PUMP HOUSE and PYRMOUNT BRIDGE HOTEL and PEG LEG PYRMONT

I went to the PUMPHOUSE in Darling Harbour for a quick beer on my way to the hotel I was staying at and had a FRENCHIES COMET PALE ALE AMERICAN PALE ALE .This place is a bit of a disappointment for me. I have thought for several years now that it doesn’t make much use of opportunities available to it. Perhaps a wider choice of beer styles, I would have liked to seen a An English Bitter, a Brown or possibly a Wheat There is no choice in glass size either, it is schooner or nothing so there is no way I would have more than one beer especially if it is early afternoon and have other places to be afterwards,

The PYRMONT BRIDGE HOTEL is a different proposition entirely, firstly the have middies and they also have a few craft beers at a better price. I had a middy of MALT SHOVEL TERMINATOR, quite a nice beer. I then moved off to check into the place I was staying for the night, which turned out to be directly above PEG LEG Bar. So after booking having a shower and a Grandad nap I ducked in for a couple of middies of their beers on tap, actually I think it was two half pints   DOS BLOCKOS PALE LAGER and EDGE BREWING CEREAL KILLER AMERICAN AMBER LAGER

@PumphouseSydney   @PyrmontBridge   #PegLegPyrmont

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PYRMONT BRIDGE HOTEL          PEG LEG BAR

 

 

 

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QUARRYMANS HOTEL: DESCHUTES AND STONE EVENT

Came into town yesterday (well, Thursday last week) to attend the “meet the brewer” night. Quarryman’s hotel was hosting an evening with brewers Ryan from DESCHUTES and Joel From STONE , two American breweries. It was a good night, not as many attending as I might have expected but , but maybe as much as the room could hold. There were three beers from each brewery highlighted on the night

The DESCHUTES BEER : MIRROR POND PALE ALE 5 %.  FRESHLY SQUEEZED IPA 76.7%. BLACK BUTTE(r) PORTER 5.2%
The STONE BEER :  RIPPER PALE ALE  5.7%. DAY SLAYER IPL 7.4% ENCORE ANNIVERSARY PORTER  8%

The Mirror Pond Pale and the Dayslayer where my preferred choices of this list .

I always think it would be a good idea if there was some printed information about the beers. if nothing else. it would save me a bit of messing around.

After trying the six beers, Stone brought out a taste of a couple of special beers not listed, I don’t recall the names of them, the where bigger, higher alcohol brews more in line with Belgian strong ales or barley wine style beers, and to my tastes, definitely worth waiting for. Very nice drops

I was able to corner both brewers during the evening sun managed to express my views whether they liked it or not. Truth to tell they both seemed to agree up to a point, as far as the confines of their position in the industry allowed anyway.

I would like to have seen a bit of food other than pretzels but I suppose the plan was for me to buy something.

If or when another interesting event comes up at this pub I will probably try and get to it. There doesn’t seem to be as many beer events crop up as often lately, or I have just not been aware of them, possibly because GABS is on in Sydney in a couple of weeks.

I have manage to take some pretty crappy photos once again, I get a it to involved in the events and don’t take enough time with, hows that for an excuse

@DeschutesBeer   @StoneBrewingCo

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BACK TO ORANGE

Returning to my recent trip to ORANGE

The other pubs where had a look into where the HOTEL VICTORIA .No bisto as far as I could tell, a traditional country pub with the usual collection of locals, a nice enough pub with a particular claim to fame which was bar snacks in the form of cheese cabanossi and biscuits. Something I would like to see in a few other pubs. The next pub on or list was the HOTEL PARK VIEW but as we were trying to find lunch and as we where two minutes late we never stopped for a beer but went across the road to The ORANGE ROYAL HOTEL  which had quite a reasonable menu, a fair amount of beers but nothing out of the ordinary other than a beer called CADIA LAGER,which the bar staff couldn’t tell me anything about and I couldn’t find on the internet. Across the road is the HOTEL CANOBOLAS , a very large hotel with a big “cook your own steak house ” This is an art deco building, as are a couple of the other pubs in town, apparently recently refurbished, the place I would have stayed if i had camped overnight. Here I had a beer new to me A WHITE RABBIT RED ALE , a new beer on tap which the staff didn’t have any information on at first. Knowing nothing about the beer I felt it was a sour with quite a bit of berry fruits. Later I was informed that it was in fact a FLANDERS RED ALE. I quite liked it and felt that it was an adventurous move forma country pub and i hope it is well accepted. ( I might contact them and see if they will till me how it is going) Down the road to the HOTEL RUGBY. We kind of wondered if this might have been a bit of an Irish pub as it it had the look and it did have GUINNESS on tap. Though another middy of old for me, On the way back to the car we stopped off at the HOTEL STANDARD, which is across the road from the railway/bus station, a small and pretty basic pub which looked as though it might have had a pretty consistent local clientele. No beer for me. I had a squash which had to be schooner size as I was informed that one size fits all. If I go back to Orange I will start at the STANDARD because they do a breakfast which a lot more pubs should do and at $14.00 for a Bonanza Breakfast is not to be missed. Just before we left town we stopped at the HOTEL GLADSTONE. This pub is across the road from a church and every time I have been here it has been crowded with wedding overflows. I find this place a very nice pub and hard to leave. All in all a pretty good way to spend an early winter’s afternoon.

