This month’s beer pack has been chosen with interesting flavours in mind. Whether that is from the added elderflower in the case of the Birds & Bees, the addition of blood orange juice and zest with the Beavertown, or added cherry in the case of the really rather tasty Krafty Cherry Lambic.
Beavertown Bloody Ell
A big, bold, blood orange infused IPA released seasonally by those fine folks at Beavertown. Beavertown are one of the best British brewers, and their Bloody Ell always sells unbelievably quickly. Blood Orange zest and juice is added late on in the boil. We think it is cracking.
RateBeer Rating: Overall 94, 95 style.
Nomad Berry Cubana
A brewing collaboration between Nomad Brewing in Australia and Cigar City in the United States. Brewed in Australia, Nomad wanted to create a beer that had notes from their home, hence the addition of local riberry and lilly pilly fruits, plus NZ hops, and Australian hops. This is a cracking American style, fruit infused Brown Ale.
Ratebeer Rating: 89 Overall, 96 Style.
A saison with a proper Australian feel to it, infused with Tasmanian pepper and wattle seeds, as well as coffee beans. We thought it was an intriguing ale, that showed plenty of complexity. Nomad are a really exciting brewer, and we are glad to be able to get hold of some of their beers.
Ratebeer Rating: 83 Overall, 63 Style
Krafty Cherry Lambic
Krafty are one of our local breweries, and we were really impressed by their cherry lambic. We thought it had just enough sour notes, mixed in with being very drinkable. We were impressed, as a cherry ale with lambic in the name has to live up to quite a bit, and we felt it did.
St Andrews Mocha Porter
A beautiful, chocolaty, rich and creamy porter. St Andrew’s brew in very small batches. We thought this was almost like a dessert in a bottle.
Ratebeer Rating: 94 Overall, 95 Style.
Birds & Bees
One of our favourite after work beers from the fine folks at Williams Brothers. Birds & Bees is a refreshing golden ale with good hops and lovely elderflower/lemon notes. Elderflower and heather would have been used in Scotland to flavour beer before hops were imported.
Beer Geekery: Cascade, Amarillo and Nelson Sauvin Hops. A late infusion of elderflowers.