A blog of two mates who like to drink and make beer. Find tasting notes, flavors of the month and other information of the latest home brews.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Surprise Beer 2 - the Unknown Homebrew
Hmmm, found the beer in my stash the other day. not sure how long it has been there for but pretty sure it is from my mate Gary (a fellow homebrewer, who has a great water source). the pours very clear and think from first taste it may be a bitter, but definitely not like a VB or Melb Bitter. This is what i think a 'real' bitter should be like, where the bitter is not just in aftertaste, but more a fundamental basis for the beer (as i say, 'real'). there is a definite sourness that i think just shows the beer is a bit out of date, but this is mainly in aftertaste, so doesn't take away from the 'main' of the beer. I wouldn't make others drink it, but as Gary's daughter knows (and everyone else that tried that mexican beer at that party), i'll drink any of Gary's out of date beers, or most out of date beers in general. Maybe not as bad at Stass and his dad having 30 years old apple wine, but still, it's age is apparent.
Gary, now i have had the beer, I'll get the Grolsh bottle back to you. they are good for putting homebrew in!
Beef: Likes: MALT (and dark malt at that), creamy texture, chocolate/caramel.
Dislikes: overuse of hops, overly complicated tasting beers/mixing styles of beer (ie Hahn Commemorative Ale).
Summer - Little Creatures Bright Ale, Boag's St George (with lolly banana), Faro
Winter - Guinness, Chocolate Stout/Porter (Rogue's/Holgate), Brewdog Tokyo
Early Spring/Late Autumn - Abbey Ales/Trappist, Scotch Ale (Moonshine)
Sessional Beers - Toohey's Old, Cooper's Pale
Favourite Beer Pubs/Stores - Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide (Australia). Brugs Beerjte, Brugge (Belgium). Kulminator, Antwerp (Belgium), Royston, Melbourne (Australia), Slowbeer (Richmond), City Beer Store (San Francisco), Bier Spezialtaten Laden (Berlin)
Favourite Beer Experiences/Events - St Patrick's Day (1999, 2008), Australia Day, Pix Patisserie (Portland, Oregon, 2009), Moo Brew Tour (Hobart, Tasmania, 2010), Belgian Beer Weekend (Brussels, 2010), My first day working in a brewery for Mountain Goat (Richmond, Victoria, March 2011), anytime trying out beers with friends.
Worst Beers: Foster's, 'Sex in a Canoe' Lagers (US, Mexico. Wherever)
Stass: Like all types of beer* (*there are a few exceptions). Sometimes it's an ale, sometimes a stout and sometimes it's a larger. Is willing to give anything a try and enjoys tasting something new.
A good beer to Stass is one that sets out with a clear goal in mind and achieves that. Whether that goal is to be a thirst quenching beer to be had around the barbecue with a few mates, or to explore the depth of flavours in a detailed scotch ale.
3 boutique beers Stass likes (but not limited to):
- Grand Ridge, Supershine (Victoria, Australia)
- Blond, Triple Karmeliet (Belgium)
- Moo Brew, Dark Ale (Tasmania, Australia)
3 everyday beers Stass likes at the moment:
- Little Creatures, Bright Ale (Western Australia)