A Couple of WA Brews

Today’s beers have nothing in common apart from the fact that they are from Western Australia. The first is from Mash Brewing, which is a brewery I must admit I know nothing about (and their straight out of 1994 website didn’t help me much) but they have been starting to pop up here and there in Melbourne town over the last few months.
The beer I had was a Weizenbock (which I picked up at Beer Deluxe where I was hiding to escape the ridiculous heat that was up and about in Melbourne over the Chrissy break).  This was a good looking beer, a deep brown colour with a great tan coloured creamy head. It also smelled terrific, nice burnt caramel tones on the nose, which is what you would expect with this style. But then the love-fest stopped. My mouth’s experience did not match the expectations that my nose and eyes had promised. There was just a hint of sweetness, but then nothing.
This is what I would describe as a donut beer, that is, it has a huge hole in the middle. You are expecting a big malty sweetness, but rather you get this unsatisfying thin bodied beer. It had all the makings of a seriously good beer, but it just left me wanting for more. Schooner
Our second brew is from Feral, makers of what I will claim is the best IPA made by an Australian brewery. The beer today, just like the weizenbock is another European style – a Belgian Golden Ale, called Golden Ace This beer is a honey golden colour, with some lively, yet non invasive carbonation. There are some interesting flavours in there, Jordan claimed she could taste bananas, which I can only assume was from the Belgian yeast (personally I couldn’t taste it, which only proves, yet again, that Jord is now better at tasting beers than me). The other distinctive thing was some spiciness and lemon tones, which I would attribute to the unusual hop variety used. For you beer geeks out there it has Sorachi Ace hops (and if you are a beer geek you know how unusual and cool that is).
Overall this was a very nice beer, no Hop Hog, but it was right up there. Pint
Six Degrees of Norm: (Where we prove all beers can me linked back to Norm from Cheers (George Wendt) in 6 easy steps.
1. Well Mash brewing is easy – George played Pvt. La Roche in an episode of M*A*S*H called Trick or Treatment, it was a Halloween Episode.
2. Feral Golden Ace is a little harder, although have you ever considered that the Golden Girls were both Golden and Ace?
3. And one of the cast members was Betty White, who was also ace in Lake Placid
4. Which was written by David E Kelley
5. Who also wrote Harry’s Law (along with Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Chicago Hope and LA Law)
6. And George Wendt guest starred in an episode of Harry’s Law as Franklin Chickory

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One thought on “A Couple of WA Brews

  1. All things being equal, Feral should one day have a presence in Melbourne similar to Little Creatures. They make remarkably good beer.

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