well, drinking really. It’s been a quiet week over at chateau Crofty, not a lot going on so I figured I’d drink a whole bunch of beer… probably not wise given I can only log one a day and I depleted the stocks a little bit of beers I could have held for logging later. But, that’s not really the point of drinking now is it?
In any case across the week I managed to take a photo of at least 1 beer each day for the purposes of logging some beers in.
Day 15: Belhaven Brewery – Twisted Thistle IPA
An american style IPA brewed by a scottish brewer, it pours a nice copper colour with a white head. slight sweetness to the malt, bitterness up front from the hops, however no discernible characters from the hops… could be an old bottle? anyways, nothing extremely great, from memory it was a cheap 6-er from Uncle Dans.
Day 16: Akasha Brewing Company – Angry @$#%
Friday afternoon, so I stopped in at local (to work) brewery Akasha. I’m pretty much found there most Friday afternoons, so this is no real surprise. what was is the new bottling machine they were setting up, and this gem – An XPA.
Day 17: Coopers – Mild Ale
Saturday sees me up the Blue Mountains for a mate’s 40th birthday, with home-brews on tap, and me driving I’m going to need something mid-strength to keep me on point. Enter Coopers mild ale, my go to case beer of choice and official beer of the v8 Supercars (it’s also the beer that tried to kill me, but i’m not getting into that one).
It’s a fairly solid beer flavoured beer, nothing a craft beer snob would go anywhere near, however I love this beer and keep a couple cases around all year round.
Day 18: Mornington Peninsular Brewery – Lager
Hazy german style lager, it pours a light golden to straw colour with a weak head. light yeast aroma mild hop characters and a grainy malt flavour. Finishes dry with low bitterness. Fairly run of the mill german lager, I think given the choice I’d probably pick up an import instead.
Day 19: Bridge Road Brewers – Chevalier Saison
This beer is an absolute delight. one of the best, Bridge Rd have to offer. Pours a Straw golden colour with a white head. some tropical aromas with the yeast kicking out slight banana. Flavour profile is more towards the tropical, with added lemon and a bread character. Spicy finish which is not entirely as dry as I would like it, but overall a great experience.
Day 20: Hopdog Beerworks – Chai Fighter
I have to admit, I don’t really know what Chai is or how it’s supposed to taste… I mean, yeah I’ve heard of Chai, people have lattes with it in, but I don’t know personally what it tastes like, so don’t expect much reference to how the chai works or doesn’t in this beer.
The beer pours has, its more of a dark Orange/Golden colour with a spicy aroma. I’m getting cinnamon, there’s other stuff too, but I recognise the cinnamon right up front. the flavour is what I’d describe as earthy (spicy as well obviously), maybe some ginger.
It finishes with a bitter aftertaste that lingers like the smell of that spice shop you just walked past, you know 2 blocks ago… but in the end it seems to work. I don’t generally like spiced beers so this is one of those rare occasions.
Day 21: Mikkeller – Centennial Session IPA
The world of session IPAs is full of watery garbage, a lack of body, lack of balance due to the overabundance of high alphas and generally shitty mash profile. This isn’t one of those. highlighting one of my favourite hops, this is exactly what i’m looking for in a session IPA. hopefully I can grab some more before anyone else realises how good it is.
Next week: Bridge Road Feed Takeover