Unlike many other beer blogs, Back of the Ferry is not afraid to delve into bottom reaches of a bottle-shop fridge, particularly if it is a brew that hasn’t graced these pages or added to BotF’s unique beer list on @untappd. We are within sight of “Legendary” status so discoveries of tins of unheard of Mexican beer help. Rio Bravo is made by the makers of Mexicali, who are so proud of it that it doesn’t even make it onto their site. Maybe it’s not the Dutch that make generic stuff with cliched names.
Cans aren’t so bad to drink from, but it’s only the macros’ whose beers make it into the tinnie. I was speaking to an aspiring Aussie craft brewer recently, and he reckons it is just too expensive. Naturally in the US there are blogs devoted only to beers in tins and of Maine has canned their entire range. The sound of cracking a can and the feel of wiping the brow on the icy cold metal is very nostalgic of summer.
By now the Back of the Ferry darts representatives will have come down from their high. Lamb0 has already eloquently the feeling of being a player in such a tense event. I toddled down to the Manly Leagues Club to give the boys some support, and ended up being drawn in to the whole drama.
The tension became quite unbearable towards the end, particularly as our boys were dropping games that they should have won. Nerves frayed on both sides, and breaches of etiquette were occasionally called. There were a couple of epic games where players went dart for dart waiting for each other to crack. Lamb0 was quite nerveless at the end, even though he dropped the middle leg of his three legged singles. When victory finally came the release of pressure was substantial and the boys sustained their jubilation, deservedly, for some time.
The address on the label of this beer is 1 Chifley Square, Sydney. If there was truly a brewery at this address and it made beer of this quality and it was the days when a corporate card could be flogged with more dispassion, then for many BotF members that worked at 2 Chifley Square – life would have been even better. Alas, Endeavour Beverages has not yet got its own brewery – but it certainly has good recipes. BotF tried the big brother – the Amber Ale - and it was favourable. After a run of shite, the Endeavour 2010 Reserve Pale Ale was a nice change. Really fresh, citrusy, hoppy beer. Magnificent on an evening where Sydney started to warm up again. Get into it.
As good as Sydney Harbour was (it’s never bad), the highlight of the evening was participating in a training session at the Fishos with the BotF darts team. It was a sad moment for the boys and indeed this blog, because the Fishos is in its death throes and the boys have to move to the Dee Why Builders. The club’s premises have been sold to a local girls school and final closure is imminent. The future of the club is uncertain. It aims to open in another venue (possibly the Manly Rugby Club), but it won’t be able to do bands like it has been doing recently. They’ve been going out with a bang, with the Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, the Hellmen, Daryl Braithwaite, Mental As Anything and of course Snaketide performing there in the last couple of months.
Being a practice session, there was no real pressure, but towards the end of the evening and after many liquid refreshments the NW Fairlight BotF members took on Warringah Mall East’s BotF contingent in a 3 legged game 501. Lamb0 was handicapped by partnering bladdamasta, but 501 is all about pegging out or in English getting a double to get to zero. In the end pommy_ch and Craig couldn’t get the magic double. The last leg went forever as the Old and VB took hold. In fact one could argue that the Old was responsible for bladdamasta getting the most unlikely of double 2 to end the final game. We look forward to Lamb0′s first report from the Dee Why Builders.