July 6, 2014 by 250 Beers
To celebrate and commemorate the opening of their new Murwillumbah brewery, Stone & Wood have released a new beer called Cloud Catcher – named after Wollumbin – a local geographical icon. Otherwise known as Mt Warning, Wollumbin is the Indigenous word for ‘cloud catcher’. Cloaked in an early morning mist, the landmark features on the simple bottle label.
Somewhere on social media last week I described the beer as ‘a grown-up Pacific Ale’. I don’t quite know what I meant other than the beer itself is reminiscent of Stone & Wood’s flagship. A Galaxy hop driven ale yet more solid, slightly more robust and with an increased alcohol content (Pacific Ale is 4.4 per cent versus Cloud Catcher at 5.5).
Cloud Catcher pours an attractive light amber colour and – as you would expect from a beer similar in build to Pacific Ale – there are strong tropical fruit aromas with a typical crisp passionfruit taste. There’s a tantalising medium bitterness to this beer that – in my opinion – is rather excellent. My taste buds were all “Gimme more, gimme more, gimme more!”
Two mouthfuls in and I could hear an imaginary, futuristic outcry in the coming months when stocks of Cloud Catcher become hard to find…
“Make this a permanent in your line-up Stone & Wood!”
The tasting notes in the press release suggest that Cloud Catcher ‘…just makes you want more.’ A bold statement but they’re not wrong. After drinking the sample that was kindly sent to me I went out the next day and bought more – like a weird zombie in a trance-like state.
Cloud Catcher is available now in 500ml bottles and kegs. Check the Stone & Wood beer finder to locate your nearest bar or stockist.
Catch one if you can!