Wednesday, 19 February 2020

FALL & RISE BREWING

2019: The Year of Local


STATS
  • Brewery Type: Gypsy
  • Region: Inner Suburbs
  • Tasting Room: No
  • Brewed At: Cockies
  • Price: Average
  • Websitehttp://www.fallandrisebrewing.com.au/
Petros Gygtopoulos & Yiannis Psimoulis are two young Greek guys, who recently emigrated to Australia & launched a brewing company. The duo met in Greece where Yiannis worked as a pro-brewer & Petros was a chemical engineer who dabbled in homebrewing. Both wanted to come & join the large Greek community in Melbourne, which is when the idea of starting their own brewing operation crystalized.

And so Fall & Rise Brewing was born, as a contract operation in late-2019 under the name Fallen Angel Brewing. Within months, I think it only lasted one batch, the name had changed and the bottles they launched with had been replaced with cans. The name of the brewing company comes from the mythology of their homeland.

“Once upon a time, Gods and Angels of Mount Olympus had only one goal; to rule over humans using their secret brew recipes. Though one of their angels was stepping in the way! Brewing with non-traditional brewing techniques he was a liability for the Gods! The Gods had no choice but to exile him. The Fallen Angel arrived furious onto earth and started sharing his unique recipes with humans! His only goal was to Rise once again!”

Their first beer is called The Rise, & it's a Hoppy Kolsch which is quite an interesting beer style to launch with. However upon my first sip I was sold. Kolsch tick, hoppy tick. It's actually quite bitter. There's a real whack of hops which give off floral aromas alongside tropical fruits. Really interesting beer - I'll be keeping an eye on these guys into the future.

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





Friday, 7 February 2020

CARWYN CANVENT 2019 (PART 5)

Carwyn Canvent (Part 5)



Carwyn Cellars is a name that every Australian Craft Beer lover should know. It's the preeminent bottle shops in the country. For their advent calendar, they've partnered with 24 Australian Craft Breweries to make an exclusive canned release for their "Canvent Calendar".

After the success of last year there was only ever going to be one Advent Calendar I'd buy this year! Once again this year I'll be cataloging the contents of the Carwyn Canvent Advent Calendar. The Carwyn Canvent Calendar is going to get the full treatment - and with any luck you'll have updates every 5 days. In the interim, let me know what Advent Calendar you've got this year and your initial thoughts on it so far.

Day 21 - Modus Operandi Margie - I was pretty surprised to see the Modus Operandi offering was a sour. I guess it's good that they're branching out and trying new things, however I would've expected they would produce something more hop forward. Anyway a Lime Gose sounds like the perfect beer to crack after a hot summer's day.

My tasting notes for this weren't particularly good... However I do strongly recall there being plenty of salt, plenty of lime & some nice acidity. I don't particularly remember the day, although I guessing it was cooler as my tasting notes mostly reference how refreshing it would've been in the day befores heat...

Day 22 - New England Imperial Chai Brown Ale - At the complete opposite end of the spectrum for beers I'd like to drink on a hot December's night was the offering from New England Brewing Co, from Uralla in Central NSW. I'm normally not one to complain about seeing a Brown Ale, but an almost 8% adjuncted version isn't normally what I'm after in December...

Thankfully, the beer was really good! There was plenty of sweet malts, which blended quite nicely with the chai. Chai is one of those things I find can very easily be overpowering, although I think they got the level right in this beer. I know some people were disappointed to find out that this beer had previously been released in 2018, which isn't really the point of the Canvent.

Day 23 - Otherside Tropical Imperial Sour - Otherside are making some really cool stuff at the moment, so I was really pleased to see one of their distinctive cans come out of the Canvent box on Day 23. Their offering is billed as a Tropical Imperial Sour. Honestly I'm not sure where I sit on Imperial Sours, often I don't think the additional alcohol is doing anything for the flavour of the beer.

I really enjoyed the flavour of this beer. There was heaps of tropical fruit juice flavours, not dissimilar to a breakfast juice, which was then paired with some acidity. The carbonation was spritzy and at sub 4% ABV I would drink many of these. Unfortunately it clocks in at almost 7% & I don't understand what the additional ABV is doing to improve the beer.

Day 24 - Boatrocker B.A. Humbug - This years Canvent had been relatively light on for Christmas related puns. Boatrocker have delivered a beauty with their Barrel Aged English Strong Ale; B.A. Humbug. Boatrocker are one of the best exponents of barrel aged beers in the country so I went in with high expectations!

