May 13, 2014 by 250 Beers
I was rather late in posting details of my unique beer consumption for the month of February. The same thing has happened again for March’s intake of uniqueness. It’s now May and I really ought to have been publishing this very post at the beginning of April however, due to crazy-busy family, work and social schedules things have been somewhat manic to say the least.
Here goes then. A quick (yeah right) run-down of the eighty-four beers that were new to my palate in March. Yes, eighty bloody four. My excuse is that Brewsvegas happened. Incidentally, seventy were Australian brewed.
The week of Brewsvegas actually accounted for fifty-two of the eighty-four. No less than twenty-one of them were brewed at Bacchus Brewing in Capalaba. They were the four Burrow beers launched at The Burrow namely Hoptometrist IPA (7.1%), Party Pils (5.1%), The Hoppire Strikes Back black IPA (6.7%) and Trevor – a 6.6% oatmeal stout. The Burrow also played host to a Bacchus tap take-over which featured Death Star imperial IPA (12.3%), Leidenschaft Berliner Weisse (3.0%), Rogue Ninja imperial black IPA (12.5%) and Snickers brown ale (5.0%) which, of course, tasted like the chocolate bar formerly known as Marathon.
Four Beers Of Brisbane (BOB) that were launched at a Brewski event came from Bacchus tanks. These were a brown ale called Bobby Brown (6.5%), a delicious cream ale named Bob Clapton (5.8%), Golden Bob imperial pale ale (7.2%) and a 5.4% American pale ale called Little Bob.
The Untappd competition/event at Tippler’s Tap consisted of ten contender beers with four of them having been brewed under Bacchus’ roof – Vanilla Turkey Stout (5.8%) by Toybox Brewery, King Brown’s Ryerish Red (4.3%), Bacchus’ own barrel aged imperial stout War & Peat (11.5%) and a chocolate orange witbier called Jaffa Wit (5.7%) – a collaborative effort by Jack from The Westbender and myself. I’m still numb after Jaffa Wit came second to War & Peat by one measly vote! Well done once again to Ross & Co.
The final five of my twenty-one beers from Capalaba include Toybox’s Rye IPA (6.5%) and four of Bacchus’ own: wet hopped London IPA (6.5%), Nelson Sauvin Summer Ale (5.4%), Yummy Mummy Rocky Road (5.5%) and Wade’s IPA (7.8%) which I assume was a keg leftover (or left behind) by 4 Hearts supremo Wade Curtis?!
The following thirty-one beers make up the rest of my unique beer intake from the Brewsvegas week; All Inn’s strong ale Caxton Street Cock Punch (5.9%), Beard and Brau’s Double Red Tail (6.2%), Beavertown’s black IPA Black Betty (7.4%), Brew Cult’s Beer Geek Rage Quit (5.5%) and Keep On Truckin’ (5.8%), Bridge Road’s collaboration with Nogne O for a second incarnation of Aurora Borealis (9.2%), also their 7.7% collab. with Birra Del Borgo – Non E Un Limone (Bergamot IPA), Chilli’d Hillbilly (6.8%) by Brisbane Brewing Co., Cavalier/Brewtal’s Midknight Mongrel (5.5%), Ekim Brewing’s Viking IPA (6.2%), Feral Brewing’s Barrel Fermented Hog IPA (5.8%), Barrique O’Karma black IPA (6.5%) and Nice Guy Dud Root brown ale (4.9%), Fortitude Brewing Co.’s Bright Ale (2.8%), Grifter’s Iron Wizard black IPA (6.4%), Hipwood Brewery’s Hills Hefe (5.1%), Midnight Porter (6.5%) and Red Eye (4.6%), The Rule of Three single batch from Little Creatures, Jukebox Hero IPA (7.0%) by Moon Dog, Mornington’s Mosaic IPA (5.5%), Saison (6.0%) and White IPA (6.3%), Newstead Brewing’s The Canberra (Brown) Rye Beer (5.6%), Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.’s Urban IPA (5.5%), Two Birds’ Taco (6.0%), Simply Red (5.0%) by Young Henry’s, Moylan’s Tipperary Pale Ale (5.0%), Holgate’s 2014 version of Millennium Falcon (10.0%), 8 Wired’s Semiconductor Session IPA (4.4%) and last but by no means least the official Brewsvegas Brew (2014) by Green Beacon – a 4.6% sessionable, pale wheat beer.
