GAGE ROADS SINGLE FIN

Origin – Western Australia. Fremantle
ABV- 4.5%
Size- 330mL bottle
Style- Summer Ale

It was Jordan Belfort who infamously said ‘OK, first rule of Wall Street – Nobody – and I don’t care if you’re Warren Buffet or Jimmy Buffet – nobody knows if a stock’s going up, down or f-ing sideways, least of all stockbrokers. But we have to pretend we know.’ So perhaps take the speculative buy recommendation from some of Australia’s smartest stockbrokers with a grain of salt, despite them justifying their stance by the fact that this WA craft brewer is on the up and up, with record beer sales and shares at an all-time high. There’s no doubt however that Australia’s only remaining listed brewery on the ASX has come a long way since it was founded by Peter Nolin and brothers’ John and Bill Hoedemaker in an old disused margarine factory just outside Freo in 2005, making use of salvaged and second-hand equipment. The lads at Gage Roads, which is named after the strip of ocean that separates Rottnest Island and Fremantle, started with good intentions; craft, independent, staying true to its ‘Brewed by Fussy Bastards’ ethos. Though a little like the Wolf of Wall Street himself, they got a little money hungry along the way and sold off a 25% stake to Woolworths. It did, however, allow them to upgrade to a custom-built state-of-the-art brewhouse that time after time smashed out consistently amazing cold ones. To their absolute credit, in 2016 the boys announced a “Return To Independence”, and bought back the shares from the supermarket giant. None, though, would repute their commitment to stay the course when it came to the beers themselves, certainly still on display in this three-time AIBA medallist. Despite being described as a sessional summer ale the Single Fin is chock full of aromatic Galaxy and Enigma hops, serving up an amora of tropical fruit and lime curd. With a pale golden appearance, she’s light on the palate, mild in bitterness and finishes both clean and crisp. I’m no investment adviser, but at 10cents a share, this might be one worth jumping on. Btw the stock code is GRB (insert ‘this is not intended to be blah blah disclaimer here!)

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