Beer review — Stone & Wood and Sierra Nevada

Stone and Wood Jasper Ale 500ml $6
Byron Bay’s Stone and Wood Brewery earlier this years released its third beer, a beautiful red-coloured ale, inspired, say the partners by “German alt, American amber ale and English brown ale styles”. It’s a full-bodied, smooth, malty style cut with a delicious herbal, hoppy flavour and lingering bitterness.

Sierra Nevada Porter 350ml $6.90
What a beaut porter this is from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. The aroma and palate reveal rich, roasted malt character – reminiscent of dark chocolate and toffee. It weighs in at a solid 5.6 per cent alcohol, but it’s lively and balanced on the palate with a refreshing chocolaty, bitter finish.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2012
First published 14 November 2012 in The Canberra Times