Q&A WITH STOCKADE BREW CO

November 14, 2017

 1. WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR BEER?

 

What isn’t? Everything from our brainstorming sessions to come up with the next great idea to the finished product. We have a pretty unique history in the craft beer scene which actually plays to our favour. We have the opportunity to create a super consistent core range of beers as well as amazing, never-done-before, one-off limited edition beers in our amazing brewing facility in Smeaton Grange and we get to do them as both kegs AND packaged products - meaning you can buy them in independent bottle shops as well as pubs, clubs and bars. Each of our beers have a unique story behind them; the recipe/style, the name and the art associated. Each of our beers can stand on their own, but collectively they make us who we are, Stockade.

 

2. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BEER?

 

The answer to this is different for every team player at SBC. A collective answer may tend to lean towards 8Bit IPA though.

 

3. HOW HAS THE RANGE OF BEERS CHANGED OVER TIME? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FIRST BEER AND THE LATEST BEER?

 

Our core range has remained ultra consistent and looks to continue that way. We have just introduced a new member of the core range family, “Hop Splicer” which is a wickedly sessionable XPA, tinged with a touch of grapefruit. As far as our limiteds are concerned though, every single one of these have been completely different to the others. We’ve never done the same beer twice! We’re all about the journey involved with expanding our tastes and consequently the tastes of our followers. We want to show people that indie beer is the most creative, interesting, flavoursome option that’s in a constant state of evolution. We’re always looking to try something new, to think outside the box and challenge the status quo. Our very first beer off the line was Chop Shop, a sessionable Pale Ale which packs a decent hop punch and presents an up-front tropical aroma. Our latest beer is a collaboration brew we did with Brazilian brewery Dadiva. Called “Two Bridges”, it’s a Passionfruit Session IPA bursting with tropical fruit flavour and a lick of citrus from a careful combination of hops and a hefty dose of passionfruit. At first pour you can expect a bright coloured beer with full-on passionfruit on the nose. We’re passionate about exploring the world of beer, and we’ve been super lucky to work on a couple of awesome collaboration brews this in 2017 with Full Moon BrewWorks (Thailand’s premiere Craft Brewery) where together we created “Puppet Master” ThaIPA, an IPA dosed with a touch of lemongrass and kaffir lime. We also worked closely with the Speak Easy group before the launch of their latest venue, “Mjolner” in Sydney - a norse-inspired bar/restaurant, to create “Odin’s Raven” - a Juniper Witbier. Because we love to keep things interesting, we have plenty more planned for 2018 too!

 

4. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT AS A BINTANI FESTIVAL BEER? HOW DO YOU CREATE SOMETHING FOR A FESTIVAL?

 

Festivals and events are a great opportunity for us to get involved in the community and to meet a wide range of people, talking to and showing them what we’re so passionate about - beer! A lot of the time, we’ll bring a mix of our core and limited release beers to a festival. When brewing a festival beer, our aim is to usually just create something as unique a possible. Like all of our beers, the idea for our festival beer came from our wonderfully creative and talented brewery team. This particular beer (which shall remain un-named for the time being) actually came from a brainstorming session between our NSW state manager Ed Clarke and senior brewer Nick Phillips. The pair came up with the beer style and recipe and then workshopped it with our creative team at Stockade HQ, who came up with the name and design brief, ready for crowd-sourcing the design which, we believe, represents the style perfectly! You can expect that our festival beer will be a classic style with a summer twist.

 

5. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE BEERS YOU'LL BE SERVING AT BREWERS FEAST? (Final tap list TBC).

 

8bit IPA

Alc/Vol (ABV): 6.5% IBUs: 65

 

Tasting Notes: 8BiT has aggressive hop aromas and caramel malt flavours. The big bitterness delivered with a high hop flavour is balanced by a sweet malt character. This IPA presents citrus and floral aromas on the nose and is a refresher all year round.

 

Food Pairings: This IPA is the beer to serve with crispy skin dishes such as chicken or pork. Throw in some spices and caramelised onions for the perfect combination. If you like your curries, this will also compliment Thai, Indian or Malay dishes.

