Beer: 114/365. Beer: Old Man Yells at Cloud. Brewery: Old Wives Ales @oldwivesales Thornbury VIC. ABV: 6.5%. Style: NEIPA From: @hops_and_vine_australian Comments: pours thick and juicy looking as you would expect from a NEIPA. Almost apricot coloured with a full, frothy head. Soft yeasty and fruity notes on the nose. The palate is bold and fruity, with a slight bitterness. Juicy citrus notes and a balanced bitterness to the finish. Quite full in the mouth but bright enough on the tongue, with a clean finish that still makes it refreshing. I like it!!
Beer: 113/365. Beer: Mayday Hills 100% Brettanomyces Ale Fermented with local Elderflowers. Brewery: Bridge Road Brewers @nakedned Beechworth VIC. ABV: 6.0%. Style: 100% Brettanomyces Ale Fermented with local Elderflowers. From: direct from the brewery. Comments: pours a mid straw colour with a frothy head that dissipated quickly. Quite funky on the nose. First mouthful is bright and big on the elderflower flavour. The elderflower is quite distinct, but underneath you can get a bit of funkiness. I’m not 100% sure about this one. I generally love the Mayday series but I’m just not certain that the elderflower is a flavour I enjoy......it does become more balanced as your palate adjusts, but for me, I think I would lean toward one of the other beers in the Mayday series. From the Label: A refreshing ale brewed with locally foraged elderflowers. The elderflowers in this beer have been handpicked from various fence lines, gardens and backyards around Beechworth. We added these fresh aromatic flowers to the boil instead of late hop additions.
Beer: 112/365. Beer: Thunder Lips. Brewery: Moon Dog Craft Brewery @moondogbrewing Abbotsford VIC. ABV: 6.3%. Style: Yuzu Red IPA. From: @nillumbikcellars Comments: pours a deep caramel amber with a moderate head that dissipated quickly. Sweet malt on the nose. Lots of sweetness from the malt on the palate that is balanced with a good level of hops and some bitterness at the finish. I’m loving the sweet toffee flavours at the front of the palate. I actually didn’t think I would like this one, but it’s pretty damn good, maybe more of a share beer for me, but I would certainly go back for another. From the Label: Thunder Lips is here in the flesh, baby. A beer who calls itself the ultimate object of desire. The punch of zesty yuzu. The thwack of citrusy hops. The one, the only, Thunder Lips.
Verdant - Roy, I want a Hilux - APA 5.5%ABV
Had this a few weeks back when I was in Leeds and loved it, so when I spotted this in my local I had to buy it.
At £6 a can it ain't no money saver, but I'm happy to pay aslong as I know its a good one.
I find myself more and more recently trying to steer away from beers that are £5+
Beer: 111/365. Beer: Celery Salt Hippy. Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing @8wiredbrewing Warkworth NZ. ABV: 4.0%. Style: Gose. From: on tap @craftkitchenandbar Comments: pours pale straw with minimal head. The aroma is straight up fresh celery....all celery! The fresh celery flavour comes through strongly on the palate but is then balanced by a saltiness. The big celery flavours lessen with subsequent mouthfuls and balance more delicately with the saltiness. The finish is actually quite creamy, still clean, but not as crisp as I had expected. Just new on tap @craftkitchenandbar replacing my last go to which was the pineapple and mint gose. I think I’m happy with this and pretty sure I’ll make a fair dent in the keg. I’m just about to head back for number 2. From the Label: I could find any information on this one as it’s a limited release, but from what I can tell it’s a part of their Hippy Berliner Weisse range....maybe called a Gose because of the addition of salt??
Beer: Beer 110/365. Beer: Blowhard Pale Ale. Brewery: Bright Brewery @brightbrewery Bright VIC. ABV: 5.0%. Style: American Pale Ale From: direct from the brewery Comments: pours a dark amber with a small head that dissipated quickly. Sweet malt aromas. Initial mouthful is quite bright (see what I did there), balanced malt with a good level of hops that doesn’t leave a residual bitterness. A very clean finish. I’m not normally a big fan of APAs but I actually quite like this one! Would definitely drink more. From the Label: Big tropical and fresh citrus hop aromas explode from the glass as you pour our American style pale ale. The first sip will reveal juicy passion fruit, lychee and peach hop flavours backed up by a firm, smooth bitterness. This thirst quenching APA takes it name from Mt Blowhard near Bright, a majestic beast of a mountain which braces itself against the wildest alpine weather, inspiring the local mountain biking crew as they tear around the trails below.
