June 27, 2013 by 250 Beers
After the lacklustre Game 1 of Beer of Origin (BoO) where I declared the game a draw due to both state representatives performing poorly, this round proved a little bit more interesting and appetising…
You see, whilst checking out the online tap list for The Scratch yesterday, I spotted that they had inadvertently tapped two beers from NSW and two beers from QLD. This, of course, coincided nicely with the second NRL State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium which is just about within shouting distance of The Scratch’s Park Road dwelling (if you shout really loud).
When I say ‘inadvertently’ I really do mean ‘inadvertently’. The boys at The Scratch hadn’t realised what they’d done until some sad blogger off the street informed them.
The aim of the game for BoO is that I put beers from their state of origin up against each other. Queensland beer versus New South Wales beer. Simple. Being an Englishman (or ‘British’ as it says on my passport) I have no bias towards either state. I couldn’t really give two hoots who wins State of Origin. Now, there’s a very
English British phrase.
The Scratch provided me with a dilemma. Which two of the four beers should I choose to take part in BoO Game 2? Quashing the problem quickly, I decided that I’d better drink all four…especially considering that the beers on offer weren’t really comparable to each other.
The first beer to compete was Edward Pale Ale (5.0%) from Grifter (NSW). I do love a good pale ale and this really is a bloody decent pale ale. Nothing about it was negative. I’ve heard good things about Grifter Brewing Co. and this beer certainly backed those claims. It was very light on the palate with an underlying fruitiness. Very sessionable indeed.
My second beer was Brew Am I – the Young Henry’s (NSW) collaboration with Aussie band You Am I. It’s another pale ale and another at 5.0%. Again, I was having trouble faulting this drop. It, too, would be a good session beer with a very enjoyable bitter, citrus aftertaste. Served very cold it’s a must if you see it on tap anywhere.
The third beer was Glasshouse Rauch (6.1%) from Sunshine Coast Brewery (QLD). I’ve heard and read about the Rauch style of beer but never had the pleasure of drinking one. That changed yesterday when this delightful drop made its way down my throat. In German, the word ‘Rauch’ translates to ‘smoke’ in English. Quite simply, it tastes like bacon. I love bacon. I now love Rauch beers. As this was my first Rauch, I couldn’t compare it to any previous but it was absolutely fantastic! Liquid smokey bacon.
Last up, and off the hand-pump, was Fruit & Nut Stout (7.3%) from Bacchus Brewing (QLD). Holy shit! I could have sat on this all day long. Glass after glass. The beers that Ross and the boys at Bacchus continue to brew make me sit back in amazement. I confess to not having consumed as many of their varieties as I would like but each and every one that I have had are superb. This stout is no different. On the nose, there’s Cadbury’s fruit and nut. All around my mouth was Cadbury’s fruit and nut. The aftertaste was heavily driven by Cadbury’s fruit and nut. Genius, boys. Genius.
Queensland won bragging rights in State of Origin 2 by beating New South Wales by 26 points to 6. It was very one-sided. What about Beer of Origin…?
As I mentioned above, these four beers weren’t really comparable. However, the ‘lack of bland from Queensland’ definitely outweighed the ‘pales from New South Wales’. In terms of flavour, Queensland wins BoO Game 2. Yes, the pales were very good but the flavoursome goodness from Sunshine Coast and Bacchus got Queensland over the line with ease.
Game 3 of BoO will take place on July 17th….in the midst of Queensland Beer Week.