Welcome back to Craft Chronicles!
April is one of those perfect months to enjoy craft beer, especially since it’s the in between “winter” and summer time where you can actually sit outside comfortably without scurrying back inside for summer hibernation.
This month we hit up the ever expanding Platypus Brewing down over on Washington Avenue, a very unique Australian/American fusion brewery. With the guidance of their award winning West Coast head brewer, Kerry Embertson, they use a variety of Aussie hops and add in a mix of American IBUs. [IBU = International Bitterness Unit, brought to you by hops!]
On a lively Sunday afternoon, I rolled in with a diaper bag backpack, a double stroller with two increasingly mobile infants and my boss, err wife, to check this place out.
While strolling inside to grab a flight I couldn’t help but notice all the great textures at play and the overall feel of the place. With exposed brick and shiplap siding of different colors on the walls, the stained wooden tables and metal chairs provide the perfect arena to have a pint and enjoy some food from their full kitchen complete with a great selection of Aussie pies.
As the outdoors was calling my name, I went out on the covered patio to revel in the glory of the beautiful day. There were people watching the Masters on TV, others playing cornhole and everyone was having a good time. My crew sat down with partners Sean [but you have to say it like “sh-yawn”] and Morgan and head brewer, Kerry at a picnic table with a generous flight of beers to sample.
My sights were set on the Freckled Dingo Pale Ale, their newest release. They haven’t even had time to update their menus with it, so you know it’s fresh. It’s 5.2% ABV (alcohol by volume) with 35 IBUs of the most sought after hops on the market, Mosaic, Citra and Galaxy.
It was crystal clear and golden through and through. Kerry stressed that “beers need a beginning, middle, and end” and this beer sure had all three. Up front it was crisp with a huge nose of citrus and melon. In the middle, a slight hop bitterness set in playing with a restrained and very clean maltiness.
The end was more hops and a smooth bitterness coming together to taunt you into having another drink, but this taster didn’t last long and I will be headed back very soon to enjoy more of “The Ranga” red ale and the “Stars at Night” coffee porter made with Catalina Coffee from right across the street. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Make sure to join us in our craft adventures each month. Landon is the owner of Farmboy Brew Shop. Email landon@ farmboybrewshop.com. Cheers!