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The Beer

Tasting Notes

Hey, if you’re reading this you love beer. Not only do you like putting it in your face, you like learning about it – good on you! All of our beers are brewed here on site using water off this shed roof. They are recipes we have tried to get as good as we can but are improving them every time we brew.  Some beers won’t be available at the time thanks to seasonal variability. So learn up and drink up!

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Limestone Road Pale Ale

A mix of Barley and Wheat malts combined with four different kinds of hops delivers a refreshing brew suitable for 12 months of the year! Many different hops in low volume offers up a flavour that most people will enjoy but not knock your socks off. Ferment it in an oak barrel for a month to soften and you’ve got our pale.

Sparkling Ale

A step up from our pale, this brew is also barrel fermented but for a bit more body we’ve added crystal malt and more hops. A touch more bitter than the pale but just as refreshing, galaxy hops give this beer an unmistakable flavour. Note the darker colour thanks to those deeper malts.

Amber Ale

Take sparkling ale, add more malt and turn up the hop, you get the third in the series to deliver more punch. A fruity note on the head thanks to galaxy and cascade hops and an almost warm home-like depth provided by Amarillo hops. This one is for the beer lover and is our earthiest brew yet.

Lager

This brew is super easy to drink and designed for the commercial beer lover. It is light on malt flavours and light on hops but the hops used have a citrus note that you may detect. This is what we call a SMASH beer; it contains a Single Malt and Single Hop variety.

Indian Pale Ale

Indian Pale Ale is a favourite of craft breweries the world round. This beer lets us throw heaps of hops and malts together to generate a stronger flavour and beautiful colour. The IPA comes from a time when beer was transported between the colonies and spoilage was an issue. Hops containing natural preservatives, and already in beer, was added in larger quantities to the brew enabling the colonies to enjoy a beer from home. Backstairs Passage is only 14km wide but hey....why not! More for the real beer drinker who wants to taste deeper body and flavour.

Ginger Beer

Take wheat malts and add ginger, that equals ginger beer! A subtle hint of ginger, not too strong means it pleases most with-out being too bitey. If you know a thing or two about brewing, you know that yeast eats sugar, and if you add more sugar you get more alcohol. But a ginger beer should be sweet right? Usually brewers add a lactose sugar (a sugar yeast can’t eat) or chemical to kill the yeast, but we didn’t want that, nor did our non cow milk drinking mates. This means less chemicals – perfect.

Sheoak Stout

A deep blend of Maris Otter malt, crystal malt and black barley gives this glossy black liquid a beautiful taste. Finished off with East Kent Goldings hops, this stout is mild and not too heavy. We add charred sheoak pieces (a tree from KI) to the fermenters to give it a nice woody smokey flavour. Get the fire going and the stout out, it’s a winter brew for the consummate beer drinker.

Green Tea IPA

Inspired by a recipe from one of our brewer's mates in France, the balance of the additional tannin and the fruit-forward nose has made this new addition now one of our most popular beers! Cheers, Susie!