Sunday, 27 November 2016

THE BEER-THUSIAST PACK: OCTOBER

The Beer-thusiast Pack: October 


Since the temporary demise of Tru Bru's Bear Club, I've been looking for a beer club to fill the void. Up stepped The Beer-thusiast Pack from one of Melbourne's finest craft beer establishments; Carwyn Cellars.

The Beer-thusiast Pack is delivered to your door monthly. It's composition is a complete mystery until it arrives - although it's likely to include a number of local offerings. Each month 12 beers arrive, including 5 duplicates. As many of you know I'm not generally one for duplicates, which is where Dylan comes in.

Dylan and I share a love of sport and have been playing indoor soccer together for a few years now. Dylan's love of craft beer has grown over the years to the point that he's now an avid Untappd user and works at a boutique bottle shop, with a large craft beer range. His tastes are not dissimilar to mine; with a preference for sours and hoppy beers over maltier offerings.

For the first time in a few years I'm going to have a co-reviewer on Beer O'Clock Australia. The plan is that we'll divide the duplicates at soccer soon after they arrive. We'll both drink them individually and record our thoughts, before getting together to share the single beers in the pack (and possibly a few more!). For this first post I'll write a pre-amble about each beer, Dylan will take care of the tasting notes (in italics) and then I'll add thoughts where I see fit. The format is sure to change over these first couple of months as we work through some teething issues, so please hit me up if you've got any feedback.


This lineup convinced me to sign up! The locals were really impressive with four beers from Victoria, of which I'd only tried two, as well as the Nomad's Freshie in a can - a beer I love in bottle form and was thrilled to see in a can. The internationals were inspiring; I love BrewDog's Black Hammer, whilst I've walked passed the Founders Imperial Stout so many times and know I should've tried by now. After one of the longest introductions I've ever written, let's get into it!

Bodriggy Highbinder - American Pale Ale - 4.8%

I was really excited to finally try the Highbinder in a bottle. Bodriggy Brewing Co. is owned by the same guys as Dr Morse, my work local. I've had this Pale Ale numerous on tap and found it very impressive each time. With some proper distribution this will be a very, very popular beer. I can't wait for these guys to get their brewery up and running on Johnston St in the not too distant future!

"Even with Noz’s recommendation I have to admit I came into this with a few reservations, pale ale fatigue coupled with an unfamiliar brewery, perhaps. I was very happy to be wrong. This is a cracking pale, lovely fruity hop flavours as you’d expect but the balance is really where this stands out. You can taste everything they put into this in every sip. There’s citrus and passionfruit on the nose supported by a great malty body giving way to just enough hop bitterness. Impressive."

Boatrocker Saison du Bateau - Saison - 6.4%

Fresh off taking out the latest Crafty Pint Blind Tasting (link here), Boatrocker's Saison du Bateau has found it's way into the Beer-thusiast Pack. It's a straight up and down interpretation of a modern Saison. It's also a beer that I found far better this time round, than when I first tried it more than a year ago.

"Boatrocker’s funkier efforts always get me excited and I came into their take on a saison with high expectations. It’s a very solid effort, hits all the notes you’d expect with a bracingly dry finish. It’s great to see more and more Australian saisons doing the rounds as time goes on; for mine, this doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights of Exit’s Saison and Bridge Road’s Chevalier but it’d be in the next rung down."

This is a perfect example of one of the reasons I've been keen to get someone else's opinion on the blog again. Both of us enjoyed this beer as a straight up and down Saison, with this fantastic dry finish. However; Dylan prefers the Exit and Bridge Road offerings, whereas I would have it right at the top of the Australianpile (probably with La Sirene in arrears). This subjectivity is the part of why I enjoy talking about beer so much - there are no right or wrong answers.

BrewDog Black Hammer - Black IPA (American Black Ale) - 7.2%

BrewDog's Black Hammer was one of the beers from this pack I'd had before. It's part of their Hammer Head series, where they take their big American IPA - Jack Hammer - and change it up. From memory they had a Belgian yeast one, Monk Hammer, a chilli infused one, the name escapes me, and one infused with Brettanomyces, Brett Hammer.

"Funnily enough this is more of a ‘breakfast beer’ than many others that actually claim that title in their name or description. Coffee and grapefruit flavours abound. It’s an excellent black IPA as you’d expect from BrewDog, scarily drinkable considering the ABV and IBU numbers too."


