Spotted Cow Blog

The Critics Choice - Stone and Wood Pacific Ale

Phil Coorey - Saturday, May 14, 2011

You honestly thought we would have a craft beer and not invite the guys from Stone and Wood? What Am I? Stupid???

Inspired by our home on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and brewed using all Australian barley, wheat and Galaxy hops, Pacific Ale is cloudy and golden with a big fruity aroma and a refreshing finish.


After being dry hopped at the end of fermentation, our Pacific Ale is then drawn straight from the storage tank at the brewery into kegs and bottles.


Drawing it from the tank and straight into a keg or bottle without filtering or pastuerising it means that the beer can be enjoyed at the pub or at home in the same condition as it is when we try it from the tank at the brewery … simply fresh.



Why don’t we filter or pasteurise our Pacific Ale?


Filtering beer removes the remaining yeast which causes the beer to look cloudy; unfortunately a lot of the flavour is also removed by the filter.


Pasteurising beer usually involves a heating process which gives it some stability for shipping long distances or storing for a long time. Unfortunately this process can also knock some of the crisp freshness out of the beer.


What about the yeast in the bottom of the bottle?


We leave the yeast in Pacific Ale because we believe it adds something special to the flavour of the beer. The yeast drops to the bottom of the bottle over time so we recommend you give the bottle a gentle roll or tip it upside down before opening it to rouse the yeast and mix it up.

This wonderful beer will be on tap all three days as it has been specially matched to the beer festival weekend menu as well.

See you tomorrow for another tasting note and have a good Saturday!

Phil Coorey