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NEW STUFF - The Bruery (USA)

While the cat's away, the mice shall play... Ian's away and has left me in charge of beer, so we have beers from The Bruery (California) new in this week.

The Bruery - "We never stop challenging ourselves to develop distinctive & imaginative beers, constantly pursuing improvement in all that we do. We brew dozens of original beers each year with our list of ingredients and inspirations growing perpetually. Our collection of oak barrels has also become a primary element of our brewery. Nearly half of our beer is aged in wine or spirit barrels bringing forth flavors reminiscent of the Belgian countryside or classic American distillers."


Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness Sour Stout 7.2% 750ml
Tart of Darkness is a traditional stout that we aged in used oak barrels from The Bruery that had previously housed beers such as Cuivre™ or Black Tuesday®. We then brought them over to Bruery
Terreux, added our special blend of souring
bacterias and wild yeasts and watched nature take its course. The result is a perfectly t
art yet awesomely dark and roasty, sour stout. Not a style you will see very often, and in our opinion, not a style seen often enough. This unique stout has notes of tart plums, roasted coffee, vanilla and oak.
98 Points on Rate Beer

The Bruery Share This: Coffee Imperial Stout 11.9% 750ml
Let’s move beyond the concept of grabbing a beer, and reach for something bigger. This is a journey that transcends beer as we know it. Share This is a new series of beers that fills us with both satisfaction and pride in our ongoing exploration of what we can achieve with beer. Each release in this series will spotlight
unique ingredients and an important cause. Share This: Coffee is an imperial stout with freshly-roasted coffee sourced by Mostra Coffee from the Philippines. For each bottle we produce, Free Wheelchair Mission receives one dollar, in turn, helping friends in the Philippines become mobile for the first time.
98 Points on Rate Beer

The Bruery White Oak Barley Wine 12% 750ml
Early summer, this barrel aged wheat wine is coming out very nicely (12% ABV) White Oak is a blended beer-- 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it "White Oak Sap"), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance. 
97 Points on Rate Beer

The Bruery Mischief Belgian Strong Ale 8.5% 750ml
Belgian-style ale, golden and hoppy. Not quite evil, yet not to be trusted, this Golden Ale is effervescent, dry, hoppy and crisp-you’ll want to keep an eye out.
96 Points on Rate Beer

The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel 8% 750ml
Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.

94 Points on Rate Beer

Also available: 
Bruery Terreux Gypsy Tart Sour Red Brown 8.4% 750ml
The Bruery Jardinier Belgian Pale Ale 4.5% 750ml
The Bruery Or Xata Blonde Ale 7.2% 750ml

Drink Well, 

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Posted: 11/01/2017
NEW STUFF - USA - 2017

From the U.S.T this week we have Sours, some Beaver & yes, plenty of IPA''s.   YIPPEE !!!!!


Lost Coast Fogcutter Double IPA 8.7% 355ml
True hop lovers, get ready for a great ride. Experience our Fogcutter Double IPA with 80 IBUs. No need to white knuckle the bars, the bitterness is in perfect balance with malt flavors and aroma. Enjoy the bright aromatic citrus nose from extra dry-hopping with Cascade, Centennial, Crystal, Chinook and Citra hops. Cut the fog, rock on.
93 Points on Rate Beer

Belching Beaver Phantom Bride IPA 7.1% 650ml 
Deftones are joining the ranks of Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Megadeth and many others in releasing their own signature beer. The California natives have teamed up with San Diego’s Belching Beaver Brewery for a beer they are calling Phantom Bride IPA, named after their recent single. It is brewed and bottled by Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista or Oceanside, California. San Diego County. The beer is described as a "a hoppy West Coast style India Pale Ale loaded up with Mosaic, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra hops, all handpicked by Deftones frontman, Chino Moreno."
97 Points on Rate Beer

Almanac Mandarina Saison 4.3% 355ml Cans
Tart Farmhouse Ale brewed with tangerine and oranges
Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days. The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top. Pair this summer sipper with a day at the beach, fresh seafood and citrus-infused desserts.
93 Points on Rate Beer.

