Roger Hargreaves is the author of many a Mr Man book ( just ask my son). Hargreaves Hill Brewery is a phoenix that arose from the ashes Black Saturday bush fires of 2009 in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and has nothing to do with Roger Hargreaves. The brewery was founded in 2004 but had to start over again having been destroyed in the maelstrom. I found their Pale Ale in the rather wonderful “Cheese Shop” in Melbourne’s Nicholson St, taking advantage of their “mixed 6-pack of craft beer for $22” offer. Any savings made on this great deal was immediately reinvested in 200 g of Shropshire Blue and some black pepper crackers. An investment that was to pay dividends later.
Hargreaves Hill Pale Ale claims to be an English-style pale (made with a mixture of American hops). The result is somewhat mid-Atlantic but nonetheless eminently drinkable. Lacking the toffee undertones I associate with an English pale, it does have a more subtle American trait of citrus rind bitterness. Easy drinking is the word for it, or rather, 2 words of it, nothing earth-shattering …….. but it does go well with a slice of to two of Shropshire Blue.
Here’s a little American flavour, The Fun Lovin’ Criminals with, ‘Up On The Hill’ ………………..