Although tall, dark and handsome, this beer drinks like a golden East Coast IPA and rewards drinking year round. Piney with the bitterness and earthiness of pure cacao, it’s balanced with subtle sweetness, suggesting raisins and overripe apricots.
Starting out as home-brewers, the boys at Old Wives Ales commandeered soup pots for kit brews and watched on as plastic tubs of murky liquid burped and bubbled in their sheds. It was yellow, it was fizzy, but it wasn’t good. Not in the beginning. But they were learning. They have each earned a first rate home-brewing education in exploding bottles, dead yeast and beer that tasted more like cardboard than malt, taking heart from the fact that slowly but surely, the beer was getting better.
DID YOU KNOW?
Justin Spicer, co-founder of Old Wives Ales and also the Merri Mashers, discovered his interest in home brewing when a friend invited him to a “brew on premise” venue. He learnt the basics in brewing that night which ignited his passion for craft beer and brewing. Justin soon learned that there were several home brew clubs around Melbourne, however there were not any in the Northern Suburbs. It was this realisation that inspired him to become the inaugural president of a new home brew club two years ago. Merri Mashers now has over 75 members and is one of Victoria’s biggest home brew clubs today.