Almanac White Label Sour/Wild Ale 7.5% 375ml 
This beer pairs two “blancs”: California-grown Muscat Blanc grapes and German Hallertau Blanc hops. Blended together in wine barrels and large oak foudres, White Label emerges from the casks as a unique hybrid of beer and wine. The combination of white grapes and tropical-aroma hops creates a luscious nose of ripe apricot, lychee and lemongrass. Finished with a touch of coriander, this complex sipper is a perfect pairing for dishes like mussels steamed in coconut curry, fresh pad thai, and macadamia crusted halibut.
98 Points on Rate Beer

Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Raspberry Sour/Wilde Ale 6.8% 375ml 
Raspberries and sour beer is a magical pairing that creates something more than the sum of its parts: a perfect summer day in a glass. Our version of a Framboise draws inspiration from the farmland in the Santa Cruz mountains, where windswept hills have warm days and cool nights that result in tight, red berries with complex flavors and a ruby red-color. Combined with our sour blonde ale, the final blend highlights huge fruit flavor and the bounty of Coastal California. Pair with pancakes, seared duck breast and summer fruit tarts.
99 Points on Rate Beer

Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Blueberry Sour/ Wild Ale 7.1% 375ml 
We selected the very best hand-picked blueberries grown in the hills of Butte County, California, and added them to a sour golden ale aged in wine barrels. The resulting beer is infused with a delicate blueberry essence, a reminder of far off summer days.
97 Points on Rate Beer

Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout 5.3% 355ml Cans
Our Peanut Butter Milk Stout is simply irresistible. It’s like dark chocolate Reese’s in a glass! Rolled oats and Lactose add to the creamy body of this beer while heavenly aromas of roasted buttery peanuts and chocolate greet you with every sip. Try this out with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a real treat!
Silver Medal – World Beer Championships 2014
Bronze Medal – World Beer Championships 2015
95 Points on Rate Beer

               Drink well


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Posted: 05/01/2017
Stocking Stuffers and Christmas Drinking

Here is a few idea's for presents or just some pure drinking pleasure over the festive season.


Evil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial Stout 12% 660ml 
Few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar, obviously only made in limited amounts and most crucial of all – it must taste rare!
100 Points on Ratebeer

Moa Red Edition Festive IPA 6% 500ml
This Red IPA combines a medley of specialty malts offering rich, roasted caramel aromas, while a big throw of US Simcoe and Amarillo hops provide piney, citrus and pineapple flavours with an IBU of 75. Producing a moreish beer, perfectly matched with spicy food or rich cheeses.

4 Pines Chrismas Pack - 4 x 500m
Pale Ale 5.1%: Aromas of Pine and Grapefruit overlay a malt background. On the palate full bodied malty flavours with a tight and bitter finish.
West Coast Red Rye IPA 7.3%More of a cool Californian breeze straight off the north pacific, this bold but adorable love child of California dreaming & pet sounds showcases a harmonious balance of grapefruit hop character, candy-like sweetness & high alcohol warmth.
Christmas Saison 5.5%Nutmeg, clove,coriander seeds, ginger, cinnamon & all-spice all wrapped up in a light bodied farmhouse ale. 
Kolsch 4.6%Aromas of lemon/lime prelude a light malty palate. Finishing crisp and clean showing hints of spice and citrus

Mad Abbot Christmas Ale 11.3% 2016
A complex and very dark ale with notes of rum, raisin, plum, cherry, vanilla and Turkish delight. Will reward cellaring.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA 6.8% 355ml
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale represents a time honored tradition of brewing a special beer for the holiday season. There are generous portions of barley malts and fine whole hops of several varieties, creating a brew with a full, rich and hearty character.
98 Points on Ratebeer

Drink well & enjoy the festive season. 
All the best


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Posted: 21/12/2016
NEW STUFF - Collective Arts - Canadia


First time in the country(I Think) 

'COLLECTIVE ARTS BREWING-  "We are a grassroots beer company fusing the craft of brewing with the inspired talents of emerging artists & musicians. Our brewery is dedicated to promoting artists and raising creative consciousness through the sociability of craft beer.''


Collective Arts Ransack the Universe IPA 6.8% 473ml Can
Galaxy hops from Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia and Mosaic hops from Yakima, WA deliver aromas and flavours of tropical fruits, mango and citrus. Light malt body lets the hops shine through, and finishes crisp but not bitter. A hemispheric hop mashup.
97 Points on Rate Beer

Collective Arts Stranger Than Fiction Porter 5.5% 473ml Can
A full-bodied porter with plenty of roast flavours as well as hints of molasses and chocolate. Ridiculous amounts of chocolate and pale ale malts make this porter smooth and creamy.
96 Points on Rate Beer

Collective Arts Papaya Saison 6% 473ml
Saison is a very complex style, traditionally fruity in the aroma and flavour. We cranked it up a notch with the addition of papaya. The result, earthy yeast tones, mild tartness and a tropical rush. This semi-dry, crisp brew is ideal for summer.

