I spotted, all alone in a forgotten upper shelf, a six pack of Pikes Oakbank Pilsener. Now the fish on the label is more commonly seen on the wines from the Clare Valley-based winemaker of the same name. Apparently, now than then, the winemaker punches out a pilsener. It was first brewed in 1886 and this is third ‘revival’. Unsure to the nature of it’s sporadic production – when grape prices bottom out?
The beer itself was excellent. Totally unexpected as it was being unloaded at a Tasman Bitter price. It has a true steely pilsener taste. I was a bit worried by its initial fizz but this settled down. Extremely drinkable and an interesting talking point for a Sunday arvo in front of the footy.