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Former Tenant Red IPA – Modus Operandi Brewing (AUS)

First up, apologies for the photo. This looks like I used a Saint Vitus Dance chromatic aberration filter. If only I had a camera.

Worst photo ever!
Worst photo ever!

Here’s what it should look like:

Pic of a can
Former Tenant Red IPA – why the hell did they move out?


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’….

And no, that’s not what you think it is ……..



Rising Sun Pale Ale – Baird Brewery (JAP)

We’ve tried English Pale Ale; American Pale Ale, Australian, Kiwi and now Japanese. The Japanese used to be famous for taking useful things and making them smaller. In this case the beer remains the same size but the wallet is shrunk dramatically. Call me tight (or as us Cornish like to say, ‘careful’), but I had steered clear of the Rising Sun because of its $8.99 a bottle price tag (cherching, cherching …..). So, rather than pay $159 a case, I waited until it was close to sell by date and picked up a bottle for less than 5 bucks.

Rising Sun Pale Ale ...... it'll transistorise your wallet in minutes!
Rising Sun Pale Ale …… it’ll transistorise your wallet in minutes!

Having said all that, I love the label design, it reminded me of an old Siouxsie and the Banshees t-shirt I used to own. The beer contained within is pretty damned good too. A frosty golden brown, it has a high degree of carbonation with an aroma of unset marmalade. There’s flavours of ripening nectarine and Navel Oranges and the deeper you go, the more fruity it gets. I bow down to the Baird Brewery, Rising Sun is illuminating indeed.

I’d happily pay $8.99 for this in a Melbourne bar but if you ever see me forking out $159 for a case of beer, please take me home …. I’ve obviously had enough!

In honour of my t-shirt, here’s Siouxsie, from the 1980 album ‘Kaleidoscope’ with ‘Red Light’ ……………

Garden Ale – Stone And Wood Brewery (AUS)

Byron Bay’s Stone and Wood Brewery wowed me last week with their Jasper Ale, so I was looking forward to trying their Limited Release Garden Ale. After a hard days work; fixing 2 broken steps; filling the green bin with waste from the garden and cooking a roast chicken dinner, I was ready for my evening constitutional ale. I was not to be disappointed.

Stone and Wood's Garden Ale - made by green- fingered brewers
Stone and Wood’s Garden Ale – made by green-fingered brewers


Toffee brown in colour, it’s fruity aroma reminded me of ‘Love Hearts’, you know, the 70’s sweets with  cheesy messages on? There’s a refreshing fizz and a beautiful zingy taste of berries and blackcurrants balanced with nice bitter finish. My first reaction was again, ‘wow!’ As was my second reaction. A sure-fire winner.

If this beer was Love Heart, it’d have ‘Drink Me’ written on it. Rush out and buy one now …… it’s limited release.

Here’s Siouxsie and the Banshees with ‘Hong Kong Garden’



Cascade Pale Ale (AUS)

“Cascade Pale Ale is the oldest continuously brewed beer in the country” so states the the Cascade website. As an Australian-style pale ale, it is less fruity than American-style brews, which can be a little overpowering at times. Brewed in Hobart, Tasmania it is made from the freshest of locally sourced ingredients.

Cascade Pale Ale - Australia's oldest continuously brewed beer
Cascade Pale Ale – Australia’s oldest continuously brewed beer

This is an easy drinking pale ale, refreshing with a hint of apple (this maybe psychosomatic, coming from the ‘Apple Isle’) and satisfying bitter finish. A great every day beer, that doesn’t have to try too hard. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


Here’s ‘Cascade’ by Siouxsie and the Banshees: