Ballistic & The Dutch Trading Co Imperial Table Beer

Farmhouse Ale

What happens when a top Brisbane brewery and a top Perth venue have a baby?

Ballistic’s head brewer Lachy Crothers grew up in Western Australia and, like most people who moved away from their hometown, he still gets nostalgic for the old country. So it was a treat for Lachy when his mate Joel Beresford made the trip from Perth to Brisbane to brew a beer with him. Joel’s the co-owner and director of The Dutch Trading Co, a 26 tap craft beer venue that won Australia’s Best Beer Venue in the 2018 Beer & Brewer awards. When he and Lachy got together to brew a beer, it was never going to be something "normal". And so the Ballistic x DTC Imperial Table Beer was born

The original concept of a Belgian table beer is a low alcohol beer, often in a jug or large bottle, that you bring to a meal and share around like a bottle of wine. Ballistic’s Imperial Table Beer is an obvious oxymoron, with its alcohol content of 7 percent ABV. But there’s also a second way it doesn’t fit the category of table beer – you may be hesitant to share it with anyone.

The ITB looks like cloudy apple juice, with a rapidly dissipating head. A whiff of freshly cut grass, sticky bananas and floral notes gives you the impression of walking through a banana grove in high summer. While traditional table beers have a gentle nature, that gets thrown out the window with the very first sip, where the beer reveals its willingness to play rough. Saison-esque flavours walk hand in hand with a boozy punch, and the addition of lemon, lime and orange zest add power to the mouthfeel and acidity. The finish brings to mind apple scrumpy – the intense sweetness of overripe apples, tempered by the spiciness and funk of juice that’s just started to turn interesting.

Mick Wust

Published October 18, 2018

Ballistic Beer Co Salisbury

53 McCarthy Road
QLD 4107

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Thursday: 4pm to 7pm
Friday: 3.30pm to 10pm
Saturday: 1pm to 10pm
Sunday: 1pm to 7pm

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