Schopsh – 6.5% ABV

Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial

Malt: BB Ale, Caramunich I, Caramunich II, Munich I, Melaoidin, Smoked Malt, Rolled Oats, Peated Malt, Roasted Barley

There’s a lot of collaboration around which appear to be marriages of convenience. This is not one of those. This is a collaboration born out of love, admiration, and respect for each other, and of course, malt and hops. Lots of malt, and hops! Ever wondered what happens when you combine the malt blast of an Exit Scotch Ale with a customary hop tornado from Kaiju!?

Then wonder no more. Behold SCHOPSH! in all its flavoursome glory. We honour our past and celebrate our future with this bottle.

Allow your tastebuds to be decimated today.

#016 Scotch Ale – 7.5% ABV

Hops: Chinook, Simcoe

Malt: BB Ale, Caramunich I, Caramunich II, Munich I, Melaoidin, Smoked Malt, Rolled Oats, Peated Malt, Roasted Barley

Yeast: US05

Scotch ale harks back to our second ever commercial release, and partly due to a hopped up version we did as a collaboration with KAIJU, hadn’t had a chance to be brewed again… until now. This is a big beer, with heavy malt flavour, a kick of peat and a sweet finish. 

Malt

#015 Double Milk Stout – 7.7% ABV

Hops: Chinook, Simcoe

Malt: Ale, Chocolate, Munich I, Rolled Oats, Dark Crystal, Roast Barley

Yeast: US05

In the spirit of more is more, this takes our core range Milk Stout and doubles up on malt and hops. This beer carries through the coffee and chocolate flavours, but increased intensity, mouth feel and adds a hint of booziness. 

#014 Pale IPA - 4.6% ABV

Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial

Malt:  Pale, Melanoidin, Cara-Pils, Crystal

Yeast: Safale US05

Coming into summer at the end of the year we wanted to showcase a pale ale with a nice malt body without being overbearing with a good hop bitterness and aroma.  Something easy drinking enough for the traditional beer drinker who may not have taken the plunge into more complex beer styles yet, but also something for the beer enthusiast to enjoy.  Frase was heard to exclaim after tasting this that it might be Grum's best beer he has brewed yet.

#013 Double IPA - 8.5% ABV

Hops: Chinook, Columbus, Sorachi Ace, Citra, Cascade, Motueka, Ahtanum, Simcoe, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin

Malt:  Pale, Maris Otter, Munich, Crystal

Yeast: Safale US05

It was a long time between Double IPA's, too long in fact so we figured it was about time to whip up another one.  Grum changed the recipe around a little from #008 and we were rapt with the outcome.  A complex malt body and big hop presence in aroma and bitterness.  A very deliberately different style of IPA to our core range one.  We didn't want to go with the 'bigger brother' version, rather with a completely different style.

#012 Pale Ale - 3.5% ABV

Hops: Centennial, Citra, Mosaic

Malt:  Pale, Cara-Pils, Munich, Crystal, Oats

Yeast: Safale US05

This was the very first beer we brewed out of the new brewhouse which we share with Kaiju!  We had done quite a few beer styles at the higher ABV end of the scale and we thought that we would like to try a mid strength pale ale in the warmer months to see what people would think of it.  We were really happy with the balance of flavours and the malt and hops intertwined nicely to give a good flavoured easy drinking pale perfect for BBQ weather (subject to usual Melbourne weather disclaimers).

#011 American Red IPA - 7.9% ABV

Hops: Centennial, Ahtanum, Simcoe, Citra, Cascade

Malt:  Maris Otter, Munich, Amber, Crystal

Yeast: Safale US05

We had a couple of problems with this beer when we released it due to a faulty glycol system which prevented us from chilling the beer down to the level to allow a lot of the yeast and crud to settle in the bottom of the tank and despite yeasting off 3 or 4 times it was still a bit cloudier than what we would have liked.  Also a little bit undercarbonated for what we were aiming for.  None of this seemed to matter to you folk out there who seemed to love the flavours and aromas of the beer and was another one to sell very quickly.  Was very comforting to us that the people who liked this beer could see past what the beer looked like and loved it for the taste.  Kudos to you all.

#010 West Coast IPA - 7% ABV

Hops: Columbus, Citra, Motueka, Mosaic

Malt:  Pilsner, Maris Otter, Cara-Pils

Yeast: Safale US05

One of our favourite styles of beer.  We wanted to keep the malt base very pale and simple to allow the hops to shine through.  This was our most popular beer to this stage in terms of how quickly it sold and it seemed to strike a chord amongst you people out there too.  We weren't going to argue, so this beer became the base for what would eventually be our core range IPA.

