"CAW" RANGE SELECTION
TROPICAL PALE ALE ● 4.2% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
New World Pale Ale
Fresh Fruity Crushable. Crack open your beak and let this cheeky New World Pale Ale cuddle your guts with it’s pillow-like mouthfeel and tropical blanket of hops.
AROMA Pineapple, passionfruit, peach, apricot, guava, orange.
FLAVOUR Light malt, fresh bread, juicy, tropical fruit, low bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL Soft, smooth, light, crisp, bright, refreshing.
BITTERNESS 20 IBU
NEW WORLD IPA ● 5.8% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
New World IPA
Loud Zesty Dank. The Ampeg Fridge of our lineup features a lean malt base and a heavy dose of hops take centre stage. Take a hit of this dank party juice and crank your taste buds up to 11.
AROMA Dank pine, lime, fanta, orange, mango, peach, pineapple.
FLAVOUR Soft malt sweetness, tropical, juicy fruit.
MOUTHFEEL Light, dry finish, assertive clean bitterness.
BITTERNESS 50 IBU
THORNBURY PILSNER ● 4.9% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
Unfiltered Australian Pilsner
Crisp Refreshing Honest. This easy-drinking full strength lager proudly celebrates local produce, Australian malts and hops provide unique aromatics, subtle flavours, a thirst-quenching bitterness and a clean, dry finish.
AROMA Lemonade, white grape, apricot, honeydew melon.
FLAVOUR Soft bready malt, light hop flavour, firm balanced bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL Light, clean, crisp, cleansing, refreshing.
BITTERNESS 40 IBU
ACID ORIGINAL SOUR ● 3.5% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
Celebrate good times and great people with this easy drinking, thirst squelching number. A refreshing acidity and bright tropical flavour make this summery beer infinitely crushable. Keep cool, drink fresh.
JUICY IPA ● 6.0% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
New England IPA
In the endless pursuit of hoppiness, we've taken some quite extreme measures (and hops) to create a fresh new take on the intentionally hazy Vermont-style IPA. We've done without crystal malt and boil hops, relying instead on Australian-grown Triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye) and rolled oats, heavy whirlpool and dry hop additions – including one very generous (and hilariously rule-breaking) dry hop addition at the start of fermentation. A cult hop line-up of Hallertau Blanc, Moutere, El Dorado, Citra and Amarillo hops deliver intense aromatics of candied lemon, lime zest, guava, white grape and passionfruit. The inimitable English top-cropping yeast lends peach and apricot esters while transforming the early-dry hop addition into what can only be described as “breakfast juice”. With minimal bitterness and a soft palate courtesy of the protein-rich Triticale and Oats, this is best summed up in one word: Juicy
55 APA ● 5.0% ABV ● 330ml Bottle/Draft
American Pale Ale
3 Ravens 55 is an American-style pale ale, first brewed on our 5th birthday. Five assertive hops meet a blend of barley, corn, wheat, oats and rye. Floral aromatics lead to a structured maltiness and clean finish.
WHITE ● 4.5% ABV ● 330ml Bottle/Draft
3 Ravens White is an exotic ale, base on traditional Belgian Witbier. Sweet barley malt is balanced with tart wheat and spiced coriander and citrus peel, resulting in a rich yet quenching brew.
GOLDEN ● 4.5% ABV ● 330ml Bottle/Draft
3 Ravens Golden is a pre-lager ale style synonymous with Dusseldorf, Germany. Spicy, floral and herbaceous notes from Saaz and spalt hops combine with toasted malts reminiscent of biscuits and fresh baked bread. Smooth and easy-drinking with soft balancing bitterness.
ENGLISH ALE ● 4.5% ABV ● 330ml Bottle/Draft
Extra Special Bitter
3 Ravens English is a classic pale ale in the British tradition. Juggle and Golding hops offer earthy, spicy aromas and stalwart bitterness, whilst floor-malted Maris Otter barley and traditional crystal malts gently underpin this companionable drop.
BLACK ● 5.5% ABV ● 330ml Bottle/Draft
3 Ravens Black is a subtly complex stout. A bold yet hospitable beer, with roasted and chocolate malts to call you in from the cold, sweet Munich and caramel malts to warm you and oatmeal to wrap you in silky comfort.
DARK ● 5.0% ABV ● 330ml Bottle/Draft
3 Ravens Dark is a European smoked dark ale. A blend of unique German malts and classic Hallertau hops adds intrigue to an elegant, yet welcoming beer. Modelled on an age old Franconia style ready to be rediscovered.
