Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 2: SMASH IPA

Released March 14th, 2017

There's plenty to be said about this beer. For a start, it's the second beer in Bad Shepherd's Brew Crew Series, which sees them invite a staff member who isn't a brewer to help design a beer; the first was barman Dan's ESB, with Dan followed into the hot seat by sales guy Scotty "Beardface" Thomson. It's also a SMaSH beer – single malt and single hop. And that single malt has its own story as the one chosen is Schooner, a barley variety grown and malted in the Riverina region of New South Wales by young craft malting operation Voyager, of which you can read more here.

As for the beer itself, it's the third IPA to leave the Bad Shepherd brewpub and comfortably the most delicate of the three. The single hop is Galaxy, itself a recently new Australian developed variety, which contributes its familiar tropical fruit character and some resinous backend bite. As for the Schooner malt, it lends the beer a silken smoothness and a soft sweetness that helps accentuate the fruitiness of the hops. Expect to see more breweries hooking up with Voyager as the business grows.

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Bad Shepherd

386 Reserve Road
VIC 3192

(03) 8555 3175
Regular events

Wed: 5.30pm to 7.30pm is 50c wings & board games night
Thurs from 7pm: Trivia with Funky Bunch
Fri (monthly): Date Night ft guest brewers
Sat from 7pm – DJs (chilled tunes)

Sun 2pm to 6pm: Sunday sessions with $6 schooners


Wed to Thurs: midday to 11pm
Fri & Sat: midday to midnight
Sunday: midday to 8pm


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