GABS Brewer: Matthew Boustead from 7 Cent Brewery, in Victoria
What beer are you making for GABS?
We’re going to brew a Belgian wit/saison hybrid with a ludicrous amount of wild Rocket thrown into the kettle, giving it a good peppery kick and pleasant vegetative/herbal notes.
Does it have a name yet?
White Rocket in Flight, Afternoon Delight!
Where did the inspiration come from?
We occasionally get together with some mates to try a bunch of different beers and called it OrBASM (Original Beer Appreciation Society of Melbourne), otherwise known as a beer induced orgasm. This eventually morphed into a home brew version called HBASM. A version of this beer was originally brewed for the first HBASM quite a few years ago. Back then a mate had a heap of wild rocket in the garden that had become too strong in flavour to eat in a salad. We tasted it, and like every other demented brewer out there, thought ‘‘How can we make that work in a beer’’. The idea being to make it a bit like a mango and rocket salad. A Belgian wit with plenty of Citra hops seemed like a good place to start. It generated a lot of interest amongst our mates, so with a few adjustments, we thought it would be a great beer to brew for GABS.
Do you think it’ll be a one-off or are you considering adding it to the range after GABS?
This will probably just be a one off at this stage. The key to this beer is using rocket that has almost gone to seed and getting enough of this kind of rocket is no easy task. We never write off re-brewing interesting beers like this and will always aim to brew small batches of unique beers to supplement our core range. Perhaps it will crop up as part of our experimental beers again, but we can’t see it becoming a part of the core range.
What do you think of the concept of GABS?
GABS is a fantastic opportunity for brewers and beer drinkers alike. Some brewers find it hard to fit experimental beers into their regular production and also find it hard justifying the risk of brewing something really ‘out there’. GABS both provides this opportunity and also encourages brewers to really push the boundaries. It also generates a lot of interest for those who enjoy trying different beers and can also show people who only thought of beer as lagers and pale ales that there is so much more to beer than they ever knew. Its win-win for all involved and is always a stack of fun.
The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular (aka GABS) is on in Melbourne on May 23-25, 2014.
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