Origin – Sydney. NSW
Size- 500mL can
It was in a 1983 Valvoline television advert when John Laws coined the now famous line ‘I switch my cars but I don’t switch my oil, Y’know what I mean’. And I guess if you’re as filthy rich as good old Golden Tonsils, and own twenty of them, you’ve got the luxury of switching cars every now and then! Given Richard Adamson, like many who live in the diverse suburb of Newtown, doesn’t own a one, he can’t switch his car. But what the Founder of Young Henry’s does have is plenty of different oils. In fact, since putting down the first batch in their Newton brewery six years ago, Richard and the lads have gone on to craft forty-six different conversational lubricants. Yet it’s this forty-sixth that has finally convinced Rich to make the big switch from his go-to 2L growler of YH Newtowner pale ale. And he hasn’t been the only one, their first limited edition batch of the Motorcycle Oil sold out in only a few weeks. From the moment you grip this big 500mL tinny, that looks so hip and old school that it should grow a beard and ride a Chopper, you get the feeling you’re about to enjoy something special. Yet this black bikie beer is anything but old and dated. Unlike the heavy, thick dark beers that John Laws grew up with, this smooth, black, hoppy porter is sessional enough that you’ll be reaching for a second …and that’s a big call for a beer that comes in a big can. On the pour, you get plenty of the dark roasted characters that you’d expect from a porter but take a mouth full and you’re hit with a hop punch more likely to be seen in a pale ale. The two stokes (nice pun!!) of genius come from the addition of Bairds Roast Barley for malt, and the Warrior, Centennial, Cascade and Citra hop mix that serves up a balanced but mind-bending flavour combination of dark chocolate, espresso, liquorice, pepper, pine and citrus. The finish is smooth but lingers on, greasing the gullets long after the liquid is gone. As you’d expect, a case of tall cans isn’t cheap, but for oil this good I’d happily swap my car for a few cases…Y’know what I mean’!