Originally this was a one-off beer, however after months of wanting to drink it again, we gave in and promoted Motor Mouth to year round status. This West Coast IPA showcases Mosaic and Amarillo hops along side our clean and grainy base malt, Motor Mouth opens up with a barrage of freshly made tropical fruit salad, dousing the sinuses in cavalcade of over-ripe melons and fresh squeezed fruit juice.
Ripe citrus, fresh green grapes and a pine forest floor charac- ter dominate the palate, finishing with a clean and refreshing note of freshly cut grapefruit. We try our best not to admit that we have a favourite, but it is impossible to deny how much we adore this tropical punch in the face.
The cutting power of the hop bitterness with spice or with oils and fats makes an IPA a much better match with spicy cuisine or barbecue meats. Conversely, Motor Mouth pairs fantastically with a rhubarb, apple and strawberry pie as a desert.
Max - Estate Ale
The fruition of a long held goal of producing a single origin, brewery sourced modern Farmhouse Ale, Max presents as an effervescent and dry yeast-driven beer that explodes on the palate with an intense spritzy character. You’ll find bucket loads of fresh lemon aroma and white pepper, followed by subtle nuisances of savoury herbs and over ripe blackberries. Pilsner Estate malt creates a light grainy flavour with a soft yellow appearance akin to a mid-summer morning, delivering a honeydew & champagne character reminiscent of authentic handmade lemonade.
A blend of brewery grown Super Pride & Cascade hops combine to execute subtle fresh apricot, citrus & lavender notes that compliment our house “Everton” yeast and adds a beautiful soft complexity. Max delivers a modern Farmhouse Ale accomplishing its own stamp on the saisons of France and Belgium without deviating too far from the heart and soul of this flawless beer style. While it was designed to sip on veranda in the afternoon sun or at the dinner table with family, we hope you enjoy Max wherever you get the chance to try it.
Fresh seafood - steamed white flesh fish, pan seared scallops or bbq abalone. Superb with a salad of mesclun greens or delicious with creamy, bloomy-rind cheeses.
Packed full with hops, yet bone dry, this is our take on a Farmhouse Ale, produced completley from entirely on farm ingredients. The concoction was simple; we created a simple grain bill and hop bill akin to an authentic Farmhouse Ale, then fermented it with our aggressively hungry house “Everton” yeast. After chewing through every gram of sugar, we were left with a true representation of the style.
A boldly hoppy nose that is wrapped in a blanket of farmhouse hay. Intensely dry but chewy in body, the citrus and melon notes from the hops stick to the palate, but remain characteristically refreshing. Moderate malt character and a strong graininess drive a very agriculturally targeted hop profile from beginning to end.
Farmhouse Ales go with farmhouse foods: roasted chicken with garlic and herbs, stews, funky cheeses
Take even parts; Pale base malt, white wheat, fresh picked Super Pride hops, and the purest spring water known to man, put them in a giant stainless steel fermenter & shake vigorously. Transfer to barrel, add 30kgs of pulped fresh Loquats & turn the oven up to 3 years, bake, blend with Estate Blonde and Loquacious is what you end up with.
A highly crushable mixed ferment Wild Ale that is every bit as complex and aromatic as each of its counterparts. Vibrant aromas of fresh squeezed grapefruit, crisp bread malts with an underlying presence of vanilla and oak transition into loquat peel, pine, finishing with a cavalcade of various citrus and sweet floral hints. Subtle malts, oak wood tones, light whiskey, cherries & vanilla as well as a lingering bittering hop flavor accentuate the characteristic to style dryness, body, haze & acidic bite, which only serves to showcase the Loquat fruit flavor. Loquats might be universally obscure and grandmother-esque, but most fortunately the resulting product is something both Nana & Pop would be thrilled with.
Cheese - Aged Brie is a good choice; and tart beers pair as well with sharp Cheddars, Blues and fatty Mascarpones
Bigger, bolder and more brash than our favoured Motor Mouth IPA, the Duchess rules the roost and adds a funky tartness to the family. Left to rest on Brettanomyces wild yeast for a year and a half until it began to show the trademark fruity and hay like notes commonly associated with it, a bevy of citrus, pineapple, and passion fruit aromas meld into tropical flavors that pair nicely with the beer’s boldly hopped body.
A touch of coloured malt brings a sunset orange hue & subtle grainy character into play arranging balance amongst the floral barrage of Galaxy & Enigma hops, with flavors of freshly baled hay and pineapple tying everything together. A brett aided oaky earthiness, attributed to the barrel, finishes a mix of pleasant bitterness and tropical fruit, that only compliments an already complex and decadent beer.
The flavor from Brett gives it legs to stand alongside earthy produce like potatoes, root vegatables or pan fried mushrooms. Cheese - the stinkier the better.
A Flanders-style red ale that we selectively age on sloe fruit, hawthorn berries and rose hips, all hand collected from hedgerows on the brewery farm – hence the beer name. A superb blend of one, two and three year versions of the beer. Pour aggressively to obtain a thin off-white lacing on the cherry coloured beer. Hedgerow is sharp & sour, full of tart rhubarb, barnyard funk & ripe cherry aromas, with a complex blend of dried-fruit & pinot oak. The mouthfeel will get you puckering while the flavour arrangement showcases a tart raspberry, dark cherry & earthy woodiness dominance with subtle malt sweetness, light vinegar & burnt cranberry finish. Hedgerow is a sour delight that will turn your tongue on its head.
Serve with grilled red meats. A perfect accompaniment to cheese platters and with berry based desserts.
