Friday 3rd August is International Beer Day. It’s a global celebration of beer, taking place in bars, breweries, and backyards all over the world. It’s a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders and rejoice a glass or two of the frothy stuff.
Ninety-five per cent of all beer sold in Australia is produced in Australia making our vibrant beer sector a major driver of economic activity and domestic jobs. The industry supports important sectors of our economy, from Australian farmers, to brewing, packaging, distribution and freight, all the way through to retail, tourism and hospitality.
Ales are brewed with top-fermenting yeast at cellar temperature. These “top-fermenters” as they are known are full-bodied with hints of fruit and spice and that delicious hoppy finish. Ales can be much darker in colour than lagers, and of course the more hops in the brew, the more distinctive and complex the flavour.
Lagers are crisp and refreshing with a smooth finish from longer aging and are still the world's most popular beer (this includes Pilseners). Most, however, are a pale to medium colour, have high carbonation, and a medium to high hop flavour.
If you like a richer style of ale, then porters are for you. They are dark, almost black, fruity-dry and made in the top-fermenting style. Porter is brewed with a combination of roasted malt to impart flavour, colour and aroma. Stout is also a black, roast brew made by top fermentation and not as sweet to the taste. It usually has a rich, creamy head and is flavoured and coloured by barley.
Celebrate our booming beer industry with a resounding ‘cheers’ and raise a glass to this important industry that supports so many.
Next time you lift that cold beer to your parched lips, remember this ancient thirst-quencher helps to support millions of people in jobs around Australia.
All beer is made from the basic raw material of barley or wheat, a vital component and raw material grown by our farmers. Hops adds the flavour and then the beer is carbonated, bottled and shipped right to your glass. This naturally-brewed product forms an integral part of our economy and supports Australian farmers and regional communities.
The folk at Castlemaine’s Shedshaker Brewing are celebrating International Beer Day with an Open House, or to be precise, an Open Brewery. The public is invited to come and visit the brewery, to experience beer making first hand and to directly participate in the workings of a craft brewery.
Shedshaker will be hosting a Flash Mob Public Brew allowing members of the public to join in the production of a one-off, specialty beer. A unique concept requires a unique brew and for International Beer Day, Shedshaker’s brewers have confected a Fantale Ale. It’s all-hands-on-deck as the crew unwrap 10kgs of Fantales to concoct a chocolatey, caramel brew.
There will also be tutored tastings of Shedshaker’s current range of 11 craft beers and an explanation of the key concepts of brewing including the wizardry of wort and the ABCs of ABVs. Part science, part art, all will be explained on Friday 3rd August.
Visitors can take advantage of a special 20% discount on take away cartons of beer or pull up a bar stool and sample the range of beers in the Brewery’s Taproom. It’s a lively bar with fresh brews, local wines, gourmet pizza and live music from 8pm.
Head on down to Castlemaine, raise a glass and celebrate International Beer Day with the folks at Shedshaker Brewing. There’s no cover charge and celebrations, displays and exhibitions kick off at 12 noon with the Flash Mob Brew running from 12.30pm – 3pm.
Castlemaine’s Shedshaker Brewing is part of the dynamic Mill precinct at 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine. For more details, visit their Facebook page or contact the Brewery on 0425 323 005.