What started off as a taproom experiment with Sabro and Vic Secret hops quickly became one of their most popular beers thanks to its pillowy mouthfeel, haze and tropical notes. Its name is a nod to their Katoomba brewery’s former life as a Civic Video store, and while they may no longer be rewinding videos, its sentiment of paying forward a kind gesture to a stranger is as timeless as this New England IPA.
Built-in 1912 in the beautiful Blue Mountains town of Katoomba, Mountain Culture’s building housed ‘The Echo’, the local paper for many a year. Later it allegedly passed time as a “dancing saloon and home for lost or belated drunks”, until finally ending up as a Civic Video store. In 2017 DJ and Harriet McCready embarked on transforming the dilapidated building into the first brewpub in the Blue Mountains. After 18 long months of careful renovation, they opened the doors with the goal of welcoming people from near and far to come in and have a beer. But not just any beer. Rather, they hold themselves accountable to a standard that means constantly pushing the limit and pushing themselves to figure out how they can brew better beer, every batch. Because let’s face it, life is short. They have no time for beers that don’t blow their hair back, and nor should you.