WILD RAVENS SERIES
The Wild Ravens series is an homage to traditional wild ales, with stylistic influences and processes borrowed from both old and new world. A variety of fermentation and maturation techniques are employed to create complex beers primarily featuring funk and acidity, with bottle re-fermentation offering exciting cellaring potential and flavour evolution. Champagne-style 750ml bottles feature artwork recalling the “3 Ravens” legend as documented by our co-founder and original brewer Ben Pattison. As the story goes, Odin sent his two loyal ravens on a mission to identify the secret to human happiness, so he could create a potion to alleviate him of his duties – and allow him to take an extended vacation. Loki got wind of this and sent his prankster raven Jack along to spy on and troll them. Long story short Loki ended up joining Odin’s gang, introducing the elements of creativity and imagination (Hugin & Munin are known for boring practical things like Sight and Memory/Knowledge) – akin to a third eye – reflecting our own story as an Engineering company venturing into the brewing world.
WILD RAVENS GOLDEN SOUR ● 5.0% ABV ● 750ml Bottle
Australian Wild Ale
A golden sour beer brewed with oats and rye, fermented with a fruity yeast, then aged in old French oak wine barrels with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria for 18 months then blended and refermented in bottle. Grist: Pale Malt, Oats, Rye / Hops: Saaz / Yeast: English, house mixed culture
WILD RAVENS RUSTIC ALE ● 8.5% ABV ● 750ml Bottle
Blended, Barrel Fermented Strong Ale
A strong brown “Provision Ale” fermented in freshly emptied, unrinsed oak barrels with our house mixed culture. Moderate hopping encourages expression of wild yeast over lactic acid bacteria. Bottle conditioned beer with flavour evolution. Grist: Pale, Munich, Crystal / Hops: Magnum, East Kent Goldings / Yeast: House Mixed Culture
WILD RAVENS SPINOFF SKIN-CONTACT RIESLING GOLDEN SOUR ● 7.0% ABV ● 750ml Bottle
Wild Ale / Natural Wine Hybrid
A fruity golden sour ale brewed with rye and oats, aged in oak barrels with our mixed culture for 12 months, refermented with skin-contact Riesling pomace from the Grampians region for 3 months, matured for a further 3 months off skins, then bottle conditioned. Grist: Pale Malt, Oats, Rye / Hops: Saaz / Yeast: English, house mixed culture, Langi Spinoff Riesling culture / Other: Riesling pomace
WILD RAVENS OLD RED ALE ● 6.7% ABV ● 750ml Bottle
Flemish Red Ale
A beer of mixed fermentation inspired by the Flemish style Red Ale. Produced using various fermentation and maturation techniques including kettle souring, abbreviated fermentation, maturation in old wine barrels with bacteria and wild yeast and blending of young and old ale. Bottle conditioned beer with flavour evolution. Store cool, dark and upright.
WILD RAVENS PURPLE PLUM RED ALE ● 6.7% ABV ● 750ml Bottle
Flemish Red Ale
Inspired by Flemish style red ales and included processes of kettle souring, abbreviated fermentation, maturation in old wine barrels with lactic acid bacteria and wild yeast, and re-fermentation with fresh local Angelina plum juice. Bottle conditioned beer with flavour evolution. Store cool, dark and upright.
WILD RAVENS OLD BROWN ALE ● 7.3% ABV ● 750ml Bottle
Produced using various fermentation and maturation techniques including kettle souring, abbreviated fermentation, maturation in old wine barrels with lactic acid bacteria and wild yeast and then the blending of old beer and young beer. Bottle conditioned beer with flavour evolution. Store cool, dark and upright.
WILD RAVENS RIESLING GOLDEN SOUR ● 6.0% ABV ● 750ml Bottle
Oak Aged Sour Ale
Riesling Golden Sour is a golden sour beer brewed with oats and rye and aged in oak barrels, then matured on whole bunch King Valley Riesling pomace courtesy of our friends at Rochford Wines. It’s dry, tannic and fruity, like an extended skin contact orange wine.
WILD RAVENS SOURDOUGH ALE ● 4.4% ABV ● 750ml Bottle
Oak Aged Sour Ale
Sourdough Ale is a golden sour beer fermented and matured in oak barrels with sourdough culture courtesy of our friends at Tivoli Road Bakery. Expect apple, grape and apricot. It's yeasty, mildly acidic and very winey.
