Induction ceremony – Sandy and Cool Hops

Scottish conditions

Scottish conditions

The last day of summer in Sydney has been quite simply inclement. The ferry ride home was unfortunately a side of the ferry experience due to an overly cautious crew that barricaded the back due to “bad weather conditions”. That surprised Back of the Ferry’s latest inductee (and indeed this correspondent), because really, the weather, whilst overcast and moist, was hardly bad. We’ve done far tougher trips than tonight’s voyage, but maybe the swell through the Heads was far bigger during the day.

Our latest inductee is a Caledonian, and therefore a little precipitation and grey sky was hardly a deterrent to a sea voyage. Sandy is a connoisseur of British beers and bars. He can navigate his way around the UK by bars. He is also a CAMRA member. So, it would take plenty to impress Sandy about Sydney drinking spots. BotF is now pretty practiced in providing the great bar experience on either side of the Circular Quay to Manly voyage, and Sandy received a one-two punch of Frankie’s Pizza followed by the Ferry. He was suitably impressed by the Frankie tap range, which was at its most eclectic. The Evil Twin Black Porter was freakily good.

BotF BeerPorn

BotF BeerPorn

So to the all important questions:

Favourite Beverage: East of England Mild by Waveney Brewing

Favourite sport to spectate: Olympics Beach Volleyball (women)

Area of Trivial Expertise: Pubs of England

Induction ceremony witnessed by bladdamasta.

A little secret abour Frankie’s is that they sell takeaways. The tap list is awesome, but their bottled beer range is also phenomenal. A beer that seemed to be flying across the counter was Cool Hops. This is an “Australian Lager” that is a collaboration from Northdown Craft Beer and Beer Here, Denmark. Cool Hops is a hoppy lager (yep – oxymoron alert), which features hop varieties sourced from Victoria and Tasmania. It is bright, sharp and not a typical lager. Lovely and definitely deserving of the best possible Back of the Ferry beerporn treatment.

If you see it, have it

If you see it, have it