Brewing giant Lion is set to take full control of Fremantle-based boutique brewer, Little World Beverages.
The company is the owner of the Little Creatures brand which is famous for its brewery and restaurant in Fremantle.
This BoTF correspondent has arrived back in OZ for 3 weeks of R&R with the family.
Bladdamasta has suggested a post from Toowoomba would have been good but the best I can do was review a sample tried at Toowoomba. Various Little Creatures brews have been reviewed before but in the spirit of responsible drinking I don’t think that Rogers has made it to the BoTF beer list.
This is without doubt the best mid-strength beer that this correspondent has sampled. Last week at the Spotted Cow in Toowoomba I partook in a session of Rogers during a Xmas catchup and fell in love with it. Its full of hoppy flavour and all one would expect of a very decent brown non-lite ale.
This correspondent is a long suffering northern beaches (Sydney) commuter. The bus services from these here parts to the city are third world. At least we have the beaches ’cause the commute is suicide-inducing. The buses are infrequent and, while there is a timetable, its treated as more a random number generator.
The local member up here, @mikebairdmp, recently announced a ‘pre feasibility’ study into improving bus services. Pre-feasibility, I love it, woooah there Mike, best not move too fast.
The normal experience for the northern beaches bus commuter (and most of the north shore at that) is to end up queueing across the deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as York St turns into bus gridlock. Luckily, this forms part of the view from the office of our state premier, @barryofarrell. I always use all the spare time I have while sitting in this bus graveyard to send Barry a few choice tweets about his management of Sydney’s transport system. Though he’ll probably blame the previous Labor government (or at least the pimply, self important young Liberal member who looks after his tweeting will).
Anyway, on to the monster. Little Creatures claim on the label “…for our next Single Batch release we couldn’t wait to make a massive hop fueled double IPA….it’s about the biggest charge of hops ever seen in the Creatures brewhouse”. And, boy oh boy, they are right. It’s very hoppy, both in smell and overwhelmingly in the first taste. It’s a little bitter in the follow up and this turns sweeter as tasting went on. But it’s the hops that impress. I was burping hops hours later.
It pours a beautiful deep amber and has a mule kick of an ABV at 7.8%. As the guy on the till at Porters, Balgowlah said as I paid, “well spotted”. Indeed.
Sibling beers to the Bright Ale are featured in earlier boft posts [ Original Pilsner & Pale Ale ]. Little Creatures Brewing is close to the sodden hearts of us botf contributors.
The first great thing is they were one of the brewers at the forefront of producing quality beers that were easily accessible alternates to mainstream tap beers (or so it seems to us – apologies to all and sundry as I have most likely not mentioned several score other brewers).
The second great thing is the Imperial Pint size bottle they sell it in. You don’t see many of these about. At 568mL it is the perfect size for tasting as one glass is sometimes not enough to appreciate the beer.
The Bright Ale is on the sweet side and is low fizz with the head disappearing fast after the pour. It has a some fruity tastes and is immensely drinkable.