Origin – Victoria. Melbourne
Size- 330mL can
I’m not sure if it’s lack of imagination or if the boys are just lazy, but Pike Brewing co in USA’s Mid-west recently started naming their beers after US Interstate highway exits. Now Exit Brewing may not be named after a highway turnpike, however, the name reeks of just as little imagination. Having decided in 2014 that beer was their future, the next step for founders Frase Rettie and Craig ‘Grum’ Knight was to determine a name. I’m reliably told that it was Grum who came up with the remarkably underwhelming ‘Exit’ based on the logic that the two lads were former IT guru’s getting out of the industry… hence ‘ex-IT’ people! The story goes that the two IT men meet in Melbourne before independently deciding, like so many Aussies before them, to strap on the backpack and travel the world. Although taking in much of the UK, rather than bunking in down in Earls Court like most, the lads reunited in Belgium. And it was there that they fell in love with beer more interesting than Newcastle Brown. Late one balmy night over a cold ale the lads stopped talking coding for a moment and start waxing lyrical about crafting beer. A dream was born and upon returning to Melbourne the planning began in earnest. Release one was this Saison (known as #001- another remarkably creative name!) brewed in tribute to the country that set them on the road. It won them fans almost instantly. Although having recently been repackaged into this slick looking can, this tribute to the roots of their brewing adventure in Belgium is still as good today as when it was first released. Following the traditional Belgium method, Frase and Grum use a mix White Labs Belgian Saison yeast and then blend them with new world hops, most notably here the Sorachi Ace. This quirky hop of Japanese origin has been used to wonderful effect in farmhouse inspired ales such as Brooklyn’s Ace. Here, it adds lemon and lime curd aromas to compliment the citrus driven characters of the yeast and other hops. In the mouth, you’re hit with honey like malts, spice, and a touch of tutti frutti, which is followed by a dry bitterness that sweeps up the sweetness that has come before. It seems they saved all their creativity for the flavour profiles …thank goodness for that at least!