WILD RAVENS INDUSTRIAL FARMHOUSE ● 5.7% ABV ● 750ml Bottle
Saison blended with Oak Aged Sour
A dry saison brewed in collaboration with our friends at The Commons (Portland, OR). Inspired by their flagship “Urban Farmhouse” but brewed with local ingredients, this beer also features a portion of barrel-aged golden sour ale. Fruit and spice, very dry, mildly acidic.
WILD RAVENS PINOT NOIR GOLDEN SOUR ● 6.0% ABV ● 750ml Bottle
Oak Aged Sour Ale
A sour beer brewed with oats and rye and aged in oak barrels, then matured on Kilmore Pinot Noir pomace courtesy of our friends at Payten & Jones. It has notes of raspberries, lavender and cassia.
DIPA ● 8.0% ABV ● Draft / 440ml Cans
To celebrate the 2018 US harvest we’ve flown in a stack of our favorite varieties (Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic) as soon as they were packaged and added them judiciously to this West-Coast US style Double IPA to showcase them in their aromatic glory. Fresh, hoppy, intense.
APPLE JUICY ● 6.0% ABV ● Draft
An unfiltered IPA with low bitterness and a smooth mouthfeel, combining protein rich triticale and oats, fruity yeast, new world hops with green apple juice. Grist: Pale, Cologne, Triticale, Oats / Hops: Huel Melon, Enigma, Pekko, Jaryllo (TBA) / Yeast: London Ale / Other: Apple puree. Tasting Notes Aroma: Green apple, melon, white grape, stonefruit. Flavour: Apple juice, berries, fresh bread, low bitterness. Mouthfeel: Soft, smooth, creamy, round, silky
SALTED CARAMEL MILKSHAKE IPA ● 6.0% ABV ● 375ml Cans / Draft
Flavoured and Salted IPA with Lactose
An unconventional IPA with low bitterness and a rich mouthfeel, combining protein rich grains, fruity yeast, new world hops, caramelised malts, salt, vanilla and milk sugar for added creaminess and a sweet finish. Just like a caramel milkshake, only hoppy. Creamy, Fudgey, Thicc.
BARLEY WINE 2018 ● 10.0% ABV ● 330ml Bottles
Blended Barley Wine
3 Ravens annual birthday tradition is inspired by the Solera method of fractional blending. House-malted barley, aromatic Australian hops and fruity English yeast are combined with a barrel aged stock ale (dating back to 2011) for an intriguing blend of fresh and aged flavours. A portion was reserved for subsequent vintages. Bottled July 2018. Enjoy now or cellar for years.
BARREL AGED IMPERIAL STOUT 2018 ● 13.0% ABV ● Draft/330ml Bottles
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Winter in Melbourne can be, at times, unrelenting. Wallowing in it motivates and inspires us. To commemorate the 2018 hibernal solstice, we rested an intensely rich, dry stout in freshly emptied French oak whisky casks for a brooding homage to midwinter. Bottled May 2018. Drink now or cellar for a rainy day. Barrels: 220L French Oak Starward Whisky ex-Red Wine.
ACID TEST #003 RED ACID ● 3.5% ABV ● Draft
Sour Red Ale
A complex and easy-drinking sour red beer created by blending a portion of wild, barrel aged mixed fermentation ale into a light and fruity fast soured red-hued base. Fruity esters, sweet malt, toasted oak, lactic- and acetic-acid combine to give this bright, tart and refreshing beer subtle hints of balsamic vinegar and pie cherry.
ACID TEST #002 LEMON LIME ACID ● 3.5% ABV ● Draft
Kettle Sour with Lemon and Lime
Inspired by the King of Fizzy, Acid Test #002 utilises lemon and lime to create an incredible bright, refreshing and invigorating spin on our Original Sour Beer.
ACID TEST #001 GRAPEFRUIT JALAPENO ACID ● 3.5% ABV ● Draft
Kettle Sour with Grapefruit and Chilli
Combining zesty grapefruit and fruity Jalapenos with the tropical and refreshing character of our Original Sour Beer Acid. Subtle grapefruit zest, balanced, juicy, well integrated, delicate spice with soft afterburn, refreshing.
