May 10, 2013 by 250 Beers
At the end of March this year, I came up with a silly idea for April Fool’s Day. I would post something ridiculous on this blog. My gag was that the famous Queensland icon, Castlemaine Perkins, would release a limited edition, hoppy craft beer called Hop-X out of their Milton brewery. You can read the faux media release by clicking here.
I thought long and hard about posting it but decided to do so – just for a laugh. As it turned out, I received a few emails about its authenticity which made me chuckle. Simply out of interest, I contacted the brewery pretending to be an average bloke off the street (which I suppose I am really) to ask for more information on Hop-X. I was told that it was an April Fool’s joke and that I wasn’t the first to call. The prank had worked! How rather immature of me I say as I titter to myself whilst typing.
Seriously, those that couldn’t fathom that Ralf Poloi is an anagram of April Fool should be barred from all pubs forever
A month down the track, Tuesday 30th April to be precise, Hop-X turned from silly online prank to reality when Wade Curtis from 4 Hearts Brewing announced that he had brewed his interpretation of what Hop-X would taste like. Madness right?! Well, the insanity that immediately raced through my mind took another twist when I read that The Scratch had taken the one and only keg of it!
So, to re-cap….a nationally recognised brewer takes the name of a beer that I came up with (as a joke), attributes it to a very limited quantity of brew and then one of the best bars in Brisbane puts it on tap.
Holy frickin’ shit! How cool is that?!
The icing on the cake, of course, is that The Scratch is located literally in the shadows of the Castlemaine Perkins XXXX brewery in Milton. A real sense of irony
Look, maybe you’re not getting as aroused as I did when I first heard about it but a fictional brew doesn’t spring to life often. More so, this sort of thing doesn’t happen to an average beer lover like me everyday.
A wait then ensued for the boys at The Scratch to tap Hop-X.
The day eventually came on Wednesday 8th May.
It was too late in the day for me, the doting father and husband, to tell Mrs 250 Beers that I was making a (potentially long) detour on the way home especially as one of the mini 250 Beers is very poorly at the moment. Instead, I dashed over to Park Road to try some the day after.
I wasn’t going to miss out on this as I’d been waiting for over a week!
For a low alcohol IPA, Hop-X is very tasty indeed. It provides a great bitterness too thanks, in part, to the Cluster hops. Hop-X is actually a toned down version of the beer that Wade is releasing at the forthcoming Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) later this month in Melbourne. The ramped up (albeit only by 0.5% abv) version is called Cluster F#ck. Look out for it if you’re going to GABS!
Now, time to start thinking about 1st April next year…