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
How does it work? Well for starters it’s $8 Pizzas & $8 Pints 4pm all night!
Otherwise call your mates, get yourself a team & get down to enjoy what’s on offer….
1st Prize: $100 BeerHall Voucher.
2nd Prize: 2 x 6 Packs.
2nd to last: 1 x 6 Pack.
PLUS spot prizes and games! 🍺🍺
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed genius or the best guesstimator going around, we want you down to take part in one of the best value trivia nights going around!
Doors open every Wednesday at 4pm and trivia starts at 7PM
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.
We’re stoked to be able to offer the people of Melbourne hand made, quality craft beer for a cheap price, we hope your are too!
To hire your next keg of beer or cider, head to the keg hire page on our website.
The 2Brothers Crew
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.
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!