GALAXY JUICY ● 6.0% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
Single Hop NEIPA
An unfiltered IPA with low bitterness and a smooth mouthfeel, combining protein rich triticale and oats, fruity yeast and Australian Galaxy hops to give the impression of breakfast juice. Aroma: Passionfruit, peach, guava, orange, breakfast juice Flavour: Fruit juice, fresh bread, medium bitterness Mouthfeel: Soft, smooth, creamy, round, silk
ORANGE JUICY ● 6.0% ABV ● Draft
An unfiltered IPA with low bitterness and a smooth mouthfeel, combining protein rich triticale and oats, fruity yeast, new world hops and orange to give the impression of fruit juice. Aroma: Fanta orange, tropical breakfast juice, dank Flavour: Orange juice, fresh bread, medium bitterness Mouthfeel: Soft, smooth, creamy, round, silky
YUZU JUICY ● 6.0% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
An unfiltered IPA with low bitterness and a smooth mouthfeel combining protein rich Triticale and Oats, fruity yeast, New World hops and local yuzu zest and juice. Keep cold. Best consumed within a few weeks of packaging date (see base). Grist: Pale, Vienna, Triticale, Oats, Sugar Hops: Mandarina Bavaria, Nelson Sauvin, Sorachi Ace Yeast: London Ale Other: Fresh yuzu zest and juice
MOUSSEY JUICY ● 6.0% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
Chocolate Milkshake Black NEIPA/NEBIPA
We took an otherwise textbook NEBIPA, added chocolate, vanilla, lactose, pectin, and roasted grains to create a creamy dessert-like beverage for those that prefer their desserts highly hopped. Keep cold and drink fresh. Malt: Pale, Triticale, Oats, Dark Crystal, Pale Chocolate, Roast Barley, Roast Wheat. Hops: Amarillo (lupulin), Cashmere, Simcoe, Simcoe (lupulin). Yeast: London Ale. Other: Dutch Cocoa, Ecuadorian Cacao, Vanilla, Lactose, Pectin.
THORNBURY LAGER ● 4.9% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
Unfiltered Australian Pilsner
Rebranded as Thornbury Pilsner. Yeast and hop driven Australian Pilsner inspired by pale, dry and bitter North German Pilsners, brewed with distinct Australian hops and malt. Bavarian lager yeast esters combine with sweet hop notes and subtle spice for a thirst quenching, easy drinking New World Pilsner. Summer (a Saaz derivative) – with it’s relatively low alpha acid – provides a soft, progressive bitterness and fruity flavours reminiscent of apricot and melon, while Ella and (experimental variety) 035 lend subtle fruit and spice aromas such as mango, grape and pepper. This easy-drinking full strength lager is a celebration of Australian produce. Local barley and hops provide unique aromatics, subtle flavours and a thirst-quenching bitterness to balance a clean, dry finish.
BROWN ACID ● 3.5% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
Original Cola Beer
Warning: this soft-drink inspired original sour beer may stimulate vibrant flashbacks of sugary cola lollies from the local milk bar. Naturally formulated with a distinct blend of herbs and spices to create a clean dose of pure refreshment. No added sugar. Contains caffeine. Ingredients - Grist: Pale, Vienna, Wheat, Dark Crystal, Acidilated, Dehusked Roast Barley, Belgian Dark Candi Syrup. Hops: Simcoe, Sorachi Ace, Moutere. Yeast: Belgian Ale. Bacteria: L. Casei. Spices: Secret / Aroma: Cola lollies, citrus, spice, christmas cake, floral. Flavour: Fruity, sweet malt, refreshing. Mouthfeel: Tart, sour, cleansing
LITTLE RAVENS RED ALE ● 3.5% ABV ● Draft
New World Mild Ale
Mid-strength doesn’t have to mean mid-flavour! We’ve taken a truckload of our favourite specialty malts, buckets full of hops that are really fun to say, and fused them with a characterful Scottish ale yeast to create a beer bursting with pine, berries, caramel and toasty, fresh-baked biscuits and a rich malty body that believes it's strength. Ingredients - Grist: Pale, Munich, Melanoidin, Crystal (light, medium and dark). Hops: Riwaka, Azacca, Cashmere. Yeast: Scottish Ale / Aroma: Biscuits, toffee, pine, berries, pineapple, guava. Flavour: Rich, toasty, bread crust, caramel, danish pastry. Mouthfeel: Full, rich, smooth, dextrinous, firm balanced bitterness.
