I love ‘Camp Beer’. No, I don’t mean beer with a little umbrella and a glazed cherry, I mean the beer drunk whilst camping. Just like ‘Camp Tea’ and ‘Camp Sausages’, they just taste better. Fancy Pants is no exception. Strangely, the brewery’s name could almost be a list of essentials for a good camping trip ……. if you’re into goats.
For an amber ale, ‘Pants’ is quite dark, a bit like a tawny port. The Tasmanian Galaxy hops give it a sweet malty aroma. The taste is more akin to an English ale with hints of malt loaf and toffee-apples. I put the slightly smokey flavour down to me sitting by the camp fire.
The folk at Mountain Goat Beer have come up with another winner, warm and textured with enough bitterness in the finish to invite you back for more. I fancy some more.
From the classic “New Boots and Fancy Panties”, here’s the old goat of punky pub rock funk, Sir Ian Dury with the inimitable Blockheads and “Wake Up And Make Love With Me” ………….
‘Named after a local fish known for late frolics on the shore’, Grunion was the brainchild of a Ballast Point employee that won a home brewing contest. The result blends two new hop varieties that go together like fish and chips. Or perhaps salt and vinegar.
Ballast Point can do no wrong in my book and Grunion lives up to its ‘hoppy’ billing. Pale honey in colour, with warm honey tones on the nose, it’s the perfect accompaniment to Fat Freddy’s on a Friday. The bitterness of the hops cuts through the grease and the taste improves the warmer it gets releasing citrus rind and deep honey flavours. A real grower, I like it a lot.
Glass onions make way for Green Onions so check out this wild version of the Booker T and the MG’s classic ………..
Gee I’m out of practice! I haven’t even had a beer for nearly six days (Dear Roy, is this a record?), let alone reviewed one. How hard can it be?
Let’s start with a nice refreshing Tropical Ale on a cold winter’s evening. Burleigh Brewing‘s motto is ‘Balance, Character, Soul’ and I’d say this fruity pale lives up the that motto and makes an ideal summer quaffer.
Paw paw aromas give way to a subtle, lychee flavours. Pale in colour crisp on the tongue and clear as a bell, what it lacks in bite it more than makes up for in mouth-watering lemon zestiness. Roll on summer!
We’ve already had QUOTSA’s Feel Good Hit, so here Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with ‘White Palms’ …… vroom vroom
There was a special ‘Australia Day’ deal at the Gooner IGA, buy a six-pack of Colonial IPA and receive a free glass. Seemed like a pretty good deal, only I like to think of it as buy a glass and get a six-pack of beer free. Free beer always tastes better!
I love this beer! Caramel sugar brown in colour it has a warm, sweet aroma. So, it looks good, smells good and then you taste it! First up is the sweetness of old fashioned barley sugar, a beautiful warm and nostalgic flavour, subtly balanced with a refreshing bitter finish. My new favourite beer.
And get this. The clever people at Colonial Brewing Co have come up with the innovation we’ve all been waiting for, a pull-ring that turns the can into a drinking vessel you can actually drink from ……..
What next? Flying cars?
From the future of drinking we go to the future of heads, here’s the Futureheads with Decent Days And Nights…….
This my first venture into Kaiju! territory and possibly my first ‘golden IPA’. I’ll have to take their word for the colour as I drank it straight from the bottle, next time I’ll pour it into a glass as I think this beer needs to breath to bring out the best in it.
I detected stone fruit and tobacco as I sniffed the bottle’s mouth (that sounds a bit wrong doesn’t it?) and I was expecting fruit when I took the first swig. Unfortunately, it was the tobacco flavours that shone through immediately, not something you’d associate with an IPA. A JPS, yes, but not an IPA.
This is where the breathing comes in, once the air has got to the ale, it’s more subtle flavours come through, lychee and rockmelon balanced with a grassy bitterness. This all adds up to a very different but satisfying brew and before you know it, the bottle’s empty.
Would I like another one? Affirmative
Would I recommend Robohop to other carbon-based organisms? Affirmative.
Should Kaiju! develop a merch shop with their label designs on t-shirts? Hell yeah!
First up, apologies for the photo. This looks like I used a Saint Vitus Dance chromatic aberration filter. If only I had a camera.
Here’s what it should look like:
You’ve got the love this beer’s MO. Marmalade orange in colour, it has an inviting aroma of tropical fruit. Coming in at 7.8%, you’d expect this IPA to slap you round the face a bit but it’s surprisingly soft and complex, with undertones of candied orange and Christmas crystallised fruits. It’s a sure-fire winner and the crew at Modus Operandi on Sydney’s Northern Beaches should hold their head high. I’ll be looking out for more of their MO!
Best drunk by a river.
Here’s the a suitable lo-fi Siouxsie and the Banshees with, ‘Tenant’….
I love everything about this beer. I mean, just look at the can! You could frame it and hang it on the wall. And why not, Moo Brew commissioned artist, John Kelly to design all their labels. The Tassie brewers know their stuff and their Single Hop is as classy as the can.
The aroma is warm and floral and the beer pours pale and slightly cloudy with a good head. The taste brings back memories of barley sugar and there’s enough bitterness to keep you mouth-watering until the next sip. On tap, this would be dangerous. More please.
And here was I thinking a Double Cascadian was a complex manoeuvre in the synchronised diving! Turns out it’s a dark ale, a bloody fine one at that.
Now, I’ve never had a single cascadian before but even if it were only half as good as this Double Cascadian, I’d be queueing up for a sample. Manly-based Four Pines Brewing have come up with another winner in this limited keller door release. There’s rich, dark chocolatey aromas and I was blown away by the flavours. Smokey cocoa, Turkish Delight and black cherries all combine to make a complex, rewarding and surprisingly delicious dark craft ale.
Here, with some vintage Mancunian cascade magic is the Stone Roses with, “Waterfall” ……….
OK, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I took this photo on 10th June. It was the day before I visited Brisbane with a bunch of friends and rivals, fellow Poms and Aussies to see the first test against the Wallabies. Was this bottle of beer a good omen? With Ben Youngs set to start for the a very special England XV, I predicted a 3-0 win for the visiting team.
Low and behold, 3 weeks later I was proved right! However, my clairvoyant career was short-lived as I failed to predict the England soccer team’s exit from Euro16 courtesy of the football powerhouse that is Iceland, and the UK’s exit from the EU, courtesy of a bunch of idiots in the motherland.
Nonetheless, I’m a rugby man and that’s the result that counts.
How about the beer I hear you ask? Brewed by Charles Wells, Young’ Special London Ale s a fine example of an English ale, nutty with hints of caramelised marmalade and a controlled bitte hoppy finish; smooth and satisfying. They say revenge is a dish best tasted cold, but this beer it’s best drunk at room temperature, to bring the flavour out. World class. Swing Low.
For a well-travelled Special Ale and some fine Internationals, here’s the Specials with International Jet Set …………..
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.
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.