Darren Robinson from Doctor’s Orders Brewing, NSW, might like his GABS beer extra cold.
What beer are you making for GABS?
I’m currently planning an Eis beer. It won’t necessarily be your traditional Eisbock as that wouldn’t have the mandatory Doctor’s Orders twist.
Does it have a name yet?
It currently has a working name. Doctor’s Orders Cryogenic.
Where did the inspiration come from?
A good mate of mine is Keith from Hunter Beer Co. He makes a number of awesome beers including his Hunter Bock. Last year he inadvertently froze a fermenter and produced an Eisbock. It was fantastic.
How much effort goes into designing a beer for GABS?
Not much more than producing any other beer. I reverse back from what I want in the glass, how I want it to look, taste and be received. Then I work out what I need to have in the recipe and the process to achieve it.
Does GABS give you the chance to go a bit crazy and try something you might not normally brew?
Every brew is GABS for me. Every beer is about blending styles, rejuvenating historical styles or just plain inventing new stuff.
Does the Spectapular bring out a competitive streak?
It does cross my mind about where it will sit among offerings from Australasia and now the world’s best. I’m not looking to be the best, but also not get lost in the back beers either. Whatever I produce is not aimed at a once only. Last year’s offering Plasma (White IPA) will be back again this winter. The original 2011 GABS is where I debuted Zephyr (Double White Ale) which is now the summer seasonal.
Explanation for the unaware: GABS is Great Australasian Beer Spectapular, a beer festival in Melbourne, Australia, from May 24-26 this year where brewers make a beer they’ve never made before and bring it along so the punters can try it. Cool, huh?