Black Heart and a History lesson.

Black Heart and a pile of work

Many years ago this blog (or at least a version of it) was started by myself and a little scrappy fella I used to work with. The concept was simple, each Friday at lunchtime we would wander down York Street to Swords at the South Melbourne Market and buy a beer, bring it back to work and hide it at the back of the fridge. A couple of hours later we would break out said beer, drink it together and discuss the merits or otherwise of the brew.
Many things have changed since then. The crappy rundown little building we worked in has been torn down and replaced with a giant modern soulless monolith. The little fella in question has pissed off to sell shit beer to the masses and the hotdog and charcoal chicken sellers of the South Melbourne Market have been replaced by the up and coming designers, cupcake stalls and other purveyors of hipster chic in an area of the market which is now called So.Me.
I’m fighting back against all of this though by kicking it old school. During Friday lunchtime I took Frewy down to the market and we contemplated the wall of beers at Swords. I selected the Black Heart Brewery Bohemian Pilsener and here I sit at my desk on a Friday afternoon sipping away.
Upon opening, I wondered if they had mislabelled the weizen for a second, it had bubblegum smells and even a hint of banana.  It looked nice, clear with tiny bubbles (did you know that the size of bubbles is generally related to the length of lagering) streaming through it all topped with a nice fluffy head.
It was a well constructed beer, nicely balanced, easy to drink, refreshing and a pretty good example of what many see as a simple style, even though I imagine it isn’t.  Pint
Okay so I wrote that almost two weeks ago, it’s now Friday again (morning this time) and last night I had the other Black Heart brew that I bought that day. It was the Black Heart Pale Ale which is/was a very nice beer, more of a malt than most pale ales out there, in fact there are these faint toffee tastes coming through (I assume this makes it more of an English Pale than an American Pale). Following the sweet malt is a robust but not overpowering hop bitterness that would suggest the use of cascade or perhaps amarillo hops.  This is a seriously good beer, well presented and certainly suitable for a sophisticated beer drinker like myself – Pint


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