Long-time beer drinker Ross Lewis casts his eye over the kegs from here and abroad.
The west coast has known for a while the great taste emanating from the compact brewhouse in Bayswater.
Now plenty of our Victorian cousins are going to enjoy the fine products from Nail Brewing after the company sealed a deal with a major Australian distributor.
Heron Tower beverages will pump the Nail brand on the other side of the continent pushing the local beers, including Nail Ale, Golden Ale, Nail Stout, on to taps in 11 venues as a great start.
The distributor is already behind some top overseas brands, such as Palm, Tetley’s, Lowenbrau and Rodenbach.
It is great timing for Nail as they celebrate their 14th birthday this month.
And next month a new Imperial Porter will hit the shelves as part of the Nail Brewlog Series of seasonal beers.
Overseas brewers get gift of the GABS
The success of one of Australia’s best beer events has caught on with a raft of overseas brewers.
The Sip mentioned earlier this month about the WA-based producers who have lodged entries for the Great Australian Beer Spectapular in Melbourne in May. The festival showcases manufacturer’s experimental beers and has become a big part of the Good Beer Week in the Victorian capital.
Brooklyn Brewery has fallen in love with the three-day beer extravaganza and has encouraged a few other foreign brands to head downunder this year.
There will be around 120 original beers at GABS 2014 and while the Aussies will again fly a big flag some of the world's most renowned brewers from the UK, US, Japan, New Zealand, Norway and Denmark are bringing beers they have created especially for the event.
Among those attending are Garage Project (NZ), Mikkeller and To Øl (Denmark), Magic Rock Brewing (UK), Coedo (Japan), Nøgne Ø (Norway), Sixpoint and Evil Twin Brewing (US).
As is the method of some of the brewers, a few beers are still under wraps.
But Magic Rock has confirmed it will be bringing a white wine barrel aged version of its Berliner Weisse called ‘Circus of Sour’ - adding plums to the barrels during the second fermentation and Garage Project is working on what it calls Umami Monster, brewed with Kombu (seaweed), Katsuobushi (fermented fish) and sea water.
Brooklyn Brewery is bringing a newly-released Australian influenced Saison with native pepperberry and lemon myrtle combined with US hops, brewed in collaboration with Melbourne craft brewery, Mountain Goat.
Eric Ottaway, general manager of Brooklyn, says being part of GABS is an important part of its calendar each year.
“I have been to GABS every year since it started, and think it’s a terrific craft beer festival,” he said.
“Australian craft brewers have really come out of the gate with incredibly adventurous beers. They’ve learned from the US and other established markets and instead of gradually going through the stages of creating more and more complex and flavourful beers, they have just come out and immediately exceeded the consumer’s expectations of what craft beer can be.”
Lancer hits the target
South Australian drink dispensing machinery manufacturer, Hoshizaki Lancer, has become Australia’s largest beer system maintenance and repair service provider.
This follows its Lancer division winning a major contract with brewing giant Carlton and United Breweries (CUB), to provide maintenance and repair services to 20,000 hotels, clubs, liquor stores, restaurants and bars around Australia.