Hop Tart is Coming

Written on 05 Jan 2016

hop-tart

Ordinarily, we use just four ingredients – water, malt, hops and yeast – to create delicious beers. This time around we decided to add another layer of complexity by using some Lactobacillus, bacteria from the same friendly family that turn milk into yoghurt and have been used as components  in complex Belgian sour beers for centuries. These helpful critters produce lactic acid, which, in judicious amounts, can create beers with a refreshing sourness.

There is more than one way to get this sourness into beer and we chose to naturally sour our wort in the kettle via an extended  rest with a  population of the bacteria before the boil, then finishing the fermentation with house yeast in the normal way.

Traditional European sour beers are usually low in bitterness with little or no hop character. We decided to take a New World approach and marry citrusy Australian hops to the lemony lactic tang.

Tasting Notes:

A light and hazy gold, Hop Tart has a zesty aroma of citrus and bright tropical fruits. The flavour awakens the palate with a surprising light tartness that blends beautifully with the lemony hop character. The finish is clean,  slightly sour, dry and refreshing… a true new world beer, not bound by style but led by the brewers fancy for a quenching summer ale.

4.5% ABV  25IBU

HOP TART LAUNCH LOCATIONS:

VIC
Mt Macedon Hotel    
Woodlands Hotel         
Junction Beer Hall         
Prosciutto Brothers          
Local Taphouse              
Toff in town              
Beer Deluxe Hawthorn    
Mrs Parmas      
Big Little Baby
Alehouse Project
Beer Deluxe city
Goldmines
Cambrian
Gertrude

QLD
bine
Lester and earl
greaser
saccharomyces
PA hotel
flux
scratch bar
bloodhound
the end
taps valley
taps valley
taps Mooloolaba
taps Mooloolaba
Glenelg public house

NSW
Blind Bear
Forest Lodge
Empire
Annandale

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