Beer sampled [Great Escapade 2013]

One of Carl’s declared aims was to illustrate to me that beer in Australia isn’t just the ‘piss’ of the big corporate brands. Despite any other thoughts you may hold about this list, the one thing everyone has to agree is that it demonstrates a huge variety and scope in Aussie beer. It’s a theme which continued into the US, though given I was – for the most part – drinking along (the notable exception being an enjoyable evening with Colin in the Produce Row Cafe in Portland) the rate of consumption dropped considerably.

Denver Beer Co.

The beers in bold are something I hadn’t previously tried…

 

UNITED KINGDOM


Wednesday


Heathrow

Windsor & Eton – Conqueror Black IPA 5.0% (1)

 

SINGAPORE

 

Tuesday


Singapore

Heineken 

 

Friday


Beerwerkz Oatmeal Stout 6.2% (2)

Beerwerkz  Steam Beer 5%  (3)

 

AUSTRALIA


Saturday


Perth

James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale 4.2% (4)

Little Creatures (Freemantle) Pale Ale 5.0% (5)

James Squire Amber Ale 5.0% (6)

 

Indian Pacific

Crown lager 4.9% (7)

Carlton Draught 4.6% (8)

Crown lager

 

Wednesday

 

Sydney

Australia Hotel

Hawthorne Premium Pale Ale (9)

Vale Experimental (rhubarb) (10)

 

Harts Pub, Essex & Glocester St

Illawarra Brewing Rust Amber Ale  (Woollongong) 5.5% (11)

Charmer IPA (Wayward, NSW) 5% (12)

 

Trafalgar Hotel

Nelsons Blood Porter 5% (13)

Victory Bitter English Pale Ale 5% (14)

 

Thursday


Manly

Murray’s Brewery

Punch & Judy Ale 3.9% on hand pump (15)

Dark Knight Porter 4.5% (16)

 

4Pines 

English Bitter (17)

Oatmeal Porter (18) 

 

Lord Nelson Brewery

Admiral Ale 6.1% (19)

 

Friday


The Local Tap House 

Stone & Wood Pacific Ale 4.4% (20) 

 

The Pumphouse, Little Pier Street.  Hopdog Tap Takeover

Hopdog Redhopolous (21)

Hopdog Massive Otter (22)

Halves of same again

Hopdog Explosivio (23)

Hopdog Redhopolous

 

Harts

The Governor 4.5% (24)

Illawarra Brewing Brownish Bomber 5.9% (25)

 

Tuesday


Canberra

Wig & Pen Velvet Stout 5.7% (26)

Wig & Pen Pale Ale (hand pull) 5.5% (27)

 

Wednesday

 

Thursday


Adelaide

Wheaty

Steam Exchange Choc Milk Stout 5.2% (28)

Mountain Goat FX stout 6.7% (29)

Brew Boys Ace of Spades 5.9% (30)

Mountain Goat  India Saigon (31)

 

Friday


Lobethal Bierhous Bruce 3.5% (32)

Lobethal Bierhous Pils 4.8% (33)

Brew Boys Ace of Spades Stout 5.9% (34)

Bierra Del Borgi Perle di Porci (Oyster Stout) 5.2% (35)

Lobethal Red Truck Porter 5.8% (bottle) (36)

 

The Griffins

Little Creatures Pale

 

Saturday


Lobethal Bierhaus

Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 5.2% (37)

Pale Ale 5.4% (38) 

Red Truck Porter 5.9%

 

Wheaty

Birbecks Four Brothers IPA 5% (39)

Brooklyn Brown tap (40)

Brooklyn Brown Hand pump

Brooklyn  Sorrachi (41)

Brooklyn EPA (42)

 

Sunday

 

Earl of Leicester

Coopers Dark – crap

Little Creatures Pale

Mountain Goat IPA 6.2% (43)

 