Collective Arts Hefeweizen 5.5% 473ml Can
This is a style of wheat beer originating from the south of Germany. The yeast produces unique flavours of banana and cloveswith a dry and tart edge. Minimal hop bitterness. “Hefe” means “with yeast”, hence the beers cloudy appearance.

Collective Arts Rhyme and Reason American Pale Ale 5.7% 473ml
Rhyme & Reason, Extra Pale Ale American style pale ale. The flavour and aroma of Citra, Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe hops prevail without excessive bitterness for maximum drinkability. Malt sweetness of Pale Ale, Crystal Carafoam and Wheat Flakes in the background complements the hops for a crisp finish. 5.7 ABV 55 IBUs.
97 Points on Rate Beer

Drink well


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Posted: 15/12/2016

Once again its my favourite Brewery from Denmark.


To Ol Gose to Hollywood 3.8% 500ml Can
To Øl got starstruck. This is how we went to Hollywood. Salty, sour, light gose brewed with the best fruits California can offer. Best consumed on warm summer days or on the red carpet.
96 Points on Rate Beer

To Ol Black Baal - Black IPA 14% 375ml
Black Triple IPA brewed with coffee. Weighing in at a mighty 14% ABV, we have pushed this beer to the max, pumping it full of Simcoe and Centennial hops, Rye malts and whole coffee beans to produce a dark beast of a beer.
98 Points on Rate Beer

To Ol Roses are Brett - Saison 6% 330ml
An Amber Saison using Cara Red, dry hopped with Citra and Saaz, fermented with Brettanomyces and then filled with Raspberries to enhance that red fruit colour and flavour.
94 Points on Rate Beer

To Ol Mochaccino Messiah -Brown Ale 7% 330ml
This is our attempt of substituting the morning mochaccino coffee with a beer. You get the nicely roasted chocolate malts, some creamy lactose for the milk and a shot of nutty espresso coffee in your mug. And then some alcohol, it seemed just as obvious as vodka in a white russian. We do not recommend opting for this beer instead of coffee (all the time...) – Original “The Monday Morning Mochaccino Messiah” 
95 Points on Rate Beer

To Ol Sur Mosaic - Sour/Wild Ale 6% 330ml
Sur is Danish for sour and Mosaic refers to the hop that this beer is based upon. This is a sour mashed 6% pale ale, where we have tried to give a traditional Pale Ale an lactic acid backbone. The lactic acid comes with acidity, but also a fatness that works really well with the mosaic hop, that gives clear notes of tropical fruits like mango and passion fruit.
95 Points on Rate Beer

To Ol Mr Blonde 6.5% Belgian IPA/Sour/wild Ale (Bit of everything ! ) 330ml
This beer is a bright 6,5% Belgian IPA, hopped with Citra for that refreshing citrus bite, and then loaded up with Gooseberries to give it a grape like tart finish.
90 Points on Rate Beer

Drink well

PS - Stone Dog Meadery tasting this Friday
Will be tasting their new triple IPA Braggot amongst others.

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Posted: 08/12/2016
NEW STUFF - Hope Brewhouse - Hunter Valley

Established in 2014 .They are local  & their range on the shelf all involve hops. So if you happen to like hops, hops & more hops you are in luck this week !!!


Hope Brewhouse XPA 4.7% 375ml
Bold aromatic and fruity American Pale AleTropical fruit, citrus, toffee and malt flavour and aromas are dominant and rounded off with solid bitterness that is typical to the style.

Hope IPA 6% 375ml
Assertive American style ale IPA. Big, bold, citrus, pine and tropical fruit characters balanced against a solid malt backbone and big bitterness.

Hope DIPA 9% 375ml
Big bold American Double IPA. Tropical fruit, citrus, pine and resin characters dominate this hop forward beer. Light malt characters and solid bitterness round off the palate.

Hope Black IPA 6.8% 375ml
A Hoppy black ale packed full of big pine, resin and citrus hop character offset against subtle roast and chocolate malt characters and finishing with solid bitterness.



Drink well



Posted: 01/12/2016
NEW STUFF - Tiny Rebel - Wales

Have managed to source some more of the Tiny Rebel from Wales.Mutli award winning Brewery, leading the charge in Wales.


