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A beer buyer's guide to gifts!

G'day, 

We all have that one distant (or not so distant) relative that's hard to buy for or, if you're me, you've left it to the last minute. I've put together some 'no thinking required' beer gift ideas to make you're life easier. 

Also, last call to enter the Craft Beer Competition. It will be drawn on Monday 18th December!

 

Summer Sour Beer Six Pack

Sydney summers are perfect for sours. Light, fresh and tart.

Includes:
Chur ImPEACHment Sour 500ml (NZ)
Magic Rock Salty Kiss Gose 330ml (UK)
Wayward Sour Puss Raspberry Berliner 330ml Weisse (Aus)
3 Ravens Original Sour 355ml (Aus)
Hargreaves Margarita Gose 330ml (Aus)
Founders Green Zebra Watermelon Gose 355ml (USA) 

Belgian Beer Starter Pack

The perfect gift for those wanting to explore one of the World's oldest beer making countries.

There are a mix of styles that orginated in Belgium as well as a Glencairn Beer Glass.

Includes:
Saison Dupont 330ml
Blanche du Namur 330ml
St Bernerdus Prior 8 330ml
Bacchus Kriek Lambic 375ml
De Ranke XX Bitter 330ml
Glencairn Beer Glass

Aussie Pale As Beer Six Pack

Whether you plan on spending your summer by the pool, or at BBQs with mates, Pale Ales (and its variants) are the way to go. We've selected some seriously smashable beers.

Includes:
Shenanigans Winston Pale Ale 355ml
Stockade Hop Splicer Grapefruit XPA 330ml
Yulli's Seabass Lager 355ml
Beerfarm Imperial Pale Lager 500ml
Black Brewing Fresh Ale 330ml
Little Bang Beard Fiction Pale Ale 330ml

  Stone & Wood Backyard Pack 

A quintessential little beer pack and a Stone & Wood branded glass. 
  4 Pines Christmas Beer Gift Pack

Includes two old favourites in the Pale Ale and Kolsch, along with Kellerdoor Citrus IPA and Kellerdoor Lemon Melon Wit. 

We have plenty of other gift ideas if, God forbid, your loved ones aren't beer drinkers. We have a handy gift guide HERE or you can pick from the NEW BEER LIST or hit the button below. 

Cheers, 


Posted: 14/12/2017
Craft Beer Competition

 

Competition Time!

In the lead up to Christmas, we're running a Craft Beer Competition. For those that frequent the store, I'm sure you've noticed our large beer collage in the entry way. Walking past everyday got me thinking, how many breweries are represented? Well, I've counted! Now I'm giving you the oppurtunity to make your guesses (kind of like guess the number of lollies in a jar) and win a prize. Below are the ground rules:

♦ Remember, there are double ups of some breweries (we just love them that much), so we're only counting them once.
♦ One guess per purchase. Write your name and contact details on your reciept, and leave it with the OB Team.
♦ For the online customers, I will include an image below (please note, it won't be the best quality). When you place your order, leave your guess in the comments section.
♦ It will run from November 24th to COB December 16th.
♦ It will be drawn on Monday 18th December.
♦ We will have a first prize and a runner up prize. First Prize is a $200 Gift Voucher to be spent in store and second prize is a $50 Gift Voucher.
♦ Any questions or queries, please email Claire at: claire@oakbarrel.com.au 

Cheers, 


Posted: 07/12/2017
Introducing Prancing Pony Brewery

G'day, 

This week, we're introducing Prancing Pony Brewery to the Oak Barrel shelves. Hailing from the Adelaide Hills, it began as the pet project for husband and wife, Frank and Corinna, who with their India Red Ale, picked up Supreme Champion at the London International Beer Awards in 2016 and they haven't slowed down since. Below are what we have in store and rest assured, we'll be getting more!

 

 

Prancing Pony Hopwork Orange American Pale Ale 4.8% 330ml

The unmistakable pony brand of the infinite long flavour. An exceptionally smashable APA with uncanny blend of hops, oozing aromas of oranges, followed by an excursion through the fruit orchard.

Intense tangerine flavours, hints of honey melon, mango and pine. The hop bitterness raises and lingers smoothly for a thousand years.