Sailors Grave Southern Right Ale - Altbier - 4.7%

Sailors Grave Brewing launched in September with a range as eclectic as their Orbost location. It comprises a Gose, an IPA and, this, an Altbier. I can't think of another brewery in Australia with an Altbier in it's core range, although I'm sure one of you will remind me of one I've missed. Altbiers are an intriguing style of beer, basically a German Brown Ale, which are often characterized by nuttiness and fruit.

"Wasn’t too sure what to expect from this one going in, have not delved into SGB’s efforts much before. A lagered brown ale with a whack of bitterness should give you a rough idea of what you’re getting, but going a little deeper I found some grassy and fruity notes with what seemed like noble hop character. There’s bite and a touch of spice but it never becomes harsh. It was reminiscent of some of the classic English bitter brands more than anything - I’d like to hear if the brewers by chance took inspiration from any of them. It’s an interesting little beer and one I’d like to revisit down the line. The cans are great too!"


Old Wives Ales Hair of the Dog XPA - American Pale Ale - 5.8%

Old Wives Ales is one of the best brewery names going around. The story of their formation is pretty unique; with the four partners meeting at the Merri Mashers home brew club. This was their first release in 2015 and was only recently bottled in August this year.

"I’d happily drink these all day in the Aussie summer. Fruit salad and citrus peel flavours up front with well balanced bitterness. It’d be bloody hard as an Australian brewer to make your pale ale stand out but this is an admirable effort, the contrast of the tropical fruit flavours and lingering bitterness are memorable."

XPA is one of these terms that I don't love although, much like Session IPA, the term explains what you're getting. They do sit in that grey area between American Pale Ale and IPA, both in terms of style and hop bitterness. To me this is a really nice hoppy American Pale Ale - and that's how I would've preferred it termed...

Nomad Freshie Salt & Pepper Gose - Gose - 4.5%

I was so pleased to see Freshie launched in a can! I've been saying for years that sours will really take off in Australia when Feral's Watermelon Warhead is released in cans and this is a step in the right direction. If you're reading this blog I'm sure you know what a Gose is - it's only the hottest style in craft beer at the moment!

"I’ve always described this as what salt and pepper squid would taste like as a beer. The more I drink it, the less accurate that seems to be but the broad strokes still work! Most would know this is brewed with a couple of buckets of actual sea water from Freshwater and it really does add a lovely saltiness to this beer. It’s a different salt profile from many other modern goses. There’s a bit of light spice and it’s bloody refreshing. I’d definitely recommend this to somebody who hadn’t tried a gose before and wanted to give something different a go."


Founders Imperial Stout - Russian Imperial Stout - 10.5%

I've walked passed this beer on the shelves of various craft beer establishments innumerable times. Whether it's in part due to it's relative availability compared to other Russian Imperials I'm not sure. In any case; after tasting it. it's a beer I will certainly be going back to in the future!

"This is one that probably flies under the radar a bit due to the relative ease of which it can be acquired. It deserves to have its praises shouted from the rooftops - it’s one of the best dark beers I’ve ever had. It’s silky smooth, creamy and full-bodied with wonderful umami packed yeast and barley flavours. If you’re a stout lover (or even just an occasional partaker like myself) you’re doing your tastebuds a disservice if you pass this one up when available."


Bridge Road Enigma - Czech Pilsner - 5.0%

There simply aren't enough craft pilsners produced in this country. This example from Bridge Road is superb, and I believe the first commercial release to utilize Enigma hops when it was first released. I actually visited Bridge Road Brewery last weekend and while I didn't have this beer I'd highly recommend popping in, their beer is great and Beechworth is a lovely country town.

"Cracking pils, sharp and bitey with some nice citrus notes. You get a lot of hop flavour which is unsurprising given the name. I prefer this quite a bit over their chestnut pilsner, it has more of that crisp bitterness that I enjoy in a pils. It’s one of my favourites in Australia."

What a wonderful introduction to Carwyn's Beer-thusiast Pack! The November pack has already been delivered to Beer O'Clock Australia HQ and the lineup is just as good! We'll be aiming to get it reviewed in the upcoming weeks. Please hit me up with any feedback you have regarding the layout of this post, I've been tweaking it for the best part of the last week and I'm still not entirely happy with it...

