Originally brewed in 2011, we found our first ever batch of Guvnor being appreciated by beer lovers from all around. Later that year we put the beer to the test at the Australian International Beer Awards and were fortunate enough to take out the champion beer award in the scotch ale and barley wine category.
After enjoying the success this beer brought us, we thought it was fitting that for our 10th anniversary we re-brew The Guv………but this time doing things a little differently.
Brewed in May of 2017, this batch of Guvnor or ‘The Guvnor II’ as it soon became known, was set to become the horcrux of beers (apologies if you’re not familiar with Harry Potter). Following fermentation, the beer was split into 4 separate parts with the idea that each part would endure some form of variable. In other words, we wanted to put each part of Guvnor to the test and see how it would change and develop relevant to its environment over a period of time.
Another big part of this project was being able to ensure we took care of the ageing process from start to finish. By doing this we knew we could deliver the beer we wanted you to enjoy with no further ageing required. This doesn’t mean you can’t store or cellar, you definitely can! All you’ll be doing is more good drinking in name of some quality experimentation!
Part 1 we left in new French oak for 6 months, Part 2 experienced a year on our mezzanine in Starward whisky barrels and Part 3, our latest release and arguably the most exciting so far, has been aging for 2 years on our Beer Hall mezzanine in 1792 bourbon barrels brought over from the heart of bourbon country, Kentucky.
What makes this particular release so ‘special’ for lack of a better word was the devastation that occurred to the 1792 barrel house mid-last year. The entire structure collapsed and the company lost a large portion of its bourbon and consequently its barrels.
Fortunately for us we were lucky to have acquired a couple of these barrels at an earlier date, we can only hope this beer does justice to all that lost bourbon!
As with all our Guvnor releases, these are very hands on projects requiring countless hours from the brewers and team here at 2 Brothers. Part 3 is no different and is a particularly limited batch with just 30 cases to service our entire wholesale market and BeerHall customers.
As always, we recommend enjoying these out of a brandy balloon or snifter having been stored at room temperature.
If you’re lucky enough to have a few on hand, don’t be afraid to store them in a cool dark place and enjoy them in years to come. Part 3 available next Thursday from the BeerHall, Cheers from everyone here at 2 Brothers.
1792 Barrel House Collapse: here
Inspired by a few of his favourite IPA’s over the journey, the brewers got to work using a blend of Kiwi & US hops paired with a backbone of ale, munich, wheat and a touch of crystal malt. This was particularly exciting for us as we set about using strains of hops we had not yet used in the brewhouse. We’re stoked with the end result and we’ve had some pretty awesome feedback over the bar.
Still fresh in the brite tank, come and grab yourself a pint! 🍻🍻
Tasting Notes: Pouring a light sunset orange in the glass, Dave’s IPA first hits you with a array of tropical and pacific notes, think gooseberry, sweet grape and some stone-fruit. The first sip is resinous stone-fruit and passionfruit with berry sweetness followed by a pallet fullness due to the 6.2% ABV and the copious round of dry-hopping this baby endured. We’re proud of it! A Pan Pacific Kiwi IPA – it’s a hybrid just like Dave! Hops: Motueka, Simcoe, Amarillo – Cool double dry hopped for your pleasure.
Has anything Changed?
Absolutely nothing has changed to this beer… It’s the same Kung Foo we’ve been brewing at our Moorabbin Brewery for years. The only difference is it’s now available in the icy cold, thirst quenching, Australian summer, backyard cricket, BBQ best friend, camping essential, CAN format.
Kung-Foo has always been a low-gluten product due to the beer being made with a good portion of rice and as a result less malted barley in the beer. Over the years we became aware that a lot of people enjoy Kung Foo for this reason, so we thought why not celebrate it by stating it on the can and making it clear to anyone who can’t enjoy a regular all-malt beer, that maybe Foo is the right choice for them!
For more info on Foo’s low-gluten story, head to
Kung Foo will be available in 375ml cans, a touch bigger than our 330ml bottles. It will be sold in 4 packs and cases of 16.
Cans will be heading out across Melbourne this week. We recommend heading to your usual stockists, otherwise please contact us directly through email@example.com
Since then, time and temperature have worked their wonders and what we’re left with is something pretty special. The barrels the barley wine were extracting from and mellowing in were those from Starward Distillery, the award winning, multi spirit producing distillery located in Port Melbourne (it’s a great spot to check out if you haven’t already).
Showing wonderful wooded characteristics with some smooth sherry notes, accentuated by the higher end whisky overtones. This one is best served between friends at room temperature in a fine glass or goblet, ideally matched with a dram of Starward Whisky.