Noisy Minor celebrated their first year in existence with a second Shout. You can read more here if you like. The day and night were long as a few bloggers (me included) and one brewer couldn’t contain their excitement that Brewsvegas was the next day and so went a little bit overboard. Here are the thirteen unique beers that I happened upon on that Noisy day of Brewsvegas eve; Noisy Minor were responsible for eight – Admiral Ackbar imperial red ale (8.5%), Bad Wolf IPA (8.8%), Bellini (5.7%), Bete Noire (5.9%), a Baltic porter named Dorian Gray (8.2%), Negroni (4.8%), Roggen Josh (5.7%) and Zeppelin a 4.6% Kellerbier. The other five were Green Beacon’s Red’s Dead (5.0%), Hercules Double IPA (10.0%) by Great Divide Brewing Co., Doctor’s Orders Black Lung (7.6%), Cavalier’s Brown Ale (5.0%) and Drink’in The Sun ’13 (1.9%) by Mikkeller.
I’d given Kieran from The Scratch a lift back to Brisbane after the Stone & Wood brew day weekender in Byron. I dropped him off at the bar as they were preparing for a tap take-over by South Australia’s Clare Valley Brewing Co. It made sense for me to loiter. I managed to try the Bull’s Eye pale ale (4.5%), King Kong stout (6.0%) and the red ale called Ranga Tang (4.5%). They were all solid beers but my pick was the red ale mainly because of the malt bill. Highly sessionable. Biscuity. Delicious.
An afternoon during March saw Anna from Lock, Stock & Barrel/Mountain Goat and I venture up to Brisbane’s north for a few ‘business meetings’. First up was my first ever visit to Portabella where I enjoyed a Sunshine Coast The Coal Miner (2.5%). Our next visit was to Eaton’s Hill Hotel for a pre-Beerfest chat with manager Keith. We chatted all things beer and beer festivals over a Coors Blue Moon Belgian White (5.4%) that I quite enjoyed despite its bad press amongst beer geeks.
A nightcap of Doctor’s Orders Prescription 12 (7.6%) – a splendid Belgian black IPA – happened at Newstead Brewing Co. after an evening with Moo Brew at Five Flavours.
The aftermath of our World’s Greatest Shave event in March included Edge Brewing Project’s Rakau NZ Wheat (6.0%) and a Clout Stout (11.0%) by Nail Brewing. These beers probably weren’t needed after one too many Hair of the Blog IIPAs that night.
This leaves eleven beers to rattle through. They were all cans or bottles consumed within the comforts of 250 Beers HQ during a very busy March. There’s no rest for the wicked…
4 Pines Calypso (5.0%) didn’t excite me as much as previous Keller Door releases. Brash The Bollocks (12.0%) – a double IPA from Mercury Brewing – was, well, quite simply ‘the bollocks’. Also, from Mercury who can do no wrong in my opinion was Clown Shoes Galactica IPA (8.0%). Probably the best raspberry ale that’s ever tickled my fancy occurred in March – it was from a bottle by Founders and called Rübæus (5.7%) – not too tart and not too sweet.
Killer Sprocket hit Brisbane with their wares in March. I tried a 500ml bottle of the much-anticipated Bandit (4.8%). As much as I enjoy peat and smoked beers this one didn’t win me over. It was too thin and watery. At the opposite end of the scale of goodness was Mountain Goat’s rare breed – India Red Ale (6.6%). Its hue was a very attractive red indeed with an extremely pleasant, bitter mouthfeel.
For some reason Pot Kettle Black (6.0%) – Yeastie Boys’ black IPA – and I had avoided each other for quite some time. Our paths finally crossed during March and I’m glad they did because it now sits way up there as one of my favourite black IPAs.
Finally, it’s an Aussie. Sample Brewing’s Pale Ale (4.7%) which coincidentally was actually a sample (or more so a gift) from a friend. No offence to said friend but I found it way too astringent for a pale.
Well, that’s it for March’s wrap-up. April’s should be along right behind this one. Maybe.