October 15, 2014 by 250 Beers
There are a few things in life that this blogging malarkey has enabled me to do. Things that I probably wouldn’t have done had it not been for some online scribble here and there. One of those things is being involved in brewing commercial beer – beer for retail – beer that will be tapped for many to enjoy at their favourite bars in Brisbane and, in the case of Stone & Wood’s 2014 Stone Beer, throughout Australia.
Brewing beer gets me a little bit excited. There are a number of reasons why I can’t/won’t attempt home brewing so when an opportunity to get involved on a larger scale arises I tend to jump at the chance. Picture an excited, juvenile Jack Russell bouncing ridiculously at a piece of food dangling from its owners hand just out if reach. That’s me when somebody says “Hey, Daz. Fancy brewing a beer?”
My fifth such opportunity arose a few weeks ago. Actually, that’s not strictly true. The idea had been on the cards for quite some time but the actual brew day occurred a couple of weeks ago.
After the success of raising more than $5,000 for Leukaemia back in March via an official head shaving event, a few of us that were directly involved in that project wanted to do something for charity again.
There’s no denying that it feels good doing something for others and it feels even better when beer is involved.
Up stepped Mark Howes from Newstead Brewing Co (NBCo) who, over a beer somewhere, proceeded to invite myself and fellow beer drinker/socialite extraordinaire, Luke Shield, to brew a beer with him at Newstead. Luke and I didn’t give Mark the chance to finish his sentence before we both started the incessant Jack Russell routine.
The timing of our brew day and subsequent ferment will coincide with Movember – an annual, international event which involves the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancers.
Us bros are going to be raising some dollars with our mos…and not just facial hair (thank goodness because I sprout little more than a handful of whiskers). You see, the beer is called MO. Simply MO. We’ll be raising cash with our MO. Or should that read ‘We’ll be raising MOney with our MO‘? The MO word association will get tedious from here on in I promise.
We threw a shit load of beer name suggestions up in the air. Some ideas were funny, some were just stupid and, well, shite. So, we settled on MO. ‘GeroniMO‘ is still my personal favourite.
The beer is an IPL (India Pale Lager) that should weigh in around the 6.0% abv mark. It features Munich and Maris Otter malts plus Malted Oats, Marzen Oktoberfest yeast as well as MOsaic and MOtueka hops. Magnum hops (as in Magnum PI as in Tom Selleck as in hairy face) were on the cards too but deemed a little too ridiculous!
As expected, the brew day was great fun. Luke and I did all the hard yards whilst the technical stuff was handled by resident geeks Mark, Gav (Croft) and Jarrett Bravo (Bravs did the head shave with us as well). There was plenty of time for MOnkeying around when the boss wasn’t looking. Luke’s slightly inappropriate footwear was my focal point and immediate target for dampening with a hose. In fact, I seem to recall a good few seconds of high pressure H20 gushing down his exposed arse crack on one occasion.
A good day.
Of course, my utmost gratitude goes to Mark and the team at NBCo for letting us play with their shiny stainless steel for the day.
So, how are we turning the MOnotony of a brew day into cash for others? Well…
…as well as raising MOney through our official ‘Team Newstead Brewing Mo’ MOvember page online, there will be a special tapping of a MO Karma Keg at Brisbane’s Woolly MamMOth Alehouse some time in November. For those unsure what a Karma Keg is then please allow me to explain: A brewery donates a keg of beer free of charge to a venue. That venue then taps it allowing punters to pay whatever they want for a serving. The money taken and accumulated over the bar during the course of the kegs’ existence goes straight to the chosen charity. Easy huh?!
Yes, some MOrons will buy a glass of Karma Keg beer for $1. This isn’t acceptable in my book. The unwritten rule is that you pay slightly more than you would usually because it’s for charity.
Mark, Luke and I would really appreciate your support so please stay tuned for further details and announcements regarding the karma keg of MO. In the mean time you can donate or even join Team Newstead Brewing Mo by clicking HERE.