Beer of the Week

Five Things About … Batch Brewing’s Tiny Coconut Bubbles

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1) So there I was at the Keg and Brew in Surry Hills for my one day of Sydney Craft Beer Week. Among the loads of taps was a beer from Batch Brewing called Tiny Coconut Bubbles. That’s it – no description of the beer. So it had to be a stout or a porter, right? I mean, what other style of beer would you make with coconut? I love a good coconut stout (or porter), so I ordered one.

2) But it didn’t pour dark at all. It was a light amber colour. Huh? What’s going on here, I thought. They must have stuffed up the kegs. As soon as the bar worker put the full glass in front of me, I realised no keg stuffing-up had taken place for I could smell the coconut wafting off the beer.

3) I checked the internet when I got back to my table and found it was a coconut wheat ale. And it was good. So good I tweeted Batch to tell them how awesome it was – sweet coconut flavour through the beer and aroma on the nose. Delicious.

4) Soon, though, I was brought down to earth by the realisation that once I left the pub I’d likely never have this beer again. That’s because I don’t get up to Sydney very much and Batch doesn’t send stuff to Wollongong. So that made me sad. Until I visited the Oak Barrel bottle shop about an hour later. There, on the shelves, was a bottle of Tiny Coconut Bubbles. For the dim among you, yes, I bought it.

5) I drank it a few days after getting home – and decided someone had switched tags on me (Batch beer bottles are all the same – the different beers are denoted by cardboard tags looped around the neck. As you can see in the above photo). There was absolutely no coconut present. None at all. What I had instead tasted like a US pale ale – a very nice pale ale, mind you. So it wasn’t like I was dudded or anything. But, still, it wasn’t Tiny Coconut Bubbles. Alas. So if you see a bottle of Tiny Coconut Bubbles, buy it. That’s what I’ll be doing if I’m lucky enough to see one.

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