FRECHIES COMET

Origin – NSW, Sydney
ABV- 5.4%
Size- 330mL can
Style- Pale Ale

It was Wilfred Sheed who famously insulted the Frogs when he said ‘if the French were really intelligent they’d speak English’. But in the back streets of Rosebery, in Sydney’s inner south, it’s the French that are having the last laugh as they seduce our English-speaking craft beer lovers to pass on the hop heavy IPA accompanied by a crispy food truck twice fried chicken sandwich, for a chance to savour a complex French Biere De Garde paired with a black Angus rib eye with a tarragon béarnaise! Affectionately known as the Frenchies, the maître d’s responsible for this seduction are the thick-accented Vince de Soyres and Thomas Cauquil, the founders of Frenchies Bistro and Brewery. The pair’s friendship dates back to hospitality school in their homeland, where head chef Thomas discovered a love for terrine and head brewer Vince… well, a love for drinking craft beer. And while Vince was mastering his ‘craft’, and also learning a few things about brewing along the way, Thomas was cooking up a storm in the kitchens of Michelin star restaurants. Inspired by the French explorer Lapérouse who famously sailed into Sydney in 1788 only to discover Cook beat him to it by a few days, the pair hatch a plan and packed their bags, arriving themselves in mid-2014. Following various jobs working in breweries and kitchens up and down the east coast, in 2017 the Frenchies’ installed their brewery and set out the couteau et fourchette’s in their shiny new bistronomy (in other words gastronomy in a bistro setting) and welcomed their first guests. One of the first beers out the door, a seasonal brew, was a tribute to the man that that sparked their interest in a far-away land, Lapérouse. Next up was a core range including a Kolsch, an IPA and this Comet Pale Ale, all designed to be versatile enough for standalone drinking or proper food pairing. Named after the Comet hop, which although a go-to back in 1980’s and now not commonly used, the aroma in the glass is clearly driven by the hops distinctive accent of grapefruit. Despite the flavour profile not being as complex as consommé, there is an outstanding burst of citrus and a bitter earthiness, all bound together with a caramel malt sweetness. With its big and bold flavours it’s best to have this one with some duck pate or a good smelly washed rind cheese. Merci beaucoup Frenchies!

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