*Each release is bottled in black glass, perfect for shielding it from any risk of light damage, making this beer perfect for ageing for countless years to come. Store it as you would a fine red wine. Over time this beer will age to become more intricate and refined, taking on more liqueur and sherry like characteristics.
Our latest BeerHall release pays homage to the simplicity and beauty of the original style by creating what we think is a delicious unfiltered,unfined, raw and to the point IPA.
Citra, Chinook, Amarillo and Cascade were used late in the boil and heavy in the dry hop to give the beer its characteristic West Coast flavour. Citrus, stone fruit, pine and resin are some of the flavours and aromas you can expect to hit the palate. Medium to high bitterness is accompanied by a soft caramel malt finish that melds nicely with the resin hop character. Not overly high in alcohol, RAW comes in at 5.8% ABV, allowing room for maybe that extra glass you wouldn’t have otherwise had.
Currently only serving at the BeerHall, you can expect to see this single batch at limited venues around Melbourne from next week onwards.
We hope you enjoy our tribute to the O.G of beers, the classic American IPA!
To define, Ungespundet or ‘unbunged’ is an Upper Franconian style Kellerbier, one of the oldest and most traditional beer styles still being brewed in one of the oldest brewing regions in the world”. In the words of the beer god Michael Jackson (not the pop god) it’s “the unfiltered German Lager of your dreams. A true taste of Germany’s fast-vanishing artisanal tradition”.
With that in mind and with our Head Brewer (Ben) generously volunteering to spend his holidays doing copious amounts of liquid research on the other side of the world, we thought why not bring this style home and add a twist to it.
Knowing that harvest season was just around the corner, we saw an ideal opportunity to marry this natural style lager with fresh wet hops straight off the bine. So off went Ben at the crack of dawn to Hop Products Australia to pick up a metric truck load of fresh Ella hops.
The fresh cones were then added into the brew within hours of being picked to impart some very nice rich resin and green hop character. The result is a lager that brings taste and character like nothing we’ve ever made before. Fermented on the cold side under atmospheric pressure (unbunged), this beer is completely unfiltered and unfined. Warm amber to light red in colour and lower in carbonation than your typical lager allows the drinker to be more sensitive to the rich malt balance in the beer. The addition of the fresh Ella hop brings a lingering green hop taste that coats the back palate and stays long after you’ve downed that last stein!
Big thanks to the team at Hop Products Australia for all their hard work and allowing us access to their fresh produce!
Celebrating 10 years at 2 Brothers Brewery
Our story began in 2007 when we built our brewery in Moorabbin featuring tanks shipped over from a defunct brewery in Times Square, NYC. 10 years later, over 1,000 craft brews, and many award-winning pints, we are proud to say we are still Melbourne Owned and Melbourne Made.
To celebrate this milestone, we have decided to create something truly special.
The GUVNOR II is our second instalment of one of our most popular seasonal releases. We have carefully crafted a four-part GUVNOR series, each individually brewed and aged to form four distinct parts of a whole. Each part will be released over the coming months with “The GUVNOR II, Part I: French Oak” set for release on 2nd December 2017.
To celebrate, it will be available for sale at the 2 Brothers Beer Hall as well as selected stockists across Melbourne. As collector’s items, we don’t expect they will last long, so make sure you purchase them as soon as you can after release!
The Guvnor II – Part 1 – French Oak
This week we are stoked to stock Kung Foo and Pay Day at even more BWS stores. Added to the list are:
- BWS Carlton
- BWS Charman Rd Cheltenham
- BWS Tudor Inn – Cheltenham
- BWS Boundary Hotel – Bentleigh East
- BWS Sandbelt Hotel – Moorabbin Click here to see which other BWS locations you can find us.
Find us in BWS from this week!
We are stoked to announce we have begun our rollout of Pay Day Pale Ale and Kung Foo Lager in twenty seven BWS (Beer Wine and Spirits) stores across Melbourne this week!
So far, we are now fully stocked at:
- BWS Brunswick
- BWS Fitzroy
- BWS South Yarra
- BWS Prahran
- BWS St Kilda
- BWS Bentleigh
- BWS Hampton
- BWS Southland (Cheltenham)
- BWS Mentone
- BWS Mordialloc
- BWS Clarinda
- BWS Eastland (Ringwood)
We will be adding to this list over the coming weeks. Keep a look out on our website, Facebook and Instagram for updates on when your local starts stocking your favourite.
Andrew and Dave
Cases all sold out – A few kegs still in stock
We released it two weeks ago and this golden beauty is almost gone. Tri Hopped by name and Try Hopped by method. Amarillo, Simcoe, Ella. If you manage to snag a bottle, store it cold and drink it promptly.