February 13, 2015 by 250 Beers
We’re all part of a good thing here in Australia. We’re all riding this surge of craft beer that sees its stature grow year on year. More and more bars are stocking the good stuff because more and more people want to drink it. Praise be. Will we ever hear small talk where craft beer isn’t a minority? Who knows.
What we are witnessing is the age of the collaboration where the efforts of brewers joining forces appears ever so commonplace. Brewers are constantly coming up with new ideas for one-off ‘collabs’ in order for it to succeed – or at least grab the interest of the paying public.
Newstead Brewing Co seem to have made a name for themselves as the Kings of Collab. Since the brewery’s inception in December 2013, the brewers there have opened their arms to combine with other brewers/breweries for a total of 19 different beers – 10 of which will be unveiled during Brewsvegas.
One local collaboration for Brewsvegas that will stop many Australian beer lovers in their tracks is the joint efforts by James Squire and Newstead Brewing Co. – a first for the established Lion brand.
James Squire and Newstead Brewing to collaborate in world first.
For the first time in brewing history, James Squire is going to collaborate with another brewery to produce an exciting brew for the upcoming Brewsvegas festival.
As part of this year’s beer festival, Brewsvegas, James Squire’s Brewhouse The Charming Squire and Newstead Brewing Co will work together to come up with a modern twist on the traditional Black and Tan brewing style.
Originally from England around 1889, the Black and Tan style is a blend of pale beer with a dark beer. The two beers are brewed to complement each other, once poured together in one glass.
Newstead Brewing Co will brew the tan and The Charming Squire will create the black.
The Charming Squire brewer Rob Freshwater said this was the first time in history that James Squire had collaborated, but they couldn’t think of a better brewery than the local team at Newstead Brewing Co to work with.
Mr Freshwater said the team had acquired an old bourbon wooden barrel to brew the dark ale and to provide extra flavour.
“We’re really excited about this project and creating a quirky but delicious Black and Tan style beer,” Mr Freshwater said. “We have a great working relationship with the team at Newstead Brewing Co. who assisted us when we were first setting up the brewery at The Charming Squire.”
Both breweries began brewing the dark and pale ales this week in time for Brewsvegas, which is a week-long beer festival from March 21-28.
Newstead Brewing Co’s Mark Howes said the team have some great plans for their pale beer and will be looking forward to the unveiling in March.
“We really enjoy collaborative brews and working together with other brewers,” Mr Howes said. “The craft brewing industry is rather small and we all work together and bounce ideas of each other on a regular basis.
I am really looking forward to creating this traditional style and love the idea of customers getting involved in blending their beers together to make the ultimate drop.”
The name of the beer is still a work in progress and will be unveiled at The Charming Squire on Monday March 23 as part of the Brewsvegas schedule of exciting events.
To learn more about the festival and getting tickets to the unveiling of the collaborative beer visit brewsvegas.com.