New Fire Falcon ale won­der­ful for win­ter

Central and North Burnett Times - - TASTE - MY SHOUT with Si­mon Ir­win For more go to myshout@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

FIRE Falcon Hoppy Red Ale is the lat­est re­lease from Lit­tle Crea­tures, and I reckon it is a beauty.

Hugh the Neigh­bour and I tucked into a cou­ple of stub­bies last week­end and we both agreed that it was all class.

Fire Falcon is the third of the Lit­tle Crea­tures win­ter sea­sonal re­lease – a spe­cial beer that is re­leased on to the mar­ket to par­tic­u­larly ap­peal to palates dur­ing a cho­sen time of year.

Fire Falcon is in­spired by a Fremantle sun­set – at least that is what it says on the web­site. Hav­ing seen my last Fremantle sun­set in 1977 aged 15, I can­not of­fer an opin­ion on whether that makes sense or not.

Re­mem­ber that Freo is on the west coast of Aus­tralia so the sun dis­ap­pears into the In­dian

Ocean.

It’s named for the Fal­coner’s Flight hops used in its mak­ing, but to HTN and me, the real hero of this beer is the malt.

As is ex­pected from a red ale, it gives a pleas­ant nut­ti­ness to the taste, which when bal­anced with the prom­i­nent but not over­pow­er­ing hops make this a su­perbly drink­able beer.

A cou­ple of weeks ago, we tried the Sour Red from White Rab­bit, and, to be frank, found it a lit­tle con­fronting.

White Rab­bit and Lit­tle Crea­tures, as part of the Lion Brew­ing sta­ble, share real es­tate at a brew­ery in Gee­long.

If you get the op­por­tu­nity to visit the brew­ery as I did re­cently, you do pick up on a hint of si­b­ling ri­valry.

Hugh men­tioned the win­ter re­lease from Lit­tle Crea­tures has fea­tured in our list of Year’s Best Beers for the past two years – the Re­turn of the Dread Stout in 2015, and the Hotchkiss Six Stout last year.

They re­leased the stout in lim­ited quan­ti­ties this year, but liv­ing in the re­gions we are un­likely to see much of it in stores.

Hope­fully, this will not be the fate of Fire Falcon.

It was re­leased on May 13, so should be find­ing shelf space in a grog ware­house near you soon.

Hugh also had a cou­ple of bot­tles of White Rab­bit White Ale, which has just been awarded Cham­pion Aus­tralian Beer and Best Wheat Beer at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Beer Show – from a field of more than 2000 beers.

Made with ju­niper berries, orange peel and co­rian­der, with a back­bone of wheat malt, it is a taste sen­sa­tion and well worth grab­bing while you are look­ing for the Fire Falcon.

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