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Monday, 14 November 2016

UNTAPPD CATCHUP 45

Untappd Catchup



I was pretty pleased with getting two full reviews in before this, inevitable, Catchup post. I even had designs on writing a few more before 8 (yes, eight!) badges arrived over Friday and Saturday... In any case, I have 11 beers for you across 12 badges - hope you enjoy the read!

New Brew Thursday (Level 25) was unlocked by my second ever Macedonian beer; Zlaten Dab. It's a run of the mill Euro Lager. Thankfully it's not offensively sweet, and there's even a hint of hop bitterness. It's not one to seek out - but maybe in Macedonia this would be a good shout.

Last Monday after Lizzie's exam we popped down to The Local Taphouse in St Kilda and had a few beers. On the way home I grabbed a bottle of EPIC's Thunder. It was a lovely American Pale Ale, with the pine hops being nicely balanced out by caramel malts. Drink Like a Kiwi (Level 35) was the badge.


A beer that's going to be very popular over the summer months unlocked Election Day (2016) - a badge commemorating the day the U.S. went to the polls with disastrous results... That beer? Modus Operandi's Session IPA. It's been packaged in the striking Modus Operandi 500ml cans - and packs a wonderful citrus hop punch, despite it's modest 4.1% ABV. If you haven't found this one yet, I would urge you to seek it out - it's awesome!

Over the last few months I've rediscovered my love of Scandinavian beers. Amager has been one of the breweries to receive more attention. Their Lubricated Labrador, an Imperial IPA, unlocked 2X (Level 7). This was a wonderful, juicy IPA with tropical fruit flavours abounding. Passionfruit, mango, peach, orange and grapefruit were all prominent. It balances a quite aggressive bitterness with ample malt sweetness. It's an Imperial IPA that I need to sample again!

I'm slightly bemused how the "American Pale Ale" style was the 95th unique style since the Wheel of Styles badge was introduced. Anyway it gives me an excuse to talk about one of the best named beers I've ever had; Behemoth's Tasty Beverage. It lived up to it's name and went down very easily on a warm afternoon at Dr. Morse. There was If it wasn't Wheel of Styles (Level 19).


Wolf of the Willows XPA unlocked Riding Steady (Level 5). I was shocked when I tasted this beer how much I'd missed it. This beer is brilliant! I had it on tap at The Cherry Tree Hotel and a few pints of it were imbibed. The malts are biscuity and compliment the citrus and passionfruit flavours of the hops very nicely. If this beer were more widely available I would drink so much more of it! I intend to anyway - as these pints reminded me just how good a beer it is.

A badge with even less significance outside of America than the Election Day badge was the Veteran's Day (2016) badge, which was unlocked by BrewDog's Dead Pony Club. This was the first beer of a tasting session Dylan and I had while watching the cricket. It's the best mid-strength beer I've had - you can check out the full review I did of this beer in 2013 here.

Riding Steady (Level 6) was unlocked by Nomad's Freshie Salt & Pepper Gose, a beer that has previously unlocked two other badges for me. The difference this time is that this beer has beer released in cans! Tried next to their Saltpan Gose; the Freshie had much more saltiness, as well as a light citrus touch and plenty of coriander. If you haven't yet tried this beer, it's available at Dan's and I highly recommend it.


Arguably the pick of the beers Dylan and I shared was Omnipollo's Magic #3.5 Pineapple Gose. The beer was beautiful, with a tart pineapple flavour dominant. It tastes exactly like what I imagine sour pineapple juice sour taste like. Towards the backend of the palate there is a light saltiness that is incredibly refreshing. You're hearing about it now because it unlocked Pucker Up (Level 44).

The third level of Riding Steady (Level 7) for this Catchup review (and 4th in a week!) was unlocked by Barrow Boys Good Times Ale. This was a really nice mid-strength beer. It's easy drinking with a moderate malt backbone, which lets the citrus and floral hops shine. There's a reasonable amount of bitterness. This is one of the growing number of really impressive Australian mid-strengths that are popping up and one I would recommend if you're looking for a nice mid.

Founders Imperial Stout, a beer that you will here more about soon (more on that later), unlocked two badges Imperial Czar (Level 5) & Hopped Up (Level 50). Most people don't realize that most Russian Imperial Stouts are highly hopped, with this one clocking in at 75 IBU's. The beer is luscious, with masses of creamy chocolate and roasted malts. It's an incredible Russian Imperial Stout and one that I recommend all stout lovers to try.