@HotelCanobolas ‏   TheGladstoneHotelOrange

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WILDE BEER, GLUTEN FREE

As a small diversion from my ORANGE PUB BLOG I thought I would cover this, I have never had this beer but it seems like a good opportunity to write something.

WILDE GLUTEN FREE PALE ALE:  Notes from a Guest Contributor, “Light texture, almost floral aromas with a hint of sweetness to finish on the palate.
Simple light beer, refreshing even. Perfect for a balcony drink with mates, and one I’ll definitely have again. 4.5% abv bottles by Koala Beer in Newcastle NSW.

This particular venue is in Montville QLD, also has house brews, a place we will take you when you’re up visiting next.”

The other beers as yet untried as far as I know are : GLUTEN FREE RASPBERRY ALE : WILDE Gluten Free Raspberry Ale contains fresh raspberries giving a delightful pink hue, raspberry aroma and fruity balance to the bitterness of the varietal hops.                          And  GLUTEN FREE PALEO ALE : WILDE Gluten Free Paleo Ale is planned for 2017 to contain ancient grains, fruits and herbs which will complement the healthy paleo lifestyle. Just 2% alcohol.

The Wilde site says that alternative grains to barley are used but doesn’t say what.

Images are from the Wilde site ,

Gluten Free Raspberry AleGluten Free Paleo AleGluten Free Pale Ale

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PUBS IN ORANGE

I took a bit of a drive to ORANGE  last Saturday and went on a bit of a pub crawl.

I am thinking of taking this blog back to basics a bit because I am finding that my posts are not really achieving what I want them to do anymore. Six years or so ago I started visiting pubs in the Central West of NSW and then writing some thoughts on my visits but over time the blog moved off in different directions. Not only that, there are far more people commenting on beer and the craft beer industry then there where when my first post was made.Twitter and Instgram and the other socila media have also played a big role in changing th direction of things.

So  Our first stop was at the BADLANDS BREWERY. This place was by far busier on last Saturday Lunchtime  than it has ever been for my three or four previous visits, maybe being the last weekend of the Easter school holidays had something to do with it,   We had the “BREWBACCA KOLSCH” the “IPA” and a mystery beer that nobody could provide any information about at first called the “AL“, This turned out to be a mid strenght 3.2% beer with AL being the mid two letters of PALE ALE, The KOLSCH being my preferred beer of tge three.

From BADLANDS we started the pub visits at the HOTEL ORANGE, which is quite a nice pub which looks like it has been recently done up. It was totally empty when we got there. As far as I could tell there is no Bistro here and no craft beer on tap, just the usual standards.A ote here, the light in the men’s toilet appears to be on a timer so if you don’t keep moving you will end up in the dark. I just looked at the Hotel Orange site and it appears as though there is a restaurant on the first floor as well as a cocktail bar 

I didn’t take pictures of all the pubs in town and I wont be mentioning the main stream beers we had other than to say if there where no craft beers we usually drink Tooheys Old. I seem to have left me with a few reasons to go back sometime and flesh out the details 

http://www.badlandsbrewery.com.au     http://thehotelorange.com/

IPA                    KOLSCH                         AL

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RUM BAR BREAKFAST CREEK HOTEL

