$23 6 pack, 5.2%
The latest addition to the Little Creatures empire, this essentially artisan brew is produced in a spanking new facility in Healesville, located (suitably) next door to Little Creatures founder Phil Sexton’s Giant Steps megadoor (it’s not a cellar door, it’s a small village).
With a setup that was spared no expense, featuring brewing equipment trucked in from both Little Creatures Fremantle brewery and all over Europe, the framework was set for some seriously fine beer.
Production of this beer then sounds more like classic winemaking than brewing, featuring traditional open fermenters, whole hops and hands off methods, echoing the brewing of yore, yet coupled with modern technology to encourage consistency.
The end result, I’m happy to say, is simply great beer. A creamy and quite textural dark ale with excellent freshness, it had me thinking ‘session beer’ as opposed to ‘quiet contemplation’, largely thanks to its lightness and how quickly the beer emptied.
It’s not ultra serious, but it is made particularly seriously, which I have plenty of time for.