 

 

 

Prancing Pony Pale Ale 5.5% 330ml

4 times hopped. A rich, dark-golden colour with lots of head, malt aroma and big hop flavours. The emphasis is on hop, malt and fruity flavours. A full flavoured, rich ale without the high bitterness of some more assertive American Pale ales. Definitely a ‘bigger’ ale than the ‘Blonde Ale’ and favoured by those who appreciate a fuller but balanced flavour profile. Also four-times hopped with more late hop additions in the boil and fermented with American Ale style yeast for more fruity notes. 

 

 

 

Prancing Pony India Red Ale 7.9% 330ml

4 times hot hopped and dry hopped. With a dark red brownish colour, a firm creamy head and lots of fruity aromas on the nose, this ale has a big, malty body with late bitterness. The Red has been crafted with big dry hop aromas coming through from citrusy and tropical fruity hop varieties. With late lingering bitterness it is in perfect harmony with the fruity hop aromas. 

 

 

 

Prancing Pony Indie Kid Pilsener 4.8% 330ml

A Pilsener looking to blend Old World and New World styles together. The blend of hops lend a touch of citrus and a resinous note to balance out the softer, herbal side of the Old World pils. It's pleasantly balanced, with a gathering bitterness for length. 

 

 

 

Prancing Pony Sledgehammer Imperial Pilsener 7.5% 500ml

Brewed originally for GABS, Sledgehammer blends the malty backbone of a Doppelbock with the hop profile of an American IPA. What you get is a wonderful balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness that make a smashable beer and at 7.5%, one too many of these will hit you like a sledgehammer. 

I have a big list of beers to put up this week with some Christmas specials to come. The New Beer List can be found HERE or you can hit the button below for new products. 

I'm also creating some handpicked Craft Beer Special 6 Packs for Christmas, so keep an eye out. 

We also still have Craft Beer Competition running where the winner will receive a $200 Oak Barrel Gift Card. Info on how to enter can be found HERE.  

Cheers, 


Posted: 06/12/2017
'Tis the Saison to be Jolly!

G'day, 

Today is going to be short and sweet as I've been away in Melbourne rowing. I've picked out some great Christmas idea beers for your gifting or drinking pleasure. 

     

Hop Nation Jedi Juice New England IPA 7.1%
It's Back! Freshly brewed to meet demand and we've recieved a few more cases in the lead up to Christmas. 

The hazy, New England style IPAs are everywhere, but Hop Nation were one of the first in Australia. They tell us that this version will definitely bring the Jedi out in all of us. Brewed for GABS 2017.

Shenanigans Winston Pale Ale 5.2% 
It's no secret that I adore Shenanigans and they finally listened to what the people wanted and canned Winston! Here's a note from Same on the beer:

"We've lowered the ABV a touch to 5.2% to better suit the tinnie format and for a better price point, but rest assured the hop schedule has remained the same, and has all the lovely hop aromatics and flavour we expect from Winston." 

The Bruery Terreux Range
We have quite a collection of Burery beers on display. Not only are they delicious, but they make for excellent shairng beers (or not!). These beers are funky, fresh and interesting and we seem to find new ones every other week to bring you!


Black Brewing Saison 4.8%
Saisons are perfect for summer and Black Brewing's Saison is no exception. Fresh, light and fruity. To be drunk by the pool ideally. 

We have a fair few Saisons in store ranging from fresh and fruity to funky and farmhouse-y. 

There are going to be many Christmas beers coming through in the next couple of weeks as well as some gift packs. Watch this apace as I'm playing catch up a little. 

We also have our competiton running! Check that our HERE.  First prize is a $200 Gift Voucher to spend in store and second prize is a $50 Gift Voucher. 


Action shot of what I got up to on my holiday! Photo credit: Steve McArthur

Cheers, 


Posted: 30/11/2017
New Boatrockers and It's Competition Time!

G'day

I recieved my limited edition Boatrockers and, man, they're looking goooood. I've recieved only six bottles of each, so if they take your fancy, get in quick. Known for their uniques styles of beer and their barrel ageing, Boatrocker are continuing to do new and interesting things, so stay tuned. 

Also, a quick special mention to Ekim Brewing Co. for finally getting their brews out in tinnies. The full range is available in store or online HERE. 

