The Bridge Road Bar Series rolls on and keeps on taking stylistic lurches all over the place. It's a reminder of just how much variety there is in the beer world these days and how different folks have vastly different passions. Stepping up to the oche this time is the crew from Hobart's awesome New Sydney Hotel and, continuing the unnecessary darts metaphor, they've chosen a style that would have been to the liking of The Crafty Pint's rotund, booze-lovin' childhood hero Jocky Wilson: an imperial pilsner. Chosen due to their love of "big meaty buckets of goodness" it uses the knowledge Bridge Road gained in brewing last year's God Save The Lager and features 20kg of an experimental hop variety called 189 from Bushy Park, which just happens to be up the road from the New Sydney. The result, according to the brewers, is an aroma of ripe pineapple and high alcohols, with sweet fruits from the hops on its "fat palate" (due to the high alcohol content) and "finishing with a great hop spiciness and more warming alcohol". As for the name, the New Sydney tells us it's "as important as the beer so we chose the best little elixir in town reflecting its medicinal qualities and homage to the the best little pub in town... and as the ole saying goes you can't run a Rolls Royce on kerosene so fuel up with this oh so tasty elixir."
Published June 12, 2013 2013-06-12 00:00:00