PIONEER BREWING CO

Origin – Australia. NSW
ABV- 5.6%
Size- 375mL can
Style- Amber Ale
I’ve been around the world, a couple of times or maybe more. I’ve seen the sights, I’ve had delights, on every foreign shore. But when my mates all ask me, the place that I adore, I tell them right away. These catchy lyrics may have been penned by John Williamson, but they could also very well be the biography of Pioneer Brewing Co’s Pete and Tamara Gerber. Having seen more than their fair share of foreign shores, and ocean beds for that matter, with Pete working as a subsea oil and gas engineer, it only took the announcement of wife Tamara that they were becoming a young family for the couple to make the decision to return to a place that they adored. While Pete grew up in South Africa, the place they landed on was one close to Tamara’s childhood, the farming property of Bowan Park, some 27km west of Orange in the heart of Regional NSW. Sitting on prime grazing land, they began by sowing oats and barley for their sheep, before beer fanatic and long-time home brewery Pete decided to chase a dream and mix a little lagering with his lambing. With a vision to create a meeting place for the local farming community and mission to source all the necessary ingredients within his own fence line, he set about the project with the determination of shepherd looking for a lost sheep. By early 2017 a 17 hectolitre brewhouse and canning line sat with the confines of a 500 square metre shed, and Pioneer Brewing Co was born. By late October the same year, Pete had created a range of 5 core beers, however, it’s is this Amber Ale that perfectly fulfils Pete’s ‘from the ground to the glass’ undertaking. Pouring a hazy copper colour, the more-than-generous hit from his first season planting hops are perfectly balanced by a big, roasty malt backbone, assumedly derived from barley harvested from up by the gum trees, wheat from out by the plum trees and little rye growing up between a sheep or two and a kangaroo! … all providing a sweet and malty nose. However funny as all that may sound, put it to your lips and you realise it’s no joke. The flavour on the palate begins with a grapefruit hop bitterness, stops in for some toffee and caramel, and arrives at a destination characterised by pine and citrus. I’d love to say she’s best consumed from glass whilst reclined in an old rocking chair on the veranda out the front, but in Pete keeping true to his vision of pioneering community and conversation among fellow farmers, you can jump straight down from the tractor, pull the 360 lid and drink it straight from the can. Now that’s True Blue!

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