Just like the bygone era of now old blokes who kicked the Sherrin around in the name of the dirt from which thy came. We look to emulate something not to dissimilar, nonetheless with beer and a lot less running and sweat, but surprisingly of similar fitness.
We’ve gone and located six of Victorias best IPAs and put them against six of Australia’s finest IPAs. With live music and footy on the big screen to light the flame under that emotional fighting spirit, we want you to tell us who does it better.
Without giving too much away, you can expect to see some of the freshest kegs of IPA coming from the likes of Fixation Brewing, Hop Nation, Modus Operandi, Bent Spoke & Old Wives Ales. All fighting it out for their representing states amongst a host of other quality opponents.
When is it all taking place?
At our Moorabbin Beerhall on Thursday & Friday the 16th & 17th of May – Starting at 12pm both days.
FREE ENTRY – Find out all the details at our Good Beer Week event page here
Rather than bow down to their eastern neighbours and feature this ‘foreign’ style in their brewpubs & breweries, they decided to take what they’ve already mastered and just add a few glorious tweaks to the New England Style. While still smelling like someone poured a fruit bowl on your nose while lying down, these beers have the added addition of all the typical resinous and pine notes found in west coast IPA’s followed up by that big bitterness not commonly associated with NEIPA’s. For lack of more poetic descriptors, it’s like a really good American IPA ‘on the juice’ so to speak.
So with the influx of NEIPA’s on the market, we felt what better time to pay homage to the style and create our very own interpretation with the crew down at The Great Northern.
So what’s Northern Haze & why a cashmere IPA? As one of our brewers toured the west coast, he noticed this Cashmere hop pop up time and time again and found it strange we hadn’t seen it much at home, especially considering how tasty all the beers were that used it. Well that was enough for us here at 2 Brothers to say why not give it a go! As for Northern Haze, well it speaks for itself. This beer was brewed with the great team from The Great Northern and it retains a nice misty haze largely due to dry-hopping during fermentation.
As for the beer, at 85 IBU’s it’s definitely not a NEIPA! It’s a double-dry-hopped resin, pine, fruit delight with a light haze to match. With a monstrous amount of hops used during the boil, whirpool and dry-hop (Including a bunch of fresh hops straight out of The Great Northern Hop plantation), this is definitely one of the hoppiest beers we’ve ever produced, and we’re stoked with the result.
Like any hazy they’re best enjoyed fresh, & the only two places you can currently try it are at our Moorabbin BeerHall & The Great Northern Hotel (Carlton). It will be available around town in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled.
We hope you enjoy.
STYLE: West Coast IPA
ABV: 6.8% ABV
MALT: Ale, Wheat, Crystal, Oats
HOPS: Cashmere, Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial, Citra, Mandarina Bavaria
Either way you look at it, it’s been there, and we wanted to keep that tradition alive with our latest creation “Goes to ELEVEN”.
Named after the saying coined by a member of the greatest band to ever grace the stage. Goes to Eleven pays tribute to Nigel Tufnel and the band Spinal Tap, and their deep level of respect for taking rocknroll to not just 10, but 11.
In honor of the great Tufnel and the band who took music to places many questioned could ever be reached, we knew we had to go big, and we feel like we’ve done just that. An 11% ABV imperial stout made with 11 different malts, 11 kilograms of Galaxy hops and aged in Starward barrels for 11 months. Goes to ELEVEN is big, bold and complex, and with a little back blending from our Guvnor Starward edition for some added complexity, this beer has become dangerously drinkable for its size.
The beer will be released for GABS and will be available on tap from our BeerHall following the event….. and if you’re lucky you might even see this released in a very limited takeaway format 😉
Just like a Tufnel guitar solo at a live show, you’ll quickly realise an experience like this only comes around once in a lifetime. So get your hands on a glass or a bottle and enjoy the ride all the way up to 11.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com .
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!
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!
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.