A highly complex monster of a beer, on the one hand the dark roasted malts give hints of caramel and chocolate sweetness, the warmness welcoming you with excited affection. On the other, the intense hop character and dangerously bold alcohol will devour all who try to sneak past the Hound of Hades. With an extra full body and mouthfeel and alcohol warmth you are left in no doubt that this is a big 12% beer, but the complex layers leave you with a thirst for more. .
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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Hops dominate the aroma with a resiny, citrus smell which comes from numerous late hop additions, while the malts help to balance the flavour.