BREAKFAST CREEK HOTEL 1st VISIT
SUBSTATION NO 41
I am starting off with a XXXX ON THE WOOD,As I am not a 4x drinker I can’t comment on the usual tapped beer so am unable to compare them, but I really like this beer presented like this. The bar maid tells me that the beer is always fresh as a new keg is started at the beginning of every day and if unfinished it is not used next day. On a hot busy day ten kegs a day are apparently not unusual. There are quite a few bars in this hotel, I am in the private bar at a he moment but will have a wander around eventually making it to the rum bar . There is a great traditional bar lady in this bar.
Went for dinner in the Spanish Room Steakhouse and tried. 60day cured steak, which was a very nice bit of meat and came with baked potato and coleslaw, I went for hour English mustard rather than a sauce and hot it certainly was, it was I remember  mustard as it used to be and not as commercial varieties are now, after the first go with it I had to be a bit careful with the slathering. I don’t usually go for desert but this time I went the rhubarb and apple pie as a base for the couple of rums I was going to try, pie came with custard and ice cream. Pull out all the stops.
SUBSTATION NO 41 RUM BAR 
A list of the rums in the order of tasting , as the bar was busy I had some difficulty with the note taking and so there are probably some gaps in the information
1, ABUELO 12 yo great aroma quite a bite to it , vanilla caramel 
2, RON MILLIONARIO not the same alcohol hit to it at the outset but develops on the pallet has a fruit taste ,bigger than the Abuelo more has a more syrup consistency 
3, EL DORADO 15yo, supposed to. Be the better of the three so far tried
4, PRESIDENTE 23yo much darker than the previous rums is more caramel/ syrup treacle _
SUBSTATION NO 41 2nd VISIT
1, SAINT JAMES RHUM FROM Martinique st 12yo nice aroma some Christmas pudding notes alcohol burn , residual plum fruit , vanilla (FRENCH. CARIBBEAN] 
2, BRITISH NAVY RUM,  OLD NAVY RUM , GOSLINGS ,EASY ENOUGH TO DRINK DOES LEAVE A DRY TASTE DOES LEAVE A SLIGHTLY DRY TASTE,, BERMUDA, NICE AROMA IN MY OPINION SOME VANILLAS,creamy, not cloves, custard nutmeg not cinnamon, maybe mace, some smoke 
3, AMPERO ANIVERSARIO VENEZUELA first impression fiery on the nose more fire in the mouth , starting to pick up some vanilla/ (SPANISH CARIBBEAN)
GENERAL … Aromas develop as the rum in the glass ,rests,at the out set is not as complex/challenging as the Goslings ‘
AUSTRALIAN RUM 
4. BUNDABERG 2015 BLENDERS EDITION, QUITE A BIG ALCOHOL HIT ON THE NOSE AT THE BEGINNING  Starts off with the on the oak characteristic, has a good nose with a bite, starting to pick up vanillas, maybe a little less robust than the earlier rums this one is retaining its fiery alcohol hit in the mouth but it’s aroma is starting to show vanillas , the alcohol is overwhelming the taste . The alcohol fire never faded
5, CUBANEY CENTENARIO OLIVVER AND OLIVIER 2015 Restrained alcohol on the nose, more body , much easier to drink , has a cordial like consistency,oil,fire.
I hope to be able to et back to the RUM Bar some time in the future, to continue on with my rum exploration , some time in the future, but who knows when,  
I will probably edit this adding more about the various rums ,, when I have researched them
@breakfastcreekhotel   @substation41
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NEWSTEAD BREWERY

NEWSTEAD BREWERYOn my second day in Brisabane  I visited the NEWSTEAD BREWERY and started off with:-

START OFF WITH THE NUNDAH HEFEWEIZEN 5% to combatted heat of walking to the brewery

Note: There is no printed list the brewery beers available as yet, the details are on the web but there is no wifi so I will only include any spacific comments if I think it worth it. The Hefe is a fairly standard beer of the type, not a bad opener in this weather

As there are about a dozen beers I am going to have two sample paddles to get through them all 

PADDLE ONE

1..3 QUARTER TIME SESSION ALE 3.4% LIGHT EASY DRINK

2..THE MAYNE THING GOLDEN ALE 5.1% LIGHT. A LITTLE CITRUS , EASY TO DRINK

3..OUT AND ABOUT PALE ALE 4.6%, BIGGER MORE CHARACTER SOME BITTERS

4.. LIQUIDAMBER AMBER ALE 5% MORE MALTY LINE NOT HOP HEAVY YET STILL SESSIONABLE

PADDLE TWO
2.. KAISER SOUR KETTLE SOUR 4.8% MORE SOURNESS AND THE DROP OFF IS NOT SO MARKED 

1.. BREWVEGAS. 2017 2017 sour ale 5.5%S INSTANT SOURNESS WHICH CALMS DOWN AFTER INITIAL TASTE 

4.. ZOO MIXED FERMENT WILD RED ALE 7% NICE WINEY BEER HINT OF SOUR FRUIT

3.. 21 FEET 7 INCHES PORTER 5.2% DRY LOOSES ITS INITIAL TASTE AND LEFT WITH BACK PALLET SENSATION

The nice young Canadian girl behind the bar who plied me with drink seemed very knowledgable and from west I could tell took her job seriously and made sure she was on top of the game.
Finish with a LIQUIDAMBER to set me up for the walk to the Breakfast Creek Hotel, my next port of call and my next post.