Beer: 109/365. Beer: Pineapple Sour Ale. Brewery: Bad Shepherd Brewing Co @badshepherdbrewingco Cheltenham VIC. ABV: 4.0%. Style: Sour Ale. From: @nillumbikcellars Comments: pours a very pale straw colour with a frothy head that drops quickly. Nose is a beautiful tart sour with some hints of fruit. First mouthful is so delicate, balanced pineapple tartness up front that finishes very quickly and super cleanly, only a very slight pineapple taste lingering for a short time. Very clean, very delicate, very drinkable. It’s a beautiful arvo in Melbourne, I’m sitting on my balcony....I could drink 14 of these...!!! From the Label: Firstly, this is part of the Brew Crew Series 05 and is by Tracey (The Office Guru). Tracey is our office guru and bean-counter but she’s taken a break from that to produce an amazing Pineapple Sour Ale, with an aroma reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc and a taste that’s tart and refreshing. None of our suppliers have been paid in weeks, and neither have our staff, but we think the end justifies the means.
Beer: 108/365. Beer: Juicy IPA. Brewery: 3 Ravens Brewing Co. @3ravensbrewery Thornbury VIC ABV: 6%. Style: New England IPA. From: @nillumbikcellars Comments: Pours a hazy mid straw colour with a medium head that dissipated quickly. Big, fruity hop aromas. First mouthful delivers big on the expected hops and citrus, with some moderate malt creaminess that is then balanced with a bitterness at the end. NEIPAs aren’t generally my favourite style but I have to say that this is a pretty drinkable beer, quite juicy and not overly bitter. From the Label: An intentionally hazy “New England” IPA featuring protein rich triticale and oats, fruity yeast and a cult line up of postmodern hop varieties added judiciously for palate-coating breakfast juice vibes.
Beer: 107/365. Beer: Citray Sour. Brewery: La Sirène @lasirenebrewing Alphington VIC. ABV: 4.5%. Style: Farmhouse Style Sour. From: @nillumbikcellars Comments: pours a light honey colour with minimal head. Aromas of citrus and sourness, with a little bit of funk. Bright on the palate with some initial funk before big and juicy citrus kicks in and finishes with a moderate tart finish. This is so refreshing and I just love the big and juicy fruitiness from this one. Would gladly drink a few more of these!
Beer: 106/365. Beer: Palate Trip. Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing Co @8wiredbrewing Warkworth NZ. ABV: 6.5%. Style: Sour India Pale Ale. From: @hops_and_vine_australian Comments: pours a hazy honey colour with a frothy head that drops quickly. Sourness and hops on the nose. The palate delivers big on flavour with some initial fruitiness and punchy sourness. There is no residual bitterness, just big juicy fruit and a delicious tartness. I love this very much!!! From the Label: on the face of it this is a pretty standard IPA. But we have soured it and thereby balanced the fruity sweetness with acidity instead of bitterness, which turns it in to something completely different. Sour, fruity, juicy and very, very trippy!
Beer: 105/365. Beer: Guava Smash. Brewery: Stomping Ground Brewing Co @stompinggroundbrewingco Collingwood VIC. ABV: 4.2%. Style: Gose. From: thanks to @kristibiezaite who picked this one up from @no.threeofour for me! Comments: pours such a beautiful hazy pale straw colour with a nice frothy head. So much bright fruit and acidity on the nose. The palate is smoother and less acidic than expected when considering the nose, big fruity guava notes are prevalent and that fruitiness definitely lingers on the palate. There’s a powerful underlying saltiness that is very pleasant against the big fruit notes. This is sooooo refreshing, what a shame Melbourne’s weather has turned to sh*t. Imagine drinking this last week when it was 30 degrees (heaven!!). Bad weather or not, this beer is a must! From the Label: This super fresh guava lovin’ brew is just the right blend of salt and sour. Like the last rays of sunshine. Catch it before it Gose.
