In his brewery's 11th year, Hargreaves Hill founder Simon Walkenhorst reckons they've made their best beer yet. The Old Brown was snuck out at a few places during Good Beer Week but most of the kegs were held back until the noise had died down a little. It's another beer, like those just released by Bridge Road and 8 Wired, that looks to the unique producers of Belgium for inspiration: an Old Brown (or Oud Bruin / Flanders Brown) that originates in the Flemish part of the country.
It's also the parti-gyle sister brew to Hargreaves' most recent Russian Imperial Stout, using the "second runnings" from the early stages of the brewing process after the thicker, sweeter "first runnings" had been boiled to create the stout.
Says head brewer Kai Dambergs: "A rich, sweet and gently roasted chocolate malt profile contrasts a tart, lively and wild fermentation. Maturation in locally sourced wine barrels harmonises the flavour profile with plum skin, stone fruit and toasted sourdough. With a combination of rich, deep flavours and bright acidity, this is truly a new style all-terrain beer suitable for all seasons."
- Flanders Brown
Hargreaves Hill restaurant, Yarra Glen
Royal George, Kyneton
A few kegs have been held back for forthcoming events so keep an eye on the Crafty Events Diary