Sailors Grave's Sea Bird first landed at Crafty Towers in early 2023. Back then, she was tagged a Belgian pale ale but, as I wrote at the time, even though they'd used a Belgian yeast strain, the beer was "far closer to the hazy pales of Australia today".
Now she's back as just that: a "coastal" hazy pale ale. And she's scored a place in their year-round lineup too.
It makes sense. If you're a fan of fruity, soft-on-the-palate, easy-going summery pales – as most people drinking craft beers these days seem to be – then this is right up your alley. I'd go as far as to say it's the most crowd-pleasing beer they've ever released.
While there’s saltbush foraged by co-owner Gab close to their East Gippsland home in the mix, adding a subtle saltiness, and there's a touch of spiciness on the finish, this remains very much a lemony, citrusy, easy-drinking pale ale.
Published October 18, 2023 2023-10-18 00:00:00