 

Availability: Year Round 330ml bottles 50L kegs

 

For the Beer Geeks: Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Citra Yeast: American Ale Malts: Pilsen, Rye Gravity: 1.009

 

Duel Hoppy Lager

Alc/Vol (ABV): 4.7%

 

Tasting Notes: Duel takes hops to the next level. With an interesting hop finish, this brew has a subtle floral & lightly spiced flavour with rich tropical fruit & citrus aromas. This brew has a full mouth feel, bright nose & a crisp finish. Brewed from Australian Pilsner malt and a touch of German Dextrin malt, this lager is refreshing in flavour, clean & crisp with an interesting hop combination of Enigma, Centennial, Mosaic.

 

Food Pairings: Duel is best served with a roast dinner, chicken & leafy greens. The hoppiness of this brew pairs perfectly with spicy food, pizza & light seafood.

 

Availability: Year Round 330ml bottles 50L kegs

 

For the Beer Geeks: Hops: Enigma, Centennial, Mosaic Yeast: German Lager Malts: Pilsen, Vienna Gravity: 1.007 IBUs: 30

 

The Sesh Golden Session Ale

Alc/Vol (ABV): 4.1%

 

Tasting Notes: Brewed with standout malts which leave a nutty, rich and spicy flavour, the malt complexity has a clean and distinct, light citrus spice, giving an unrivalled mouth feel. A complex mix of Pilsner, Munich, Rye and Crystal malts drive this session ale which has been paired with a mix of Cascade, Citra and Vic Secret hops.

 

Food Pairings: The Sesh compliments a fresh summer salad, oysters and light seafood. Her comfortable, dry finish also pairs well with Thai or Indian dishes.

 

Availability: Year Round 330ml bottles 50L kegs

 

For the Beer Geeks: Hops: Vic Secret, Citra, Cascade Yeast: American Ale Malts: Munich, Rye, Crystal & Wheat Gravity: 1.010 IBUs: 30

 

Chop Shop Pale Ale

Alc/Vol (ABV): 4.7%

 

Tasting Notes: Chop Shop packs a big punch of high hop flavours on a malt foundation. This pale ale is bright in colour, well balanced and is packed full of classic American hops presenting an up-front tropical aroma. With a medium-bodied mouthfeel, this beer will leave you wanting more.

 

Food Pairings: Chop Shop can be enjoyed with fried and greasy foods, burgers, lamb, pizza and gourmet deli sandwiches. The sweet malt flavour compliments antipasto and hard cheeses.

 

Availability: Year Round 330ml bottles 50L kegs

 

For the Beer Geeks: Hops: Fuggles, Cascade, Columbus, SImcoe Yeast: Wyeast 1272 / 1056 Malts: Pilsen, Munich, Carafa Special Gravity: 1.008 IBUs: 28

 

Hop Splicer Grapefruit XPA

Alc/Vol (ABV): 4.4%

 

Tasting Notes: Hop Splicer presents subtle hop flavours & a slightly bitter-sweet citrus hit on first sip. This XPA is straw coloured with tight carbonation with the addition of grapefruit making it a truly refreshing, easy-drinking beer.

 

Food Pairings: Serve up with a hot Chicken Pot Pie or a classic cheese toastie made with English cheddar. A fresh, zesty salad with citrus dressing will also compliment the zesty grapefruit notes of this beer. For something a little different, try fish tacos or a chilli prawn angel-hair pasta.

 

Availability: Year Round 330ml bottles 50L kegs

 

For the Beer Geeks: Hops: Vic Secret, Ella, Centennial Yeast: American Ale Malts: Pilsen, Vienna, Wheat, Caramel Malt Pils Gravity: 1.006 IBUs: 31

 

Two Bridges Session IPA

Alc/Vol (ABV): 4.9%

 

Tasting Notes: This session IPA is bursting with tropical fruit flavour and a lick of citrus from a careful combination of hops and a hefty dose of passionfruit. Expect a bright coloured beer with full-on passionfruit on the nose.

 

Food Pairings: This passionfruit forward, easy drinking beer contrasts the richness of classic Brazilian dishes such as smoked meats and black bean stew. For something a little different, try the Brazilian cream cheese, “Requeijão”, it’s mild and creamy and plays with the passionfruit flavours perfectly! Finally, there’s Pavlova, with sweet meringue, cream and plenty of fruit, it’s a complimentary and perfectly fitting dessert.

 

Availability: Limited Release 330ml bottles 50L kegs

 

For the Beer Geeks: Hops: Magnum, Galaxy, Vic Secret Yeast: WLP 1318 Malts: Pilsen, Oat Flakes, Wheat Malt, Caramel Pils IBUs: 38

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