Our Head Brewer, Brendan Guild, has come up with the goods this Christmas with two amazing beers for Christmas.
So we got him to kick back (over a beer, of course!) to walk us through the process. Enjoy!
“Christmas beers are a funny thing to consider in Australia – traditionally they are brewed in England which experiences a considerably colder Christmas than we do in Australia – the idea of a heavily spiced, dark 7% beer isn’t always overly appealing in 40+ degree heat.
This year we decided to brew not one, but two Christmas beers, aiming for something a little more reflective of the kind of Christmas we experience. We thought this was a good opportunity to create a story around these beers and what could be more Christmas than a lamb roast dinner followed by a tropical fruit pavlova?”
Our first beer is a 5.3% Rosemary and Mint Amber Ale that is reminiscent of traditional lamb roast. The caramel/toffee flavours of the amber ale provide the gravy and caramelisation that are the hallmark of a good roast, with mint and rosemary (picked from our own garden and added at the end of the boil) to provide the finishing touches. The result is a nicely balanced beer which ties all the elements in harmony – chewy almost oily mouthfeel complimented with a mild refreshing mint flavour and notes of rosemary coming through in the back end. We don’t typically play with spices and herbs in many of our beers, so this one really proved to be a bit of fun!!
What is better than a pavlova stacked with tropical fruit goodness on Christmas day? Pav Magic is a 5% new world hefeweizen which is loaded with lots of late hops and dry hop goodness. Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy and Cascade hops all combine to provide a festival of citrus and tropical fruit flavours and aromas, with a nice hint of clove coming from the yeast to balance everything out. The result is a fluffy white beer smack full of delicious tropical fruit.