#009 American Pale Ale - 6.0% ABV

Gluten Reduced

Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Nelson Sauvin

Malt: Maris Otter, Munich

Yeast: Safale US0

Some of our friends and family members have gluten intolerances and they still like beer.  We thought we would make a beer just for them (and many others who suffer gluten intolerance of various levels.  We used ingredients which contain gluten, however we added an enzyme called Clarex from DSM which when added to the fermentation process breaks down specific gluten proteins in the beer.  We had the beer tested and it showed less than 1.5PPM (parts per million).  Although none of our friends or anyone we spoke to had any adverse reaction, we need to mention that the FDA do not consider the type of testing we used valid in products containing alcohol. 

Not Suitable For People With Coeliac Disease

#008 Double IPA - 9.0% ABV

GABS 2015 - Double Session XXXPA

Hops: Columbus, Ahtanum, Centennial, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace, Citra, Cascade, Chinook

Malt: Maris Otter, Munich, Crystal

Yeast: Safale US05

Our first GABS beer.  Rather than do an outlandish style, we thought we would have a bit of fun with the name and thus decided to invent a new style of beer - the Double Session XXXPA.  Don't tell anyone but it's really just a Double IPA.

#007 Smoked Stout - 5.5% ABV

Hops: Columbus, Chinook

Malt: Maris Otter, Smoked, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Peated, Rolled Oats

Yeast: Safale US05

One of Grum's homebrewed beers that he fed the neighbours with when he was living in Ireland (made a certain local product "taste like pish" according to one local) was a Smoked Stout.  It went down so well over there we thought we may as well see what the locals thought over here.  Thankfully they enjoyed it and this beer also picked up a bit of bling with a Silver at the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Awards.

#006 Saison - 6.2% ABV

Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Sorachi Ace, Citra, Cascade

Malt: Pilsner, Pale

Yeast: White Labs Belgian II Saison (WLP 566)

Our very first beer proved to be very popular so we thought that we would try it again and mix up the hops a bit.  For our first Saison we couldn't get Nelson Sauvin, for this one we couldn't get Galaxy.  The curse of the Saisons was born.  Luckily no one seemed to mind too much and we picked up a couple of medals for this beer along the way at the AIBA Awards (Silver) and the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Awards (Bronze).

#005 Amber Ale - 5.6% ABV

Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Cascade, Ahtanum

Malt: Maris Otter, Munich, Crystal, Amber

Yeast: Safale US05

While living in the UK, we saw the birth and growth of Brewdog and were very much inspired by what they brought to beer in the UK and how they smashed down doors for so many other great breweries who followed them.  One of our favourite Brewdog beers was 5AM Saint.  We loved the rich complexity of the malt and the great hop character which balanced it out all in a very sessionable beer.  We wanted to try our take on the style and it proved very popular.

#004 India Pale Ale - 6.2% ABV

Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Simcoe, Citra

Malt: Maris Otter, Munich, Crystal

Yeast: Safale US05

It took us a while to brew our first IPA which given our love of the style surprised not only our friends but us as well.  We finally got around to it and brewed an American style IPA.  To this point this was our most popular beer and pretty well received across the board.  It convinced us that really we should brew more IPA's.  More on that later.

#003 Milk Stout - 5.2% ABV

Hops: Magnum, East Kent Goldings

Malt: Maris Otter, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Rolled Oats

Yeast: Safale US05

Called a Milk Stout because lactose is added to the boil, which doesn't ferment out leaving a slight residual sweetness on the pallet.  Another style we really enjoyed on our beer travels.  We had quite a few Milk Stouts when living in the UK but we were really impressed with a few US takes on the style.  In particular, we loved Left Hand's Milk Stout and that definitely inspired us for this beer.

#002 Scotch Ale - 7.5% ABV

Hops: Galaxy, Sorachi Ace, Centennial

Malt: Maris Otter, Crystal, Munich, Smoked, Peated, Roasted Barley

Yeast: Safale US05

We spent a lot of time getting to know and love beer living in the UK for over 10 years.  One of the local styles we really enjoyed was the Scotch Ale.  A nicely complex malt blend with a touch of peat and smoked malt to give a warming character to the beer.

#001 Saison - 6.2% ABV

Hops: Galaxy, Sorachi Ace, Citra

Malt: Pilsner, Pale

Yeast: White Labs Belgian II Saison (WLP 566)

This was our first commercial beer.  Brewed on xxxx.   It was our homage to the country which made us fall in love with beer.  We've been fortunate to enjoy many Saisons during our frequent visits to Belgium. We decided we wanted to make a fairly traditional style with simple malt base, but we used some new world hops to give it a contemporary twist. 

We were very honoured when Crafty Pint included it in the top 10 Victorian beers for 2014.