It sure must be an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. After dining out on the most teasing of teasers for months, the promise of a new film to help ease the pain of the prequels is about to be delivered as The Force Awakens hits cinemas. Jason Newton, the proprietor of Sydney small bar Spooning Goats, is one such fan, something that wouldn't have gone amiss to anyone that’s wandered past his semi-underground premises. Once referred to us as “a teenage boy’s bedroom, but with great beer”, the bar is almost synonymous with Star Wars; AT-ATs and Storm Trooper figurines stand at street level, capturing the attention of passers-by, while Star Wars artwork adorns the walls inside and out. So if you’re a beer geek and a Star Wars geek, hold your wookie tight because Jason has headed over the bridge and spent the day with Vince de Soyres at the Flat Rock Brew Cafe brewing a Star Wars beer.
Called Mando Calrission, it’s an IPA that uses Cascade, Citra and Hallertau Blanc hops along with around 15 kilograms of mandarin puree and a touch of peel. It’s 65 IBU but doesn’t feel it, the sweetness of the fruit being pronounced and rounded but stopping just short of being cloying, while also helping it hide its 6.4 percent ABV well. The beer was launched on the same day as the film and there’s not much to go around, so get to either of the venues quickly if you fancy a couple of appropriately themed pre-screening schooners.
- Mandarin IPA
- 65 IBU
Flat Rock Brew Cafe