A glimmer of hope & thank goodness for local breweries

Our most recent, and very welcome, #beermail from our friends at Nomads Brewing arrived during the COVID-19 lockdown here in Sydney. One of the best things to come out of all this weirdness was the #keeplocalsalive campaign to support local small businesses. This was very easy for me given the proximity of three great craft breweries, including Nomads, and I took advantage of many of their offers.

While we get used to the new normal, now we are allowed out and about in somewhat limited numbers, let me regale you with the #beermail contents.

The first beer was a collab between Nomad and Alefarm Brewing out of Denmark.  The One Brew Nation DDH Hazy Pale Ale. Your correspondents gave this one the full #beerp0rn treatment with a view over Yengo National Park north of Sydney (see main image).  Described as ‘big on hops but low on bitterness’ this did not disappoint and is absolutely delicious with its dash of lime.

The team at Nomad describe their Pine Lime Sour Ale as the ultimate refreshment in a can. They are in the ballpark as this, while described as a sour, has a tang of sweet pineapple that makes it eminently quaffable.

In the depths of the Sydney COVID restrictions your correspondents regularly took to Zoom for our regular Blue 4 punting club. Always bet on Blue 4 in the dishlickers. Makes it easy. In this setting I sampled the Yeastie Boys Melon Balls Lager. This surprised and was very pleasant, reminiscent of Midori without the sickly sweetness.

Nomad are always releasing weird and wonderful collabs and the next #beermail offering, Nomad Trooper Pale Ale, is a classic example. Created and developed in partnership with Iron Maiden vocalist and beer enthusiast Bruce Dickinson, this XPA is beltingly clean and crisp.

Last of all was the One Brew Nation Wattleseed Brown Ale. This one is a collab with Rogue Ales who are famous for their Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Wow! This is a cracker. Tart and rich. A fabulous way to finish the #beermail.