BEER OF THE WEEK: Akasha Brewing Company’s Queen of the Damned Red IPA – Akasha brewer Grace Fowler told Beer & Brewer this striking new drop is as delightful to look at as it is to taste. “It is a Red so it is a bit heavier on the malts than other IPAs. But the hops come smashing through! And wait until you see the colours.” Originally brewed in collaboration with the Royal Albert Hotel in Surry Hills, Queen of the Damned pours an enticingly deep blood red hue, showcasing the specialty grains that give this beer it’s beautifully rich, malty body. The Queen then delivers a generous hit of hops, with Citra and Centennial bringing citrus and bitterness for perfect balance and a dry finish. ABV: 6.2%.
Deeds Brewing Survivor Type Hazy TIPA – Survivor Type represents Deeds’ dedication to taking their job to the next level. Flaked wheat, malted wheat, and oat malt give it a thick, creamy haze backed by a double digit ABV. The 40 IBUs are complemented by the 31g per litre dry hop of two of their favorite hops: Galaxy and Motueka. “It’s the biggest dry hop we’ve done to date, but we found a way,” Deeds said. “That’s because we believe in whatever it takes. May this be your desert island beer. Drink it and ask yourself again, ‘Am I a Survivor Type?’” ABV: 10.5%.
Billson’s Albury Black IPA – At the 1889 Melbourne International Exhibition, Billson’s Albury Brewing & Malting Co was awarded first prize for their India Pale Ale. Over 130 years later they’re proud to have re-imagined their original recipe which is made from 100 per cent Australian grain. This IPA is handcrafted with four unique grains that provide a smooth, dark and roasted malt profile. To balance those dark malts, they’ve added three different hops varieties for a wonderful hop-forward session Black IPA. It’s also double dry hopped for maximum flavour and aroma. ABV: 4.2%.
St Andrews Brewery Tidal Artesian Seltzers – Victoria’s St Andrews Brewery becomes one of the first independent breweries to release a hard seltzer in Australia. Tidal Artesian Seltzer is a naturally brewed and fermented alcoholic seltzer, made from a blend of local artesian water, cane sugar, yeast and a dash of lime or yuzu citrus. No spirits or ethanol’s are added to the brewing process and each serve contains only 85 calories, 2g of sugar and 3g of carbs. “After visiting America in October last year, it was unbelievable to see how many people were drinking hard seltzers as an alternative to beer, wine and spirits,” brand manager Tim Purchase said. The artesian water used to produce the seltzer is drawn from the brewery’s own spring, located 155-feet below their Mornington Peninsula property. “This and the fact that no spirits and ethanol’s are added during the brewing process means Tidal is a true to style hard seltzer,” managing director Andrew Purchase said. ABV 4.2%.
FELLR Hard Seltzers – The indie hard seltzers keep coming with the launch of FELLR’s Lime & Soda and Dry & Lime drops. FELLR is a brewed alcoholic seltzer that’s all natural, contains 83 calories and less than 1g of sugar per 330ml. Lime & Soda and Dry & Lime flavours are are the first flavours off the rank while a watermelon version is following later this year. FELLR was co-founded by Andy Skora and Will Morgan. Skora said: “We love how far the craft revolution pushed the beer category, leading people to be more inquisitive and open to trying new flavours and brands. We saw that the pre-mix category was moving towards lower calorie and light/fresh trends, however it’s really been calling out for more unique, local brands for a while now and we saw an opportunity for FELLR to help fill this gap.” ABV: 4%.
FELLR will soon be available at selected online and retail stores around Australia.