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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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