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Woolshed Brewery and new Imperial Puft

G'day, 

On the banks of the Murray River in the Riverland region of SA, you'll find a brewery with a stunning outlook. Woolshed Brewery is located in an old shearing shed and not only offers a "Brew with a view" but also onsite accommodation. 

We've been seeing more and more Woolshed beers available to us of late and they land on the shelf right along side an old favourite of ours, the Hard Lemonade. 

Last year I wrote about what I thought was one of the best beers I'd had in a long time (and I stand by that) and last week I received a case of their Imperial version. I'm talking about Tiny Rebel's Stay Puft Marshmallow Porter (you can read my little review here) and I'm giddy with excitement to try Imperial Puft Marshmallow Porter. 

 

 

Woolshed Brewery The Big Orange Kettle Sour 4.1% 375ml

A collab brew with Left Barrel Brewing, the Big Orange is a Barrel Fermented Kettle sour, dry hopped with Citra hops and fermented with Riverlands Orange Juice.

Kette souring is an interesting process where lactobacillus is added during the brew process. For those of you who want to know a little more, this is a great article. 

 

 

 

Woolshed Brewery Chocolate Breakfast Stout 5.5% 375ml

This single batch limited edition is created with rolled oats, roast barley, milk sugar, sweet caramel malts and pure liquid cacao for that big chocolate hit, this stout will give you a reason to wake up in the morning!

 

 

 

Tiny Rebel Imperial Puft Marshmallow Porter 9% 330ml

We've taken everything great about Stay Puft and gone bigger. We've imperialised our delectable marshmallow porter up to 9% ABV with rich roasty notes, a sticky sweetness and rich dried fruit flavours from the massive amounts of malt working to a higher strength.

I'm literally drinking this as I write this newsletter and it hasn't disappointed (yet again!). Marshmallow nose but not too sweet on the palate. It's just such a good beer. Definitely my favourite porter. 

We have a bunch of events coming up and you can check them all out here and as usual, you can check out all the new products via the button below. 


Posted: 24/05/2018
Fair Exhibitors Finalised

Citizens,

We have the final line up for our seventh Sydney Craft Beer & Cider Fair! There  will be 24 breweries and cideries. Each has been pushed to have something new on their table. Love the new.

Here is a little of what will be happening.

This year we have Pete from Pioneer with his farmed and brewed brews, the Shenanigans crew are working on something special (chillis again, I hope!), Ashley from Two Metres will be pouring some of his limited (and tanks samples, If I push him hard enough), Frenchies is back and promising something special, Stockade will be pouring their limited release brews and then you have first timers Hop Nation, Prancing Pony, Bridge Road and Wildflower.

The International is a lot stronger than previous years, we have Brekeriet (Sweden), Boon (Belgium), Dugges (Sweden) and Sixpoint (States),

If you are coming along for the ciders, Pomologist Cider will be launching their new  range, James from the multi award winning Small Acres Cyder pouring all the big boys, Flying Brick from Western Aus will be pouring growlers of ciders not currently available over here and then we have The Cheeky Grog Co participating for the first time.

Can’t mention everyone in this,  as would go on forever. Let’s just say that it will be another outstanding day drinking and talking craft with the people behind the brands.

Full list of Exhibitors - CLICK HERE

Drink well


Posted: 14/05/2018
Events Galore and fresh De Molen

G'day, 

I'll be off to Tassie this week for a spot of rowing so the New Beer List is already up and there won't be any new beers up until next Tuesday. 

We've had a pretty busy couple of weeks with De Molen, Kees, Fantome and Emelisse finally returning to NSW after a few months break due to the Container Deposit Scheme. We've got some new brews plus some old favourites up on the shelf. 

I've also been busy busy with some promised events in the weeks leading up to the Sydney Craft Beer and Cider Fair. You can find details for those below. 

 

 

 

De Molen / Kees Frack & Frick Smoked Imperial Stout 10.6% 330ml

Kees & Menno thought about malts. Smoked malts as the base malt for a new brew… Smoked malt from Bamberg to be precise. The choice of base malt was unanimous. But (headstrong who?) they wanted to make two different beers with it. March 14th 2017 was Imperial Stout (Frack & Frick) day at our place, April 12th was Barley Wine (Frick & Frack) day at Brouwerij Kees!' place. Try them alongside to taste the obvious differences and unavoidable similarities.

98 Points on RateBeer. 

 

 

 

 

De Molen Sally & Swain Bowmore BA Imperial Stout 12% 330ml

Imperial Stout that has been allowed to mature in the whisky barrels of Bowmore. This gives him a smoky, peaty character with whisky tones and flavors of chocolate.

