SIX STRING BREWING TPA

Origin – NSW, Central Coast
ABV- 4.2%
Size- 375mL can
Style- Pale Ale
I’m actually a little disappointed to share that the brewery wasn’t set up by Jimmy, Jody and some guys from school in the summer of sixty-nine. But from what I’m told, school buddies and founders Chris Benson and Adam Klasterka did having bleeding fingers following a three-year battle with planning permission, bureaucracy, council by-laws and even opposition from public figures in their home community of Erina, on the NSW Central Coast, an hours drive north of Sydney. I also have it on good authority that Chris does play six-string which, not surprisingly, is where the brewery got its name. Now unlike most blokes growing up on the Central Coast, rather than reaching for the surfboard wax, Chris was more interested in coding, home brewing and playing base. While it was this love of good music and great beer that now defines his current career, it wasn’t always that way. You see unlike home brewing and playing in a garage band, being an IT guru provides more than a square meal of frozen pizza pockets and Toohey’s New. Thus it was with that bank account full of bitcoins that he built his own commercial-scale brewing fit-out with a 12-tap tasting room, a hip restaurant and a cool bar that takes centre stage, because, well, it pretty much is a stage. And since pulling open the roller door in 2013 Six Strings hasn’t looked back, proving popular with both locals and Sydney day trippers. Yet despite its popularity, there’s a relaxed vibe to the place, a far cry from the drunken raucousness that the objectors had originally feared. It’s a vibe that also flows over into their beers, this Tropical Pale Ale the case in point. Brewed to sit at an approachable midway point between a lager and a regular pale ale, she’s insanely sessionable. Pouring a beautiful mango yellow with a little lacing and very light carbonation the aroma is all pineapple and passionfruit. The flavour also bursts forth with the same characters along with some restrained malt sweetness and a pronounced bitter finish. It might not have been Jimmy, but a few years after opening Adam did quit and was replaced by another of Chris’s school friends, another local Ryan Harries. Both with family still in the area I can only assume after closing hour the lads head back to mama’s porch, crack open a Six String and reflect that these are the best days of their lives.

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