Wig and Pen Gueuze 355ml balloon $10
Gueuze, part of Belgium’s lambic beer family, combines barrel-conditioned ales of various ages – in the Wig’s version, one, two and three years old. The microbial tag-team in the barrels produces an intensely fruity beer (pineapple-like) of tart, grapefruit-like acidity with underlying earthy, farmyard characters. It’s not a session beer, but a remarkable one to linger over.
Prickly Moses Organic Pilsner 330ml $3.82
Prickly Moses, from Barongarook, Victoria, combines Otway rainwater and pilsner malts with New Zealand hops, fermented by “one of the world’s original yeast strains from Germany”. The slightly cloudy, pale lemon colour and persistent white head appeal strongly, as does the fresh, brisk, herbal-hoppy palate. It stands out among all the me-too pilsners.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 13 March 2013 in The Canberra Times