I'm sad to say those expectations weren't met; although that's probably because I expect so much from Boatrocker. The beer was nice, just a little unbalanced. I thought it was overspiced. particularly with cinnamon & all spice, whilst it was also a little hot. In more positive thoughts, I liked the earthy malt based as well as the vanilla you get from whiskey barrel aging. I wonder if this would be better with some further age on it...

It's only taken until early-February, but my Canvent wrap up that I aim to have up around Christmas is finally done & dusted. Overall I think this years Canvent was a little bit down on the very high standard they set last year. At this stage I think I would probably get another one next year, although the door is slightly ajar in case something truly truly exceptional comes along.

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

CARWYN CANVENT 2019 (PART 4)

Carwyn Canvent (Part 4)



Carwyn Cellars is a name that every Australian Craft Beer lover should know. It's the preeminent bottle shops in the country. For their advent calendar, they've partnered with 24 Australian Craft Breweries to make an exclusive canned release for their "Canvent Calendar".

After the success of last year there was only ever going to be one Advent Calendar I'd buy this year! Once again this year I'll be cataloging the contents of the Carwyn Canvent Advent Calendar. The Carwyn Canvent Calendar is going to get the full treatment - and with any luck you'll have updates every 5 days. In the interim, let me know what Advent Calendar you've got this year and your initial thoughts on it so far.

Day 16 - Hop Nation Sweater - I was really excited to see a Red IPA make it's way into the Canvent pack, particularly after the somewhat lacklustre offerings in the last set of 5. I was also pleased to see that Hop Nation were the brewery charged with the responsibility of producing this beer. They're a tricky thing to balance with the malt sweetness almost as important as the hop characters, despite the IPA name.

Hop Nation knocked this one out of the park. The balance between sweet caramel malts and quite sticky, resinous hop characteristics (a real throwback to a few years ago before Hazy/New England IPA's became all the rage) was perfect! I would love this beer to become a year round offering!

Day 17 - Edge Burnt Toast - Edge really hit onto a winner in 2018 with their Toast, an all-Australian ingredients take on a traditional European Pilsner. Following that success with Burnt Toast, a dark multigrain lager, as their Canvent beer seemed, to me at least, like a stroke of genius! Maybe it's because I love Dark Lager...

It was a really interesting lager. I was impressed with the malt complexity & the full, yet not heavy, mouthfeel. Carbonation was on the low side & there was just enough hop bitterness to balance out the residual sweetness. The real star of the show however was this subtle smokiness that permeated the entirety of the drinking. It was in no way overpowering but it really did add nicely to the experience.

Day 18 - Bells Beach G&T Gose - There were actually two different Bells Beach beers in the Canvent this year. Due to some unexpected losses at packaging the G&T Gose came up a few cases short, meaning some people ended up with a different Gose that the Torquay brewery were planning on releasing shortly along with a voucher for a drink at the brewery.

I got the original G&T version, which I quite enjoyed. It ticked a lot of boxes on the execution of the idea front. There was Juniper, there was salt, it was tart & there was some citrus acidity. What I found slightly strange was a spice that I couldn't quite put my finger on - which was possibly nutmeg.

Day 19 - Burnley Cucumber Mint Lager - Regular readers would be aware of my love of Burnley Brewing & particularly their lagers. A Cucumber & Mint Lager, seems like an ambitious beer to brew but that is what the Canvent is for! It seemed to me like it had the potential to be really refreshing although I have had mixed results with cucumber beers in the past...

After my first sip I knew this beer would be seriously polarizing! There is heaps of cucumber on both the nose & the palate! This masks most of the grain flavour components. The real star in the beer though is the mint, which comes in and the back end and provides a really refreshing minty hit leaving you wanting more. I was quite disappointed I didn't have another when my can was empty.

Day 20 - Sailors Grave How to Make Gravy - There would have been a collective gasp around the nation when a beer named "How to Make Gravy"came out of the box on Day 20 rather than 21! For those this reference is lost on, it's a lyric from the iconic eponymous song by Australian artist Paul Kelly.

It was also one of the most controversial beers of the Canvent owing to one of it's ingredients; bone broth, which naturally upset some vegetarians/vegans. I thought the bone broth actually added an interesting umami character as well as some salinity. There's a good amount of caramel malts as well as some floral hops. It was ambitious & for me worked

It feels good to be back writing after a few pretty shit weeks with an infected wisdom tooth, not much sleep or drinking. I'm hoping to bust out these last two Canvent posts, finalize the Golden Pints & then get back into The Year of Local posts. I thought this set of 5 beers was much better than the previous set, with ambitious beers more in keeping with what I think the pack is supposed to be about.

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