We don’t usually brag, but we have more beer on our shelves than we’ve ever had before. Not only that, there has been a massive stock turnover in the past few months which means that everything on our shelves is as fresh as can be. And not only that, the quality of the beers currently in stock is absolutely astounding.
We are talking about:
- More leftover stock of premium US craft beer from The Monk’s USA Beer Week;
- Fresh shipments from Bairds, Meantime and Brewdog;
- Three new New Zealand breweries: Harringtons, Mike’s Organic Brewery and Hawkes Bay; and
- New stock from our favourite Victorian craft breweries, including several just released limited seasonal beers.
Not to mention the following beers due to arrive in the next two weeks:
- The first brewery direct to Australia shipment of Sierra Nevada including Pale Ale, Stout, Porter, Torpedo IPA, Kellerweis and Summerfest (all sent in a refrigerated shipping container and stored lovingly in cool storage);
- The return (finally) of Theakstons Old Peculiar;
- Huge selection of Belgian and German beers; and
- More great New Zealand craft beer including Emersons Taireri George and 8 Wired iStout.
We are taking preorders on all of the above, so send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest or get more information.
We won’t have time to cover any of the new Australian and New Zealand arrivals this week, but you can check out the entire list of new beers at: http://internationalbeershop.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-arrivals-may-2011.html
NEW US BEERS
We’ve just received another very small, very fresh release of leftover stock from the Monk’s USA Beer Week. We talked at length about some of these beers in our last newsletter, in brief they are some of the best beers produced on the planet and have been carefully transported at every step from brewery warehouse to IBS fridges! Check out this article for more information: http://www.microbrewing.com.au/news/articles/2952.html
We don’t have the space in this newsletter to give each beer and brewery the attention it deserves. If you’d like to find out more about any of the following beers, we suggest you come down to the store and have a chat, or have a quick search online. In brief, the beers include:
Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter 650ml
Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale 650ml
Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale 650ml
Lost Abbey Red Barn 750ml
Lost Abbey Devotion 750ml
New Belgium Ranger IPA 355ml
New Belgium Fat Tire 355ml
New Belgium Trippel 355ml
New Belgium Mighty Arrow 355ml
Avery Brewing Ellies Brown 330ml Can
Avery Brewing IPA 330ml Can (we just split a can, it’s amazing)
Avery Brewing Joes American Pilsner 330ml Can (more stock)
Avery Brewing White Rascal 330ml Can (more stock)
Mad River Steelhead XP Pale Ale 355ml
AleSmith Anvil ESB 650ml
Green Flash Double Stout 355ml
Bear Republic XP Pale Ale 650ml
Stone Ruination IPA 355ml (more stock)
Stone IPA 355ml (more stock)
Stone Pale Ale 355ml (more stock)
Stone Levitation Ale 355ml (more stock)
Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale 355ml (more stock)
Firestone Walker Pale 31 355ml (more stock)
And a note to say that they are selling very quickly and stock is extremely limited. Once this stock is gone it won’t be back in Australia for a while.
SWAN VALLEY SORACHI ACE SAISON
Speaking of limited once off opportunities, our ‘Swan Valley Sorachi Ace Saison’ Cleanskin beer is almost sold out. It’s unlikely that there’ll be any left next week so get down soon if you haven’t already tried it, or if you’d like to stock up.
PHOENIX BEERS ‘DIRECT TO PUBLIC’ STORE
We mentioned a few newsletters back about a wholesale direct to public outlet soon to be opened by our good friends at Phoenix Beers.
They are putting the final touches on the store and are hoping to open the doors shortly. Because of licensing requirements, there is a 9L minimum purchase for each customer – but we’re assured that they have priced all of their beers down to reflect this minimum amount!
The new store is opening in Morley. We’ll keep our members updated with the details.
NEW JAPANESE BEERS
While US craft breweries sparked the so called ‘craft beer revolution’, the movement is now well and truly worldwide. This modern brewing mentality is to create wholly unique and wholly delicious brews, packed with flavour and complexity while still maintaining drinkability. This movement has grown alongside trends in slow food and increasing demand for quality and enjoyment over repetitive mass manufactured consumption.
Baird Brewery is a leading Japanese exponent of quality craft beer. Baird take inspiration from US craft breweries (such as those above!) but place a greater emphasis on drinkability and balance than all out intensity. Producing a huge array of small batch beers, Baird brew to the motto “Balance + Complexity = Character”, and proclaim “we do not brew vapid beer and we are not afraid of not appealing to everyone. We brew to our own exacting standards and it is our daily mission to not disappoint ourselves”.
Brand new from Baird we have:
Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout
A 9% ABV Imperial Stout. Gorgeously complex with rich malt characters of chocolate, toffee, coffee and licorice balanced with citrus and herbal spice from dry hopping with Centennial and Amarillo hops. Warming and complex, Dark Sky comes in a 750ml bottle and is best shared with a few close friends.
Baird Single Take Session Ale
The concept behind Single Take is a complex yet balanced beer packed with bright and refreshing flavours. A unique malt bill of Maris Otter, Pilsner, Wheat and Rye malts provides the backbone for German Tettnanger, Czech Saaz, American Santiam and Amarillo hops to shine. Fermentation with an expressive Belgian yeast strain gives the beer a spicy and refreshingly tart finish.
As well as the return of old favourites:
Baird Kurofune Porter;
Baird Red Rose Amber Ale;
Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale; and
Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA.
MEANTIME and BREWDOG
Other new arrivals this week came from the ever popular Brewdog as well as the return of Meantime.
From Brewdog we have fresh stock of IPA is Dead and Punk IPA CANS, both of which had sold out after our last email. These are fantastic beers and highly recommended for anyone who loves (or wants to learn more about) hops.
We have a new beer from Meantime – a highly rated light, crisp lager called London Lager. There’s also the return of:
Meantime IPA 750ml
Meantime London Porter 750ml
Meantime London Pale Ale 330ml
Finally, a quick note to say that we are right in the middle of Melbourne s Good Beer Week 2011. There are heaps of great events and showcases all week, so make sure you take advantage of it if you can!