Tusk – Feral Brewing Company (AUS)

So, my first beer in Tramtown for nearly a year. Having made good use of the Untappd beer finding app, I found myself in the Deja Vu Bar in Little Lonsdale St, ready for an early doors liven’er. Walking in the door I had the strange feeling I’d been there before?

Despite its unassuming exterior, the Deja Vu is a beer hunter’s heaven, with a fine selection of craft beers, both bottled and on tap. Oooh, what to have? I’ll try the Feral Brewing‘s “Tusk” please (favourite animal: elephant). Yes, just a schooner, um I mean pot, or whatever you call it down here. Oooh, that looks nice, how much? $15! This had better be good.


Tusk - even an elaphant would forget after a few of these


After I’d recovered from what I call ‘Metro-shock’, I realised that this was indeed a very special ale. At a hefty 11%, it’s like having 2 beers in one glass and therefore saves a lot of time (still makes it $7.50 a schooner). The surprising thing is that it doesn’t taste like 11%, its much smoother than you’d think. A nice balance of nectarines and yeast, not overly hopped but rather a substantial, fruity pale ale. I liked it a lot but luckily couldn’t afford another one ……. and I had to walk home.

Here’s Beirut with ‘Elephant Gun’ …………………



Red Ale – Nail Brewing (AUS)

It’s been a while, but it’s been worth the wait. I have a few brews up my sleeve but for a comeback beer you can get much better than Perth-based Nail’s ‘Red Ale’. Perhaps it was context, after a long day working on the house, sanding weather-boards and cladding the house? Perhaps it was the fact that the tasting took place in our newly activated bath-with-a-view? Whatever it was, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer!

Image of a bottle of Red Ale in stark sunlight, brilliantly styled with a hammer in the background
Nail Red Ale ….. the best way to get hammered?


Poured into the glass, this beer is as red as the Rous Mill earth. The Citra hops are to the fore in both the aroma and taste, ripening nectarines on the nose, sweet nectarine flavours are balanced with the bitterness of the skin. Fruity and a refreshing change from ‘in your face IPA’s. Inspired by the mystical and sacred Uluru, this is a special beer with a mysterious powers ……… or was it the bath?

Here’s the rather wonderful, Squeeze with “Another Nail In My Heart” ……….