BentSpoke Brewing has announced their latest packaged beer release, the Summer IPA; ???Sprocket???, a big and hoppy brew with raw, tropical fruit, sniffs and tastes.
BentSpoke co-owner and head brewer Richard Watkins is excited to see how the public takes to the new offering
???With the ???Barley Griffin??? Pale Ale and ???Crankshaft??? IPA already well received by both beer judges and the drinking public, and the first Drifter range product, a ginger beer, already announced, we are excited to be launching a second Drifter in the way of a big and hoppy beer. This beer promises to challenge the drinker who loves a good dose of hops!??? Watkins said.
After years as the favourite beer of BentSpoke???s brew-pub staff in Braddon the recipe has been tweaked to feature Voyager Craft Malt???s ???Schooner??? malt, grown and malted near Barellan in NSW???s Riverina district. (Malt is the germinated and dried barley grain that, with yeast, hops and water, forms beer).
???Schooner was bred by Associate Professor David Sparrow, who is widely regarded as Australia???s greatest barley breeder,??? said Voyager Craft Malt???s Stuart Whytcross.
???The variety Schooner was released in 1983 and named after Professor Sparrow???s great love of sailing and reflected the type of sailing ship used to transport barley in a bygone era.
???As growers we were constantly told in the past not to grow Schooner, because there???s no market for it, however playing around in the lab we???ve always known there was something special about the variety in terms of its flavour profile, so whilst other farmers were substituting it for newer higher yielding varieties, we were continuing to grow it, knowing quite well that it would be welcomed by experienced craft brewers like Richard ,??? Stuart said.
Sprocket also features Mosaic lupulin powder a new hop product that adds intense tropical fruit flavours. Bintani???s ???Fortnight??? and Amarillo hops are also added to intensify the dankness of the hop flavours.
BentSpoke???s Sprocket is going to be available across South Eastern Australia in cans and on tap from the end of September.