Origin – Australia. VIC
Style- Wheat Beer
If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, then two birds in brewing must be worth more than all the blokes put together! Big call? Perhaps, but no one who knows Danielle Allen or Jayne Lewis would argue about their ability to mix it with the boys in the male-dominated craft beer world. In fact, since Two Birds, the first female owned and operated craft beer company Downunder, took flight in 2011 they have climbed to heady heights. It was in early 2010 that the pair first hatched their plan, on a road trip to some of the USA’s best craft breweries. While many girls may be inclined to shop the fashions of Rodeo Drive, with a background in viniculture and stints working at Little Creatures and Mountain Goat, Jayne was right at home among the mash and fermentation tanks. Having spent the first 18 months with their beers contract brewed, they now have their own brewery, bottling line, and tasting room in the western suburbs of Melbourne, affectionately called Nest. The range on offer has grown from a single Sunset Ale, which put the girls on the map after it won Best Beer at the Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival, to a range of five beers that are brewed all year round, and a bunch of award-winning one-offs. And as evidence that the Sunset wasn’t a fluke, (and a clear demonstration that these ladies, like most others, also love jewellery), the duo took home a swag of gold and silver at the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards including Champion trophy for Medium Australian Brewery, Best Amber for the Sunset Ale, and Gold for this Two Birds Taco. I’m told the inspiration for it came from the time the girls spent in San Diego munching down on tacos, and what originally started out in 2013 as a bit of a one-off gimmick for a festival, quickly became so popular that the pair added it to the core range. Loosely categorised as a wheat beer, it pours cloudy with a spicy hop fragrance dominated by coriander and citrus- not surprising given its fresh ingredients of coriander leaf and lime peel, along with a healthy dose of American Citra and Amarillo hops. With fresh corn poured in by the bag load, the upfront flavour kicks with corn characters, followed by coriander, chilli and citrus. As a random as they sound, and certainly out of place anywhere else, they worked together brilliantly in this light but bright brew. I should say pop and top and grab a pulled pork taco and a bowl of corn chips, but to be honest, for me it pairs perfectly with a spicy Mexican pizza.