Stone and Wood Limited Release Stone Beer 500ml $10
This annual brew goes a tad darker and fruitier this year, with the addition of chocolate wheat malt and Enigma hops to an already extensive ingredient list. It’s a luxurious, 7.2 per cent dark ale – spritely and fresh on the palate but seriously, smoothly, chocolate-like with a fruity lift and tangy finish.
Samuel Adams Noble Pils 355ml $6.65
“Noble” refers to the aristocratic hop strains used in the brew: Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter, Saaz and Hersbrucker. Refreshingly for a hop-focused beer, gentle, herbal, fruity, spicy hops character subtly adorn the equally subtle honey character of the malt (Bohemian spring barley). It’s a lovely American take on the Czech Pilzen style.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 19 June 2013 in the Canberra Times