Kung Foo Cans

Nov 8, 2018 - BEERS & CIDERS, NEWS, WHAT'S ON
Yep, after months of hard work, we are stoked to be able to bring you this mighty beer in a can.

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.

Low Gluten?
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 Foo Facts

Can Format
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.

Availability
Cans will be heading out across Melbourne this week. We recommend heading to your usual stockists, otherwise please contact us directly through beer@2brothers.com.au

The Guvnor II Part 2: Starward Whisky Barrels

Part 2, our latest release from the second edition of our barley wine The Guvnor, has been sitting quietly away in the BeerHall for the past 12 months. If you’ve visited in that time you might have noticed a few barrels resting quietly right atop of the mezzanine. Some asked if they were for display, others just nodded in silence, as if they knew that patience was the only answer they would receive for any questions asked.

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.

2Brothers & Mean Sardine – Collabrewation

Jul 18, 2018 - NEWS, WHAT'S ON
For our first ever attempt at an international collabrewation we thought it would be logical to start small and stick to something mildly predictable and familiar. That idea was quickly ditched when we met Rolim from Mean Sardine and the idea of a wine infused saison was tabled.

Mean Sardine is one of Portugal’s leading craft breweries and have twice been voted as the country’s number one craft producer. Originally put in touch by Al, a good friend of both the breweries and the owner of the iconic Great Northern Hotel in Carlton. We soon realised the opportunity to produce a beer with such a good group of people was something we couldn’t turn down.

With Mean Sardines passion for brewing Saisons infused with lighter wine styles, we thought what a perfect time to work with a style they’re familiar with but also try something a little left of centre and incorporate Australia’s rich reputation for big and bold red wine.

So after months of back and forths and time zone differences (we’re talking one email every 24 hours at best….slow and steady) We finally settled on one almighty beer style, a BLack Imperial Shiraz Saison we appropriately named ‘B.L.I.S.S’

Finding a local wine producer that would be kind enough to supply us with the volume of wine (in trade for beer of course) wasn’t as easy as first thought. Luckily for us we were able to call on a friend from Stefani Estate in the Yarra Valley, who were very kindly able to supply us with a delicious and bold 14% Shiraz.

After a vigorous and hot fermentation, followed by a lengthy conditioning phase in the fermenter, the beer was put into a limited amount of kegs and carefully hand filled into 750ml champagne bottles.

Bottles will be available by the end of the month. If you want to ensure one is held for you at the BeerHall, please send an email to beer@2brothers.com.au .
If you do happen to pick one up by all means drink crisp and fresh, but don’t be afraid to cellar in a cool dark place and enjoy it down the track like you would a nice red wine!

RAW IPA

Jun 26, 2018 - BEERS & CIDERS, NEWS, WHAT'S ON
Amongst the current storm that is IPA there is always the calm and beauty of the beer that takes it back to where it all began (modern times). None other than the American IPA.

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!

Cheers

Hop Harvest – Ungespundet

Mar 26, 2018 - BEERS & CIDERS, NEWS, WHAT'S ON
Ungespundet sounds like so many things other than a beer. Nevertheless, it is indeed a style of beer and it’s a style that has been appreciated for so long that maybe, like us, you questioned your status of beer nerd for never having heard of it.

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!

Cheers

Introducing – Grapefruit IPA

Feb 26, 2018 - NEWS, WHAT'S ON
Originally crafted as a home brew recipe in a small shed in Bentleigh, our new Beer Hall seasonal was developed by Ed, one of the brewers here at 2Bros. Inspiration for the brew stemmed from one of his favourite brews, Ballast Points ‘Grapefruit Sculpin’ and the coincidental glut of grapefruit he ran into, thanks to a seemingly over excited Grapefruit tree.

Since the home brew recipe came to light, it has always been on the radar here at 2Brothers, especially with the recent introduction of our single batch ‘Beer Hall Series’. So with Ed’s blessing we are now sharing it with the general public!

Utilising organic grapefruit zest throughout the brewing process and a combination of fresh American hops that work to mimic and compliment the grapefruit flavour, we feel we’ve come out with a great tasting fresh IPA that stays true to its name!

Full list of venues where you can find this beer will be announced in the coming week!

Keep your eyes peeled on Facebook & the Website for more info.

Cheers

This week in the Beerhall

Feb 2, 2018 - NEWS, WHAT'S ON

This week in the Beerhall

 

Join us this week in the Beerhall. On the small stage:

Thursday July 19th – Simon Imre 7:00 pm

Friday July 20th – Simon Phillips 7:30 pm

Saturday July 21nd – Pizzas, Mulled Cider, Giant Jenga AKA ‘The Tower of Power’ with Free Jugs and Beer Vouchers to be won! 12:00pm – 5:00 pm.


Globe 2 Globe Music Festival – Australia Day 2018

Jan 17, 2018 - NEWS, WHAT'S ON

Beer Hall closed 26th Jan for Globe to Globe Music Festival

  We are closing the Beer Hall for Australia Day, Friday 26th January.

However, we will be just down the road at Namatjira Park in Clayton South for the Globe to Globe Music Festival. See you there!

Fresh is Best – A Tour of Hop Products Australia

When you look at this photo what words come to mind? ‘Poor timing’, ‘too excited’ and ‘overwhelmed perhaps?’

I think if you’ve suggested any of these you have hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately this is what happens when three giddy individuals are lucky enough go on their first tour of a hop farm, and what a tour it was.

With little in mind as to what to expect, it was incredible to see the scale of  Hop Products Australia’s operation and how they’re dealing with the constant growth and demand for this ever evolving little flower. Lucky for us we were fortunate enough to visit the farm during harvest. This was realised when we were met by a shed in the middle of the country that smelt like tropical fruit and fresh lemon, not exactly what you expect when you walk into a shed in the middle of the high country, but boy did we not complain.

Walking around the farm, it was incredible to experience the aromas that burst out of this flower when it comes fresh of the plant. It’s something that none of us expected nor had ever smelt before. We all came away understanding why using the hop fresh off the plant, commonly known as ‘wet hopping’ could be so effective in brewing……future style perhaps?

Like many of us who share a common passion for good beer, there is often a shared appreciation for the all important hop. With the three of us having worked with our fair share over the years, it was truly a unique experience to see how this incredible smelling flower is transported from plant to pellet. It is something we all thoroughly enjoyed and something any hop head should get out and do!

 

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