Tiny Rebel CWTCH - Amber Ale 4.6% 330ml
Probably the best word ever. Cwtch (rhymes with butch) can mean either cuddle or cubbyhole. Grab a glass, relax and cwtch up with this untraditional Welsh red ale - a perfect blend of six caramelly malts and three citrussy American hops.
It isn’t your average bitter - the hops do more to this deep amber coloured beer than just provide bite. Any old hop can do that! We’ve selected some of the most aromatic and tangy hops from the other side of the pond to give this red a fresh hit that complements the caramel flavours of the malts that gives this beer its colour. Drinkability and balance makes this beer.


Tiny Rebel Cali - American Pale Ale 5.6% 330ml
Bigger than the beef between the Bloods and the Crips. We bring you a beer that's hopped to sh*t. Reppin' from the 'Port to Rodeo Drive. Juicy and fresh, Cali has arrived.
West Side! Our American Pale Ale is inspired by the rough and ready of the West Coast. Things aren’t always sunshine and lolipops.
Forget Beverley Hills. If you want to see the real West Coast, you need to see the streets of Compton and Westmont.
Don’t let the juicy, tropical fruit flavours fool you. This is one big, bad motherlover of an APA. Come and join our gang, homes.

Tiny Rebel One Inch Punch 3.9% 330ml
Our take on an American session beer is brewed using the Mosaic hop giving you big tropical hits of flavours and aromas that you’re more used to finding in an IPA. This is a session beer made the Tiny Rebel way.

 Tiny Rebel The Full Nelson Maori Pale Ale 4.8% 330ml
After months of experimentation with a unique hop, we sampled a beer so extraordinarily refreshing that it transported us to the other side of the world.
The sweet, musty flavour of Nelson Sauvin is similar to the Sauvignon grape - and both grow in the same region of New Zealand.
Sweet Munich malt compliments the fruity hop flavours in this Maori-inspired ale. As bright and summery as Christmas in Wellington!

 Drink well

PS - We have a click & collect - Especially useful on limited release stock.

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Posted: 24/11/2016
Cider Masterclass With Willie Smith's

How are these apples? Pretty good we reckon.

This December we will be holding a cider masterclass hosted by Sam Reid (Willie Smith Co-Founder and President Cider Australia - the peak body for cider Australia).

Explore the future of the cider category and see why there is so much fuss about cider apples!

We'll be trying a variety of ciders from Willie Smiths' range (including Australia's Best Cider for 2016, which is a now a rare commodity) alongside expressions from traditional cider producing nations France and England.

The list: 

Willie Smith’s Organic
Willie Smith’s Bone Dry
Willie Smith's Perry
Willie Smith’s French Blend
– Winner Best Cider Australia 2016
Willie Smith’s Kingston Black
Henny’s Dry Cider 
Manoir du Kinkiz  Cournelle (France)

WHAT: CIDER MASTERCLASS – Presented By  Sam Reid
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday 7 December 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $15Non-Members $20

Line-up subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or stock levels. Tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable.

Posted: 24/11/2016
NEW STUFF - Ale Smith(States)

Ale Smith has been here before but this time it is direct from the Brewery.
Established in 1995, beers from the brewery have been rated on website as #1 Top Brewer in the World 2006 and again in 2013.In 2008, AleSmith was awarded "Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year" at the Great American Beer Festival.


Ale Smith IPA 7.25% 355ml
It’s Pretty Awesome. A San Diego classic, AleSmith IPA showcases the versatility of American hops. Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine lead into an abundance of fresh pine and tropical fruit notes followed by a crisp, resinous bitterness. The complex hop profile is supported by a firm malt presence to create an incredibly flavorful and well-balanced IPA.
   Rate Beer 100 Points

AleSmith Grand Cru Belgian Strong Ale 10% 750ml
Grand Cru is a dark chestnut-colored Belgian-style Ale with vibrant fermentation aromas of fruity esters and spicy phenols. A sweet caramel malt, raisin, and plum-like character combines with the complex fermentation profile of our Belgian yeast strain and hints of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Its full body and velvety mouthfeel make for a slow and satisfying drinking experience. Grand Cru is meant to be savored and will age nicely.     Rate Beer 99 Points

Ale Smith Horny Devil Belgian Strong Ale 10% 750ml
Horny Devil is our interpretation of a Belgian-style Golden Ale. Brewed with authentic Belgian ingredients including candi sugar and a Trappist yeast strain, its fruity and spicy aromas include notes of orange, banana, and peppercorns. Coriander seeds add refreshing citrus notes which meld seamlessly with the beer’s delicate malt. Horny Devil finishes with a lively carbonation and a refreshingly dry finish.                                      Rate  beer  95 Points

