Origin – Melbourne. Victoria
Size- 330mL bottle
With over 500 craft breweries in Australia, let alone the rest of the world, I figured there would be plenty of brothers who founded a craft brewing operation together. Yet with my (limited) research I only managed to track down a few. One, the still independently owned Illinois- based microbrewery Two Brothers founded by brothers Jim and Jason Ebel in 1996, and another, these lads, Andrew and Dave Ong, who established their craft brewery in Moorabbin in 2007, well before Melbourne’s southeast had become a thriving hub for microbreweries. Interestingly enough both went to great lengths to source the equipment to get them started on a shoestring budget. Jim and Jason converted milk tanks that were donated to them by their grandfather, a retired dairy farmer, into fermenters, while Andrew and Dave managed to convince a New Jersey trucking company to disregard Manhattan’s traffic laws in the dark of the night to help them salvage tanks that were about to be sold off as scrap from the defunct Times Square Brewery. It’s those copper glad tanks from the Big Apple that today still form the backbone of the 2 Brothers Brewery and bar. Given the many accolades awarded to these brothers, it’s clear that the get-your-hands-dirty creativity flows over into their beers. And there’s been no looking back for this former bullet-dodging physio from the Bronx (Andy), or the number-crunching aeronautical engineer from Seattle (Dave) since they threw in the towel on their day jobs and returned home from the US. Andrew tells me it was this Taxi Pilsner, named after his first car that set the wheels in motion, pardon the pun! More closely representing a Munich Helles (Blonde) style lager with its cold temperature fermentation and generous use of German hops, she serves up a golden coloured, slightly malty, mildly bitter and extremely approachable drop. Not only is Taxi the perfect beer to get your dad to move from draught to craft, it’s also an ideal post-meal cleanser. Unlike the Taxi industry, even after many years, this Taxi Pilsner remains a well-respected pour at many Melbourne venues. And better still it doesn’t come with the complimentary body odour!