Beer review — Balmain Brewing Company and Stone and Wood

Balmain Brewing Company Original Pale Ale 330ml $4.00
Formerly working class Balmain completes its gentrification with the addition of a very good craft brewery. The golden amber ale strokes the palate with silk-smooth texture, sweet, opulent malt and teasing, finely balanced hops flavour and bitterness. What a beautifully balanced ale it is. Tasted twice now and becoming a favourite.

Stone and Wood Mash Collective The Old Persuader 500ml $10
The third Mash Collective beer hits the palate at a big, sweet 6.6 per cent alcohol. It’s fruity for a lager, malty, subtly bitter and hoppy. The design collective comprised graphic designers Sonny Day and Biddy Moroney, photographer, Ingvar Kenne, architect Stuart Vokes and author, John Birmingham. (Stockists at

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 13 November 2013 in the Canberra Times