Monday


Port Campbell

12 Rocks Beach Bar

Jug Prickly Moses Summer Ale (44)

Red Duck IPA (45)

 

Tuesday 

 

Melbourne

Beer DeLuxe 

Thornbridge Jaipur 5.9% (46)

 

Great Northern Hotel

Sierra Nevada Stout 5.85% (47)

Devils Backbone Torpedo Extra IPA 7.2%  (48)

Stone & Wood (NSW) Pacific Ale 4.4% (49)

 

The Ale House Project

New Zealand Craft Beer Showcase

Croucher Coffee Stout (handpump) (50)

Parrot Dog Pale Ale 5.3% (51)

 

Back at GNH

Bridgeport IPA  5.5% (52)

Sierra Nevada Pale 5% 

 

Wednesday

 

Carwyn Cellars

High Street Thornbury 

Tasting 

Sideshow Brewers Ticket Booth hoppy pale ale on tap (53)

3 Ravens Stout bottle (54)

Kooinda (Happy Place Brewing Co) English Red (55)

Kooinda  Black IPA (wow!) (56)

Moon Dog Love Tap Double Lager (57)

Moon Dog Henry Ford’s Girthsome Fjord – Bugo American Brown Ale 8.2% deliberate mix of styles. (58)

Boat Rocker Smash New World Ale (59)

3 Ravens 55 American Pale Ale (from Thornbury) (60)

Mountain Goat IPA bottle

Mountain Goat  Hightail Ale

Cavalier Pale Ale (61)

Boat Rocket Alpha Queen (62)

 

Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew on Brunswick Street.  

GBW event Croucher and Liberty  both NZ takeover. 

Croucher Patriot Black IPA 5.5% (63)

Liberty Summit IPA 7% (64)

 

Tramway Hotel

Steam Exchange The Big H Milk Chocolate Stout 5.5% (65)

Second given by brewer following photo op. 

Woodshed Judas the Dark 5.9% (66)

 

dejjAVu

Burleigh Duke Premium  4.8%  (67)

Thursday

 

Beer De Luxe

Mikkeller Single Hop IPA – Cascade and Challenger (68)

Birra Del Borgo (Oyster Stout)  — Porci (c)

Mountain Goat Hightail (bot)

Holgate (Woodend, Vic) Road Trip 5.8% (69)

 

The Local Taphouse, St Kilda

Mornington Brown Ale  from cask (70)

Camden Town USA Hells 4.6% (71)

Hopdog Massive Otter 5.3% (NSW) (72)

 

Friday

 

Slowbeer bottle shop & cafe.  468 Bridge Rd Richmond

Kooinda Black IPA 7% bot (Heidelburg West, Vic) (73)

 

The Royston River St/North St WA Pint of Origin

Nail Ale Pale Ale (Bassendean) 4.7% (74)

Bootleg Brewery Raging Bull Porter 7.1%  (Margaret River, WA) (75)

 

Mountain Goat

Grainfed Brewery The Sneaky One Summer Ale 4.2% (Newcastle) (76)

High Tail

Abbey Colabbey (77)

Mountain Goat Steam beer

 

Great Northern

Bridge Road IPA

 

Beer DeLuxe

Moor Illusion Black IPA 4.5% (78)

 

Saturday 

 

Sunday 

 

Monday

 

Spirit of Tasmania.  

Moo Brew Dark 5% (79)

Moo Brew Pale Ale 4.9% (80)

Moo Brew Pilsner 5.0% (81)

Another Moo Brew Dark

 

Tuesday

 

Hobart

Preachers 5 Knopwood Street, Battery Point TAS

Van Dieman Oatmeal Stout 5.1% (in a dimpled handled glass!) (82)

4 Pines Oat Porter 5% (83)

Two Metre Tall (Tas) Forrester’s 5.1% (84)

 

9/11 Bottle Shop

Two Metre Tall Derwent (local river!) “aromatic spelt ale” or a wheat beer (85)