 




Boatrocker Squeezebox Sour 6.4% 500ml

Saison aged in Chardonnay Barrels (French Oak) with Brett and Pediococcus. Flavours are reminiscent of lemon, lime and bitters with a little bit of oaky Chardy on the nose. 

 

Boatrocker Wildecherry Sour 6.5% 500ml

Wildecherry is a blend of 12, 18 and 24 month Flanders red style ales barrel fermented with multiple Brettanomyces strains then racked onto fresh Morello cherries from the Yarra Valley before undergoing a secondary ferment for two months.
 


Boatrocker Fred Imperial Ginger Ale 11.8% 500ml

Brewed with fresh ginger pulp, lemongrass, fresh orange peel and then aged in Starward Whisky Casks. Crafty Pint described it as being "like Matso's on crack". I think we can expect interesting things from this beer... or is it part of a boiler maker??

The rest of the limited releases and the rest of the Boatrocker range can be found HERE. 

Competition Time!

In the lead up to Christmas, we're running a Craft Beer Competition. For those that frequent the store, I'm sure you've noticed our large beer collage in the entry way. Walking past everyday got me thinking, how many breweries are represented? Well, I've counted! Now I'm giving you the oppurtunity to make your guesses (kind of like guess the number of lollies in a jar) and win a prize. Below are the ground rules:

♦ Remember, there are double ups of some breweries (we just love them that much), so we're only counting them once. 
♦ One guess per purchase. Write your name and contact details on your reciept, and leave it with the OB Team.
♦ For the online customers, I will include an image below (please note, it won't be the best quality). When you place your order, leave your guess in the comments section. 
♦ It will run from November 24th to COB December 16th.
♦ It will be drawn on Monday 18th December. 
♦ We will have a first prize and a runner up prize. First Prize is a $200 Gift Voucher to be spent in store and second prize is a $50 Gift Voucher. 
♦ Any questions or queries, please email Claire at: claire@oakbarrel.com.au

 

NEW BEER LIST as usual. 

 

Cheers, 


Posted: 23/11/2017
CHUR-ck out these FUNK-y new beers!

G'day, 

I'm super excited to say that Chur Brewing (Behemoth) and Funk Estate have landed in store. We have fairly limited quantities of some, but we will see some more lines come through before the end of the year. Big thanks to DZ for getting the ball rolling on this one by reaching out to the brewery to find a distributor here in Aus. 

Andrew Childs is the owner, brewer and "beer giraffe" of Behemoth Brewing, based out of Auckland. It became Chur Brewing in Australia when Andrew went to launch the brand and found another Aus brewery had trademarked "Behemoth". It's great to see so many award winning beers make it into Australia, particularly, their GABS beers, 

Funk Estate is based in Mount Maunganui on the North Island - feel free to drop in store to get a pronunciation lesson from our residents Kiwis (there's more than one!). The brainchild of three passionate craft brewers, Funk is all about creating beers across the spectrum. 

  

 

 

Chur Brewing Im-PEACH-ment Peach Sour 5.5% 440ml

Peach Sour. Hazy as fuck, uses 200kg of Golden Queen Peaches on top of a Kettle Soured Pale malt and wheat malt base. Impeach that idiot!

Hops: Pacific Jade
Grain: Gladfield Sour Grapes Malt, Pilsner (Weyermann), Wheat Malt, Pale (Weyermann), Golden Queen Peach Puree. 

I'm sure a lot of us would like to buy this purely for the label, but I can guarentee the contents are just as awesome. 

 

 

 

Chur Brewing Good Morning Vietnam Coffee Imperial Stout 9.99% 500ml

Our very first imperial stout was a big one.

Hannah and I (Andrew) bought back 20kg of Vietnamese coffee from our honeymoon and decided to make a big imperial stout out of it.

We fell in love with Vietnam, the people, the food and the coffee. This is pretty much Vietnamese coffee in beer form! Using 10 different malts and a lot of coffee.

vô!

 

 

 

Funk Estate Collab Soul Slap Passionfruit Sour 6.4% 500ml

Funk Estates first foray into a social media collaboration has seen the genesis of Soul Slap, a passion fruit kettle sour. The Social Media initiative saw the public vote on, style, adjuncts, name and font of the label. With the most popular vote being used in the creation of this beer.