 Q

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GREEN BEACON BREWERY

SECOND  DAY IN BRISBANE

Another very warm day, battled the lack of street signs to both Newstead and Green Beacon breweries, I w as under the impression that one of the other that , according to the internet, did breakfast, Newstead was open and doing coffee and Green Beacon was not open till midday. I therefore wander off to a nearby cafe had an egg and bacon with baked beans breakfast to set me up for the brewery visits, and to replace lost calorie s caused by heat and walking. 

I am Going to GREEN BEACON first :-

KOLSCH 4.6% CROSS KNOT A god beer to start off on a hot day, has a touch dry, a light beer 

MAINSTAY AMBER 4.7% This a quite nice beer, possibly more an English style ale

3 BOLT PALE 4.5% A nice beer noticeable hops but not aggressively so. More restrained/refined than the Windjammer IPA to my mind

Finishing my visit here with another MAINSTAY AMBER 

Wrap up for BEACON BREWERYis that it is very beer enthusiast freindly place, I was introduced to the beer list by one member of the bar staff who followed through with my whole visit experience describing and discussing the beers. I also chatted with the brewer. A very pleasant hour and a half

A taste of 7 Bells Gose 3.5%, Half Mast India Session Ale,,3.8%. Saison Du Belise, 5.4% ,Barrel Aged Old Ale 9.5%

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CLOUDLANDS WOOLY MAMMOUTH AND THE WATERLOO

After CLOUDLANDS next door I have arrived at the WOOLY MAMOUTH an ale house in Fortitude Valley. It has 30 craft beers on tap. 
I have started with CAVALIER BROWN ALE 5 % nice beer with a fair amount of malts balancing the hops. It did get a bit thin after awhile though still kept its flavour

NOISY MINOR SAISON WHEAT FARMHOUSE 5.2% light and a bit fizzy has the aroma of a wheat and doe of the tastes associated. 

Now let’s try the WOLF OF THE WILLOWS INDIA SAISON 5.2% 

Ok this is a nice beer and you can tell what the “India” in the name means but I can’t help wondering how it would be without the india

Had a decent Reuben’s which came on a pretty substantial rye roll 

Had a taste of The Wolf Of the Wilows Acidilus sour 5.1% 

A taste of the Mornington orarange wheat, a very light beer which develops a hint of sour orcitrus towards the end.not big nose

My last  beer here will be a WOLF OF THE WILOWS ACIDILUS SOUR 5.1% and it certainly starts off sour, lemony , not a lot of nose, no head 

A nice place and good staff who are prepared to chat about the beers, it is probably very popular with the younger set later on however I was there right on opening. To early for the night revellers

WATERLOO HOTEL

 THIS IS THE HOTTEL I have been looking for all day and found out that I was walking in the wrong direction. It is supposed to be an example of art deco. It is certainly ornate, a pity about all the television screens because with all the mirrors from where I am sitting there appears to be twenty three of them The beer i am having is BULIMBA PALE ALE BULIMBA PALE . Don’t know anything about this beer or the brewery

 

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ZEPICKLE BURLEIGH HEADS 

It’s always fun having to rewrite theses blogs over. I had ploughed my way through it and posted it forgetting that my mobile wifi thing wasn,tbswitched on, you would have thought it would have been saved to drafts but oh! No that would be too sensible so I am going to tru and recap knowing full well that it wont be the same.

I went back to ZEPICKLEfor the second time. It is supposed to have the best craft beer selection, at east within walking distance from were I am staying. It probably does with a beer list of eight or nine beers on tap, this time one from Qld, the rest from NSW.

I had three beers mainly because the beers glasses where 500mls which is ridiculous bit you are wanting to try most if Nat all on the list. There was no darks, stouts or saison on tap and  ZEPICKLE has no bottled beer available.

PIRATE LIFE WHITE LABS PILSNER 5%

GREENBEACON WAYFARER USA an American Style PALE WHEAT ALE 4.9%   The only beer from QLD is ear the location I will be staying for the next couple of days do I will add to my list of places to visit 

As a comparison to the I trie the  WAYWARD BREWING. BAVARIN WHITE LAGER  4.9% 

As I lost my original copy of this I have had to work from memory as I was writing the blog as I went a long and as such was not taking notes, therefore there might be a few inaccuracies in it.

Taking all in all the Pickle is a nice place for a visit, it was not very busy tonight, maybe because it is a Wednesday.

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