Great way to start the working week. Ripe, juicy oranges underpin the foundations of this beer. Nice bitter ribbon through it. Great beer. Very balanced.
Buy again: yeah, why not
6 per cent
Brains: In late 2013, winemaker Michael Hope enlisted Matt Hogan, a former winemaker- turned brewer for De Bortoli-owned William Bull, to help set up and run his Hope Brewery with a system he bought from Murray’s.
Brewed: Hunter Valley, NSW
Bought: 375ml can from @boozebudlive
'Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale' by Waku Waku Tezukuri Farm Kawakita. What a mouthful. This loosely translates to 'excited or happy hand made farm'. My translation skills aren't the best. Anyway this is a small, farm brewery in Ishikawa Prefecture in the center of Japan. They have four core beers that are made with their own home grown barley. More info can be found at www.wkwkfarm.xsrv.jp/wkwkfarm/
The beer itself is a pretty standard pale ale. Nothing too special but it went down well after a long day. His one is flavoured with Saaz and Cascade hops.
Holy Mountain Brewery in Seattle was a special place. With their tap list not having a single beer over 7% nor any Lupulin slurries or trendy hop IBU bombs, they were reliant on subtlety and process driven flavours rather than sheer volume of ingredients and cost for the kapow.
I sampled a holy trinity of beers; ‘The Great Beast’ a tastefully dry hopped pale ale brewed with an heirloom Himalayan purple barley variety; ‘Dethroned’ a delicious and perfectly rich stout (pictured) that was full of body and astutely balanced between rye and oat silkiness and earthy hops; and my favourite, ‘The Seer’, a tropically dry and boil hopped, Brett fermented and barrel aged saison, producing lively funk and oaky vanillin that accentuated the spicy and fruityness of the yeast and hops.
The Brewery was a clean and bright minimal industrial space which contrasted with the quasi-punk/metal labels and designs of the beers. Probably my favourite of all the breweries I had the joy of visiting in Seattle.
Well let’s play catch-up everyone! I’m just a schlub working two jobs so often my posting is waaaaaay down the list of things I need to catch up on. 😬. So let’s get that out of the way! The second half of my international craft advent calendar was a l’eeel less enjoyable than the first half but some winners emerged.# @clownshoesbeer Advent party crasher 👍. @duclawbrewingco Sweet baby Java 👎. @8wiredbrewing Palate trip Sour ipa - meh. @eviltwinbrewing The Quads are Not What they Seem - good enough to try again if I come across it. @crazymtnbrewery 2017 holiday ale - some nice herb flavour but not one is be happy to come back to. @naparbier Alien Klaw
An ipa with Belgian yeast esters - worked for me! I do want to qualify that my distaste for some of the above is likely due to the bottling dates and the beers not being as fresh as when packaged. One more post from that crate to go! Check my Untappd for any more poignant thought I may have had at the time. #uscraftbeer#nzcraftbeer#spanishcraftbeer#craftnotcrapbeer#craftnotcrap#craftbeerlover#beerporn#bccraftbeer