Beer review — Wig & Pen and Tooheys

Wig and Pen Multigrain 285ml glass $5
We savoured the wholemeal goodness in the Wig’s new cask-conditioned ale, brewed from rye, barley, corn, oats and wheat. It’s a hand pumped beer, meaning less gassy fizz – an attribute that sits well with gentle, creamy palate and invigorating citrusy hops character. It’s another original, more-ish brew by Richard Watkins.

Tooheys Old Black Ale 375ml $16.99 6-pack
Pubs in Moruya and Batemans Bay continue to sell Toohey’s delicious, gentle dark ale, known simply as “black”. Also available in bottle it offers fruity ale notes and subtle, refreshing bitterness with distinctive underlying flavours of roasted coffee and malt. Pubs serve it too cold, but try telling that to the locals.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2011
First published 16 November 2011 in The Canberra Times