July 14, 2013 by 250 Beers
I went over to Archive last Friday night, the eve of Queensland Beer Week. It’s a bit out of the way for me but I attended for a number of reasons:
There was a tap take-over by Bridge Road Brewers (reason enough right?).
There were at least three new beers on tap that I’d never tried before.
Ben Kraus (owner/head brewer) from Bridge Road Brewers was going to be there.
Who doesn’t like to end the working week on a high note?
I arrived in West End around 4.45pm to find Archive semi-busy for a Friday. I’d already tweeted local resident and fellow Brisbane beer blogger, The Westbender, to see if he was going to be in attendance. He sure was – with girlfriend in tow.
The three of us shared an hour or so of idle beer-related chit-chat during which I managed to put away a Bridge Road B2 Bomber Mach 3 (8.5%) which was only launched that day and a Bridge Road Victoria’s High Country Brewery Trail Tripel Rule 47 (8.2%) before it was time to go our separate ways. Those two beers were worth every metre that I took going out of my way to be in West End. Fantastic! Note to self: stock up on bottles of B2 Bomber Mach 3 when they arrive in Brisbane.
I couldn’t leave without having one more beer so, as Mr and Mrs Westbender, headed for Next Door Cellars (the appropriately named bottle shop next door) for a few purchases to consume at home, I nestled myself in at the bar trying to catch the eye of bar staff. I got served and opted for a Bridge Road New Sydney Best Little Elixir when I realised that none other than Mr Bridge Road Brewers himself, Ben Kraus, was standing next to me.
Trying not to lose it like a teenage girl faced with Justin Bieber, I chatted to Ben for about 15 minutes or so as the Imperial Pilsner drained from my Archive-enscribed glassware. I have a lot of respect for brewers that will stand in unfamiliar surroundings and chat to random beer loving blokes like me especially those with a cockney twang (and it’s a twang that becomes more prominent after three beers).
That evening at Archive was never going to be a big night out for me. It was a great way to wind down on a Friday, enjoy some new beers and gear up for a beer-fuelled week ahead.
Oh, and as for Ben, what a lovely geezer.