So there’s quite a story as to how I found me some Dogbolter from Matilda Bay. Some of you might think there can’t be any story behind finding a beer from one of the biggest craft breweries in the country. You see Matilda Bay beers everywhere – even in suburban bottle shops.
Indeed that is true. Except when it comes to Dogbolter. I haven’t seen that beer anywhere for ages. It all came to a head a few weeks ago when I was flicking through the new edition of 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die. I already had a few issues with the book’s Australian content and when I stumbled across an entry for Dogbolter I snickered to myself. “Look, they’ve included a beer that doesn’t exist any more,” I said smugly.
But I was wrong about that, as Twitter very quickly put me straight. Look, when the person who brews the beer tells you it is still made, you don’t really have a leg to stand on. But I still hadn’t seen it anywhere in yonks, so Chloe – the helpful Matilda Bay brewer – pointed me in the direction of Crown West Cellars but alas they were out.
Then, the day before Father’s Day I found myself at Figtree Cellars (well actually I drove there. “Found myself” sounds like I was knocked unconscious, driven to the bottle shop, chucked in the door and then woke up. Perhaps with the automatic doors banging into my head. Or something like that). And lo and behold, they had four-packs of Dogbolter.
So I bought some. And was quite happy indeed. Okay, that’s the end of my story.