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Beer Of The Month Club. Watts River Brewing

Hi folks,

Long time between cheers! At least in blog terms.

We continued our never ending search for the best craft beer every month to deliver to our members and it was by chance my parents ran in to one of the Watts River Brewing family at a local bowls club.

So when Mum told me the story I wanted to know more about the two brewers who used to work at the famous White Rabbit brewery in Healesville, Victoria and thought.. these guys must know what they’re doing! I say this because the White Rabbit Dark Ale was one of the first craft beers I had the pleasure of tasting back in the day and was so impressed I started drinking more and more and..anyway back to Watts River Brewing.

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Watts River Brewing call Healesville their home in the Yarra Valley, Victoria - and use the Watts River right next to them as one of their main supplies of brewing water. In other words, it’s a great foundation for producing fresh locally produced Australian craft beer.

“Why did you leave White Rabbit?” I said to Ben (Watts River Brewing Co-founder), “We wanted to brew our own beer without the quality being watered down.” Okay, enough said. But I still love the White Rabbit Dark Ale.

This months Beer of the month selection is the Stout aka Dry Roasty Stout from Watts River Brewing.

Dry Roasty Stout

Dry Roasty Stout

Quote from the Watts River Brewing website.

“A dark, dry, roasty stout built on flavours of coffee and dark chocolate as well as a tiny hint of smoke drifting around in the background. Perfect to savour by yourself or share with an old mate.”

So instead of a roast, I propose a toast to the Watts River Brewing family and say cheers to a job well done. P.s we loved it :)

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EOFY Beer Of The Month

It’s the end of the financial year in Australia with winter under way so we went searching for a beer that would suit the climate so to speak.

The Beer Of The Month Club team met at one of our warehouse locations to start the process of selecting our next beer of the month! And to do this we usually start by discussing what everyone’s latest favourite beer is, for example Pale Ale, Lager, Pilsner and other craft beers.

Craft Beers

Craft Beers

So Max said, “Hey that’s been one of my favourite beers of late; but for winter why dont we find a nice dark beer instead?” Followed by a moment of silence until Matthew said, “Yeah but I’ll be in Europe and its going to be summer.” And so another moment of silence followed after Matthew had mentioned Europe again after including it in his last 100 sentences (but between us we’re secretly jealous, but don’t tell Matthew!) then Rob said, “Okay, I’ve been looking at some micro breweries and Buckley’s brewery sounds interesting. Why don’t we contact the head brewer and set up a good old fashioned beer tasting?” Heads nodded in agreement.

Buckleys Beer Healesville

Buckleys Beer Healesville

The Buckleys Micro Brewery started in 2001 and is one of the early pioneers of craft beer in Melbourne, Australia. But amazingly it’s not very well known outside of the inner craft beer scene which makes it another hard to find beer for our Beer Of The Month Club members. Not that we’re boasting or anything, well maybe a bit.

So where were we? Oh that’s right, Buckleys Brewery. Buckleys beer was named after the infamous convict William Buckley who had  escaped prison and set up camp with the Wathaurung Tribe in the Bellarine Peninsula of Port Phillip Bay between 1803 to 1835, which later started the Australian saying, “You’ve got Buckley’s chance”.  And so Buckleys Brewery  thought they would create their own saying that goes something like the following..

“Once you’ve tried the traditionally brewed Buckleys beer, non-filtered, full-flavoured ales and lagers you’ll come to the realisation it’s “Buckley’s, or none!”

Buckleys Craft Beer Brewing Tanks

Buckleys Craft Beer Brewing Tanks

So we had the enviable task of tasting Buckley’s range of craft beers, presented below by Buckleys Beer Manager Heath, and in keeping with our mission selected the Buckley’s Dark Boc for this months Beer Of The Month Club.

Heath From Buckleys Beer

Heath From Buckleys Beer

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“Off The Menu” Rye Ale Selected For The Beer Of The Month Club

Every month we select a new beer for the Beer Of The Month Club

Cracking Open an Artic Fox Rye Ale

Cracking Open an Artic Fox Rye Ale

“We always try to surprise and delight our members with a wide selection of new and hard to find craft beers.” said Rob from Gift Of The Month Clubs“So we searched for and found the “off the menu” Rye Ale beer from the Arctic Fox micro brewery for this months Beer Of The Month Club.”

