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Friday, May 20, 2011


No doubt there are quite a few nursing sore heads of a morning as we power through the many events that Good Beer Week has to offer. With ours officially kicking off last night, it was a great turnout & we are getting ready to do it all again on Sunday for another group of eager beer lovers. If you haven’t finalized your GBW plans, follow the link as there are still plenty of exciting events to choose from. In store, there are some brand spanking new arrivals this week both in bottles & for growler offering. Full details below.

Grand Ridge Whoa! Wet Hop Ale 330ml $5.50 – Brewed with oatmeal & experimental fresh hops thrown into the boil wet. Expect vibrant fruit aroma & creamy palate.
Van Dieman Hedgerow Autumn Berry Ale 500ml $13.50 – Harvest ale with English leanings but 6 week maturation on rose hips, sloe & hawthorn berries provide a unique twist.
Van Dieman White Hills Wit 330ml $4.50 – Belgian style wheat beer brewed with orange peel & coriander seeds, possessing light, subtle & refreshing citrus notes.
Van Dieman Ragged Jack Pale 330ml $4.50 – Classic English style pale ale, delicate floral hop aroma & earthy bitterness with a touch of malt to balance.
Van Dieman Jacobs Ladder Amber 330ml $4.50 – English style amber ale, rich caramel & toffee malt, with a touch of citrus fruit hop aroma.
Van Dieman Stacks Bluff Oatmeal Stout 330ml $4.50 - Smooth oatmeal stout possessing espresso notes subtle vanilla from the use of beans in the brew.

ACME California IPA 355ml $5.00 – West Coast IPA, biscuit & caramel malt backbone with robust hop character on nose & palate.
North Coast Red Seal Ale 355ml $4.00 – Very much in the US style, rich caramel & toffee malt with vibrant citrus fruit aroma & robust piney finish.
North Coast Pranqster 355ml $7.00 – Belgian style strong golden ale, subtle floral & fruity nose, a touch of malt sweetness & earthy/spicy hop & yeast character.
North Coast Le Merle 750ml $20.00 – Belgian style farmhouse ale, light & effervescent but exceptionally complex earthy spice hop & yeast notes are the showcase.
North Coast Brother Thelonius 355ml $8.50 – Belgian style strong dark ale, rich, slightly sweet caramel with dark fruit & spice notes.
North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout 355ml $6.50 – Highly acclaimed brew, in the Russian imperial stout style, exceptionally rich & robust but very well balanced.

A celebration of the brewery’s 500th brew batch & something very much left of centre, with seemingly everything but the kitchen sink thrown into the boil. As the old saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so to echo this sentiment brewer Ben has opted to use all manner of breakfast ingredients in this offering. The base beer is a roasty dark lager brewed with smoked malt, for subtle cured/smoked bacon notes while additions of coffee, tea, fruit toast, muesli, maple syrup & honey provide all you could ever want in brew. Despite what the name suggests, this brew is excellently balanced with all elements provide nuance & harmony. A crazily delightful concoction indeed!
If you don’t already have a growler, bottles are $15 each, while a fill of Bridge Rd Dog’s Breakfast is $25.00.

With the vision & guidance of some notable Melbourne beer loving folk, good beer week (GBW) is a new initiative celebrating all that is great about craft beer. Beer lovers around the city will be treated to an array of events at some of the best local beer venues.

Given the occasion we thought it apt to offer our most comprehensive, ambitious & overall exciting tasting session yet! You will be guided through the vast beer world, looking at offerings from old & new producers of both classic & obscure styles, comparing locally produced examples with those from abroad. Cheeses, dips, pastes & other tasty morsels will also be matched to compliment & contrast, providing a truly universal beer experience!

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Thursday, May 12, 2011


Its the calm before the storm, as beer lovers gear up for a big one with Good Beer Week just a matter of days away! As usual, we have plenty of exciting new stock hitting the shelves this week & the pending addition of another amazing North American brewery in time for GBW. We also have two brilliant new beers lined up for growlers, with one being tapped this weekend & the other available all week next week, just in time for the launch of our growler fill loyalty cards. Last but not least, our GBW tasting events are now full & promise to be great fun for those who got in early enough! Full details below.

