May 8, 2014 by 250 Beers
The below article – written by me – was published on the 8th April 2014 on The Crafty Pint…
Mount Tamborine-based Noisy Minor, the raucous sibling of Fortitude Brewing, celebrated its first birthday recently with a second Noisy Minor Shout.
The first Shout occurred exactly a year prior as Ged Connors, Jim O’Connor and Ian Watson introduced a bus load of lucky passengers – consisting mainly of industry types – to eight of their new beers across four different Brisbane venues.
The birthday Shout followed a very similar pattern, although included this time around alongside the respected beer folk were a number of Brisbane’s beer loving public. A nice gesture to long-serving fans, perhaps?
Fortunate invitees gathered at The Scratch in Milton and were handed a Noisy Minor t-shirt, a program containing details of the impending eight beers and also a megaphone. The latter was a vital accessory as it contained eight beer tokens, each exchangeable for one beer throughout the afternoon.
Having witnessed co-owner Jim welcome everybody to proceedings whilst making his debut in public speaking, the 50-strong crowd then listened to Ian introduce the first two beers; Zeppelin – a 4.6 percent German Kellerbier that is ‘lighter than air’ and Bad Wolf – a bold 8.8 percent IPA.
It was then onto the 40-seater bus (yes, standing room only for some) for a ten minute jaunt across Brisbane to New Farm where Bitter Suite was the next stop. The two new Noisy Minor beers featured were Bellini – a peach sour wheat beer sitting at 5.7 percent – and Bete Noir, a 5.8 percent Belgian black with a fruity edge.
Bellini is the first of the brewing company’s Cocktail Series inspired ‘by the world of mixology and high-end spirits’. Each beer in the series will take on flavours and certain elements from its ‘cocktail muse’. The inspiration behind the Bellini brew is the white peach and Prosecco cocktail of the same name. During the winter months, Noisy Minor promises three more in the series: Manhattan – a red bourbon barrel cherry rye ale; Sazerac – a cognac barrel tripel with anise and wormwood; and Rob Roy – a whisky barrel peated Wee Heavy.
In true flash mob style, the throng vacated, climbed back on board their chariot and chugged two kilometres to Teneriffe where the Tippler’s Tap team was waiting outside to greet them with handshakes and two more beers. Negroni was the first – a 4.6 percent Botanical Orange Pilsener and the second of the Cocktail Series. It’s a nod to when Count Negroni requested that his Americano be stiffened with gin instead of soda water. The sixth new beer to launch was Admiral Ackbar – labelled as an ‘anti-imperial red ale’ yet weighs in at 8.5 percent. Some much welcomed sustenance was served at the Tippler’s tables for the jovial passengers in the form of hot chips, Buffalo wings and sliders.
Once everybody had been suitably refuelled, the bus then transported them to the fourth and final destination, Archive Beer Boutique in Brisbane’s West End, where the seventh and eighth newly-released brews were poured. These were Roggen Josh – a 5.7 percent Indian rye pale ale taking inspiration from traditional spices found in Indian dishes and finally, to wrap-up proceedings, Dorian Gray – an 8.2 percent Baltic Porter made an appearance. Sensibly, most party-goers retired for the day after eight beers as Brewsvegas kicked off the following day. It was a very relaxing and enlightening day that was enjoyed by all. There certainly couldn’t be a more fun and intriguing way of introducing eight new beers to a city!
Fortitude Brewing now resides at the former Mount Tamborine (MT) Brewery site with a planned re-launch of the facility penciled in for May 2014.