The result is a very passionfruit-y, tart, clean, kettle sour, perfect for the warmer summer months and the best thing about it, 100’s of people were involved.

 

 

 

Funk Estate Jungle Boogie Blood Orange Sour 5.3% 330ml

With blood orange, lemon and passionfruit, forget what you know about beer and just embrace the sour fruit characters. This hazy and slightly pink beer has a touch of citrus on the nose and a massive attack of sour on the tongue. Brewed for GABS 2016.

 

 As usual, we have NEW STUFF List or you can check out the link below for all new products, including a few more Chur  and Funk Estate beers. 

We will also have a Craft Beer Competition launching next week, so tune in for more details.... Exciting stuff!

Cheers, 


Posted: 16/11/2017
Our Favourites return from New Zealand and Belgium

G'day, 

After a manic few weeks of craft beer madness, we're back on track. As some of you are well aware, Garage Project have made their long awaited return back into Australia and more importantly, NSW. We have a select few lines available, but I've been assured there's lots more coming our way. 

For anyone who's been in store recently may have noticed our poor Belgium shelves looking a bit sparse... well that has been remedied this week. We've recieved new stock from Tilquin and Lindemans, as well as returning favourites from Boon. 

On the New Zealand front, we have some exciting news: we're about to recieve a shipment from Chur/Behemoth and Funk Estate. We've never had Chur/Behemoth in store before and it's been an age since we saw Funk Estate. Keep an eye on following newsletters for when they land.  

Garage Project Fuzz Box American Pale Ale 5.8%

I was lucky enough to be offered a case of this excellent beer after I thought it was all gone. Lucky for us!

Forget clarity, there’s nothing clean cut about this beer. This is a Pale Ale amplified and distorted in a wall of haze and hop feedback. Galaxy, Nelson and Mosaic riffs drift in a warm fuzz of juicy malt and tropical fruit noise. Plug it in, dial it up, crack the can. Its fuzzy ugly and you love it. Originally brewed in collaboration with Sydney’s rock god pizza tossers Frankies.

95 Points on RateBeer.

Garage Project Cereal Milk Stout 4.7% 

This particular version of Cereal is a nitro can, making for an even creamier, smoother drink. 

Cereal Milk Stout evokes the familiar and comforting taste of the last few mouthfuls of a bowl of cereal. It’s a session-strength stout brewed with oats, chocolate wheat malt, a dose of lactose and actual cornflakes.

Tilquin Oude Mûre à l'Ancienne 6.4%

We've only seen the Mûre come in once before and never in large format. Perfect for Summer when it arrives. 

Beer of spontaneous fermentation, the Oude Mûre Tilquin à l’Ancienne is made from the fermentation of 350 gr of blackberries by liter of lambic. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented in the bottle.

99 Points on RateBeer.

Lindemans Ginger Gueuze 6%

Something a little bit different from the Lambic world - a Ginger Gueuze!

Breaking the mold among existing beer styles, Lindemans developed the Botanical Lambics, a collection of old gueuzes with a twist. Third in this series, GingerGueuze is based on a blend of 12 month-old lambic with two- to three-year-old lambic, fermented in oak with fresh ginger. Bottle-conditioned, GingerGueuze has a golden color and combines the sourness of lambic with the subtle flavors of fresh ginger. Ideal as an aperitif, it is also perfect for food paring.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Lambics from Boon, Tilquin and Lindemans as more have returned and vintages have changed. We also have some returning beers from Garage Project!

We have locked in our first Craft Beer Appreciation date for next year. Keep an eye on our calendar for new Beer events in the New Year. 

As usual, check out our NEW STUFF List or check out the new product link below.

Cheers, 


Posted: 09/11/2017
Our Favourites from SBW and NSW Container Deposit Scheme

G'day, 

We have very little beer news this week as we recover from Sydney Beer Week. We did a whole lot more drinking and a bit less buying but that doesn't mean that some excellent beers didn't make their way into the store... Check it out below. 

