One Drop Brewing Harvest & Vintage 2020 & Cabernet Funk 2020

One Drop Brewing Co

Published October 13, 2020

You know what’s infuriating? When people can do something really well and then they just have a crack at doing another thing and it turns out they’re really good at that too. It’s like: “Oh yeah, I know the punters are champing at the bit for our IPAs and sours, might just give some mixed ferments a go and see what happens?”

How bloody dare you, One Drop? Where do you get off? It’s like, we’re all out here doing our best just trying to play the part of Jim Kurring in Magnolia, and One Drop’s casually playing Dr Steve Brule as well in their spare time. It makes me sick.

One Drop’s Harvest & Vintage series was inspired by the 2020 hop and wine harvest. These two beers experiment with pairing Australian wine grapes and hop varieties, then just loading it up with funk. The first beer sees Sauvignon Blanc got to work alongside Nelson Sauvin and Hallertau Blanc to really accentuate the white grape characters inherent to all three additions. On the nose are the aforementioned white grapes with green tea, plus the Bretty pineapple you all know and love. What comes next is a complex mix of white pepper, apple skin, white wine and creamy vanilla oak with a sort of floral dry finish.

Cabernet Funk, as the name suggests, pairs Cabernet with Enigma and is fermented with a mix of red wine yeast and Flanders Ale blend. The beer pours like a bright and vibrant rosé with notes of cherry, cranberry and subtle Belgian yeast esters. The palate is extremely light and floral for an almost 10 percent ABV beer with strawberry and soft oak rounding out the moderate tartness and a mild, but pleasant, tannic astringency. I mean, it’s dry and funky like a bloody pet-nat rosé. I’m absolutely livid.

Judd Owen

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7.0% & 9.5%
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5 Erith Street
NSW 2019

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