It looks like a case of "giving something back" here as former home brewer-turned-brewer Paul Morrison has opened up the doors of his brewery to another home brewer. This Imperial Wit was originally brewed by Stuart Grant for the home brew comp at Launceston's Esk Beerfest. It took home first place, earning him the chance to brew it on a commercial scale. That he did with a local brewery that has proved itself rather adept at Belgian style brews with its fine limited release Saison. This time around it is, as the name suggests, a strong Belgian style witbier, albeit a variation of Stuart's winning brew. The variation? It's much stronger... Brewed using malted barley and raw wheat, then pepped up with a touch of sugar, in the style of Belgium's Abbey ales, it was then dry hopped with Australian Galaxy hops post fermentation. What does that all mean? We're told: "Following intense aromatics, the palate is dominated by an earthy spiciness typical of Belgian yeast strains. The finish is complex and fruity, with just a hint of the citrusy-herbal hops poking through." It turns out Stuart is part of the team behind Launceston's latest craft beer sensation, Saint John Craft Beer, too. So guess where you might find it first...
- Imperial Witbier
Saint John Craft Beer