Wednesday, 13 May 2020

OLD SLANG BREWING

2019: The Year of Local

STATS
  • Brewery Type: Gypsy
  • Region: Central Victoria
  • Brewed At: Brookes
  • Tasting Room: N/A
  • Price: Slightly Pricey
  • Websitehttps://oldslangbrewing.com.au/
Old Slang Brewing launched their first, and to date only beer, in October 2019. It's a contract operation started by former Footscray native Sam Wills after he & his family moved to the Central Victorian town of Chewton, just outside Castlemaine. For years Sam has been the paediatric physio at Western Health & has become widely known in the medical community for his work with Ehler's Danlos Syndrome.

He'd been a passionate homebrewer for about 8 years, a member of the prominent Melbourne homebrew club Westgate Brewers, before a signifcant life change made him re-evaluate what he wanted from life & made him take the plunge. Sam was diagnosed with MS in 2018. The idea to launch Old Slang came with a desire for Sam to travel less for work, despite moving to Chewton he still works part-time at Sunshine Hospital - about a 3 hour round trip.

The brand's name represents its ethos. They're hoping to utilize the great Aussie slang that is being less & less widely used & attach it to a product most people understand; beer. They aim to brew beers that everyone can enjoy, whilst still having a bit of fun with it & hopefully introducing more people to some wonderfully descriptive imagery.

The first batch was brewed at Brookes Beer in the closest city, Bendigo. If things all go to plan & Old Slang takes off, Sam hopes to one day have a brewpub-like taproom in the nearby town of Castlemaine & provide for competition for local brewer Shedshaker - hopefully driving both on to bigger & better things!

The only beer I'm able to review is their Fresh As A Daisy Pale Ale. It's a classic American Pale Ale, almost a peak back in time 10 years. It's got this slightly sweet biscuity malt, with punchy hops providing orange & tropical notes. I'd be staggered to find out that Sierre Nevada wasn't the inspiration for this beer! I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for Old Slang.

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

Sunday, 10 May 2020

CROWES NEST BREWERY

2019: The Year of Local

STATS
  • Brewery Type: Gypsy
  • Region: Otway Ranges
  • Tasting Room: 57 Great Ocean Road, Lavers Hill
  • Food: Gourmet Pub
  • Brewed At: Prickly Moses & Cavalier
  • Price: Average
  • Websitehttp://www.crowesnest.com.au/
Part of the beauty of doing this project is finding out about new breweries. Crowes Nest is a brewery that I stumbled across at the Queenscliff Brewhouse having never even heard of before! This lead to a lot of research, as we nursed mild hangovers (& chilli halucinations) from the previous days Geelong brewery/hot wing eating.

The story of Crowes Nest Brewery began when the Costin family purchased the struggling Lavers Hill Tavern in 2009. They announced plans to reinvigorate the Tavern including it's pub & accomodation areas and in that process add their own brewery. In mid-2014 brothers Andrew & Mitch launched their brand with beers brewed at both Cavalier & Prickly Moses. They planned to continue contract brewing until they were able to build their own brewery at Lavers Hill.

I haven't been able to confirm whether they've done that yet! They have very little social media presence & haven't been responding to my emails. Their website is also down, so there is a chance that those plans have been shelved permanently. I'll add Lavers Hill to the list of places to visit when quarantine is over & pubs are able to open again!

I really hope they haven't closed as their Czech Pilsner I had was quite interesting. It's called Pioneer & has a pretty traditional malt base. It's the hop bill where the beer intrigued me. It had this interesting herbal, almost menthol note, alongside a traditional grassy bitterness. It's a beer that I'd really like to drink a few more of! If you read this guys I would love to hear from you!

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

BEER O'CLOCK PODCAST - EPISODE 16

Episode 16 - Show Notes 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we are once again recording remotely. We've invested in a new microphone so hopefully some of the audio quality issues are fixed from last time. Once again Dylan has done a great job editing the podcast into something that is hopefully listenable - as usual we're always keen to hear your feedback so please hit us up if you've got any comments, questions or suggestions.

If this is your first time listening to a Beer O'Clock Australia podcast, welcome! We change the segments up a little each month, however most months we'll discuss some of the latest news from the beer world, we'll talk about some beers that we've been enjoying over the last month & we'll crack something interesting from my cellar.

This month, due to a lack of organisation, we cover the news both COVID-19 related & non-COVID-19 related. We have a chat about our drinking & buying patterns in quarantine, highlight some breweries that we've supported & talk about some new releases. Finally we finish by adding "The King of Beers" into our Ranking of Lagers.


 Show Notes

News Items (0:30)
  • General COVID-19 discussion
    • QLD good, SA bad
  • Prancing Pony's Run In with SA Police
  • More Awareness for Local Breweries
  • Dans & Coles Both Pass Measures to Assist Small Producers
  • CO2 Shortages in the US
  • ACCC Approve Asahi Takeover of CUB
  • ABAC Complaints Down in Quarter 1
  • Founders First Increase Their Stake in Jetty Road
What We're Drinking (20:46)
  • 3 Ravens Black 
  • Lockdown Beers
    • Getting into routine
    • Supporting local breweries & bottleshops
    • Digging into the cellar
  • Westside Ale Works, The Foreigner Brewing Company
  • Quarantinnies
  • Mountain Culture
  • Deeds Grisette Follow Up
  • Mr Banks Straight to the Fudge Room
  • One Drop Hazy IPA
  • Stomping Ground Hatch Pot
  • Frexi Smokey Sour
Ranking of Lagers (44:37)
  • This month we add "The King of Beers"; Budweiser from the USA.
  • The new rankings are as follows:
    1. Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)
    2. Tennent's (Scotland)
    3. Carlsberg (Denmark)
    4. Quilmes (Argentina)
    5. Kingfisher (India)
    6. Gullmack (Norway)
    7. Sapporo (Japan)
    8. Birra Moretti (Italy)
    9. Corona (Mexico)
    10. Steinlager (New Zealand)
    11. Heineken (Netherlands)
    12. San Miguel (Philippines)
    13. Cantina (El Salvador)
    14. Stella Artois (Belgium)
    15. Tusker (Kenya)
    16. Budweiser (USA)
    17. Skopsko (North Macedonia)
    18. Tiger (Singapore)
    19. Karlovacko (Croatia)
    20. Singha (Thailand)
    21. Red Stripe (Jamaica)
    22. Vonu (Fiji)
    23. Cusquena (Peru)
Due to some poor planning & our enforced social distancing we didn't have a cellar this month. Hopefully we've kept you up to date with some of the newer interesting beer releases as well as some news. I've had a busy few weeks at work but hope to be pumping out some more Year of the Local posts shortly. In the meantime emails to either gus.norris7@gmail.com or our new address angus@beeroclockaustralia.com. You can now also reach Dylan at dylan@beeroclockaustralia.com. Stay safe everyone!

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