Probably one of our most popular activities – we had beer tasting today in the student lounge!
Students tasted six delicious Aussie beers – Matilda Bay Bohemian Pilsnener, Little Creatures Pale Ale, Burleigh Brewing’s My Wifes Bitter, Feral Hop Hog, White Rabbit Dark Ale and Holgate Temptress chocolate porter – yum.
1. Bohemian Pilsener – Matilda Bay – Port Melbourne, Victoria
STYLE – Pilsner style lager
A classic pilsner-style lager – highly hopped, crisp and golden – true to the style that was first brewed in 1842 in Pilsen, Bohemia (which is now part of the Czech Republic)
Bohemian Pilsner has a light, golden colour and a distinctive hop character with spicy and peppery notes. Importantly, its bitter finish is balanced across the palate with a full, malty flavour.
2. Little Creatures – Pale Ale – Fremantle, Western Australia
STYLE – American pale ale
Little Creatures throw bag loads of whole hop flowers that they source direct from hop growers in Victoria, Tasmania and the USA throughout the brewing process – especially Cascade and Chinook hops. These hops provide the intense citrus and stone fruit characters that are carefully balanced with select speciality malts and a local pale malt made to the breweries own specifications. A beer that’s ultimately refreshing with a distinct bitterness leaving the palate craving for more.
Preservative and additive free Little Creatures Pale Ale is live-yeast conditioned for unmatched freshness and character and takes about six weeks from brewing to being released.
3. My Wife’s Bitter – Burleigh Brewing Co – Burleigh, Queensland
STYLE – English style bitter
Inspired by the traditional English ‘session beer’ that’s been supped in pubs across England for generations, it blends genuine English malt, hops and yeast.
Our coastal version of a classic English Bitter is brewed with a unique blend of English specialty malts that lend a smooth, malty flavour – with a hint of nuttiness and a soft caramel character.
4. Hop Hog – Feral Brewing Co – Perth, Western Australia
STYLE – American style IPA (India Pale Ale)
Hop Hog is an American style India Pale Ale. Feral Brewing add a heavy dose of American Hops during both during the boil and late in the fermenting stage to give Hop Hog a strong pine needle and citrus aroma, followed by an aggressive bitterness and a dry finish.
5. Dark Ale – White Rabbit – Healesville, Victoria
STYLE – malty dark ale
Rich, dark and flavoursome – but at the same time very refreshing. Malt driven but with the aromatic lift of generous doses of hops.
With the help of traditional open fermentation tanks we let our Dark Ale yeast breathe – yeast normally ferments in closed tanks that constrain it, but with open tanks (that are just like a giant soup tin without a lid), the yeast can run wild!
Raisin like tastes go with lots of flavour with plenty of malt that delivers a rich, dark colour.
6. Temptress – Holgate – Woodend, Victoria
STYLE – Chocolate porter
A twist to Holgate’s classic porter recipe – infused with Dutch cocoa and whole vanilla beans. Holgate decided to add rich cocoa and vanilla to an already robust brew. Together with a blend of seven malts, the result is a complex palate of alluring chocolate, coffee and caramel flavours, balanced by its hint of vanilla.