Flat Rock’s house pale ale is named after the esteemed Australian poet, Henry Lawson, who lived in the area near the cafe some 100 years ago. Lawson was, apparently, rather prone to overindulgence. He would write poems, recite them in local pubs and, in return, be showered with drinks by grateful locals. On the downside, his regular punishment was refusal to be allowed back in the house, meaning he’d be forced to spent the night sleeping off his shame in a small cave in the Flat Rock gully.
Unlike Lawson the cave dweller, his eponymous beer manages to retain balance between what it ought to do and what it wants to do. Being a malty, American style pale ale means it’s got a slightly deeper colour than your average pale, while it also carries a touch more sweetness. Exclusive use of Cascade hops in the brew has given it a fairly light, but certainly noticeable, citrus aroma and contributes to a lingering bitterness and dryness. It’s a beer the Flat Rock team pitch as an introduction to the American Pale Ale style, enough to invite in those new to the style but also with enough character to keep the experienced drinker happy all night. We’re sure Henry Lawson would approve.
- American Pale Ale