So guys I hope you all enjoyed this Untappd Catchup - there were a few beers in this post that were truly excellent and that I would recommend you trying. With my studies finishing up for the year on Thursday I'm hoping to get some new content up over the next fortnight or so. In the meantime, keep your emails coming it - I'll endeavour to get to them by the end of the weekend.

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

REVIEW: THE BRUERY JARDINIER

Untappd: Riding Steady (Level 4) Badge


STATS
  • Country: United States
  • Style: Belgian Pale Ale
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Serving Type: 750ml Bottle
  • Price: Expensive
The beers from the famed American brewery; The Bruery, were released at Carwyn Cellars on Friday. Naturally I picked up a few of their offerings (read all 8 that they brought out...). The first one I'm cracking into is Jardinier, their Belgian Pale Ale.

As I predicted, these levels of Riding Steady are coming thick and fast! The fourth level was unlocked by this Belgian Pale Ale. For those of you unaware, Riding Steady is a new Untappd badge for drinking different beers under 5% ABV. As a regular sour drinker, I know that this badge will be gone in no time at all!

It's pretty hard to fault the pour of The Bruery's Jardinier. It's spot on for the style; with a hazy golden body topped by a small, but firm, white head. The head develops large bubbles as time passes, but a thin layer of foam remains atop the beer throughout drinking. This foam leaves a light lacing behind on the glass. If I was asked what a Belgian Pale Ale should look like; I would show a photo of this beer, it's just about perfect!

Onto the nose and it's quintessential Belgian Pale Ale! There's this wonderful floral aroma that dominates the nose. It is complimented by some pepperiness and light grassiness. The malts are bready, and more dough-like than bready (if that makes sense), while the usual Belgian yeast suspects are there.

Jardinier tastes very similar to the nose, just with an added citrus element from the hops. The light bready malts and Belgian funk are complimented beautifully by the hops - with floral notes dominating and the aforementioned citrus, predominantly lemon, coming through at the end with some pepper.

Belgian Pale Ale's are a style that constantly gets overlooked in this country, and I assume in most markets outside Belgium. This beer was everything that I want in the style; light malts, flavoursome but not bitter hops, lightly funky and wonderfully refreshing. Jardinier is french for gardener, and this beer would be the perfect beer to drink after doing some gardening, or simply sitting in the garden on a warm afternoon. I think it's the cheapest of the offerings that made it out here from The Bruery as well.

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

REVIEW: BEAVERTOWN/TO ØL MR HYDE

Untappd: Stout Day (2016) Badge


STATS
  • Country: England/Denmark
  • Style: American Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 13.7%
  • Serving Type: 330ml Bottle
  • Price: Expensive
Tonight I have a pretty special beer for you; Mr Hyde - a collaboration between two of the more innovative brewers out there; Beavertown (U.K.) & To Øl (Denmark). They've taken the wort from Dr Jekyll, the Belgian Pale Ale in the same pack, added smoked and chocolate malts, played with the yeast and then aged the whole thing on Speyside whiskey.

Mr Hyde unlocked Stout Day (2016). For those who don't know; last Thursday, November 3, was International Stout Day - a date that clearly favours those in the Northern Hemisphere, who are entering their colder months. Thankfully the weather was unseasonably cold for Melbourne in November and so a 13.7% Imperial Stout almost seemed appropriate - well as appropriate as one can be...

The beer appears almost flat when poured, with only a tiny ring of foam forming around the edge of the glass. The beer itself is very dark brown or black and almost completely opaque. The lack of head obviously results in no lacing and the retention of the head is close to non-existent. Personally I prefer my Imperial Stouts to have a larger head, but this is a very minor criticism of an otherwise impressive looking beer.

Onto the nose and it's certainly full on. At first whiskey is almost overpowering with hot alcohol at the forefront. As the beer warms up, chocolate becomes more prominent as does light roast characteristics, some caramel and vanilla.

The taste followed along similar lines to the nose, with chocolate, caramel and roast the dominant malt characteristics. Again vanilla was present, although it was accompanied by plenty of dark fruits - notably figs and sultanas - and a light woodiness. The whiskey notes were still there, although the raw alcohol was mellowed. It finished slightly smokey & with hints of Christmas spices.

