After years of knocking out impressively constructed beers at, first, the King St Brewhouse and, more recently, the upgraded All Hands Brewing House that replaced it, the brewpub on Sydney's harbour edge picked up the Champion Brewpub title at the 2019 Indies. So, how do you follow that? By continuing to knock out impressively constructed beers, of course.
This Kolsch is a tight little number that does everything right. Made on a Pils malt base, with predominantly old world Hallertau hops, and fermented with traditional Kolsch yeast, it manages to be traditional enough for the purists to enjoy. With delicate apple and pear notes, and the addition of some Ella hops for a little floral aroma, it serves up some tasty flavours for those who might otherwise not opt for a Kolsch. And, with a bright appearance, light body and light bitterness, this is the kind of beer where it's easy to sink a couple of on a hot afternoon without thinking about too much.
Like any good NEIPA, Loose Juice is packed with hops in huge quantities - El Dorado, Vic Secret, Cashmere, Ekuanot and Mosaic, for those taking notes - and as hazy as they come. But unlike some NEIPAs, it’s not the juice, the whole juice, and nothing but the juice. While it smells like hoppy fruit salad, it holds back from being too sweet, and the flavours are balanced with a little bitterness. The result is a beer that’s pumped full of hop flavour but is also supremely drinkable.
- Kolsch Style Ale / NEIPA
- 5.6% / 6.5%
- 20 / 40 IBU