Sometimes you just have to push the boundaries. Like the limits of our mash tun when we mashed in this monster brew. Barley Wines’ deliver on another level, and this wolf in sheep's clothing is no different. A sparkling golden bronze appearance delivers an extremely smooth & mellow body, not syrupy or cloying which can often accompany this style, presenting aromas of wildflowers, dried figs and peach that sweeten the boozy vanilla notes, with a subtle brett influence. .
Miraculously easy to drink, She masks her 14% strength attributed to a hibernation period of 12 months in fresh Muscat barrels which aids to the complexity of this behemoth. We’ve reluctantly re-released her as we were trying to save it all for ourselves, available in very limited quantities.
To almost be treated as a meal in itself, served as a dessert wine alternative. Post meal with salted nuts, cured hams, olives or gorgonzola cheese.
Ragged Jack is a hoppy pale ale inspired by the beers we love to take with us on long hikes and bike treks with one end goal, tantalizingly hoppy refreshment. With a malt bill consisting solely of our pale malt, Ragged Jack remains bone dry with a joyous background of simple bready and biscuit-like notes.
Its Galaxy dry hopping creates a melody of balanced tropical and juicy flavours that jump right out of the beer, only to be followed up with equally intense hoppy notes of apricot, guava, mango and passion fruit. While low in body, the hops used create a resinous mouthfeel keeping this beer refreshing yet deceptively small. Ragged jack is exceptionally easy to drink, with a relaxed malt depth, unearth this beer regularly for maximum satisfaction.
Ragged Jack’s fruity and floral character combined with a crisp, refreshing bitterness makes it a perfect choice for almost any occasion. Stir fries, chicken, seafood and salads complement its broad flavours and approachability.
Our take on a traditional a Belgian Witbier, a refreshing, elegant, tasty, moderate- strength wheat-based ale. The grain bill is about half malted barley and half raw wheat, with around 5% rolled oats added to increase mouthfeel. Full of body, flavor and aromatics, it has a mellow sweetness and a light, balancing tart edge.
We’ve tactically deployed fresh orange peel and coriander seed to deliver an effortless thirst quenching fresh flavor with a bulging bouquet of coriander and citrus. Sports a meringue-like head when poured and a full golden, hazy appearance when the yeast is preferably roused from the bottle. A great pleasure anytime, providing a little taste of summer, all year round.
Seafood matches exquisitely with Witbiers, especially mussels, calamari & oysters, either by themselves or in pasta or risottos. Simply prepared fresh fish such as trout or salmon pair beautifully with the cloudy, citrussy, aromatic Belgian-style beer.
Hops get all the attention, but Jacobs Ladder turns its nose up at the spotlight seeking hop character and instead pays homage to the hard working, behind the scenes effort of the malts. The crystal clear copper hue can be attributed to the Shepherds Delight malt, whilst Crystal malt embodies the beer with much of the malt aroma.
Throw your nose into the headspace of the glass and a bready malt character, dark fruit aromas and a hint of autumn spice immediately hit you. Backed up by five different malts that punch out a superb malty body and soft bitterness from subtle modern hop additions, it’s a beer to be celebrated for its subtleties and hard working nature, which coincidently honors its English heritage.
Matching Jacobs Ladders’ malt character is a delight, with burgers, meaty soups and stews highly recommended, however our favorite is rack of brewery-grown fresh lamb or a home cooked beef & potato pie.
We developed this Oatmeal Stout with loads of rich cocoa, creamy espresso and toasted malt notes. Balanced superbly with a full body mouthfeel through the use of rolled oats, and to accentuate the oatmeal sweetness, we added in a small amount of genuine vanilla pods late in the boil, which in turn helps cut through the rich oatmeal laden body to help transform what could be considered a dessert beer into a sessionable inky black elixir.
Its silky velvet-like body aides in draping the subtle vanilla sweetness from the front to the back of your tongue, only thinning out as the espresso character hits the palate, inducing just the slightest amount of salivation, helping this creamy dark bomb wash clean and keeping it incredibly drinkable for a stout that is darker than an approaching southerly front. Enjoy this while soaking in the sun's rays at your favourite swimming hole or hunkered down by a fireplace as the frost settles outside on a winters night.
Pairing Stacks Bluff Stout with hearty fare such as BBQ ribs or brisket, roasted or smoked meats, or a classic beef pie as a main, or a chocolate pudding, tiramisu or use as an affogato on icecream.
What this approachable ale lacks in ABV, it more than hits the mark as sessionable and fully quenchable offering for all beer lovers. At 3.5% ABV, Steampunk is a great session beer and gentle introduction to the world of craft beer for newcomers, as well as a crisp refreshing option for craft drinkers.
Light copper in colour with supreme clarity, this Steam Ale exhibits subtle stone fruit & light peach aromas,a bready malt character and light toasty flavours finishing crisp and clean showing hints of spice and citrus. A luscious white head and crisp effervescence pair perfectly with a balanced bitterness an a dry back palate.
The char of grilled meats will pair well with the caramel and toasty flavors of the beer. SteamPunk also goes well with spicy foods like Thai and Mexican.
After Dinner Mint
Our affection for flavourful beers and a zeal to venture into the far corners of the flavor world, have been the drivers in our endless quest to brew the perfect indulgence. After Dinner Mint is truly like drinking the dessert sweet & is brewed with local chocolate maker Cocobean chocolate, cocoa nibs & candied mint resulting in a decadent pairing. Aromatic fresh mint aromas bellow from the glass along with roasted malts and dark chocolate notes. A rich cocoa and decadent dark chocolate flavor dominate the palate, but a mint bitterness lingers reminiscent of a refreshing breath mint. Fine carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel compliment the well balanced dynamics of this chocoholic drinkers dream.
Enjoyed on its own as a liquid dessert or unashamedly accompanied with a chocolate pudding, poured liberally over vanilla ice cream or suggestively served with a cheese platter.