Ale Smith Speedway Stout - Imperial Stout 12%
Speedway Stout’s ominous, pitch-black appearance has become a hallmark of this modern-day classic. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout’s fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come.   Rate Beer 100 Points

AleSmith Nut Brown English-Style Ale  5% 650ml
AleSmith Nut Brown is a tribute to one of our favorite British styles. Deep mahogany in color, its rich, malt-forward flavor profile balances notes of biscuit, mild cocoa and earthy hops. A creamy mouthfeel and full body enhances its drinkability, making Nut Brown an extremely sessionable ale that embodies our commitment to quality.              Rate Beer 95 Points

Ale Smith Old Numbskull - Barley Wine 11% 750ml
Caramel and toffee notes abound in this deep copper-colored American Barleywine-style ale alongside toasted malt and a hint of ripe dark fruits. Old Numbskull showcases malt sweetness, intense American hops, and an aggressive bitterness. Extremely well-balanced, the full-bodied mouthfeel and assertive hop profile leads into a deceptively smooth finish. Old Numbskull can be enjoyed now or laid down for years to come.     Rate Beer 100 Points|

Ale Smith X Extra Pale Ale 5.25% 650ml
This refreshing, light-golden Extra Pale Ale embodies drinkability. AleSmith X pushes the limits by offering a level of flavor not often found in this classic style. Fresh American hops are abundant but carefully balanced by a light, crisp body and smooth bitterness. Notes of citrus and pine combine with a delicate malt sweetness to create a flavorful drinking experience.
     Rate Beer 96 Points

        Also Available;

   Ale Smith Lil Devil Belgian Ale 5.75% 355ml

   Ale Smith Anvil ESB 5.5% 650ml

    Drink well

PS - We have a click & collect - Especially useful on limited release stock.

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Posted: 17/11/2016
NEW STUFF - Barossa Vally Brewing

A Note From The Brewer
What we do today is based on the love of craft beer which I discovered over 20 years ago, hanging around Brewers in Michigan. They are simple but often lost at corporate headquarters of the major brewing conglomerates that produce 95% of our beer.  These principles are:

1. Never compromise quality.  Use the best ingredients and take no short cuts.
2. Experiment.  Be brave and try things big breweries cannot.
3. Brew for the love of the beer.  Learn to measure success not from coin gained but joy you and your friends get from drinking your beer.
We are forging our own path full of good friends and great beer.  Hope you will join us.

Denham D’Silva
Founder and Head Brewer


 Barossa Valley Brewing Canis Major IIPA 8% 330ml
Inspired by the ‘great dog’ star-system this Imperial IPA is a flavour supernova. With over 100 IBU’s of hop, partnered with ample malts to give it balance, there’s no wonder it was judged to be a pedigree, winning both Champion IPA and Best Beer In Show at the Adelaide Beer Awards.

Barossa Valley Brewing I Can't Believe It's Not Bacon 5.5% 330ml
Lampooning your lips from the very first swig, this porker has more mystique than any flying swine. Stuffed with malt that’s smoked locally with the same wood as prize-winning bacon, this finely crafted local collaboration is a truly unique full-flavoured brew of peety, bacony proporktions. Go on, let this ale expand your beer horizons.

Barossa Valley Brewing Bee Sting Golden Ale 5% 330ml
Shamelessly pollenating your taste buds from the very first sip, this crisp flirty brew uses just a touch of local Barossa honey and delicate hops to leave your tongue as excited as a freshly disturbed hive. Light on its toes, but big in pleasurable flavour, this award winning ale will be a reliable friend at any occasion.

Barossa Valley Brewing Coffee Stout 7% 330ml
This seductive stout will make even the most hardy of warrior weak at the knees. Flavoured with Peruvian cocoa nibs and Barossa roasted coffee, this heavyweight will beat you into a smooth, sexy, submission… no matter how frigid your tastebuds.

Barossa Valley Brewing Hop Heaven 4.8% 330ml
This award winning IPA is crafted to be flavoursome and effortlessly drinkable. A worthy companion to a fine cut of BBQ’d meat, or on a hot afternoon while you admire your freshly mowed lawn. When those crisp American hops and smooth malt hit your taste buds, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve reached the pearly gates.

          Drink well

PS - We have a click & collect - Especially useful on limited release stock.

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Posted: 10/11/2016