Winter comes, time to eat and drink well without guilt

Yeah right, as if I have guilt. Well not over food or beer in any case :)

It’s been a while, seems like I say that every time I post now. Time seems to escape me. I’ve been brewing and I’ll have a couple brewing posts sometime in the near future.  Also, I’ll be flying out to California in a couple weeks to attend the AHA National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego. 

For tonight though, this post is totally (I fucking mean, like… totally!!!) brought to you by 8 hour slow cooked lamb shanks with potato & sweet potato. The shanks + extra cooked in Monteiths Doppelbock and served with sides of sweet potato mash, smashed potato and roasted carrots (prepared and cooked whilst consuming Bridge Rd Brewers India Saison – a decent beer, different but not bad). Oh and yeah for those contrarians, potato does count as a serve of vegetables. 


The meal has been paired with a 2013 Changing Tides barley wine from Sail & Anchor which has aged quite well, sherry/new port up front, head retains quite well. There’s some raisin, almost no hop flavour left… I probably should have shared this… Oh well, shit happens (& if you’re reading this, then you had your chance).


As the beer warms up, the aromas awaken, you can smell that rich oxidised malt character that presents with a sweet sherry alcohol aroma. The port flavour moves completely up front and (maybe) I get a bit of date character. There’s a reasonable level of alcohol heat which is perfect in this style and the sweetness of the alcohol blends nicely with the complex malt profile. 

On inspection, The bottle contains some tasting notes & I am extremely glad for as I cannot recall (or be bothered looking for) the tasting notes from this beer from back in 2013. 


Not so much of a floral and citrus hop character anymore. The rich malt is there and I suspect it must have had a decent crystal percentage in the grist. The perceived IBU is nowhere near 65 and from my recollection wasn’t close even back in 2013. Not a lot of spicy either… Maybe stretching it but if it’s still there then it’s waaaaay back on the palate, and is probably hidden behind the alcohol warmth that’s present there too. 

The whole evening wouldn’t be right if I didn’t follow it up with something decent… In this case a glass of single malt Glenlivet 12.

All in all a good sequence of drinks – spicy Indian Saison to aged barley wine to single malt to accompany what was a fantastic meal. 

Anyways, that’s probably enough from me for one night. Eat well,  Drink well, Live well.

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Bacchus Brewing Selkie

This lovely English “Summer” Ale comes from Bacchus Brewing a small Production/Brewpub in the suburbs of Brisbane. The beer pours a nice light copper colour with a white head. the arona is quite fruity as you often get with english yeasts, I’m thinking apricots but I could be wrong, wouldn’t be the first time.

The beer has a nice light body, with more of that fruity flavour coming through but with generous mouthfeel that just lends itself to low carbonation. It’s best served at room temperature or just below I think and coming from the growler it has a lower carbonation level which really works for this beer.

A great drop and at 3.7% it’s pretty much the perfect English lawnmower beer.


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Brisbane, Breweries & Beer (pt.1) The Pub with no beer

Its been a busy Christmas / new years period so whilst I’ve done a lot of drinking there hasn’t been a lot of posting (except on twitter through my untapped feed). Christmas saw the me out at the Croft family farm sweating in the 40+ eat and sinking Adnams Ghost Ship Pale like it was going out of fashion. the beer is cheap, comes in cans and is readily accessible… and it doesn’t taste half bad too.

Following Christmas I gave my brother a lift back home to Brisbane where we celebrated New Years and visited a bunch of breweries.

I’ll start this set of blog posts off with:

Taylors Arm and the Pub with no beer


Personally I think every beer fan, from the macro lover to the craft beer snob should at least once in their life swing by the Cosmopolitan at Taylors Arm, NSW. The Focus of Slim Dusty’s song is the birthplace of Murrays Brewing which has since moved out to Bobs Farm near Nelsons Bay.

Great old country pub, and they serve schooners of Murrays for $6. I grabbed the Punch & Judy given my love of English beers.


Around the place you find old brewery equipment placed which is wonderful to behold.


I wander around the back and it appears they’ve relocated the Talarm Church house onto the site.


Inside there’s a really nice beer can collection


And around the back it appears they may have been pouring beers.


To be continued in Brisbane, Breweries & Beer (pt.2) Bacchus Brewing

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Suns out, birds are singing, it’s time to get brewing

It’s been a while since I posted. So much has happened in the past month with ANHC & Sydney craft beer week. So many beers tasted, not a lot of notes taken though, it’s been a whirlwind of flavours. I’ll provide a bit of a summary of the past month in the near future.

Meanwhile, it’s been a busy morning at the old Crofty Chateau on the river tidying up the brewery & taproom. 9 months since I moved here and I think I’ve finally got it to the point I want it to be. With the sun out once again and 8 empty kegs it’ll be time to kickstart the brewing again soon.


For now though I’m going to have a beer, listen to some BN podcasts and enjoy the a/c in the taproom.

Garage Project’s Pernicious weed. A Seriously hooped up beast of a thing pours a light golden colour with tight white head. High hop aroma great level of bitterness and just really nicely balanced for a double IPA.

This ones a 4point beer.




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Garage Project L’il Red Rye

I’m in the mood for hops with a bit firmer a malt background this evening. The fridge dow not disappoint delivering up this gorgeous looking Red Rye Ale from Garage Project, Wellington New Zealand. You may recall the Death from Above a reviewed from these guys previously, if not check it out.

The L’il Red Rye pours a nice amber colour with a slightly off white head, nice carbonation and really fine bubbles that lace the glass quite nicely. The aroma is citrusy, earthy and behind it the sweet malt scent.

The flavour is bitter up front subsiding a touch to reveal grapefruit, a slightly harsh bitterness behind that also and rounding out with the sweet taste of caramel malts. Theres a bit of spice there in the finish that i’ll attribute to the rye. A fairly tasty beer, could use more variety in the hop flavour though I think.


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