Tap­ping into their craft

Myrtleford Times - - News -

BRIGHT Brew­ery’s Richard Cham­ber­lin says the Great Aus­tralian Beer “Spec­ta­pu­lar” ( GABS) sums up craft brew­ers in a nut­shell.

The an­nual fes­ti­val held at Carl­ton’s Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing is the chance for craft beer and cider mak­ers to push the bound­aries and cre­ate a unique, one-off limited re­lease.

“We do a bit of work be­hind the bar when we’re down there but we also get to see what other brew­ers come up with and ev­ery year you’re left amazed at some of the ideas and how well they’re ex­e­cuted,” Mr Cham­ber­lin said.

“The fes­ti­val as a whole just gets big­ger and big­ger each year, it’s in Syd­ney and Auck­land now and is just great for the in­dus­try and the ex­po­sure it gives us.

“I guess be­ing where we are, it’s also a good chance to catch up with Mel­bourne brew­ers where a lot of the mar­ket is and talk to cus­tomers who can then put faces to the peo­ple be­hind the beers.”

Af­ter cre­at­ing a Thai Red Curry Pale Ale last year Cham­ber­lin and as­sis­tant brewer Tom Wood have de­liv­ered a unique Sai­son/Farm­house Ale they’ve called BAM-BALAM.

For their take on the clas­sic style they’ve made a black ver­sion of the typ­i­cally light Sai­son and dosed it with a hit of lo­cally sourced laven­der.

“We let staff put ideas up on our brewer’s white­board and laven­der was one of the ideas that stood out,” Mr Wood said.

“For the brew day we sourced some laven­der from High Coun­try Laven­der in Pore­punkah and then post-fer­men­ta­tion went to the laven­der farm in Har­ri­etville to pick some culi­nary va­ri­eties.

“We wanted to get laven­der into the beer and have it taste and smell like laven­der but not taste like you’re drink­ing per­fume so that was the big­gest chal­lenge.”

At this year’s GABS Cham­ber­lin will be a pan­el­list for one of the pop­u­lar ‘Craft Col­lege’ ses­sions with brew­ers and cider mak­ers dis­cussing the in­spi­ra­tion and tech­niques be- Wed­nes­day, May 16, 2018, Page 11 ONE-OFF: Bright Brew­ery’s Tom Wood and Richard Cham­ber­lin sam­ple their lat­est cre­ation ahead of this week’s Great Aus­tralian Beer Spec­ta­pu­lar. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey hind their GABS cre­ations.

He’ll also take part in Brew­man­ity’s ‘Big Freeze’ chal­lenge to raise money and aware­ness for Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease.

The Great Aus­tralian Beer Spec­ta­pu­lar be­gins on Fri­day and goes un­til Sun­day.

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