Brisbane Beer Co - Gnarley Wine - Barley Wine
Posted by Anthony Morgan
on 27 August 2015
Why, why, why would the crazy brewers, Brendan and Simeon, of Brisbane Brew Co (BBC) brew the biggest beer that has ever been brewed in the history of Brisbane Brew Co? Why the bloody hell not!
This English style Barley Wine is an absolute corker! The confirmed rumour is that 535 kilograms of grain was used in the mash! That, my friends, is a recipe for malty fun times. Hop balanced beautifully; this sweet, caramel, orangey, taste explosion is massive. Totally Gnarley! Hands down one of the nicest big bodied barley wines I've tasted in a long time.
This bad boy (or girl) was fermented in ten days, and matured for two months. I remember Nic (number 1 man at BBC), telling me and my mate about this brew all those 2 months ago. He'd tease us with intermittent tastings so needless to say, the excitement was brewing. I think my excitement was fermenting hotter than the tank! Of course, I used beer as my 'cooling coil' alternative and downed litres and litres of tasty brews over the months as it was maturing.
Now the wait is over, the brew is tapped and will be in the line-up at Archive's Armakeggon, this Saturday, 29 August 2015! I'll taste this a few times over. Yes, it may wave dump me, but I'll keep getting up until I'm washed ashore!
Now, if you can't make it to Armakeggon, and I can't imagine why you wouldn't be able to make time to taste over 40 beers in one day, you can always head down to BBC and drink it straight from its motherland.
Brendan and Simeon, you're both magnificent brewers. 'Insert hat tip here'
What's more, these chaps brewed a parti-gyle through the Gnarley Wine mash and soured with yoghurt! Aptly named Party Guile Sonic Boom, this Sour Ale needs to be tasted time and time again. I can't get enough of it! By far one of my favourite sours on tap! Head down to Brisbane Brewing Co for a pint or 2, every day until it runs out! Then have a cry because it's gone you greedy bastards!
Hops: Target, Challenger
Malts: Australian Pilsner, Dark Crystal, Brown Malt
Colour: Dark Amber
Taste: Cray cray tasty! Rich amber liquid brilliance. DRINK UP BEFORE IT'S GONE!
Overall: Totally, 100%, can't say it enough, all consuming awesomeness.
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.
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