Nat and Cal were in New York a couple of years ago, and after checking in on socials at a bar in Brooklyn, they got a call out of the blue from their old mate Dan Johnston, who had moved back to Canada after a few years working at Melbourne’s best craft beer venues. Dan was also in Brooklyn and they arranged to meet up later that day at a Thin Man tasting. Dan was mates with Mike from Thin Man and introduced him to Cal and Nat. They all got along really well and ended up spending the next couple of days checking out some of the more hype-worthy breweries of Brooklyn together. By the end of the trip, it was all but decided that someday a collaboration brew would have to happen between KAIJU! and Thin Man. Fast forward to 2020 and with the prospect of an in-person collaboration looking pretty unlikely for the foreseeable future, Mike suggested a virtual collaboration – both breweries would brew exactly the same beer at the same time.
The team at KAIJU! Beer (Nat, Callum and Clara) describe themselves as nerdy scientists. In late 2013 they decided to start making beer professionally and released a Double IPA that was a little bit hoppy and got some attention. These guys are dedicated to their craft and do everything by hand.
DID YOU KNOW?
Kaiju! started life as Monster Mash. Yep. However a certain energy drink company didn’t like the brewery using this name, so they changed it to Kaiju! It means “strange creature” in Japanese – ones like Godzilla, Mothra, and all the baddies from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.