The legendary United States brewery of Sierra Nevada is one of the overseas breweries taking part in GABS this year. Ryan Arnold from Sierra tells Beer is Your Friend about it’s Australian-flavoured GABS beer.
What beer are you making for GABS?
We brewed a Red Ale that prominently features two Australian hop varieties, Ella and Galaxy. The beer clocks in at 6.5 ABV and 85 IBUs.
Does it have a name yet?
Nothing’s been solidified, but we’ve tossed around a working name inspired by an epic film series. Start guessing!
Where did the inspiration come from?
Australian growers are producing hops with striking, unique flavors and aromas. We’re incorporating those lively characteristics into a well-balanced, flavorful ale—the kind folks have come to expect from our brewery.
How much effort goes into designing a beer for GABS?
Recipe creation is always careful, and given our aim to pay homage to Australian hops, we labored over the right ones to use and how best to complement them.
Does GABS give you the chance to go a bit crazy and try something you might not normally brew?
We’re always experimenting at the brewery, and certainly GABS is another chance to do so. Behind our main brewhouse is a small “pilot” brewery. Our brewers use the pilot brewery to tinker and develop recipes, and it’s where our GABS beer came to life. It’s also where we host our Beer Camp, a program that rapidly churns out new, limited beers.
Does the spectapular bring out a competitive streak?
We’re there to enjoy the spirit of the festival. Thousands of folks, including us, are excited to try great beers from all over, and we’ll share what we feel is an excellent beer of our own.
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?