I was expecting this beer to be pretty special and amazingly it exceeded my expectations. It was a wonderfully complex Imperial Stout, which drank like a beer much lower than it's 13.7% ABV. The pack containing both this beer and Dr Jekyll isn't cheap, but in my mind is completely worth the outlay - they are both excellent beers. Beavertown & To Øl's Mr Hyde has joined the likes of Renaissance's Craftsman, 7 Cent's Big 'n Beardy & Deschutes' The Abyss in unlocking International Stout Day Badges - what will next year bring?

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

UNTAPPD CATCHUP 44

Untappd Catchup


When I started writing this Untappd Catchup review their were just 6 badges and 6 beers to discuss... Somehow it blew out to 18 badges and 17 beers. In any case, I better finish it off before it gets any bigger! There's some great beers in this post so lease let me know your thoughts if you've had any of them.

The latest Keller Door release from 4 Pines; Hoppy Doppelbock unlocked Wheel of Styles (Level 18). Despite the name, the beer wasn't particularly hoppy. However it was beautifully malty with plenty of dark fruit flavours, particularly raisins. Unfortunately the body is a little too thin for the style and it's lacking in flavour compared to previous Keller Door releases.

I ventured back to 4 Pines that Friday and finally got around to sampling their Black Box series. In my mind they got progressively better throughout the logical order of the box. First up was the Schwarzbier, a type of German Dark Lager. Much like the Hoppy Doppelbock before it, I thought it was a bit light on flavour with minimal roast coming through - thankfully the beers that followed in this pack were more impressive, as this was decidedly average. The Untappd 6th Anniversary badge is why you're hearing about it.


A beer that certainly couldn't be labelled with lacking flavour unlocked Trip to the Farm (Level 18). That beer was Boatrocker's superb Dark Saison. It was a wonderfully complex beer, with traditional saison yeast characteristics melding superbly with dark malts. To leave this review here would be to do it a great disservice. There is a nice spice component to the beer, with both pepper and cloves evident, although there are definitely others present as well, whilst there is also plenty of dark fruit flavours. This is a beer that I would highly recommend picking up if you come across it.

I followed my own advice from a few weeks ago and sought our some more beers from Moor Beer Company of the U.K.. I tried their PMA (Positive Mental Attitude), a lovely example of an American Pale Ale brewed in support of a cancer charity. It's very nicely balanced, with bready malts complimenting the predominantly orange flavour coming from the hops. God Save the Queen (Level 36) is the reason you're reading about it.

The Danish badges are coming thick and fast at the moment, with To Øl's Thirsty Frontier unlocking Danish Delight (Level 7). I'm slowly beginning to accept the term 'Session IPA' and it's beers like this that are driving that mindset change; you wouldn't know this wasn't a full strength IPA by tasting it! It's got good bitterness, plenty of citrus and tropical fruit flavours and a full bodied malt base although the malt flavour delivered is quite light - letting the hops shine through.


Riding Steady is one of the new badges released last week. This badge is unlocked by drinking beers under 5% ABV, and one that I think you'll be seeing a lot of soon. The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel's 2IC was the first beer to unlock this badge. This was an easy drinking English Brown Ale that clocked in at 4.8%. The was nice biscuity and toffee malt characteristics, complimented by a light nuttiness and some fruitiness. There was little to no hop bitterness. It was a very enjoyable cold weather beer.

To coincide with Stone's 20th Anniversary - they've released the Stone Anniversary IPA Collection. They've re-brewed their 5th, 10th & 15th Anniversary beers and packaged them with the 20th; naturally I had to try them! The 10th Anniversary IPA unlocked 2X (Level 6). It was an excellent Imperial IPA, packed full of pine resin with pineapple and tropical fruit notes. I can see why this was a ground breaking beer 10 years ago!

Another beer that Richo & Eliza picked up for me was the Buxton & Lervig collaborative effort; Trolltunga, a gooseberry sour IPA that unlocked Pucker Up (Level 43). I didn't pick up much in the way of hops, however there was plenty of a distinctly gooseberry flavour accompanied by nice tartness. This beer is named after a rock jutting over a lake in Norway, which I'm sure you've seen on your Facebook feeds before.