The Arctic Fox micro brewery has been operating for around a decade and could mainly be found promoting their craft beer at local markets and festivals. But this is a hard way to keep a micro brewery going in terms of sales and investment dollars needed to progress in an ever growing craft beer market so the partners decided to sell. However they encountered a few failed sale attempts with various buyers pulling out but was eventually bought by the Blood Brothers Brewery.

Dave Kepper took over as the manager of the Arctic Fox with years of brewing and liquor retailing experience behind him. “I’ve been managing the Arctic Fox since about 2008 but was involved in brewing and liquor sales for years before that”, said Dave.

Arctic Fox is an independent and authentic micro brewery located in the outer Melbourne suburb of Dandenong and are extremely passionate about making full flavored naturally brewed beer without preservatives. “We’re doing some great things at Arctic Fox and having a lot of fun making sure they’re all award winning standard”, said Dave with a smile while talking about their brewing process for the Rye Ale.

“Our Rye Ale uses up to 30% Rye which is pretty high and the grain gives a bitterness and spice we have to be careful with. Plus it’s got a citras nose and front pallet from sitting on Mandarin and Orange rinds which makes it a refreshing easy beer to drink.”

The Rye Ale isn’t on the Arctic Fox product list which makes it even more special for the Beer Of The Month Club members. “We’re like the television show where the guy finds off the menu specialty meals only the locals know about, except we do it with beer,” said Rob.

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Witbier from Mornington Peninsula Brewery Named Beer Of The Month!

Witbier, white beer, bière blanche, or simply witte is a style of beer brewed with a large amount of wheat malt and is commonly known for being brewed in Belgium and the Netherlands. And gets it’s white beer name from the suspended yeast and wheat proteins that make a Witbier beer look a bit hazy and white when cold.

Witbier Craft Beer

Witbier Craft Beer

Witbier descends from the medieval beers traditionally brewed without hops and were flavoured with blend of spices and plants known as gruit. However gruit is still used by micro breweries today but mainly consists of a mix of coriander, orange, orange bitter and hops making a slightly hoppy beer only.

So in our never ending search for amazing craft beers we went looking for the best Witbier in Australia and was soon travelling down to the Mornington Peninsula brewery. And choosing the right micro brewery was an important decision because we haven’t featured a Witbier craft beer before and wanted to ensure we were dealing with not only a trusted micro brewery but one that features Witbier as one of their signature craft beers.

And so without any further suspense, the Witbier selected for this months Beer Of The Month Club members is brewed by the Mornington Peninsula Micro Brewery down on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

Matt from Mornington Peninsula Brewery

Matt from Mornington Peninsula Brewery

Beer Of The Month: Mornington Peninsula Witbier
Style: Belgian Witbier
ABV: 4.7 %

Brewing Notes:
Mornington Witbier is a Belgian style wheat beer that pours a hazy pal straw colour along with a densely packed head packed full of fun. It is brewed with wheat and barley malts as well as traditional coriander and dried citrus peel thus keeping with tradition and is supported by spice and pepper notes. It creates a wonderful mix of citrus flavours with lively carbonation and a light tart finish making it a refreshing summer ale.

In conclusion, the Mornington Peninsula Witbier is a perfect craft beer to enjoy a bottle or two or as a sessional  beer in the hotter months.

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Sydney Craft Beer Week

Starts this Saturday 18 and runs through to the 26th of October. Meet micro brewery founders, drink the best craft beer and craft cider and enjoy a good old fashioned food and beer festival at pubs and venues around Sydney.

Craft Beer Week

Craft Beer Week

Sydney Craft Beer Week is getting bigger and better every year and is back in town in 2014 with a list of Sydney venues holding events with Australian and International micro breweries. And to start proceedings is Cavalier Brewing (the Beer Of The Month Club micro brewery for October) in collaboration with Young Henrys micro brewery in Newtown, Sydney – with an aptly named “Young Cavaliers” block party at the Newington hotel. “It’s like a craft beer rock and roll party”, said Heath from Cavalier Brewing. “And we cant wait to get back up amongst the Sydney craft beer scene again”.

