It’s now time to take a seat in your most comfortable arm chair in front of and warm and cozy fire as you get ready to be embraced by their Gothic Stout. Pitch black in colour with a long standing tan head, the aroma boasts a deep and rich roasted malt sweetness with layers of coffee, chocolate, caramel, raisin and toffee. The morishly complex flavours are brought together by the high alcohol sweetness that is balanced by its lingering espresso bitterness. It has a full bodied mouth feel created from the addition of oats and low carbonation, adding to the richness of this beer. At 9.8% abv, this dark lord is a force to be reckoned with.
When Chris Benson and Adam Klasterka first attempted to bring better beer to the Central Coast in 2010 by opening their own brewery, little did they know that what followed would be three years of struggle spanning four different sites, battles with planning permission, bureaucracy, council by-laws and even public opposition from figures in the community. But where many would have crumbled at such obstacles, Chris and Adam dug in, kept up the good fight and listened not to the knockers, but to their growing number of supporters who signed petitions for – and not against – the presence of a brewery in their community. Their persistence eventually, finally, wonderfully, paid off in early 2013 as they were able to roll open the brewery doors to the public for the first time. And since then, they’ve been going gangbusters. Since opening, Adam has moved on to pastures greener while another of Chris’ school friends, Ryan Harris – an avid home brewer and local fire fighter – has stepped in to take his place, ensuring it’s still a brewery run by locals, for locals.
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Mellow malt flavours to its smooth finish are evocative of chilled out summer days.