Some girls get flowers, I get beer

I like beer more than I like flowers so it’s a good thing I have such a wonderful partner who often brings me gifts of the beery variety

Flowers are nice. They are pretty, they smell good but let’s face it, you can’t drink them. You can’t savour a well poured flower in your glass. You can’t share a flower with your friend and say “Try this! It goes really well with the Gorgonzola”. This is why I like beer more than I like flowers. Lucky for me I have a wonderful boyfriend who often chooses to surprise me with presents of beer rather than bunches of flowers.

Brewdog & Oskar Blues Shipwrecker Circus Barley Wine 10.5% ABV
Brewdog & Oskar Blues Shipwrecker Circus Barley Wine
American style Barleywine | 10.5% ABV

My partner got me this after I had my first taste of beers by Oskar Blues Brewery, Colorado (US) and raved on and on about them. I grabbed them on one of my trips to Cellarbrations Carlisle, getting their Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, Deviant Dale’s IPA and G’Knight Imperial Red Ale. You can check out my blog post on those here. Since I enjoyed them so much he figured I’d like their collaboration with Brew Dog.

He was right.

Barleywines: Big ass beers, originally British, lovingly adopted by the US, both American and English Barleywines are acknowledged as a style with the major difference largely coming down to the almighty hop.

What was the beer like? Well, imagine you got a fruitcake, turned up the spices and plums and in your enthusiasm you were overly generous with the rum. Then you got a little distracted and burnt the bottom of your cake so the base caramelised a little. Then you liquified it.

Chimay Gold 4.8% ABV
Chimay Gold
4.8% ABV

When my partner was beer shopping at Cellarbrations Carlisle the topic of trappist beers came up resulting in this Belgian baby landing in my hot little hands.

Trappist: “where brewing is performed by, or under the supervision of, Trappist monks” [Oxford Companion to Beer] of which there are only seven breweries in existence – 6 in Belgium and 1 in the Netherlands. Not strictly a style as such as it’s their authenticity rather than similar flavours/ingredients that categorise them. In short – monk make awesome brewers.

It’s been a while between Chimay’s for me so it was nice to come back to one of the first breweries I got to know when I got hooked on beer many years ago.

Aromas reminded me of the base of a lemon cheesecake but there’s much more happening, I got hints of melon, lemon and banana. Soft yet with a full mouth feel with big spices coming through as the beer warmed up a little, loved the clove and lemony flavours.

8 Wired Superconductor Double IPA Double IPA | 8.8% ABV
8 Wired Superconductor Double IPA
Double IPA | 8.8% ABV

We love our hops in this house so when my partner gave me this present it was only a matter of hours before it was opened.

8 Wired: from New Zealand, brewer Søren Eriksen, well known for their HopWired IPA

His timing was great, my two most recent visits to The Pourhouse in Dunsborough have involved drinking the little brother of this beer, suitably named Semiconductor – a session IPA at a very reasonable 4.4% abv (you can read more here if you’re so inclined). Now it was time to see how it’s big brother stacked up.

It was really freakin’ good.

The aromas on the Superconductor are big and punchy, so much so that I found the flavours weren’t as strong as I was expecting. But don’t get the wrong impression, this is a very flavoursome beer. Toffee, citrus and tropical fruits with the emphasis on pineapple. The mouth feel verges on oily with a long dry and citrusy finish.

 

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If you don’t want to read a gushy, “I love this place” post about The Pourhouse then you’d best not click on …

I do love to visit The Pourhouse in Dunsborough. The A3 beer menu is filled with delicious beers from cans of Mountain Goat Summer Ale to Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace on one of their guest taps. Trying to pick what to have is like deciding which of your thousands of children you love the most.

The food stacks up to the beers, tasty and with plenty of variety with a couple of Pourhouse classics that are hard to turn down – like the burger with seasoned frittes or the chilli squid and chorizo.

Burgers, Seasoned Frites and Sweet Potato Straws

Good beer, good food, you’ve heard me rave on about this place all before however I’ve probably neglected to talk about service.

For me good service isn’t just about getting it once, its about getting good service every single damn time. Call me greedy but that’s half the service battle, getting it right every time. For me, The Pourhouse has a 100% record.

On my most recent visit I went for dinner mid-week and since I was driving I needed to be responsible, not that this is a huge departure from my normal self of course.

I approached the bar and stared lovingly into the fridges. The bartender Anna, asked what I was looking for.
“A pale or IPA, something under 5% would be nice,” I said.
“Do you normally drink American or English style?” Anna enquired further
“American”
Anna pointed to the 8 Wired Semi Conductor Session IPA, a colourful number from our neighbours over the ocean in kiwi-land and at 4.4% wasa great choice for the flavours I was looking for whilst keeping me in the drive-able category. Win, win!

Crisp and vibrant hop character encased in less than 5% abv, there is a delicate malt flavour, cereal-like, that is soft and let’s the hops really sing. I also love the label – colourful, eye catching and fun!

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So another great night at The Pourhouse and all is good in the world. And if you needed another excuse to take a look, they have just got on a bunch of new beer books for their shop. Geek out time folks!

Beer + Christmas

Christmas is just a few days away so I thought I’d quickly share a few of the yummy beers over got lined up for the festive season (in between beach visits and lots and lots of food of course!).

Christmas is just a few days away so I thought I’d quickly share a few of the yummy beers over got lined up for the festive season (in between beach visits and lots and lots of food of course!).

I’d also like to take the chance to thank you for reading my beery ramblings. The girl +beer blog has been an exciting adventure for me and I’m very grateful to you all for taking the time to read. I’m also lucky to have been supported by my amazing boyfriend, Crafty Pint, Australian Brews News and plenty of beer loving folk.

Happy Beery Christmas everyone and I’ll catch you in the new year!

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