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Good Beer Week!

As most of you would be aware, possibly the greatest week of the year is about to hit us smack bang in the face with all its splendour and glory.  We are of course talking about the one and only Good Beer Week 2013 (GBW) along with the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) and so that our faces don’t melt (Rader’s of the Lost Arch style) with excitement we thought we would relieve some pressure by writing about all the awesome events we will be involved in during GBW (18th – 26th May).

Firstly Dug and Bakes have done the noble thing and taken the whole week off their day jobs so they can focus solely on being awesome and getting involved in as many GBW events as they can. Poor Bousa has just started a new job so can only get the Friday off but will be putting a gallant effort of solid evenings at GBW events and fronting up to work the next morning acting as “professional” as his blood shot eyes will allow. Maybe one day we won’t have to worry about our day jobs getting in the way of our real love, 7 cent.

We have developed three brand new beers just for GBW & GABS which we are pretty excited about, especially given we have only actually released two of our core range so far (Whapping Wharf ESB and Hard Deck IPA). Firstly, after having a good chat to Crafty Pint, we have been lucky enough to get a beer we call Mista Sparkle on at the GBW Hub, The Terminus Hotel, on the opening night. Mista Sparkle is a Japanese inspired ale brewed with white and brown rice, Japanese grown Sorachi Ace hops and Jasmine Green tea.  We then split the batch in two and fermented 50 L with an American Ale stain and 50 L with Sake yeast.  The Sake yeast version will be on at the Terminus and there will only be one keg, so make sure you get on it early. The American Ale version will be tapped at The Local Taphouse.  An interesting experiment and both versions are refreshing and sessionable.

Our second new beer for GBW was actually brewed back in January and time has done it wonders. We call this beer Glass Case of Emotion and has been brewed specially for Penny Blue’s Sourfest event. As you might have guessed this is our first attempt at a sour beer and it’s no ordinary sour either. This beer’s journey first began as rich chocolaty Porter, we then sparked up a secondary fermentation by adding loads of freshly picked juicy cherries from an orchard just down the road from the brewery.  We then added a blend of souring bacteria, primarily Lactobacillus, and let Mother Nature work her magic.  The result is a dark beer with big notes of cherry, refreshingly sour and a slight chocolaty body to balance the whole emotional calamity out (keep it together man!). This is a very limited release with only 48 bottles in existence. If you missed out on Sourfest tickets there will be some leftover for sale at Penny Blue after the event, but be sure to get in quick.

Our third new beer has been brewed for GABS. Wet Willie is a wet hopped harvest ale, you can read more about it on our previous blog post here, but be sure get along to GABS to try this and the 91 other amazing new beers that will be on offer, it’s truly an event that can’t be missed. We find that Wet Willie really comes alive as it warms up, allowing the big malt base of rye and Special B to shine through and meld with the resinous fresh wet hops.

We also have a fresh batch of Hard Deck IPA ready for release at the start of GBW and kegs have been dropped off at the Local Taphouse already so watch out around Melbourne for that in the coming weeks.  More venue location will be announced on Twitter soon. 

Cheers,

The melting faces of 7 cent.  

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Can I interest you in a Wet Willie?

No, we’re not talking about the joyful act of lubricating up your finger with a liberal amount of saliva and jamming it into an unsuspecting victim’s ear.  As amusing as it is, this kind of Wet Willie is much more enjoyable.  Wet Willie is the name of our most recent incarnation and our very first ‘specialty batch’, a wet hop harvest ale. 

Hops that are typically used in beer have been dried, pulverised, formed into pellets and vacuum sealed as an attempt to maintain as much freshness as possible.  A wet hop ale uses hops that have not being dried, instead have been freshly picked and used in the beer as quickly as possible.  That way they maintain all their fresh moisture and lovely sticky oils that dissipate and change when dried.  The result is a delicious resinous hop character that cannot be replicated in any other way.  Our hops went from bine to beer in less than 24 hrs.  Cascade and Chinook hops were used that were sourced from our very own plantation in Timboon.  Even more exciting is the fact that we will be releasing this beer at the Great Australian Beer Spectapular (GABS) this May during Good Beer Week.  Without giving too much away the beer features Belgian Special B malt, Rye malt, a butt load of fresh wet hops and weighs in at around 7% abv. 

