The Flat Rock Brew Cafe is one of the very few venues in Sydney - even Australia - to regularly produce real ale in the classic British style. That makes their English Bitter heaven for those from the old country seeking a proper pint.
“What’s the difference?”, you might ask. Essentially what separates this from most tap beers is in the way the beer is conditioned and served. After fermentation, the English Bitter is put into casks rather than kegs and left to condition and develop natural carbonation. There’s no CO2 used, either for carbonation or to push the beer through the lines to the tap. It means your beer arrives in the glass naturally through one of the venue’s two handpumps and as fresh as it gets.
As for the taste, the all-English ingredients make sure it ticks all the boxes for the style, i.e. malt sweetness and very modest bitterness balanced with a touch of fruitiness. The cellar serving temperature ensures a lovely rounded mouthfeel and allows the flavours to really shine through. The Flat Rock English Bitter is the kind of beer you want to drink all day and, at just 4.2 percent, probably could.
- Cask-conditioned English Bitter