While much of the praise and attention heaped on The Uraidla Brewery has focused on their pales and IPAs, peer into the fridges at their café home or the taps at The Uraidla Hotel next door and you'll appreciate the spectrum of beers on offer. Adding a shade of brown in spring 2021 is Runestone, Oscar's first crack at a traditional ESB (or Extra Special Bitter).
While he's since said he'll aim to dry the beer out more for future iterations, the beer's debut still showcases the classic characters of the style. There's an earthiness underpinning proceedings, strong tea paired with biscuits, a broad and lingering bitterness, and if you delve deeply, a hint of the rind found in a jar of Olde English marmalade. In short, Runestone is very much in the mould of the beers that inspired it.