It seems like this three-way, trans-Tasman collaboration brewed during Good Beer Week was some time in the making. As soon as 3 Ravens brewer Adrian McNulty heard there was to be a second avian-themed brewery in Victoria, namely Two Birds, he set his mind on brewing with them. When the idea was eventually suggested (as beers were consumed), it was decided it would be a good idea to bring in Kiwi brewers ParrotDog too, what with their feathery, winged nature.
Thus it was that on the Monday of Good Beer Week, the three came together to create this black IPA, which looks to represent each of the three breweries. It's black for the All Blacks and uses hops and liberal amounts of naked golden oats for the green and gold of Australia (rather than any particular love of nude brewing). There's plenty of US Tomahawk and Falconer's Flight used for late and dry-hopping with the result, according to the concept's instigator Adrian, that: "It tastes @#$%ing sensational. It's a style I really enjoy and we're all very proud of it."
- Black IPA
Six kegs are off to NZ, a few are already gone, but the others can be found at:
The Park Hotel (although may be gone already)
The Wheaty (being tapped end of July)