We are experiencing the hottest April spell on record in Sydney at the moment, and the Harbour was the place to drink this wonderful brown ale. This is a seriously good beer – and I’ll be back to get a six-pack. It was a really rich chocolate malt beauty, with a great bittered finish. We followed up with a Vale DRK – one of my favourites – and it compared reall, really well.
After really only having Budweiser, Millers and occasionally Sam Adams, there has been a real invasion of US beers of late. Victory, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn and Magic Hat are big US craft brewing names and then there’s RJ King’s Wingwalker range. THe most impressive feature of the two varieties I had was the label work. THere’s a real Norman Rockwell quality to them. That’s where the quality ends. I’m not sure what the problem is, because everything reads and looks right, but both beers were just underwhelming. There was nothing unpleasant, but both the Pale and the Belgian Witbier were thin. Shame – they look great.