Thus Let Us Drink Beer – The Southern Highlands Brewing Co
Formed a decade ago, it is a shame that I became only very recently aware of the existence of The Southern Highland Brewing Co.
With the name being a telling one, i.e. the brewery being located in the Australian Southern Highlands, the brews the duo, which originally met at a Rugby game, have been accolade decorated from the get-go.
With a playfully named core range that tickles all nuances a beer lover could wish for, i.e. starting with lager and rising the bitterness via Pale Ales, my favourite of Southern Highlands’ emissions is their fantastic Tighthead IPA.
Now, what is commonly labelled as “American IPA” has evolved quite a bit since the style first emanated in the early 1980s.
Based on a melange of Warrior and Chinook hops, this delightfully herbal, piney and citrusy new world IPA might not be overly complex or fruity like many of its contemporary peers in the ever expanding craft beer market, yet did a borderline perfect job as being the complementary constituent to complement a Boilermaker with Laphroaig’s Lore with its balancing malt backbone. Clean and bready tasting, moderately bitter light in both body and mouthfeel and if properly chilled, an immensely enjoyable crisp and well-crafted IPA. It appears that the mash temperature and grain bill has been manipulated in a manner to let the IPA finish in a superbly dry manner.
If you are an aficionado of tropical flavours, Southern Highlands Brewing’s latest seasonal, the Rain Ale or Shine Dark Tropical will be right up your alley. Clocking in at 6% ABV, what materializes on the palate is an extra pale ale variant with dominating fruity and citrussy highlights, that are pervaded by subtle nuances of dark malt.
With their brews getting the recognition they deserve at European beer awards; lovers of expertly crafted ales worldwide should take note and keep their eyes peeled as Southern Highlands is currently looking at exporting its emissions into overseas markets.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Jetty Road Brewery Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visits to the local watering hole have become few and far between, however, when possible they ... read more
Karl Hagemeister - Das Licht, das ewig wechselt Wienand Verlag “…das Licht, das ewig wechselt” is a tribute and compendium of Karl Hagemeister’s oeuvre. Now, chances are that the ... read more
The Triffids Fremantle Press Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids Despite having left a legacy of fantastic music and an album that should not be missing from the ... read more
Water of Life - Kings Cross Distillery It was about high time for Sydney to have its own locally grown gin distillery and since July this year. While Australia ... read more
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – The Velvet Sledgehammer If Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art – MONA is not of your bucket list of places to visit, ... read more
Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:
Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.