Two Metre  Huon – dark apple ale (86)

 

Wednesday 

 

Cascade Premium (87)

4 Pines Stout 330ml 5.1%

Beach Hut Steam 202 4.7% (Torquay, Vic) (88)

MOA Noir dark lager 5%  (Marlborough, NZ) (89)

 

Saturday 


Canberra

Kosciuszko Pale Ale (sample) 4.5% (Jindabyne, NSW) (90)

Heretic (Pitsburg CA) Evil Twin 6.8% (bottle) (91)

Heretic Evil Cousin 8.0% (bottle) (92)

 

Wig & Pen

Big Brown Beaver 6.8% (93)

Ballyragget Red 5.0% (94)

Carl – Venom Pale Ale

Imperial Red Ale (95)

Brewers IPA 5.7% (96)

 

Sierra Nevada Oatmeal Stout 9.0%  bottle (97)

 

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

Monday


Speight’s Gold Medal Ale 4.0% (1)

 

Galbraith’s 

Grafton Porter 5.0% (2)

Pride of Warminster IPA 6.2% (3)

(both pints both hand pull)

 

Trig’s homebrew porter (4)

 

Stoke Bomber (Nelson, NZ) Oatmeal Stout 5.2% (bottle) (5)

Stoke Bomber (Nelson, NZ) Smoky Ale 5.7% (bottle) (6)

Stoke Bomber (Nelson, NZ) Kiwi Pale 5.5% (bottle) (7)

 

Tuesday


Auckland

Puhoi Hotel

Deep Creek Brewing Co.  309 5.0% (8)

Cassells Pilsner 4.8% (9)

 

The Wade Hotel

Boundary Road Flying Fortress pale ale 4.6% (bottle) (10)

Flying Fortress Pilsner (bottle) (11)

 

Back at Trig’s

Flying Fortress Mumbo Jumbo IPA  5.2% (bottle) (12)

Epic Armageddon IPA 6.66% (bottle) (13)

 

Wednesday 

 

Brew on Quay

Emerson’s 1812 IPA 4.9% (14)

Moa Five Hop Winter Ale 6.2% hand pump (15)

Epic Pale Ale 5.4% (16)

 

O’Carrols Freehouse

Stoke Old Pour Oatmeal Stout 5.2% (17)

Liberty Sauvignon BOMB IPA   (18)

Mata Volcano Red IPA (19)

Croucher Patriot (20)

8wired Hopwired (21)

 

Andrew Andrew

Mata Seasonal Brew (tastes like Christmas pudding!!) (22)

 

Back to Brew on Quay

Moa Five Hop on hand pump 

 

Thursday

 

Wellington

Fork & Brewer

Croucher Coffee Stout tap (23)

Little Beer Quarter

Emerson  Bookbinder 3.7% (Dundedin, NZ) (24)

 

Friday


Featherstone Bar & Grill

Renaissance Scotch Red (25)

 

Saturday


Christchurch

CBD Bar & Pizzeria

Cassels Milk Stout 5.2% $8 imp pints hand pull (26)

Cassells Best Bitter 4.6% hand pull (27)

Cassells One PA tap (28)

Cassells  Alchemist 4.6% (29)

 

Sunday


Speights GMA. Meh. 

Steinlarger – double meh!

Mac Gold. No better

 

UNITED STATES

 

Los Angeles, CA

Domestic bottled from 7-Eleven

 

Seattle, WA

Sunday


The Pike Brewing Co. 