We’ve attached some photos of the brew day which was an absolute blast.  If you haven’t yet, do yourself a favour make sure you grab some tickets to GABS, it’s sure to epic. 

Until next time

The moist ears from 7 cent

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Let it flow

Wow, we’re still recovering from the brewery launch and that was over 3 weeks ago!  Many thanks to everyone who came along to support the official launch of the brewery and try our first offering, Whapping Wharf (ESB).  We thought it was a rampant success and had an incredible night, partly because the night did not end up in gratuitous nudity, but mostly because we felt all the unbridled love.  Big ups’ to Penny Blue for hosting the event also.  The ESB is out and about at the moment, we will keep our twitter feed up to date as taps become available.  Upcoming media tyrants Three Amigo’s Media were also there on the night and put together this short video.

We are beyond ridiculously pumped to be brewing a beer for the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) this year.  Just the opportunity to enter in an event with so many big names and so many brewers that inspired us to start the brewery in the first place warms the cockles of our hearts. The beer we have decided to brew for GABS has tied in nicely with the harvest of our hop plantation in Timboon.  The beer doesn’t really fit into any style, but it will be a big wet hopped ale with an unprecedented amount of hops and a malt base to boot.  More news about this beer will be available soon.

Also our IPA, Hard Deck will be launched this Friday (15th of March) at Beer DeLuxe in Federation Square.  This will be tapped at some stage during the day so will be locked and loaded for after work drinks.  Of course the brewers will be there also, so feel free to come along and say g’day, give us a high five, indulge in a manly embrace or whatever floats your boat.

Hope to see some of you Friday and until next time, adieu.

7 cent

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Doin’ Thangs

So, this may not come as a surprise to the lucky minority of you paying attention to our electrifying book face and twatter accounts; but we have a good reason to have these ridiculous smirks on our faces (I know you can’t see, but they are there, and they are ridiculous).  After many, many months of hard toil and tribulation we have been given the official tick of approval from ‘the man’ and ‘the man’s third cousin twice removed’, meaning we can finally start making beer!  A big thank you goes out to all our friends and family who have supported us, showed a little bit of interest and said ‘mmm that’s nice’.  A very special and big thank you goes out to Alastair and Dianne, who have not only given us a place to run the brewery, but have showed us immense support, given us a bed after late nights at the brewery and provided us with the world’s best scones (sorry other mums, but you need to lift your game). Without you this pipe dream could have never happened, and for that we are eternally grateful.

But wait, the good news doesn’t stop there, not only can we now make beer, we have made beer!  Our first commercial brew day was a little bit of making beer, a lot bit of high fiving and a colossal bit of celebration and good times. We will be kicking things of with the launch of our first beer, Whapping Wharf, at Penny Blue bar on the 16th of February, 6pm till late.  More information on the event is available on our Facebook page.

We haven’t even brewed all three of our main line-up, yet we have already brewed our first specialty batch!  All we can say for now is it contains a lot of cherries and will be a one off 50 L keg. Unfortunately you will have to wait a while before it’s released; in the meantime however you will just have to enjoy our next beer, Hard Deck IPA which will be out in bars mid-March.

Now that we have our big boy pants on, we are extremely excited about the future ahead.  We can’t wait to make more beer and get involved in the amazing craft beer scene that is flourishing in Victoria.

Stay tuned for more news soon, the gents from 7 cent.

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Oh so close

Greetings boys and girls.  I know, I know, it’s been a long while since we posted and we do apologise from the bottom of our pint glasses.  We have been very hard at work and are oh so very close to being able to start production.  At the moment we are still three guys with a pipe dream who own a bunch of stainless steel, pumps and hoses……soon to be three guys who own a legit brewery.

It has taken us a while but we have finally updated ‘the beer’ section of our webpage.  To save your poor tired finger the energy required to click the link here it is below…you’re welcome.

At 7 cent Brewery we love great beer.  What we brew at 7 cent is the kind of beer we want to drink, often a little over the top and nothing short on flavour.  You may love it, you may hate it.  We don’t really care, as long as we can brew it.

