Dainton Brewing Pandemic Punch & Rye-Solation

Dainton Brewery & Taphouse

Published May 11, 2020

When the COVID-19 lockdown hit and venues closed their doors, breweries, bars and pubs were forced to find innovative ways to get through their kegged beer. At Dainton – as we wrote about here – they decided to blend a stack of them to create two new canned beers. One featured a variety of fruity, NEIPA styles, the other some rye-heavy drops. And now they're canned and making their way to fridges, they're not quite what I'd have expected; instead of becoming a cacophony of their constituent parts, they're rather calmer.

In the case of Pandemic Punch, it's hazy rather than producing the sort of dense fog you might have expected and is an all round softer experience too – like bubblegum without any sharp edges. The end result is one of red berries sat atop a creamy, rounded and somewhat sweet, tropical fruit punch.

As for the Rye-Solation, it pours a ruddy chestnut and is most reminiscent of an English amber ale. Predominantly malt driven – biscuity and nutty, with a little raisin and cake batter for company – the liquid in your glass isn't nearly as out there as the means by which it came to be there.

James Smith

Blended NEIPAs & Rye Ales
6.6% & 5.8%
Dainton Brewery & Taphouse

560 Frankston Dandenong Rd
Carrum Downs
VIC 3201

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Open Hours

Thursday: 3pm to 10pm
Fri & Sat: midday to 11pm
Sunday: midday to 8pm