South Australia’s Prancing Pony Brewery is capping off a successful year by celebrating its fourth birthday this Saturday (3 Dec), with a special new beer to mark the occasion.
From midday, The Brewshed will be treating everybody to happy hour all day, with $5 schooners, a BBQ, music and games.
It has been an exciting few months for Prancing Pony, which was crowned Supreme Champion Beer for its India Red Ale at the International Beer Challenge in London.
“To win the Supreme Champion Trophy at the International Beer Challenge London was an amazing surprise and the win has become a bit of a gamer changer for our business,” Prancing Pony’s CEO Corinna Steeb told Beer & Brewer.
“We now have enquiries from around the world and it is great to know that people enjoy this big and bold beer outside Australia. The India Red Ale has a great following and has become a conversation piece.
“Did we think that we would win such a prestigious award within four years – definitely not but it’s a nice accolade to have.”
Reflecting on the past four years, Steeb explains that like most breweries, there have been many highlights and challenges along the way.
“One major achievement so far, was moving our brewery from a small shed in an industrial area to a purpose built brewshed and to install our new 30HL Braukon brewhouse without losing a single day of trading. We now get visitors from near and far drinking our beers and watching the brewers at work,” she said.
“With growth come challenges and the biggest continuous challenge is to manage our growth sustainably and to distribute our beers in such a geographically diverse environment.”
In celebration of the birthday milestone, Prancing Pony is releasing Pagan’s Empire, a 6.6 per cent ABV, 60 IBU, India pale ale.
The IPA has been crafted with some old world ingredients including rye to give the beer a solid malt backbone with flavours of roasted pumpernickel, and some grunt through lingering, resinous hops.