After spending the last few months keeping up with demand for their core range of beers, Riverside Brewing Company‘s Dave Padden says working on a beer for GABS was a great chance to do something a little different.
What beer are you making for GABS?
We have been so busy brewing our stock beers over the last few months, this was a great opportunity to come up with something very left field. Our beer is a porter style ale with a bunch of additions such as smoked malt, oats, maple syrup and coffee. The coffee was also roasted and ground in the brewery.
Does it have a name yet?
Breakfast By The River.
Where did the inspiration come from?
GABS was the perfect opportunity to brainstorm with Eric and Matt who started with us over the last few months. They both have fantastic ideas many of which have been incorporated into the beer. Personally, I also have a love of coffee and have been wanting to brew with it on a commercial scale for a while now.
How much effort goes into designing a beer for GABS?
Quite a lot, as most brewers will be using ingredients they are not used to using on a regular basis. Getting the mix right can be tricky.
Does GABS give you the chance to go a bit crazy and try something you might not normally brew?
Absolutely, and I think that is one of the key drawcards of GABS. As a brewer it is always exciting to brew something for the first time, and even more exciting to see the reaction of drinkers when they try it.
Does the spectapular bring out a competitive streak?
I don’t see the festival as being competitive at all. To be honest I just hope that everyone enjoys the beer as much as we do!
Explanation for the unaware: GABS is Great Australasian Beer Spectapular, a beer festival in Melbourne, Australia, from May 22-26 this year where brewers make a beer they’ve never made before and bring it along so the punters can try it. Cool, huh?