Saturday, 7 May 2016

Favourite New (to me) Beer - April 2016

Once again, another month packed with new beer experiences. Was lucky enough to go to multiple beer events around Brisbane as well as a trip to Sydney including a couple of visits to the awesome Modus Operandi brewery in Mona Vale. If you're ever in the area it's well worth checking out. Core range, specialty beers and excellent food.

Favourite beer of the month has a very local vibe to it, with two of the beers being brewed within a couple of km's of the Beer Food Brisbane household. Love it.

New (to me) favourite beer for April was...

The Mayne Harvest by Newstead Brewing Co.

The Mayne Harvest is a wet hopped version of The Mayne Thing, which is Newstead's core range golden ale. I'm a fan of their golden ale but when I go to Newstead I generally get a session ale, pale ale or an IPA. The Mayne Harvest though.. wow. Delicious hop bitterness that was punctuated by fresh floral and citrus flavours. So good, it's a shame this can't be around all year. One of the best beers I've had this year.

A few notable mentions.

Another local beer, the Green Beacon Barrel Aged Strong Ale. Lots of coconut with warming boozyness and a sweet malty backbone. I believe their next barrel aged beer is going to a porter, can't wait to try that.

The BrewDog Paradox Compass Box was everything I was expecting from a whisky cask aged imperial stout. Thick and syrupy, lots of dark fruits, raisins, bitter coffee and dark chocolate. All wrapped up with a lovely warming sensation. Shared with a non-craft beer drinking mate who also enjoyed it. Wish I bought a couple to let them age, maybe next time.

May has now started, there's a shit ton of events coming up. Looking forward to the Stone Meet the Brewer event at Brewski, and the Stone & Wood Stone Beer launch at The Woolly Mammoth. See you around

Thanks for reading, and as always, drink well.