Tasting- Stone & Wood
On another cruise through Byron Bay Nitch bacame eye locked by a menus item that was before over looked: Stone & Wood "Pacific" ale.
[caption id="attachment_930" align="alignright" width="300"] Topless servers and planking on beer cans- Australia?[/caption]
First stop is the beach and what better place to visit the beach then at a pub. The beach itself being too sandy, of course, The Beach Hotel offers clean feet on green grass and pints in hand. Being an icon of the city, The Beach Hotel has a massive live performance area, walk around bar and funky murals to enlighten the tourists on local customs. The only missing in this slice of perfection is a craft beer as angelic. Enter "Pacific" ale.
STONE & WOOD- Pacific Ale $16 AUD for two pints 4.4%
A: Bright and tawny with a massive white head that retains well through the heat
S: Passion fruit, NZ hops and heaps of more fruity hop notes
T: Fruity hops are going down the pipe and there is nothing stopping it but froth and tonsils.
M: Light body with great tickling bubbles and a clean finish
O: Sweet and tart, very well balanced and refreshing with a great hoppy burst that melts into a highly drinkable pale ale. Sessionable.
[caption id="attachment_931" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Beach Nitch selfishly hoarding TWO pints of beer[/caption]
From the beach to the bus as we wait to hitch a ride home, we grab some drinks at the Railway Station, kicking coins into the juke box just to annoy the patrons with constant Pink Floyding.
STONE & WOOD- Jasper ale on draught.
A: Brown with reddish tink, white thin head
S: Sweet breads and maybe licorice
T: Toasted sweet with light hopping for balance. Heavy on the meaty, malt but edged off with the dry hops.
M: Medium body and a light sticky mouth feel.
O: Mild smells leads to shocking bitter that melts into a malty toasted pop. The bitter lingers almost like an English brown. Same color and character as Newcastle but not as nutty and with a bigger hop character.