8 Wired istout 500ml $15.00 – Second annual release of this amazing brew but first time hitting our shores. Robust, yet restrained with excellent dark roasted malt & hop balance.
Croucher Patriot American Black Ale 500ml $12.00 - A lot of buzz around this brew & a style that appears to be very much in vogue at the moment. Dark malt & heaps of hops.
Mike’s Organic Pilsner 330ml $7.00 – You just can’t knock a kiwi pilsner, vibrant floral & fruity hop aroma with grassy, spicy bitterness, who says lagers are boring?!
Mikes Organic Ale 330ml $7.00 – Essentially an English mild, light on abv but full on flavor. Rich malt without the heaviness & a touch of hop character to balance.
Mike’s Limited Release Organic IPA 750ml $29.00 – Many have been raving about this for a while now but don’t be fooled by the organic tag, this is a big, ballsy IPA!
Moo Brew Pilsner 330ml $5.00 – A few years since this offering has been available on the mainland. More traditional in style than most, with floral & earthy hop character.

Cittavecchia Karnera 375ml $10.50 – Italian craft beer tends to be quite underrated, with this robust stout showing great balance & elegance.

Orkney Dark Island Reserve 750ml $45.00 – One of my fav beers, strong ale aged in Dalmore whisky casks for 3 months. Amazing balance & complexity.
Orkney Dark Island 500ml $9.00 – Dark, rich & a deep complexity that belies its 4.5%abv package.
Orkney Dragonhead Stout 500ml $9.00 – Another great example of restraint, with a balanced & complex stout coming in at 4%abv.
Orkney Red MacGregor 500ml $9.00 – Traditional malt focused bitter of 4%abv.
Orkney Skullsplitter 330ml $7.00 – The benchmark for the scotch ale/wee heavy style, rich caramel/toffee malt, a touch of roast with dark fruit & spice, classic!
Meantime IPA 750ml $22.00 – Its back! This amazing IPA with its rich malt, floral/fruity hop aroma & robust earthy bitterness. Easy to see why this is much loved.
Meantime London Porter 750ml $22.00 – Sits in the shadows of their IPA somewhat but an equally amazing brew, rich caramel & chocolate fudge & some dark roast to balance.
Meantime Chocolate 330ml $8.00 – What's not to like here? Rich & dark with chocolate in spades.
Traquair Jacobite Ale 330ml $11.00 – Another of my all time favs. Rich, malty strong ale uniquely spiced with coriander seeds, attributing a delightful sweet spice character.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 330ml $7.50 – Much like all Sierra Nevada offerings this possesses amazing malt & hop balance, tilting ever so slightly towards a robust hop profile.

Over the years this gem hasn’t tended to travel too far from the brewery & given our proximity to Goat HQ, the same applies once more. Essentially an American inspired amber ale, rich caramel & toffee malt with copious amounts of new world hops added to the boil, so expect a vibrant fruity hop aroma with robust bitterness on the finish. A decent amount of weight on the palate, providing us with a nice cool weather hop fix but easy drinking enough to make a growler full a delight to drink! The keg will be tapped on Friday & once gone, its gone. If you don’t already have a growler, bottles are $15 each, while a fill of Mountain Goat Fancy Pants is $25.

If you know anything about us, you would be aware that our pricing is always very sharp, if not the best in the country. But that’s not to say that we should rest on our laurels & maintain the same old prices. On Wednesdays we will have a variety of deals on offer that will change as stock dictates. Hopefully giving you a chance to try those amazing beers, that ordinarily may be a tad out of your price range or even just the opportunity to pick up a great deal on your favorite craft beers. So swing by on Wednesdays to take full advantage. *DEALS ONLY RUN IN STORE ON WEDNESDAYS & CHANGE AS STOCK DICTATES. NO FURTHER DISCOUNT ON THESE ITEMS.


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