BOATROCKER BREWERY PALE

Origin – Melbourne. Victoria
ABV- 4.4%
Size- 330mL bottle
Style- Pale Ale

Who doesn’t root for the underdog? It seems we all love a story about those that have fought against insurmountable forces to bring about some type of positive change. The Kiwis are so proud of Kate Sheppard’s contribution in inspiring suffrage movements all over the world and installing women’s rights in NZ and that she’s been acknowledged on the $10 note.  (She initially only got involved as a means to fight for liquor prohibition- thankfully that didn’t get through parliament!)  Back home we all know the story of Sir John Kerr, our then Governor-General who gave the boat a little rock and dismissed our Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. The story of Matt & Andrea Houghton may not be so well known but it’s just as inspiring.  It starts off with a poor uni student spending his spare hour’s home brewing and dreaming of travelling through historic brewing locations such as Brugge, Boulder and Bavaria. And post degree that became a reality. With backpack on, Matt’s dreams came alive, seeing first-hand the role those century-old breweries had in history and social importance. The story continues with his reunion with wife Andrea back home in the land of the bland (VB or Carlton anyone!). It was from that moment on they knew they had to rock the beer boat and serve up craft beers that would open eyes and palates all over Australia.  In 2009 they launched Boatrocker Brewery along with their first two beers via gypsy brewing. Besides open the eyes of Melbourne’s beer lovers, they also got the attention of judges at various international beer awards. But what really set the boat rocking, was the couple’s first purchase when setting up their Braeside home in Melbourne’s southeast in 2012. Rather than tanks, pumps and bottling lines, they kicked it off with the purchase of 60 wine barrels, ensuring first and foremost they could pursue Matt’s passion for Belgian style ales and barrel ageing. Although not aged in barrel nor flipping any boat upside down, this 4.4% sessional new-world hop ale is certainly an eye-opener. Unlike your typical pale the nose is stacked with tropical notes and stone fruit aromas, while the mouth is as intense as the nose, and finishes with mild hop bitterness. Ladies and gentleman, well may we say God save the boat rockers because nothing will save our craft breweries from a lucrative buyout offer.

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