CITRA JUICY ● 6.0% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
Single Hop NEIPA
It's Juicy but 100% Citra and triple dry hopped!. An intentionally hazy “New England” IPA featuring protein rich triticale and oats, fruity yeast and 100% Citra hops. IBU: 25 Colour: Straw Gold
NEW WORLD PILOT BATCH IPA ● 5.8% ABV ● Draft
New World IPA
This New World India Pale Ale is our celebration of modern Australian and American hops. A lean base provides a golden hue and minimal malt sweetness, allowing hops to take centre stage - with citrus, stonefruit and tropical fruit notes leading into a dry finish and a firm bitterness. Three words: Zesty, bold, juicy. IBU: 50 Aroma: Pine, lime, orange, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, peach Flavour: Light honey sweetness, tropical, juicy fruit Mouthfeel: Light, dry finish, assertive clean bitterness.
PILOT BATCH PALE ALE ● 4.2% ABV ● Draft
Tropical Pale Ale
This easy drinking New World Pale Ale is brewed for the modern beer drinker, featuring juicy, tropical hop aromatics from Australian and American varieties, a soft mouthfeel courtesy of unmalted Australian grains, and a light, refreshing bitterness. Aroma: Passionfruit, Fanta orange, Peach, Apricot, Guava, Melon / Flavour: Sweet malt, fresh bread, muesli, juicy, tropical fruit, refreshing / Mouthfeel: Soft, creamy, smooth, mellow, crisp, low bitterness
JUICY JEDI ● 6.5% ● Draft
A short time from now, in a Galaxy not so far from where Galaxy is grown, two Australian progenitors of the milky IPA formed a Juicy Alliance to produce Clones of the same beer. Designed to bring balance to the Juice Force, the collaboration mashes up highly classified recipes from 3 Ravens and Hop Nation to produce twin beers with the same genetic makeup but raised in different fermenters with different yeasty parents. This summer, in a world-first Ozploitation double feature crossover, the siblings will be reunited - alongside 6 other IPA’s - while Australia’s biggest beer poll counts down from 100 to 1. Juice. Or Juice not. There is no clarity. Brewed over two days, 3 Ravens brewed a batch of both Jedi Juice and 3 Ravens Juicy at their Brewery using their yeast and equipment (JUICY-JEDI) then blended and fermented together. The same was produced at Hop Nation then the results offered up side by side in an Intergalactic IPA battle between Hop Nation & 3 Ravens.
IMPERIAL IPA ● 10.0% ABV ● 330ml Bottle
In honour of our infamous Little Ravens Double IPA from 2 years ago an imperial version has emerged. Hop tragics have been asking "When will you brew that Double IPA again?" to which we would reply "Never!" We haven't stopped thinking about it either though tbh, so decided it was time to revisit it - albeit with more of the everything. We've kept the base lean while doubling down on the Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic and Galaxy for our hoppiest beer yet. Little Ravens Imperial IPA is a lean 10% west coast style hop blaster with 70IBU and over 50ml of hop oil per hectolitre (hint: that's heaps!)
LITTLE RAVENS BARLEYWINE ● 10.0% ABV ● 330ml Bottle
A new 3 Ravens tradition inspired by the Solera method. House-malted barley, aromatic Australian hops and our fruity English yeast are combined with a 5 year old “stock ale” for an intriguing blend of fresh and aged flavours. A portion has been reserved and will be blended into all future vintages, and on occasion, released unblended. Enjoy now or cellar for years.
LEMON JUICY ● 6.0% ABV ● 375ml CANS
NEIPA With added Lemon
An intentionally hazy "New England" IPA featuring protein rich triticale and oats, fruity yeast, new world hops and organic lemon zest. It's pub squash for grown ups.
EXTRA JUICY ● 7.5% ABV ● 375ml CANS/Draft
A “double” version of our intentionally hazy “New England” IPA featuring protein rich triticale and oats, fruity yeast and a silly amount of post-modern hop added judiciously for palate-coating breakfast juice vibes. Keep cool. Drink fresh.