94 Points on RateBeer. 

 

 

 

 

 

De Molen / Omnipollo SitiS Imperial Pineapple IPA 8.5% 330ml

A collaboration with Omnipollo. Heaps fo fresh pineapple but, oddly enough, alongside the use of zingy hops, oats, wheat, pilsner malt and fresh pulp from the aforementioned fruit, corn flakes were employed to add extra weight and flavour. 

 

 

 

 

 

Emelisse Vanille Ice Cream Stout 5.5% 330ml

This stout offers rich, flavoursome vanilla notes, alongside dried fruit, grapes and caramel.

91 Points on RateBeer. 

Upcoming Events

We have a couple of events in the lead up to our Craft Beer & Cider Fair. If you feel like you want a crash course on IPAs or if you want to flex your beer knowledge in front of mates, we've got you!

IPA Appreciation Night Wednesday 13th June

Beer Quiz Night at the Oak Barrel 20th June

Sydney Craft Beer and Cider Fair 30th June 



Cheers, 


Posted: 10/05/2018
Events Galore and fresh De Molen

G'day, 

I'll be off to Tassie this week for a spot of rowing so the New Beer List is already up and there won't be any new beers up until next Tuesday. 

We've had a pretty busy couple of weeks with De Molen, Kees, Fantome and Emelisse finally returning to NSW after a few months break due to the Container Deposit Scheme. We've got some new brews plus some old favourites up on the shelf. 

I've also been busy busy with some promised events in the weeks leading up to the Sydney Craft Beer and Cider Fair. You can find details for those below. 

De Molen / Kees Frack & Frick Smoked Imperial Stout 10.6% 330ml

Kees & Menno thought about malts. Smoked malts as the base malt for a new brew… Smoked malt from Bamberg to be precise. The choice of base malt was unanimous. But (headstrong who?) they wanted to make two different beers with it. March 14th 2017 was Imperial Stout (Frack & Frick) day at our place, April 12th was Barley Wine (Frick & Frack) day at Brouwerij Kees!' place. Try them alongside to taste the obvious differences and unavoidable similarities.

98 Points on RateBeer. 

De Molen Sally & Swain 
   
   

Posted: 10/05/2018
IPA Appreciation Night

What is a hop? Where’d they come from and why are they important?

Join us for us for the second of our beer appreciation evenings, where we discover the miracles of the fascinating humulus lupulus in the best way possible – by drinking good beer!

The discovery of hops revolutionised the beer brewing world and changed the way we transported, made and drank our beer. We’re going to delve into the world of noble hops, bittering and aroma hops, dankness, freshness and alpha acids. We’re going to get a little nerdy on this one, but we promise you’ll come away with a healthy fascination of these amazing little plants.

An evening hosted by The Oak Barrel’s beer specialist, this Appreciation tasting will be a relaxed, conversational affair powered by interesting facts and littered with great beers.

WHAT: IPA Appreciation Night
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday June 13th, 6.15pm for 6.30pm start.
PRICE: Members $25 / Guests $35
TICKETS: [MEMBERS] / [GUESTS]


Posted: 08/05/2018
Beer Quiz Night at The Oak Barrel

Want to flex your beer knowledge muscles? Want to learn more stuff about beer? Join us for our very first Beer Quiz Night!
Part beer trivia, part beer tasting event, this is a chance to show off your beer intuition – or pretend to know more than you do…

Gather some buddies together for this light-hearted evening of banter, beer and bamboozlement. Over two rounds, there will be questions for every level of knowledge as well as a range of beers to taste and enjoy.
We’ll be getting some of our favourite breweries on board to showcase some brews and be involved with the tomfoolery. There’ll be prizes on the night for the top team, the best team name, loudest outfit and not to mention for a classic game of heads and tails.
The night’s more about celebrating beer than it is about winning, you can’t have a quiz without prizes, so we’ll have to crown a winner somewhere!

It happens Wednesday 20 June and is open to beer lovers of all shapes, sizes and levels of beer nerd-ery.

Individual tickets are available, but there are discounts for groups of four. Oak Barrel members will receive a 10% discount on tickets and group bookings!

WHAT: Beer Quiz Night  
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday June 20th, 6.15pm for 6.30pm start.
PRICE: Individual Tickets: $25 ($22.50 for members) / Group Of Four: $85 ($76.50 for members)
TICKETS: Available HERE.  To recieve the group ticket discount, add the 4 Pack option to the cart. 

