Bad Shepherd Break Yo' Fast

Bad Shepherd

Published December 2, 2020

Did Bad Shepherd co-owner Dereck Hales pull some strings behind the scenes ahead of their fifth birthday party? Or has he instilled such loyalty among the brewery's fans they're only too eager to get behind his country of origin? Either way, when it came to voting for the beer to celebrate the Cheltenham operation's fifth birthday, the winner plucked from their back catalogue was Break Yo' Fast, a maple bacon amber ale with roots in North American breakfasts.

The reboot certainly nails the colour; more importantly, it takes me back – vividly – to indulgent past brekkies: a stack of drenched pancakes in a New York deli on a family trip as a 12-year-old; another with the crispiest of bacon strips in the Hollywood Hills the morning I proposed to Mrs Pint. That unmistakable maple syrup aroma drizzles it’s way up your olfactory system, with the smokiness representing the bacon taking a supporting role, although more prominent to taste and adding a dryness – or at least attempting to amid the sweetfest – at the end. A party beer indeed.

James Smith

Read our Bad Shepherd birthday feature – Five Years In Five Beers – here

Smoked Maple Amber Ale
25 IBU
Bad Shepherd

386 Reserve Road
VIC 3192

(03) 8555 3175
Regular events

Wednesday: 50c wings all evening, with around seven different wing sauces and rubs available.

Open Hours

Mon & Tues: 4.30pm onwards
Wed to Thurs: midday to 11pm
Fri & Sat: midday to midnight
Sunday: midday to 8pm