In Chinese mythology, Maku is a goddess connected with the elixir of life and often she shares a close bond with hemp. Being the world’s oldest domesticated crop and one often associated with sustainability practices, the connection seems a reasonable one. It’s a link The Public Brewery hope to draw upon in their latest endeavour, a collaboration with the Yarra Valley Hemp Company designed to showcase the crop’s versatility.
The first release under the Maku banner is labelled Hemp Session Ale and it got off to a flying start by picking up a silver medal at the Australian International Beer Awards soon after it was first brewed. The sole hop used in the beer is Magnum, added early for bittering so the beer’s floral aromas, honey sweetness and nutty flavours stem from the hemp. For the most part, the beer resembles a classic English brown ale, with a slight dryness and a creamy body adding to its sessionability.
- Hemp Ale