Boatrocker Sternweisse 2020 & House Red 2020

Boatrocker Brewery

Released March 17th, 2020

The other pair within the quartet of early spring releases we received from Boatrocker – along with Saison and Double Happiness – are new iterations of popular releases from their barrel program. In the case of Sternweisse, it's a beer that could barely be more popular at Crafty Towers, where it's a much anticipated release each year. It's a "double barrel-aged Berliner Weisse" with those barrels previously hosting Starward Whisky and chardonnay.

Once again in 2020 it's a delicate yet complex delight. The whisky elements are more subdued that past releases (if memory serves correctly) and it may be a little more bracing in terms of acidity, while the oak, vinous elements, light malt sweetness and young Brett aroma combine to create something cleansing, sprightly and simply marvellous.

House Red is a Belgian-inspired sour red created using the solera method of blending liquids of different ages – in this case, 12, 24 and 48-month-old beers that each bring with them varying levels of lactic and acetic acid plus no little Brettanomyces (and no doubt much else besides). They deliver a potent, quenching hit to the palate, one that's wrapped in a deep, hearty, rich malt character. If I still ate animals, I could see this going down a treat with something intense and gamey; as it is, it goes down a treat as a sipper with depth aplenty.

James Smith

Barrel-Aged Sour Beers
6.0% & 6.2%
Boatrocker Brewery

51 Macbeth Street
VIC 3195

(03) 9580 4339
Open Hours

Friday: 4pm to 11pm

Saturday: midday to 6pm
Sunday: midday to 6pm


By appointment

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Pints For Pots At Boatrocker

Boatrocker Brewing Co in the south of Melbourne has one heck of a tasting room, where you can work your way through any number of their barrel aged delights, while surrounded by the barrels from whence they came. Every week, Cabalistas can get their first two pints of core range beers at pot prices when visiting the Boatrocker Barrel Room. Show me more

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