The last day of Good Beer Week saw several events scattered around Melbourne and beyond, including one which kicked off at 1806, a classy cocktail bar in the city that also has a decent range of beer on the menu – there were 7 Australian craft beers and a couple of Belgian beers available during our visit.
We met outside 1806 before heading off to Kooinda Boutique Brewery, which is located in Heidelberg West, 30 minutes north-east of Melbourne. The original brewery was located in nearby Rosanna, before expansion forced a move to the current dedicated factory.
Kooinda means ‘Happy Place’ in Aboriginal and if any of the punters weren’t feeling the vibe on arrival, they definitely were by the time they left, with Kooinda’s full range of hand crafted, unfiltered beer on offer: Black IPA, American Pale Ale, Valhalla Golden Ale and Belgian Witbier.
We were also able to sample the Karaka Berry Witbier, produced for this year’s Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular, and the Kooinda Porter, which will be available shortly.
While we don’t consider ourselves to be beer-tasting experts here at Crafty Ramblings (hence the reason you won’t find tasting notes on every beer that we drink), special mention must go to the Black IPA on this occasion, closely followed by the Porter.
Once the brewery tour and tasting session wrapped up, it was back to 1806 in order to test out a cocktail that the team had put together using ‘1806 Beer’, which Kooinda brews especially for the bar.
The cocktail was essentially a flip – a mixture of beer, eggs, sugar and rum, warmed by a red-hot poker – an idea that has been around since the late 1600s. Although this was a new concept for us, it was a fitting end to a cracking afternoon and a good start to an evening with The Ravonettes and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.