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The Gatherer – Stone & Wood Limited Release (AUS)

It’s been a long time between drinks but it’s not as if I haven’t been doing my research. In fact, for this beer, I went straight to the source and toured the Stone & Wood Brewery in nearby Byron Bay. Why it took me so long to make this pilgrimage to the birthplace of Pacific Ale (surely one of Australia’s top beers), I’ll never know.

A good place to gather is at Stone & Wood Brewery in Byron Bay

Both of my regular readers will know that I’m not a huge fan of wheat beers but The Gatherer may just be an exception. Light and fruity, it has elements honey-dew melon and floral flavours. It would make a nice cooling summer drink or a great accompaniment to a hot curry. Not Stone & Wood’s finest but worth a try. In fact, worth a try every year, as the recipe changes with each seasonal brew.

In truth, having ‘done’ the Stone & Wood Brewery tour,  I would say that my judgement has been so clouded that future reviews may be unreliable. What I can say is, if you’re in or near Byron Bay and your remotely interested in the art of brewing, how to run a community business and/or have a good time, then book your place at S&W. Our tour guide was a legend, we learnt plenty about beer and we were having such a good time that the tour over-ran by 45 mins.

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From the Kings of Australia craft brewing we go the Queens of The Stoneage and the aptly named “Feelgood Hit Of The Summer  (even though it’s Autumn)………..




Rosee d’Hibiscus – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (Can)

“Spiced strong beer with hibiscus” wasn’t the first thing that sprung to mind when reached into the fridge at ‘blog o’clock’ this evening. In fact I’d forgotten I’d bought this intriguing Canadian brew from the Quebec-based, Dieu du Ciel.  After trying beer with chocolate, beer with chilli, beer with mango, beer with banana …….. beer with hibiscus flowers? Well why not?

Rosee d'Hibiscus ..... beer with flowers
Rosee d’Hibiscus ….. beer with flowers


I’ll tell you why not. Unsurprisingly, this has quite a floral aroma, more like an eau de toilette than a beer. It pours the colour of a strong rose (rose-eh) wine (can’t find the ‘acute’ button this keyboard) and doesn’t really look like beer. So, is it beer? Well, it’s beer Jim, but not as we know it. It tastes like ‘Boxing Day Punch’, as served at St Gorran Cottage for many a year, a heady mix of white wine, cider, vodka, vermouth and lemonade …… with added hibiscus. No bad thing in itself but it sure don’t taste like beer. Dab it behind your ears.

Here’s QOTSA with ‘My God Is The Sun’