The months seem to fly by so quickly at the moment. There is literally new beers, new venues, kick ass events or other random things happening every day in Brisbane. It's a great time to be a craft beer drinker up here (even if we don't get our own Instagram-feed-spamming GABS event, maybe one year).
An interesting thing has happened in the world of craft beer (that I'm not really sure of my opinion on) and that is you can now get Ballast Point Sculpin and Grapefruit Sculpin legitimately in Dan Murphy's bottle shops. I'm drinking a Sculpin right now. On one hand, I'm glad that these two great beers will be much more accessible than they used to be. But on the other hand I like shopping at independent bottle shops and local breweries and would prefer my money goes there.
We all also know that Ballast Point "sold out" last year. How that affects beer purchasing decisions is obviously up to the punter, but BrewDog have let us know how they feel about it. Would this deal with Dan Murphy's have happened if Ballast Point hadn't been sold to Constellation? Who knows? Do we care?
It also brings up something else. Around my circle of beer friends Grapefruit Sculpin is seen as a beer that is put on a much higher pedestal than it deserves. Often it's cited that there are beers brewed locally that are much better. I don't disagree with that point at all, but I'm a fan of grapefruit IPA's and will actively go out of my way to try them. So this is good for me.
As for new beers go, there's been some crackers this month.
Favourite beer of May 2016 is....
Molotov Cocktail Heavy by Eviltwin Brewing. A monster of a beer coming in at 17.2% ABV, it's not just a beer that's delicious but an experience as well. It's not often one gets a chance to have a beer with double digit percentages, and this is well into that territory. I was surprised by how balanced Molotov Heavy was too. And such a puckering fruitiness that came through. Delicious.
Same day as the Molotov share I got to try The Kraken from Bacchus Brewing Co. Actually surprised I hadn't had this before and it didn't disappoint. A really nice vanilla and toffee flavour came through the bitterness of the IPA. Hope to get there and have it on tap some time soon.
Lastly, the Continuous Daryl by Mornington Peninsula Brewery was on tap at The Mill on Constance and it was delicious. A spot on IIPA that ticket all the boxes. Plus happy hour at The Mill is something to behold. Get there!
That's enough on the keyboard for a day. Thanks for reading, and as always, drink well.