Prologue: The guys at Matilda bay have answered the question that no one had thought to ask. What if we tried to combine coffee and beer? Alternatively you could see this as one of the smartest marketing ideas of recent times. If there is two thing Melbourians love (Longshot comes out of Melbourne, not Perth as a lot of people will tell you) it’s coffee and beer so why not combine them into one.
I’m a Melbourian, I like Coffee, and I love beer, and I could quite easily be called a beer wanker, so not surprisingly this appeals to me.
First Impressions: As I opened the bottle I wondered where the satisfying ‘Hiss’ was.
Appearance: There is absolutely no carbonation in this. Ales are not meant to be as carbonated as lagers, but this wasn’t ‘lightly carbonated’ it was ‘decarbonated’, there was only a single file line of bubbles on the edge of glass and no head what soever. Oh and it was dark, like Coffee.
Taste: This beer is almost sweet, It genuinely tastes like coffee and beer. Almost like you asked you local barrista to make you a long, long black and then drank it with no sugar. It’s nice as a gimmick , but you would struggle to drink more than a stubby of this though.
Packaging: There is nothing fussy here. I assume the hessian look is meant to evoke thoughts of coffee beans being hand picked on the slopes of Ethopia. the O looking like a coffee bean is very clever in a way that is appreciated by the inner city hipsters who this is aimed out.I note it claims it’s a ‘Rich and Creamy’ ale, personally I don’t see it, falvourful yes, but creamy, no.
Food suggestion: There is something about this beer that makes me want to pour a little over a scoop of ice cream. I fact I’m going to try it now. That’s not bad, it needs to be a little sweeter to be a true ice cream topping. Although maybe, if you added some honey. That is good, wow I feel like the dude with the beard and the hat off masterchef.
6 degrees of Norm:
This week we have a special edition. to acknowledge the coffee we are actually going to play – 6 degrees of Gunther. the dude that made the coffee on Friends.
Where we link every beer back to
Norm from Cheers (George Wendt) Gunter from Friends (James Michael Tyler) in 6 easy steps.
1. Long Shot is brewed at The Garage in Dandenong
2. Which was home town of Gabriella Climi
3. Who’s song “Sweet about me’ was in an episode of Lipstick Jungle
4.Which stars Brooke Shields
5. With was in an episode of Friends with Jennifer Aniston
6. Who was in Friends, and was loved by Gunter.
Ranking: Maybe Just a Pot