Review 463: @sirencraftbrew / @hillfarmstead LIMONCELLO IPA (Double IPA) 9.0% ABV : pours a mid golden, semi-clear, and a small quickly vanishing head
: bundles of lemon on the nose, sweet malt, and some grapefruit
: slightly viscous mouthfeel, with low carbonation. Massive flavours too: as expected tonnes of sweet lemon, but also some pine, passion fruit, sherbert & mild bitterness
: long sweet finish
VERDICT: wasn’t sure I was going to like this but I loved it. Nice variation on a DIPA, and it works! Lovely
Review 462: @omnipollo SELASSIE (Imperial Stout with Ethiopian Coffee & Vanilla Beans) 11.0% ABV : thick, dark and black pour
: sweet vanilla and roasted coffee aroma with a bitter edge
: thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Flavours: starts with rich and deep roasted Malts and sweet caramel, followed up with bitter coffee, roast nuts and some red berries
: equally bitter and sweet coffee finish
VERDICT: lovely, I’ve sat on this for a while. Whereas it’s not the best impy stout I’ve ever had t was certainly high up. Lovely mouthfeel and the coffee and sweetness are so well balanced
Review 461: @beardediris DOUBLE SCATTERBRAIN (Double IPA) 8.0% ABV : pours a semi-clear bright and rich golden with a small white head
: intense tropical aroma of passion fruit and pineapple with tonnes of pine
: medium mouthfeel, fine carbonation. Tonnes of flavour here, especially massively punchy bitter pine, dank pineapple, some papaya, a bit of mango and some grass
: grassy finish with bitter grapefruit
VERDICT: not my preferred style of DIPA, but this was bloody good nonetheless. Will be searching out for Bearded Iris from now on
Beer: 104/365. Beer: Oatmeal Stout. Brewery: Bad Shepherd Brewing Co. @badshepherdbrewingco Cheltenham VIC. ABV: 5.5%. Style: Oatmeal Stout. From: @nillumbikcellars Comments: I’m pretty sure it’s almost snowing in Melbourne today....so a dark beer is a must and after doing Bad Shepherd tastings at @nillumbikcellars yesterday, it seems like this is meant to be. Pours a deep dark black/brown with a small caramel head. Malt and a slight coffee bitterness on the nose. It is rich and full in the mouth, with a smoothness and balanced bitterness. Not overly toasty, nor overly sweet, this is a nice drop. This was unfortunately in my fridge, I think I would’ve preferred it cellar or even room temperature today. This was the standout for me from the tasting yesterday. From the Label: Put away the breakfast smoothies. Want a meal in liquid form? Here it is. There’s no spinach, chia seeds or saliva of a Pygmy hippopotamus. But you won’t care once you realise how well toasted oats, roasted barley and chocolate malts combine to produce a dark beer with a tan head and a creamy mouthfeel.
303/365 - León Con Hambre - Strange Brewing Company. #365birras
Para mi, una de las birras del momento. Uno de los mejores descubrimientos sin dudas. “León con hambre” es en realidad el nombre fantasía de una NEIPA. Para arrancar, es un estilo muy poco explotado por los cerveceros acá, así que es raro que te encuentres con una New England IPA .
La verdad que esta birra me encanta. No se bien cómo describirla porque es un boom de sabores pero vamos a intentarlo: De aspecto algo turbio, con poca pero contundente y persistente espuma está birra tiene aromas cítricos a primera instancia pero con toques dulces finales. En boca pasa algo similar, pero invertido. Primero sentimos lo más frutal y dulce con toques de anana y un poquito de banana pero al final se siente el power cítrico con un toque de pomelo. Lo que está claro es que con una copa no alcanza para descifrarla y que te vas a quedar con ganas de pedir una. Este cronista dicen que se tomó tres al hilo por razones netamente exploratorias e informativas para este espacio 🤪
Beer: 103/365. Beer: Chocolate Stout. Brewery: White Rabbit @whiterabbit_brewery Geelong VIC. ABV: 5.6% Style: Stout. From: direct from the brewery, thanks to Maris @robetownbrewery for picking these babies up for me. Comments: pours chocolatey and stouty (I.e dark)! A small caramel head. Chocolate, malt and coffee on the nose. Very smooth and dark on the palate with notes of chocolate and subtle coffee bitterness. Overall so very enjoyable and not as big as expected. An easy drink for a dark beer. I could drink many of these! From the Label: in the making of this stout we delicately blended premium brandy along with rich, complex Pana Chocolate cacao. Both were added late in the brewing process to produce a smooth, velvety stout with distinct chocolate undertones.....perfect for Easter.
