After pouring everyone elses' excellent beers over the last eleven years, we figured it was time to start brewing our own - time to install our own stainless and start walking the walk. So in early 2014 that's what we did; in the form of a Premier Stainless 600L Brewhouse with three single batch fermentors. Just the right size to play; enabling us to brew whatever, however and whenever we want. Light-footed, nimble brewing with the freedom of Contract and the stability of Stainless. From time to time we might even be lucky enough to collaborate with some of those excellent Brewers whose beers we've poured, and will continue to pour, over the years...
Style: Spiced Brown Ale
in a nutshell: Nutty, spicy, perfumed and rich. Pistachio-d.
Once we started talking with Hawkers Maz about GABS, dessert beers and dodgy alliterations ‘Baklava Brown’ was all but inevitable - having ticked all of those sweet, spicy, nutty little boxes. As with most ‘bright’ ideas, Baklava was easier said than brewed...
Style London Porter
In a nutshell Chocolatey, biscuity, friendly and full. Cor!
EXCITED would be the only way to describe Graham ‘palate weight’ Wright and Dr Paul ‘that depends’ Gooding once we’d locked in a date for our collaborative brew. Would the Godfathers of Wheaty Whisk(e)y be hell bent on brewing the beer equivalent of a 3 Year Old Cask Strength 300ppm Phenolic Peat Monster?
Not at all, as it turns out...
Style Salty Plum Saison
In a Nutshell Salty, spicy, plummy and tart. Blood plum.
To say that the idea for this beer evolved over time is an understatement.
From Table Beer to Session Gose, Imperial Belgian Table Gose to Salty Plum Saison, Saladitos kept us on our toes from the start - perfectly fitting for our third annual Good Beer Wheaty collaboration with Darren ‘Doc’ Robinson and first ever brew with Liberty Joe...
Style: English Pale Ale
In a nutshell: Fresh, biscuity and snappy. Marmalade.
Hot on the heels of his legendary ‘Auld Bulgin’ Boysterous Bicep’ brew with Murray’s, what wacked-out style-bending logistical nightmare of a beer would James ‘Crafty Pint’ Smith challenge us to brew with him for the first official Cabale Collaboration?
STYLE German(ish) Pils
IN A NUTSHELL Strawlike, herbal and dry. Tell me why.
Once we established that the beer we’d be brewing with good friend and long term ally Dave Bonighton was a golden, hoppy German Pils; Sir Bob ‘Gelbhopf’ - ‘Gold Hop’ auf Deutsch - pretty much named himself...
In a Nutshell 5031. Best End.
We figured it was time to celebrate our light industrial suburb with a not-so-industrial Bitter. A hoppy, malty, bitey, bitter ale weighing in at a modest 3.5% booze. A heritage listed style brewed in the shadow of Mt Thebarton, within earshot of Thebby Theatre and a mere stones throw from our self-titled Tram Stop...
Style Rosewater & Chamomile Tripel
In a Nutshell Spicy, aromatic, herbal and dry. Original Capital.
Hawker's Maz: Let's brew a Rosewater Tripel
Hawker's John: With chamomile.
Balance was the key here. We were gunning for a complex yet delicate Tripel; one that would bely its strength and avoid becoming a cloying, perfumy mess...
Style Breakfast Stout
In a Nutshell Roasty, oaty, smooth & nourishing. Vim & Vigour.
Our plan with Wheaty-Bix was to brew the Breakfast Stout equivalent of cold drip filtered coffee; clean, lean and delicate on the one hand with a clear intensity of coffee character on the other...
Style Munich Dunkel
In a Nutshell Dark, malty, herbal & smooth. Nicht so traditionell.
To say that collaborating with the oldest continuously brewing Brewery in the world was an honour is somewhat of an understatement. Weihenstephaner Braumeister Tobias Zollo is not only one of the best technical Brewers on the planet, crucially for us, he’s also a good sport. So with 978 years Brewing experience between us, we set about having ein bisschen bier Spaß...