Well, here are three breweries that really feel like they see eye to eye on brewing. Bruny Island Beer love using ingredients sourced as near to them as possible, whether it’s Tasmanian grown hops, honey from their island, or whey from their sibling business, Bruny Island Cheese. Meanwhile, Gab and Chris Moore at Sailors Grave are constantly exploring the surrounds of their Gippsland homes to find ingredients to add to beer. Finally, Future Mountain beers feel like a constant expression of seasonality through the way they showcase fruit from nearby farmers or release beers to match moments.
Chance Or Circumstance is Future Mountain’s celebration of the collaboration between likeminded breweries, while also paying respect to the original idea of farmhouse brewing being reliant on using what’s on hand. Unfortunately for 2022's release, the circumstances weren’t quite what they could have been, with multiple lockdowns and border closures moving the collaboration online, but a mere pandemic wasn't going to stop these breweries from showcasing their wares. The barrel-aged and open-fermented red farmhouse ale uses a blend of saison yeasts before being spending time in a French oak barrel with a mixed culture – and then being spiked with native pepperberry from Bruny Island and bay leaves and flowers from Chris and Gab’s family farm.
The result is a beer which that looks somewhere between a light brown and burnt orange colour, with a malt base that has a richness akin to an Oud Bruin or Flanders red but those are balanced by the beer's more savoury side. There's a lot of floral notes at play thanks largely to a fragrant hit from the bay leaves that provides a real freshness far closer to those grabbed from the tree and snapped in your hand over the brown ones you buy in stores that crumble immediately. The pepperberry adds a distinct bouquet that's both adds spice and an earthiness in a beer as complex and rewarding as you'd expect from such a trio.
- Farmhouse Red