3 RAVENS & BRISBANE BREWING CO - BRIZ FIZZ ● 4.0% ABV ● Draft
Kettle Sour NEIPA
A sour and hoppy collaboration between Brisbane Brewing Co and 3 Ravens brewed in Thornbury, Victoria. The team decided to brew something kettle-soured – a technique which both breweries embrace – but with an aggressive hopping schedule akin to 3 Ravens' Juicy IPA. This golden beer, featuring Vienna and Wheat malts, rolled Triticale and a touch of acidulated malt was soured overnight using a very fruity souring culture before a second boil was performed and the first of four hop additions was made to the whirlpool. Fruity London Ale yeast was pitched on transfer to fermenter while the second hop addition (and first dry hop) was made. The beer was dry-hopped mid-ferment with a large dose of hop hash, and again post-ferment before recirculation on the dry hops for maximum hop punch. The hop varieties used were some of the newest and most experimental to surprise and delight the beer world with: Idaho #7 drawing comparisons to Mosaic with it's complex notes of tangerine, ruby grapefruit, forest pine and black tea; Eureka! providing Simcoe-like orange as well as guava and dank resin; and Denali rounding it out with pineapple, mango, pine and a woody spice. All three hops deliver the flavour of a pine forest, while the aroma leans more towards lemonade and gooey mango.
LITTLE RAVENS TRIPEL ● 9.0% ABV ● 330ml Bottle
Brewed to celebrate Belgian National Day 2017, this strong Belgian-style Abbey Tripel is inspired by a famous Canadian-brewed example of the style and showcases their distinctive house yeast strain. Tripel fermentation featuring yeast sourced from one of our favourite exponents of the style in Quebec, Canada. Expect a soft maltiness reminscent of fresh baked bread, spicy and herbal hop notes and a floral yeast character with complex fruit (pear, banana, apricot) and spice (pepper, clove, allspice). A smooth, creamy palate and mousey carbonation leading into a dry finish with refreshing acidity, alcohol warmth and a balancing bitterness.
THE DRUID 2017 ● 10.0% ABV ● 330ml Bottle/Draft
Barrel Aged Belgian Quadrupel
The infamous Druid, 2017 vintage is here. A 10% Belgian Quadrupel/Belgian Strong Dark Ale aged in freshly emptied Port and Shiraz (ex Mt Langi Ghiran) barrels. The Druid is as arcane and eldritch as the name suggests. Dark malt sweetness combines with raisin, fig and plum from the wine barrel ageing process to form an extremely smooth and dangerously easy drinking beer. Subtle berries from the wine, and a pleasant balancing oak tannin. Pure decadence!
LITTLE RAVENS MANGO LASSI IPA ● 7.0% ABV ● 330ml Bottle/Draft
Sour Mango+Spiced IPA with Lactose
A mildly acidic and fruit forward Milkshake IPA* inspired by the popular Indian yoghurt drink. Brewed with milk sugar (lactose), fruity hops, mango puree and cardamom, it is also gently soured using a live yoghurt culture. Complex, tropical fruit salad and breakfast juice aroma with hints of lemon zest, fresh ginger and a distinct milkiness. Bright fruit and lactic acid combine with dry-hop bitterness on the palate and balance the lush silkiness of the rolled oats and unfermentable milk sugars. Fresh, fruity and incredibly unique.
*Milkshake IPA is a modern derivative of the New England IPA – a hazy, protein-rich, low bitterness hop driven beer, with the Milkshake versions including lactose and fruit puree. We decided to sour ours to enhance the Lassi-like characteristics!
LITTLE RAVENS SMOKED OYSTER STOUT ● 5.5% ABV ● Draft
Smoked Oyster Stout
Some time around the turn of the 19th century, the Irish discovered – through proximity more than anything - one of the greatest beer and food pairings of our time: Stout and Oysters. The combination might have come about as a cheap and basic pub feed, but the beauty of the pairing quickly spread, with former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli writing to his sister in 1837: “I dined or rather supped at the Carlton with a large party of the flower of our side, off oysters, Guinness and broiled bones, and got to bed at half-past twelve. Thus ended the most remarkable day hitherto of my life.” To this day, the pairing still remains one of the most enjoyable and, for many, most surprising of pairings. The bitterness and acidity of the roasted malts contrast to the creamy texture of the oyster, while the brininess compliments and adds depth to the malty flavours of the beer. The term “Oyster Stout” originally referred to Stouts befitting of the pairing – but many brewers have since taken quite a literal interpretation, adding real oysters during the brewing process. To celebrate the launch of our craft beer and oyster bar “BeerMongers” at the Preston Fresh Hood Market, we brewed a very special batch of our luscious Oatmeal Stout “Black” to serve with Oysters at our bar – brewed using Pacific Oyster shells that were smoked for several hours over hickory wood. By recirculating the beer through the smoked shells over two days, we were able to infuse a distinct minerality and complimentary smoked character to the silky smooth Stout – which makes the pairing even more magical. Try it for yourself...?