On Sunday afternoon I had about 10 friends over for the second round of ‘Lucky Beer Club’, which is basically an excuse for me to gather people together and force them to enjoy my hobby with me. It’s marvelous fun!
I meant to be super organised and order some wacky mind-blowing stuff from the beer store, but instead I ended up racing around town (Vic Park NW, Galbraith’s, and the newly-discovered and amazing Newmarket liquorland) gathering bottles the day before. I mostly chose things that I thought people would like, plus a few things to make them go “Wooaah duuuuude! Is this even beer??” etc etc.
I was expecting people to like the hoppier beers best, but was pleased when most people chose the Smokin’ Bishop as their favorite (it was mine too). It was great to see people’s preconceptions about what they did and didn’t like challenged as well. One friend said she didn’t like dark beers, then changed her mind when she got to the PKB, and another said he didn’t like fruit beer – then changed his mind when he drank the Boysenbeery. This is what LBC is all about!
Although it didn’t cause a huge stir, I thought the Bitter and Twisted was a really lovely drop. It had gentle citrus and stone fruit-flavoured hops, a definite yeast presence and just enough sweet malt to balance things out. It was dry and sparkling – just the kind of thing to drink on a sunny afternoon. Or third in a fifteen-beer line-up.
Least favourite at the tasting was, unsurprisingly, the Lambic, although it did make for some wonderful faces. I forgot to take any pictures, but basically everyone looked like this: