a 113 year-old lighthouse and see a pod of 30+ dolphins playing in the surf?
Here’s Tim Buckley ……….