Cheers, 


Posted: 07/05/2018
May the fourth be with you and rise of the squid

G'day

With the Fourth of May and Star Wars Day fast approaching, we've be receiving a bunch of new Star Wars themed beers. We're also going to talk about the newest from Mornington Peninsula Brewing. It's worth keeping an eye out for the Wenty North / Australian Brewery Collab: Revenge of the Pith Imperial Citrus IPA. I've been assured that it'll be here and ready to go on Friday. 

 

 

 



Holgate Gate Series Millenium Falcon IIPA 2018 9% 500ml

Get ready for a tropical hop hit from beyond the stars! May the hops be with you!

First brewed in 2013 to mark our 1000th brew, the Millennium Falcon is made with pale malt and an interstellar hopping rate to produce an "Emperial" IPA that is simply out of this world.

 

 



Holgate X Wing XPA 5.5% 375ml

A “dialled down” version of the cult favourite Millennium Falcon Emperial IPA, this American Pale Ale is super smashable with a nice, juicy hop hit. 

 We also have the much anticipated arrival of Mornington's Squid Rising NEIPA. It's the bigger, stronger, hoppier version of our other favourite Jiffy Squid. Most of the regulars would be aware of my view on NEIPAs and the "haze craze". Generally, they're an unfiltered IPA with low bitterness and a ton of hops. However, I've found that if our brewers can bastardize something, they will. Mornington has kept this beer true to form and it's stunningly delicious!

 

 

 

 

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Squid Rising NEIPA 6.5% 330ml

It’s fat, it’s cloudy, it’s mouthwateringly juicy and shatteringly hoppy!

 

Check out the images below for upcoming events and all the new beers!

Nearly have all the exhibitors for the SCB&CFair. This week(So far)  Hop Nation, Pioneer Brewing and Cheeky Grog Co have all agreed to attend, for the full list, click the banner.

Cheers, 


Posted: 03/05/2018
Big Beers from the US

G'day, 

This week we got in some absolute monsters from the guys at Evil Twin, AleSmith and Deschutes. These are all super limited so once they're gone, they're gone!



AleSmith Noble Empire Imperial Porter 11% 750ml


In our 20th year, we had the good fortune to grow, expand, and relocate to our new home on what was originally named Empire Street. The city soon recognized us by renaming that street to AleSmith Court, a rare honor. Now at our larger facility, we continue to explore our passion for complex beers and expand our barrel-aging program. We have thus created Noble Empire, a brawny, complex, imperial version of a traditional English-style porter as a tribute to craftsmanship of the highest quality. Rich with chocolaty flavors derived from a variety of specialty malts, this beer has patiently found the delicate balance between sweet notes of vanilla and toast from the bourbon barrels. Enjoy this tribute to the former Empire Street and its noble evolution for the sake of craft beer. Cheers!

99 Points on RateBeer. 

 






Deschutes The Abyss Tequila 2017 11.9% 640ml


Imperial stout brewed with black strap molasses, licorice with cherry bark and whole vanilla beans, 100% aged in tequila barrels for 10 months.

99 Points on RateBeer.

Also available: Deschutes The Abyss 2016 & Deschutes The Abyss 2017





Evil Twin / Prairie Artisan Ales Bible Belt 13% 475ml


A collaboration with Evil Twin, this is Even More Jesus aged on coffee, vanilla, chilies, and cacao nibs.

100 Points on RateBeer.

 



Evil Twin Bozo Beer 17.2% 475ml

A screwball-ish Imperial Stout with hints of: molasses, lactose, chocolate, almond, hazelnut, vanilla bean, cinnamon, oak spiral, chili, marshmallow, muscovado sugar, and coffee.

99 Points on RateBeer.


To avoid disappointment, remember you can Click & Collect. 

We also have more than half our exhibitors confirmed for our Sydney Craft Beer & Cider Fair.

Keep an eye out for upcoming beer events and dates not to be missed!

Cheers, 


Posted: 27/04/2018
Bruny Island Special Releases

G'day, 

I finally got around to getting all the new Bruny Island Special releases up on the shelves as well as online. 

Bruny Island beers came about from a conversation between the Bruny Island Cheese Co. founder and a brewer. The brewhouse was built using old farmhouse/dairy equipment and has a focus on rustic styles of beer. Below were some that caught my eye. We have very limited stocks so remember, you can Click and Collect for instore pick ups. 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruny Island Brewing Co. Beautiful Ugly Brett Saison 7.2% 750ml

Deep funk, spice and fruit. Soft texture with dry finish. Made with Tasmanian Westminster pale malted barley, Bruny Island red wheat, Bruny Island raw barley, Tasmanian Helga, Williamette and HPA035 hops, and using a mix of Belgian saison yeasts with brettanomyces strains. 