The Iron Man badge has taken far longer to come around than I had expected it would. It's a badge for drinking beers with "Strong" in the style (ie. Belgian Strong Dark Ale etc.). A trip to Gold Class, of all places, finally unlocked this badge with one of the world's great beers; Chimay Blue. It's packed full of dark fruit flavours and spices. My words can't do justice to this beer in this short a post, please do yourself a favour and try this it's an absolute classic! I will endeavour to write a proper review in the not too distant future.

Stone 15th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA was the first, and only, beer in this Untappd Catchup to unlock two badges; Sky's the Limit (Level 21) & Hopped Up (Level 49). As I've come to expect from Stone, it was an excellent beer! It was a roast dominant Black IPA, with coffee hanging around as well. The hops were certainly bitter, although definitely in the background, with pine and tropical fruit flavours the most prominent.

We don't have many Märzen's brewed, or more accurately termed, in Australia - thus I was not that surprised that Stockade's Wanderer Märzen only unlocked Oktoberfest (Level 2). I sampled this lager whilst cooking mushroom risotto last Thursday. It was a really impressive lager, with slightly spicy, bready malts combining nicely with some light herbal/grassy hops. It was crisp and clean - exactly what I want in a lager. These guys are producing some pretty good stuff, I'd recommend trying their stuff if you come across it.


A weekend away with the lads is always going to lead to a few refreshments being sunk. This time I made sure to include a few crafty offerings that I'd enjoy. Ballast Point's Grunion, incidentally one of their beers being stocked fresh at Dan Murphy's at the moment, was one of the beers that got the nod. This was a phenomenal beer; it was a wonderfully hoppy Pale Ale Witch's Brew (2016), the badge for drinking a beer over the Halloween weekend, is why you're reading about this beer now.

Riding Steady (Level 2) rolled around less than a week after it was first unlocked. The beer was Mountain Goat's Summer Ale, around a campfire while we were camping up near Euroa. I couldn't think of a more perfect setting for drinking this beer, a favourite at Beer O'Clock Australia HQ. It's a perfect ale for the hot weather with masses of tropical fruit flavours on offer. The bitterness is restrained, but the dry finish keeps you coming back for more.

It's very, very rare that I say this; but I actually drain poured the beer that unlocked the, relatively, new Raising the Heat badge. Raising the Heat can be unlocked by drinking beers classified as Spiced or Herbed beers (Gruits also count). The beer that ended up mostly down my sink was the Tecate brewed Cave Creek Chili Beer. What I will give it was some nice jalapeño-like spiciness, with the chili inside the beer the most enjoyable part of the drinking experience. Unfortunately. in addition to this nice spiciness, it was massively skunk - something that completely ruined the drinking experience.


Around lunchtime on Cup Day the weather was still nice, Lizzie and I shared the new Holgate Tangelo Gose by the pool. Fittingly the badge was What Gose Round (Level 4). I really enjoyed this beer, with the mix of citrus (I'm guessing Tangelo) and light saltiness very refreshing. For those of you looking to get into Gose's, this wouldn't be a bad introductory beer to the style.

For some reason a couple of years ago I decided that Cup Day was to be Saison day. La Sirere's Paradoxe was one of the Saisons to get a run out on Cup Day this year. This was a fantastic beer! It was a tart Saison, in line with what I believe historic Saisons to taste like - see my post on the history of Grisette/Saison here. Accompanying this tartness was some nice barnyard funk, with some rockmelon and wine barrel characteristics. Riding Steady (Level 3) was unlocked for the third time in barely a week.

Last but not least was the Magalotti Doppio Malto Blonda, a Belgian Golden Ale that unlocked Fields of Gold (Level 7). It was a nice example of a Strong Belgian Blonde, with nice sweet malts and the booziness well hidden. It's got almost no hop bitterness, while the yeast plays a relatively low key role. There are better beers out there, but it's still an enjoyable Blonde.


Thank god this review is finally done! In two weeks I'll finally be done with uni and exams for the year and hopefully I'll get some more full reviews done then. In the meantime, I will be drinking quite a lot of the Ballast Point stuff, while it's still fresh, and I recommend all you guys jump on that stuff to. I've also realized that I need to get cracking on the Hottest 100 beers to get them done before Australia Day - so be prepared for plenty of those posts in the near future. Until next time guys...

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!