Two Sydney breweries are kick-starting the new year with retro beer releases.

Young Henrys have collaborated with alt-country/folk band Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys on the keg only “Reschs-style” Bowlo Bitter while Nomad Brewing will welcome the “easy drinking” Brookie Draught into their core range.

In a release, Young Henrys said: “Bowlo Bitter is a thirst-quenching beauty, deep gold in colour with subtle grassy overtones from some good old Aussie Cascade hops. Inspired by the band and brewery’s joint love of the local bowlo – a place where you can enjoy a frosty schooey of amber nectar in your hand, grass between your toes and the dulcet country tones of the breeze”.

Kicking off in Newcastle on Thursday 21 January, the Bowlo Bitter Tour will head to Adamstown Bowlo where Caitlin Harnett & the Pony Boys will be joined by James Thomson on support. Next, the band will head north to Bangalow Bowlo in Byron Bay, playing tunes with Brisbane band Jollee the following night.

On Friday 29 January the band and Lady Lyon play at the Wombarra Bowlo in Wombarra before heading home to Petersham Bowlo the next day with support from Papa Pilko and the Binrats.

Nomad said Brookie Draught is “inspired by the era of short stubbies, thongs, terry towelling hats and steaks burnt to a crisp on the BBQ. Brookie Draught is as Aussie as you can get using 100 per cent Australian single origin malts and hops. With a nod to our home in Brookvale, and a retro feel to take you back to when choosing a beer was easy and it was brewed to be simply enjoyed”.

The core range edition is gluten reduced, naturally brewed, can conditioned and made utilising the Aussie original draught hop Pride of Ringwood.

It will be released on Friday 22 January – just in time to make it to everyone’s Australia Day BBQs.

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