I moved back to North Melbourne so I could be a ten-minute walk away from work. A ten-minute walk away from the city. I knew I’d done the right thing, however, when I received an email stating that I was a ten-minute walk away from a beer-tasting panel. On a Tuesday night.
Tuesday-night-sessions were once a regular occurrence, especially between 2004 and 2008 in London, although in saying that, every-night-sessions were pretty common back then.
These days, Tuesdays are generally reserved for backing dishlickers at Horsham and watching re-runs of Cops. Well it’s not quite that bad, but things have definitely changed in the past five years…
Held at the offices of design company, Bluebottle (who are creating the Festival Hub) the night kicked off with punters being offered either an Alpha Queen or a Smash!, showcasing a couple of Boatrocker’s regular line up (the Hop Bomb being their other standard offering).
Even though it was predominantly a room full of strangers, conversation flowed [cheese alert] as smoothly as the beer being poured by Matt and Tim, who told us that 50 litre pilot batches of each style had been brewed for the occasion.
Initially there was some indecision as to which beer to vote for, but once told that Boatrocker’s year-round beers will also be available at the festival, many of the panel decided to go with their absolute favourite of the trio, rather than the one they thought would appeal to the masses.
To cap off the night, everyone took away a six-pack of Alpha Queen/Smash! and, naturally, some beer nuts from the catering company supplying the festival.
As to which styles were on offer and which one got the nod on the night, we’ll just have to wait until Melbourne Festival makes an announcement at the end of the week…