Stone and Wood Cloud Catcher Ale 500ml $9–$12
Byron Bay brewer Stone and Wood released Cloud Catcher to mark the opening if its new Murwillumbah brewery. A pale-golden coloured ale, Cloud Catcher offers a rich, full, malty flavour, seasoned with exhilarating citrusy hops flavours. The hops also contribute an intense, lingering bitterness.
4 Pines Brewing Company Imperial India Brown Ale 500ml $10
Definitely a winter brew this one –dark and malty, with an alcohol content of eight per cent. This boosts the body and flavour, loading the palate with strong chocolate and roasted coffee bean flavours. The alcohol also contributes a warmth, while a massive load of hops delivers an extraordinarily bitter finish.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2014
First published 10 September 2014 in the Canberra Times and goodfood.com.au