Hop Nation The Kalash 2022 Bourbon & Whisky Edition

Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts
ABV
10.7% & 12.7%

Where were you when you first tried The Kalash? Mine took place under the shining lights of GABS in Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building back in 2016 when Hop Nation first brewed it. Those were different days, Hop Nation’s founders Sam and Dunc had nothing but a trestle table serving as their stand, a jockey box and a few bottles of the bourbon-aged beer to crack open (those were much simpler times!). But while the brewery, their festival showing and the barrels used for the beer have all changed over the years, its release has remained a constant.

The Kalash 2022 follows a similar groove to recent years, spending four months in bourbon barrels and picking up a rich swell of caramel, burnt sugar and vanilla. They’re flavours that all meld with dark chocolate, roasted espresso and underlying herbal notes to make for a beer that continually surprises and impresses as you slowly make your way through the glass.

Whisky Edition meanwhile is the third time Hop Nation have partnered with their mates at Bakery Hill Distillery and sees them take a portion of imperial stout and place it in a barrel that's spent a decade aging single malt whisky. The result is a beer that's quite heavy on the peated whisky, with a salty minerality, leather and tar all joining richer linings of dark chocolate with stewed fruits.

If you’d like to take a walk down memory lane with The Kalash, the brewery’s created vertical tasting packs that include these two beers and each Kalash going back to 2019.

Will Ziebell

Published July 21, 2022

Name
Hop Nation
Address

Unit 6, 107/109 Whitehall Street Footscray
VIC 3011

Open Hours

Thursday: 3pm to 9.30pm
Friday: 12pm to 10pm
Saturday: 12pm to 10pm
Sunday: 12pm to 9pm

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