Beer: 102/365. Beer: Altocumulus Dry Hopped Blueberry Berliner Weisse. Brewery: Sailors Grave Brewing @sailorsgravebrewing Orbost VIC. ABV: 4.0%. Style: Dry hopped Berliner Weisse. From: @nillumbikcellars Comments: Well after a blueberry beer yesterday, I felt compelled to do another...this one pours such a remarkable deep red colour with a frothy head that dissipated quickly. A sweetness to the nose. The palate is so beautifully bright and tart and super refreshing. The finish is quite clean and dry with a slight earthiness. This is beer that I could drink everyday. All the yum!!! From the Label: Amarillo and Cascade dry hopped Berliner Weisse made with a heap of local blueberries picked by us and brewed with love.
Beer: 101/365. Beer: Mayday Hills 100% Brettanomyces Ale Fermented with Blueberries. Brewery: Bridge Road Brewers @nakedned Beechworth VIC. ABV: 6.5%. Style: Brettanomyces Farmhouse Ale. From: direct from the brewery. Comments: pours an amber with slight pink tones, with a moderate frothy head that lasted. Very yeasty on the nose. Big flavours on the palate, definitely earthy funk that you would expect from a Farmhouse, along with a dry fruitiness in the finish. No sweetness and only a very slight tartness, this beer seems to be all about the big, bold Farmhouse notes, balanced with some delicate blueberry notes. I felt initially that it was too Farmhouse and not fruity enough for me, but after several mouthfuls it seems to balance and becomes quite an enjoyable beer. I would drink this one again. * many blueberries were eaten in the taking of this photo....From the Label: 100% Brettanomyces Ale made with locally grown berries sourced from the Ovens Valley.
Beer: 100/365. Beer: Duck Hunter. Brewery: Left Barrel Brewing @leftbarrelbrewing Balhannah SA. ABV: 4.2%. Style: Pale Ale. From: @belairfinewines Comments: pours a slightly hazy amber with a good frothy head. Nice amount of hops and malt on the nose. Palate is bright and hoppy with only a little bitterness. Malt is strong enough to balance the hoppiness. The finish is a combination of bright bitterness and a touch of malty sweetness. Oh so easy to drink, my style of pale ale!! Awesome art work by @alphamanta ..... brilliant as always.
Come one and come all! This beer right here is no freaking joke and demands to have all eyes on it.
While, ORVAL is not new to the states as it has a history with us for over 30 years, it is still worth talking about. It is a deep orange color, with a white head and smells of fruit and mild acidity. It has a lot of earthiness malt charcters with a tart backbone finishing pretty dry.
I was so mind blown, such a different beer from what I have had in a while. I guess it would have to be thanks to the yeast strain Brettanomyces. I'm ready for more complex brews for sure. Cheers!
Beer: 99/365. Beer: Hop Tart Dark Cherry. Brewery: Holgate Brewhouse @holgatebeer Woodend VIC. ABV: 4.6%. Style: semi-sour pale with seasonal dark cherries. From: off tap from the brewery. Comments: pours a pretty amber with a hint of pink with a medium head that dissipated quickly. Slight sour, yeasty aromas. Very light sourness on the palate, I would classify this as an entry level sour, so if your not a sour fan or have yet to delve into the realm of sour beers, don’t be scared of this one! Definitely a gateway sour beer!! The cherries lend a slight dryness and dark tartness to the finish. Very refreshing!! I like this one, great thirst quencher on a day like today!!! From the Label (tasting notes): summer screams refreshing stone fruit and what better way to accentuate the refreshing light sourness of our Hop Tart semi-sour Pale Ale than with seasonal dark cherries.