 

 

 

Bruny Island Brewing Co. Saison d'Entrecasteaux 6.5% 750ml

Our saison uses raw barley & wheat grown in fields on North Bruny plus Tasmanian base malt. Hopped for bitterness and aroma with Helga, Willamette and HPA-035, all grown at one of the world’s oldest hop farms in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. All locally farmed ingredients and water were used to feed a French brewer’s yeast and two strains of brettanomyces. The use of multiple strains of yeast, as well as a lengthy secondary fermentation and bottle/keg conditioning, has created a beer of stunning balance and complexity that pairs incredibly with many styles of cheese. This hazy golden ale is earthy, with citrus, pear and spicy barnyard funk leaping out from the glass. It is bone-dry without seeming thin. 

 

 

 

Bruny Island Brewing Co. Metric Stout 2017 10% 750ml

Metric Stout is the biggest, densest, richest beer we have released and required a requisite amount of effort to produce. Suffice to say, not many brewing days are 18 hours long!

Metric stout it jet black and viscous, with a finely beaded brown head of foam. The aroma is earthy, inflected with campfire ash, malt and bitter chocolate. These characteristics are enhanced in the flavour as the textural components of the beer come into play; rich and syrupy, it coats the mouth.

 

 

 

Bruny Island Brewing Co. Paddock Ale Belgian Golden Ale 9.2% 750ml

Paddock Ale is inspired by the Belgian farmhouse brewing tradition of crafting beers that vary according to the regional availability and characteristics of various kinds of grain, hops, yeast and water. This strong, dry ale showcases the best of Tasmanian malted barley, organic oats and Bruny Island red wheat, enhanced with Wellington Apiary's Hobart Wildflower honey, Bushy Park hops and Bruny Island spring water.

The Belgian strain of yeast used to ferment Paddock Ale has fermented out very dry, and fruit and spice notes produced by the yeast during fermentation provide a complementary depth to the interplay of grain, hops and honey.

 We're excited to announce that we have just over half our exhibitors confirmed for our annual Craft Beer and Cider Fair. The list can be found by hitting the button below. As usual, we have our New Beer List or you can check out the button for all new beer and ciders. 

Cheers, 


Posted: 19/04/2018
New Beers out of Europe

G'day, 

I've arrived back from holidays to discover that all my Euro beers have turned up  -Yay, new beers. Boo, lots of work! We're seeing a little bit from all over, new Omnipollo, Naparbier, Pressure Drop, Buxton, Ducato and Opperbacco plus a fair few more. 

 

 

 





Ducato Kiss Me Lipsia Sour / Wild Ale 4%

We received a really small amount of Kiss Me Lipsia, a sour ale inoculated with lactobacillus and blended with Gose (salt sour beer) and Himalayan pink salt, aged for 9 months.

 




Omnipollo Fatamorgana Imperial IPA 8%

I'm a huge fan of the Swedish beers at the moment, particularly Omnipollo, so I jumped on the chance to order in some that we haven't had in store before. 

Fatamorgana draw inspiration from the fidelity of a saison — rustic, alluringly cloudy and crisp — this imperial IPA was brewed using oats and wheat. Dry-hopped twice and completely untouched post fermentation to preserve aroma and flavor.

 





Buxton Myrcia Oatmeal Hopburst Session IPA 4%

Ignore that it says 'session' in the description - this sounds like an awesome beer.

Oatmeal Hopburst Session IPA - brewed with 15% oats and 10% wheat for a really full body and creamy mouthfeel. Very low bitterness but hopped and double dry-hopped with even more aroma hops than Axe Edge.

We first brewed a beer called Myrcia in collaboration with our friends Dry & Bitter, Denmark. However this beer is a new recipe for 2017 release and is NOT a vintage of the older beer.

 

 

 





To Ol Fuck Art - We've Got Zestappeal Belgian Ale 6%

Because who doesn't like the 'Fuck Art' series from To Ol. They're always interesting and very different. We've Got Zestappeal is no exception. It's a belgian ale brewed with delicious amounts of orange zest and lemon zest. 

We're starting to lock in breweries and brewers for our upcoming Craft Beer & Cider Fair which is always exciting. We'll be uploading breweries as they confirm, and you can follow that progress via the image below. 

I also bought back a swag of WA beers for an event at the end of May. Details for that can be found below. 

As usual, all the new beers can be found via the NEW BEER LIST or hit the button below. Remember, some old favourites are back (Omnipollo Mango Lassie, Blackmans Juicy Banger etc) but they won't appear on the New Beer List (They will be on Untappd though!). 

Cheers,


Posted: 12/04/2018