Location: Newington Inn Hotel
Address: 292 – 294 Stanmore Road, Petersham 2049
Phone: 95683703

For more information about Sydney Craft Beer Week go to https://www.sydneycraftbeerweek.com/

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3 Ravens English Extra Special Bitter

This month we revisited Nathan down at the 3 Ravens micro brewery in Northcote, Victoria to investigate all of the brew ha around their 3 Ravens Extra Special Bitter.

But first; 3 Ravens beers are the result of a craft brewing process heavily focused on traditional methods with exacting standards and taking the greatest care in producing quality over quantity; which is by any measure at the heart of any good craft micro brewery.

Nathan from 3 Ravens micro brewery

Nathan from 3 Ravens micro brewery

3 Ravens English Extra Special Bitter is described by 3 Ravens as a classic pale ale in the finest Brittish tradition, with it’s fuggle and golding hops offering an earthy,  spciy aroma and bitterness with floor-malted Maris Otter barley and traditional crystal malts underpinning a very companionable experience. And produced with traditional bottle conditioning that naturally carbonates this wonderful craft beer adding to the complexity of the experience.

But it’s not just the 3 Ravens team honking their own horn, because in 2014 they won the coveted title of Champion Small Brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) with their English Extra Special Bitter beer winning the Best Brittish style in show award. And it’s a pretty big deal  considering the Australian International Beer Awards received a record 1560 entries from more than 294 micro breweries from 31 different countries.

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My Trip To The Bellarine Estate Micro Brewery

Every month we select a new craft beer of the month and as head of research and craft beer discovery I headed on down to the Bellarine Brewing Company. B.t.w I just thought of that title; sounds like a good job title, dont you think?

Visitor Information Centre

Visitor Information Centre – Where’s Bellarine Estate?

Bellarine Estate sign

Bellarine Estate sign

The Bellarine Estate micro brewery was established in 2007 and quote “produces exceptional quality lagers, ales, pilsners and stouts.” It’s located on the Bellarine Peninsula, a short trip from Geelong in Victoria,  and according to their website are the only brewery in the area brewing craft beer.

Bellarine Estate Brewing Tanks

Bellarine Estate Brewing Tanks

Bellarine Estate quote, “The beers are distinctly different, full of character and flavour as only quality micro brewed beer can delivery. This is beer with attitude, perfect for the first time beer drinker and loved by the mature palate of a seasoned connoisseur.”

Bellarine Estate Craft Beer Selection

Bellarine Estate Craft Beer Selection

So with a description like this I couldn’t wait to try the Bellarine Estate craft beer tasting paddle showcasing their Lonsdale Lager, Pale Ale, Mussel Stout and Ginger Beer.

Bellarine Estate Beer Tasting Paddle

Bellarine Estate Beer Tasting Paddle

But when I first saw the tasting paddle I was a little concerned and  said to Katie (aka Bellarine Estate beer and wine tasting expert), “Wow, I’ve never seen a tasting paddle filled with pots!?” Katie laughed and said, “We actually make the tasting paddles here”, which added to the overall micro brewery experience, and gladly Katie didn’t  fill them to the top (because I was driving) and the beer tasting game begun.

Rob Holding The Bellarine Estate Beer Tasting Paddle

Rob Holding The Bellarine Estate Beer Tasting Paddle

I started with the Bellarine Estate Lonsdale Lager,  followed by their Pale Ale, Mussel Stout, and finished with their alcoholic Ginger beer (a first for me) and experienced a range of craft beer I’d highly recommend.

So without further adieu, the July Beer of the month is the Bellarine Estate Lonsdale Lager! And will return for the Stout (perhaps in August while it’s still winter) and the Ginger beer in summer.

Micro brewery rating? It’s a great place to try some exciting craft beer, local wine and relax by the fire.

Cheers,
Robert from the Beer Of The Month Club

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