But first, we're also going to have a chat about NSW's Container Deposit Scheme. Whilst it's a good initiative for the community, what does it mean for you and your beer? Unfortunately, effective as of yesterday, most of our brands will see a slight price increase in response to the implementation beginning December 1st. As we move further into November, you may start to notice the price changes and we hope you will continue to support your local craft industry. If you'd like any further info, please check out THIS link. Below is an excerpt from an email we recieved from Jon at Badlands Brewery that sums it all up perfectly:

"The entire cost of running this state-wide scheme, including the costs involved in setting up and running the container refund points and the huge administration burden that surrounds the whole scheme is to be charged to suppliers.

At this stage we only have an estimate of what this charge will be per unit as the price will vary due to the amount of containers returned and the percentage picked up by normal roadside pickups... There is no price gouging going on - the increase represents only the amount the scheme has estimated we will be charged....It is anticipated that over time the charge will drop from the estimated ~14c per bottle/can initially to closer to ~12c.

Whilst we at Badlands take a huge responsibility for the environment and our impact on it .. we strongly feel that this scheme places an unfair cost and administrative burden on our business and in turn on our customers' business (who are often small and independent like us).

Some questions I would like to see answered:-

Why are wine and spirit bottles excluded?
If the aim is to reduce litter why aren't fast food cups included?
Why aren't the waste service companies that are claiming back your money (all cans/containers put in roadside containers) not sharing some of the costs of the scheme.
Why aren't the businesses receiving the recycled goods sharing some of the costs of the scheme?
Why is the State government not contributing to the costs of running the scheme?

I realise any price rise is as hard for you to bear as us, and in turn impacts on the end-customer who ultimately has to foot this bill (regardless of whether the 10c is claimed or not). I appreciate very much you supporting small, local, independent brewers like Badlands and hope we can continue to provide you with great beer."

Now, onto the fun stuff. 

Favourite Beer of the Week: Tiny Rebel Stay Puft Marshmallow Porter 5.6% (Wales)

After meeting brewer, Moose, and importer, Jason, I was invited along to a tap takeover at Sweeney's Rooftop. I've always enjoyed Tiny Rebel, so I knew I'd have a good night. Little did I know, I came across my favourite beer of the week (and maybe all year...) in Stay Puft. 

It's hard to put into words what I enjoyed so much about this beer but I'll give it a go. 

The nose is slightly sweet, toasted marshmallow with a little smokeyness. Being a porter, it's not overly heavy or sweet. It's well balanced with the creamy, toastiness of the marshmallow and at 5.6% it goes down incredibly easy. I managed to snag a case, and if I could, I would've gotten more. I can't recommend this beer highly enough!
Favourite Brewery of the Week: Little Bang Brewing (Adelaide)

This was a tough one as I had many excellent beers through the week, but I was impressed with Little Bang after trying a number of their beers at multiple tastings (including instore at The OB).  

Little Bang are two guys, pursuing their hobby in their garage in Adelaide and they're doing it really well. We have a few of their beers still available HERE. Or you can check out Now Tapped for an idea on where to find them. Particular highlights were The Naked Observer West Coat IPA and Sludgebeast Imperial Stout. 
 

Favourite Style of the Week: 
New England IPA

Some of you may have heard my views on this style previosuly, but I'm coming around I promise. Quite a few NEIPAs were brewed for SBW, and most were found on tap such as Akasha, Sauce and Bucket Boys / Australian Brewery. If you can't get hold of these ones, never fear as we're seeing a few more roll into store over the next month including Mornington Peninsula Jiffy Squid and Hop Nation Jedi Juice (returning with a fresh batch). We've just recieved delivery of the much anticipated Co-Conspirators The Matriarch as well. You can read a bit more HERE. 

 If you'd like to check out what's new in store, head to our NEW BEER LIST or hit the image below.

Cheers, 


Posted: 02/11/2017
Beer Week in Full Swing

G'day, 

With Sydney Beer Week in full swing, we've had a bit of a focus on local brews in store. We're also starting to see an influx of the perfect summer beers. 

 

 Stockade Brew Co. Hop Splicer XPA 4.4% 


My absolute go-to Summer beer at the moment. Super sessionable, refreshing and grapefruit-y. I will be drinking this by the case as the weather warms up. 

