Long-time beer drinker Ross Lewis casts his eye over the kegs from here and abroad.
Sometimes when you experiment, it doesn’t go to plan.
That is the dilemma Mash Brewing faced with their entry for the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular in Melbourne later this week.
The Swan Valley, WA, producer was expected to provide the masses with the delight of a Chocolate Mint Stout.
However, after a final tasting the Mash team decided the beer wasn’t up to their usual standards and opted to withdraw their kegs from the festival.
But Mash still has a strong presence in Melbourne via Good Beer Week.
“It may be served locally after an extended conditioning time in keg,” said Mash.
“We have very high expectations of ourselves as a Brewing team and I expect to hit a new beer on the head first time through the Brewhouse with possibly some minor tweaks to follow. Unfortunately the Imperial Chocolate Mint Stout has not made the cut.”
8 Wired, who wanted to showcase a barrel-aged Stout, Australian Brewery (Sake beer), Gage Roads (Porter) and Grifter Brewing (banana, chocolate Stout) have made a similar call over their GABS exhibitions.
“We are disappointed but what it does say about GABS is that if the brewers don’t feel their brews are up to standard they’re not willing to have them at the festival,” said event co-founder Steve Jeffares.
GABS will still feature almost 110 unique brews and around 250 beers in total when the three-day festival starts on Friday.
The Lord Nelson, Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel, has crafted a beer for Carnival Cruise Lines’ resident ship, the Carnival Spirit.
Described as a refreshing ‘very drinkable’ beer that captures the spirit of a holiday at sea, the Thirsty Frog Summer Ale will be introduced to Carnival Legend when it arrives on September 22 for an inaugural extended season that runs until April 2015.
The brew will be served in the ship’s 14 bars.
The Lord Nelson, established in 1841, is located in The Rocks, a historic area dating back to the early
days of the Colony of New South Wales, founded in 1788.
Transit passengers from ships docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay set off on foot to explore The Rocks, named after the original buildings made of local sandstone.
A stunning sandstone facade was revealed when Blair Hayden and his co-owners took over the Lord Nelson in 1986 and restored it with the help of an 1852 photograph.
They built a microbrewery in the back area of the bar and cellar to create beers in the style of the traditional English ale, using only malt, hops, yeast and water with no added sugars, preservatives or additives.