Whapping Wharf – ESB (5.2% ABV)

If only sissy boys drink warm and flat English ales, well call us Princess and hand over the training bra, coz we love ‘em!  A beer that surely would have been well received a few hundred years ago down by the wharves in Bristol and a beer that is very well received by us.  Bakes’ pride and joy, this is not a shy ESB as it exhibits a profusion of rich malt.  If you’re really lucky you might find it served properly, at cellar temperature on a traditional hand pump.  The Limey Pommies might be horrible at the sports they invented and horrendously ugly, but at least they knew how to make a good pint of ale.

Hard Deck – American IPA (6.5% ABV)

Hard Deck is an US West Coast style India Pale Ale (American IPA) that is ‘insert generic description about bursting with bla bla bla’.  We could talk this beer up, but what’s the point, you probably won’t like the ruthless assault on your nasal cavity and you’ll almost certainly hate the full bodied malt base.  Dug would say it needs more hops, but he would say the same thing with a fist full of hops in his gob.  Other IPA’s tend to stick to the rules, if you don’t like our take on an IPA, as our good friend Jester would say; “Get your butt’s above the hard deck and return to base immediately”.  All we know is we love it, but don’t take our word for it….

B4 – Belgian Dark Strong Ale (9.0% ABV)

Perhaps in a past life Bousa was a master confectioner, or more likely a little orange man with a green perm who sung merrily all day long.  All we know is in this life he has put his candy making skills to good use.  This one is Big; it is definitely Black; its style is Belgian and its Bousa’s love child.  The result; Bousa’s Big Black Belgian, or to the common man, B4.  A Belgian Dark Strong Ale, loaded up with kilograms of homemade candy sugar, we love making this beer and love to drink it even more.  Strap yourself in.  At 9.0% it’s a wild ride!

Specialty Batches

They will be sour; they will be big; they will have ingredients that have no worldly place in beer; they will be aged in oak barrels and they will blow you meager little minds.  We are very excited about producing some delicious one off specialty batches.  These will be extremely limited releases so make sure you follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter, if you don’t want to miss the spoils.

In other news we are extremely proud to announce that there will be a donated keg of B4 on hand pump at Penny Blue Bar on the 30th of November as part of an official Movember event.  All proceeds will be going to the two main sponsors; Beyond Blue and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.  So if you currently have a festy caterpillar upon your upper lip, come along and show us how by the end of the month you could put Tom Selleck to shame.  And if you don’t, come anyway! For more information on the event click here and search for Penny Blue Bar at 2 Driver Lane.

As always and until next time, you stay classy planet earth.

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Great Success!

Well it seems we are overdue for an update. 

First things first, since our last blog we finally finished the construction of the brewery and tested the system for the first time. 

To our relief, excitement and perhaps most of all surprise the whole brew went off without a hitch.  This is either down to pure luck or our extremely impressive engineering skills, all-round greatness and chiselled jaw lines…….we prefer to think the latter.  Before you get too excited unfortunately this delicious brew will not be available for sale. Our next challenge is to please “The Man”, as we apply for all the required licences and permits.  Once we are over this hurdle we will be brewing madly to bring some golden elixir to a bar near you soon. 

In other news Brendan (aka Bakes) and Doug (aka Dug) have both been overseas scouring the globe for beery inspiration.  Brendan smashed (among other things) old pubs across England in search of the ultimate “real ale”. This was followed by an awe inspiring visit to Belgium, the motherland of beer, where the range and availability of amazing beer and acceptance of public urination was king.  Dug on the other hand visited microbrewery beervana in the USA in search of the perfect IPA, which turns out wasn’t very hard to find.  These were both very successful trips and we came back with lots of new ideas that we are excited to unleash in the not too distant future.

Whilst Dug and Bakes were whetting their whistles abroad Matthew (aka Bousa) commenced the tough task of “taste testing” the results of our first test batch.  Such a thorough job was done that when he went to share the keg with mates a few weeks later he found the keg to be completely empty, a testament to quality of the brew!  Bousa also got busy and proposed to his girlfriend Louise.  A big congratulations goes out to Bousa and Louise, unfortunately this means Bousa has been castrated and can no longer be part of 7 cent Brewery. Let us all pause for a minutes silence to remember our fallen comrade………shhhh.  Ok, just kidding, couldn’t do it without you Bousa!

To keep up to date like us on facebook, www.facebook.com/7centbrewery.  Stay tuned for more. 

The chiselled jaws from 7 cent. 

 

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