In the past I’d avoided their brews as I had deemed them ‘Hippy Beer’ based on the fact that it was from Byron Bay and that the label had a certain unwashed long haired stoner vibe to it.
But examining the menu at The Spencer this was the ‘The only beer on the list I had never tried.’ (having ordered the Lord Nelson already).
Part of the Tipples philosophy is that if there is a beer on a menu that is untried, it must be tried.
First expression: I know how people wank on about smelling beer and picking up notes of passionfruit and citrus? You know how normally that’s a load of crap that is just meant to give the impression that we are at least as good as if not better than cheese eating, Wine poofters? We’ll I gave this one a smell, and there it was, passionfruit. It wasn’t subtle, it wasn’t a hint of, it smelt like I’d drunkenly fallen into a passionfruit vine.
Appearance: This is a light beer with little head, it is certainly at the ale end of the spectrum.
Packaging: As I mentioned, hippy crossed with American summer camp/Griswald’s adventures/ 1970’s Macrame pot plant holder/ Grass Roots magazine. In fact I’m surprised it didn’t try to read my aura
Taste: I wanted to like this beer, I really did, but I didn’t. I found the fruit flavours so overpowering. For light style beers (meaning not malty, nutty roasted beers) I prefer a wheaty taste, but this was passionfruit all the way.
Food suggestion: Fruit salad maybe? Some ice-cream, something else light and not overpowering.
Random made up Reader question:
What the hell is Draught Beer?
Technically speaking Draught beer is beer that is served from a keg. So at a pub or on premise as the industry likes to call it.
So how can they call this Draught if it’s in a bottle? Well they can call it whatever they want. It the same way Pure Blond is a Lager not a blonde beer (which is a golden ale).
Stone a Wood argue that they call this a draught because it is bottled straight from a storage tank at the brewery (not sure where other beer comes from if they are not poured from a storage tank but you know whatever you say hippy) they claim the ‘draught’ label implies freshness. Just like the ‘brewery fresh’ Carlton Draught (which is actually a pale lager).
Possible Slogans: More an endorsement actually. I’d like them to sponsor a reunion tour for 1990’s Melbourne band Things of Stone and Wood. With support from the Late Show Crew.
Ranking: Maybe just a Pot