It’s outdoor drinkin’ season, which means you need some crisp brews and glass free festival friends
We’ve been raving about the superiority of cans over glass as beer vessels for nigh on a year (lighter for hiking! Quicker to chill! No light or air to age your beer!) And now finally, after years of hoping that some Aussie craft brewers would join America and Japan in celebrating crushable vessels, the legendary Mountain Goat crew have stuck their fruity and sprightly Summer Ale in a tinnie. It’s a Meredith Music Festival miracle! For these and all the other good things in cans (Brooklyn Lager, et al) head to Chapel Street Cellars and these other craft beer bottle shops.
Or how about a growler? That’s a 1.89 litre flagon you can fill with crafty beer in draught form. Most are made from glass, but the good folks behind Good Beer Week had some stainless steel beauties made last year, which you can pick up from the ;Terminus Hotel for $30, or $40 for insulated ones. Most specialist beer shops have filling stations – including the awesome new Tru Bru store in South Yarra, but there are rules that say you can’t BYO growler (although some will let you if you ask nicely, so call around). Otherwise, the Dan Murphy’s stores in Alphington and Prahran have started selling plastic growlers, which you can fill with one of four beers that rotate fortnightly.
We’re pretty keen on brewing our own too. Brewsmith sells home-brew kits for total amateurs, but for even less risk of exploding your kitchen – and a boatload more beer – head to U-Brew It and they’ll set you up with ingredients, equipment and even a nice helper to assist you in brewing a 50L batch of anything from a lager to a wheat-free IPA for glutards. When it’s ready, you can get it either canned or kegged and it will only cost you between $30 and $45 a slab. Win win.