Stockade have recently made this part of their core range and it's easy to see why. By adding fresh grapefruit juice to their XPA (Extra Pale Ale), it's created a fruity, light beer with a slight grapefruit tartness lingering at the back. 

Bucket Boys / Australian Brewery If you Like Piña Colada New England Milkshake IPA 6.7%

With out a doubt, one of the weirdest beers we've gotten in in awhile. But totally in a good way. 

With a base of a hazy New England IPA, BB and Aust. Brewery have thrown tons of pineapple, coconut and hops in with a very healthy dose of lactose for that creamy mouthfeel and a bit of sweetness. 

Basically, does what it says on the tin. Creamy, very little hop bitterness, fruity and some nice pineapple spice. 

Little Bang The Naked Objector West Coast IPA 6.5%

So... There's this guy OK. Let's call him a friend of a friend... Actually, it's a long story. Come in for a beer and we'll tell you all about it.
Here's what you need to know:
Brutal, musky, obnoxious, unreasonable and bitter, yet strangely compelling...

Typical Little Bang description: says a lot without actually telling you anything. At 6.5%, this goes down way too easy. Nice hop balance with a pleasant bitterness running the length of the palate. Another solid beer from the Adelaide boys. 

 

 

Batch Zonnebeke India Saison 7.1%

Batch's Official Sydney Beer Week beer. It is named after Marrickville's sister city, Zonnebeke, in Belgium. 

Made with Saison yeast as the base, it has an expressive yeast profile with a bunch of American hops blended through for a thoroughly unique beer. 

One of the best White IPAs I've tried in a long time. 

With three in-store tastings to go and a lot of events happening around the place, a lot of the New Beers this week are available (somewhere!) to try before you buy. Feel free to ask, and we'll point you in the best direction. 

Cheers, 


Posted: 26/10/2017
Fresh Kegs and Wild Beers

G'day

With Sydney Beer Week so close and with all it has to offer, I thought I'd remind everyone of our Growler station. I've been holding onto some pretty special kegs from some pretty special brewers. You can check out our current Growler listings HERE which we edit when new kegs are tapped. 

 

 

  

Tap 1
Bounty Hunter Brewing
"What Did You Do, Ray?" Burnt Marshmallow Brown Ale 6%

Based in Western Sydney, Bounty Hunter is about all things Pop Culture, podcasts and amazing artwork!

"Concerned your state-of-the-art high voltage laser containment system is tiring to restrain your Class VII obsessively malevolent, exceptionally powerful metaspectres? Call Bounty Hunter Brewing Co. Our courteous and efficient staff is on call 24 hours a day to serve all your supernatural elimination and conversion needs. We take pride in our ability to convert your excess psychokinetic energy into a tangible manifestation exclusively for consumption with added pleasantries such as vanilla, marshmallow and cocoa nibs, combined with a selection of specialised malts that once fermented in our own custom-built facility, will produce a 6.0% burnt marshmallow brown ale of ethereal calibre you won't find listed in your copy of the Spates Catalogue or Tobin Spirit Guide."

 

 Tap 2
Eden Brewery
Maple Pecan Nut Brown Ale 4.6%

Deb and Jacob are the owners and brewers out at their Mittagong Brewery. We were extremely pleased to be one of the first places in Sydney CBD to get a keg of this delicious Brown Ale.

"Don’t like beer? How about maple syrup? Or pecan pies from the Gumnut Patisserie? Both of which are making a star appearance in this beer in their own unique way. Beginning with a fragrant bouquet of maple syrup, and finishing with a roasty pecan dryness, this beer is definitely worth a try!"

These are two limited kegs, meaning once they're gone, they're gone! We usually keep our keg rotation a secret but I can tell you, you'll see Shenanigans and Pirate Life in the near future. 

 We also went a bit silly on English beers this month! We've recently received a delivery of Wild Beer (and Buxton). I'm going to leave you the link for some new experimental and seasonal beers from the guys at Wild (seriously, we ordered a lot of new lines!). Hit the image below for the full listing or check out the new beer list HERE. 

Lastly, don't forget, we have our first free tasting for Beer Week this Saturday, 4-7pm. Yours truly will be pouring some excellent beers - first in, best dressed!

What I will be opening CLICK HERE

Cheers, 


Posted: 19/10/2017