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Archive's Armakeggon - The Hoppiest Place on Earth

Posted by Anthony Morgan on 7 September 2015
Archive's Armakeggon - The Hoppiest Place on Earth
There is one time of year when the excitement of beer gets the better of me; overwhelming, all consuming excitement.  ARMAKEGGON!

Three years ago, being a beer novice, still am, and a virgin to many craft varieties, I joined my well-seasoned beer buds at Armakeggon for the first time. It was total sensory overload! I had no idea what to try, what order to try them, and what I liked and didn't like, but it flung me head first into broader craft beer ranges.

What I loved most was talking beer with my mates, and taking notes and contriving a rating system for the beers It made me excited to taste the brews.

This year was no different. Although I had already tried a few of the 40+ beers on tap, and the tasting passport was an excellent addition mitigating yet another rating system, it was still the same 'OMG OMG' feeling I got three years ago. I just loved it.

Some concentrate on the mechanics of the day, but for me, Armakeggon represents what's great about the craft beer industry. From the big craft breweries to the infinitesimal, the focus is the same: variety, quality, flavour, and enjoyment. Archive makes sure that there are plenty of fantastic craft beers and ciders on tap. Even a boilermaker session this year! It's the brews that keep me coming back, along with the other Armakeggonites.

I started the day big with Sierra Nevada's Nibs of Steel. Wow, why on earth did I decide to go with an American Imperial / Double Stout? Why the hell not! It was sensational. It started my day off the right way the day for my five favourite brews. These are in no particular order:

Modus Operandi L90 Double IPA
LoverBeer Madamin Sour Ale
Panhead Custom Ales The Vandal NZ Pale Ale
Brisbane Brewing Co / King Brown Brewing Return of the Gimp Double IPA
Brisbane Brewing Co Gnarley Wine Barley Wine

A HUGE mention has to go to Green Beacon's (and Archive's) Blood Orange IPA; incredible aroma and sensational taste.

Just on the side, the food at Armakeggon was just the treat! The pork sliders were my pick, followed closely by the schnitzel burger. Suffice to say the day went smoothly without incident. If there was a hitch, I didn't pick up on it. Great job Archive crew, especially Josh and Russell!

The beer spectacular continues with five big American brews on tap at Archive next week:

Bell's Brewery Two Hearted Ale American IPA
Bell's Brewery - Porter
Smuttynose Brewing Company Smuttynose Baltic Porter
Ballast Point Sculpin Grapefruit - IPA
Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale

I'll be in the Next Door Cellar trying these American muscle beers on Thursday, 10 September from 5:30pm. Join me for brew and a chat!

Hoppy drinking!


Author: Anthony Morgan
About: Let’s be honest, would I be writing a beer blog if I didn’t love (with all my heart and to the death) beer...? Maybe, but I love beer! I am not, by any means, a beer expert. I am not a harbinger, messenger, conduit sent from the fermented Gods. I am but a mortal man; a man with dreams and emotions, experiencing craft beer. A few years ago, a friend of mine (let’s call her Yvette) started a ‘100 Beers in One Year’ challenge. Some mainstream beers, mostly craft beer, and a lot of single batch brews so the challenge wasn’t drinking 100 beers (the Untappd app would prove I did that in a month), the real challenge was finding the beers. My partner, Graham, and I found ourselves caught up in the list with her. We travelled Australia from coast to coast (literally), searching and finding, and of course drinking the hoppy gems. Many were found, and consumed in the fabric chairs at Archive. So this led to many visits to Archive, my foray to Armakeggon, the start of some great friendships, my love for this great beer establishment, and my ignited passion and thirst for awesome craft brews. People who know me are aware that I am a sucker for the sour brews, I love them. Of course, I don’t discriminate. I love beers from both extreme ends in the beer spectrum. However, I’m still learning about beer and trying different beers and styles for the first time. So think of this blog as my journey, an imparting of some wisdom, and a conversation of our very beery opinions. Also join me on Untappd. Search for Anthony Morgan or my handle Princess_Mooseknuckle (sorry about my handle kids, it’s just who I am!) Let’s drink and blog.
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