Pike Clam Diggers Ale 4.9% (1)

Pike Post Alley Porter 6.0% (2)

Pike Pale – Heirloom Amber Ale 5% (had difficulty saying it!) (3)

 

Collins Pub

Deschutes Obsidian Stout (4)

Harmon Puget Sound Porter (5)

Naked City Black Hops CDA (6)

 

 

Portland, OR

Monday

 

Produce Row Cafe

Amnesia Slow Train Porter 5.0% (7)

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout (Ca) 5.7 % (8)

Everybody’s Country Boy IPA 6.2% (9)

 

Goose Hollow

Missed the name of it porter

 

Tuesday


Bridgeport IPA (bottle) (10)

Deschutes Inversion (bottle) (11)

 

Road Trip

Thursday


Tillamook, OR

Legunitas IPA (pint bottle) (12)

 

Friday


Hermiston, OR

Nookie’s Brewery

Deschuttes Black Butte Porter 20oz x2 (13)

Portland Brewing MacTarnaha’s Amber Ale (5.1%) pint bottle (14)

 

Saturday


McCall, ID

McCall Brewing Company

Loud Boy Porter (15)

Hippie Hopped Pale Ale (16)

Mackinaw Red (17)

Minimalist Bane IPA (18)

 

Sunday


Twin Falls, ID

Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout (Bottle) (19)

Monday 

 

Rock Springs, ID

Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout (Bottle)

Tuesday


Steamboat Springs, CO

Mahogany Ridge Bar & Grill

Life O’ Riley Pale Ale (20)

Dave’s Downtown Brown (21)

Powdercat Porter (22)

 

Wednesday

 

Boulder, CO

BJs Restaurant Brewhouse

BJs Oasis Amber (23)

BJs PM Porter (24)

BJs Hopstorm IPA (25)

 

Thursday


Denver, CO

Dry

 

Friday


Denver Beer Company

Session IPA (26)

Yin Black IPA (27)

 

Ale House

Left Hand Milk Stout (Longmont, CO) 6% (28)

Telluride Face Down Brown 5.7% (29)

Breckenridge Thunder Stout 5.% (30)

 

Saturday


Austin, TX

The Jackalope

Austin Beer Works Black Thunder (31)

Austin Beers Works Fire Eagle IPA (32)

Pearl Snap Pils (33)

 

 

Sunday


Champions Bar

Austin Beer Works Amber Ale (34)

512 Pecan Porter (Austin)(35)

512 IPA (36)

Thirsty Goat Amber (Austin) (37)

Independence Stash IPA (Austin) (38)

 

 

Monday 

 

To St Louis

Dry

 

Tuesday


St Louis, MO

Schlafly Tap Room

Oatmeal Stout 6.0% (39)

Dry-Hopped APA 5.9% (40)

Eighty Schilling 4.0% (41)

Maibock 6.86% (42)

 

Wednesday


Nashville, TN

Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

St Charles Porter 1056og (43)

APA (American Pale Ale) 1049og (44)

Nut Brown Ale 1052og (45)

Black Gold 1046og (46)

 

Tin Roof (over road from hotel)

Black Stone Nut Brown (47)

 

Thursday 

 

Chattanooga, TN

Big River Grille & Brewing Works

House Brand IPA 6.0% (48)

Iron Horse Stout 5.7% (49)

Sweet Magnolia American Brown Ale 5.2% (50)

 

Friday


Charlotte, NC

Dry

 

Saturday


Boston, MA

Cambridge Brewing Company

Collier Stout 4.0% (51)

Charles River Porter (house beer) 6.0% (52)

Tell Tale Pale Ale 5.8% (53)

another Collier Stout

 

Sunday


Boston Beer Works

Curley’s Irish Stout 4% (54)

Victory Red 5% (55)

Back Bay IPA 6.5% (56)

Bullfinch British Ale (57)

 

Green Dragon 

11 Marshall St

Waschusett Green Monsta IPA (58)

 Monday

 

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, Logan Airport (quite remarkably!)

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Sam Adams Porch Rocker 4.5%
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale
Blue Hills Brewery Comet Tail Pale Ale 5.4%

 

TOTALS

 

Singapore 0

Australia 97

New Zealand 29

USA 62

 

Grand total of unique beers sampled during the Great Escapade = 188.

 

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