The Nags Head in Glebe is one of only a handful of venues in Australia that offer cask conditioned beer and even then it’s only for one night a month. For the month of November that day happened to be last Friday.
They had two beers on offer, or which I only bothered with one. they had a Pilsner (Pictured) and a Ginger Beer. Hardly what I was hoping for! Come on, you need to at least have a bitter on, and a porter is what was secretly hoping was on offer. The beers are brewed by Matt Donelan who owns and brews for the St Peter’s Brewery in well St. Peter’s.
The Pilsner itself was a nice beer but a little bit too fruity for a Pilsner. It was also fairly cloudy which is also way out of style. To be honest, if this was submitted in a comp it would probably be judged as an Australian Sparkling Ale. It shared a fair bit of similarity with Coopers Sparkling Ale. Anyhow it was good to catch up with the lads and have a handpulled beer again. It’s been a whole 4 months since I last had one. I might brew an ale similar to this as a session beer over Xmas. It suits the Australian climate a lot better than the 4% brown session bitters which everyone in the UK blog world seem to be taking for granted right now. I’m thinking 100% Joe White Pilsner malt hopped to 20 IBU’s with one of the new Australian varieties (possibly Galaxy?) and fermented out with S05. Should be nice. I will chronicle such an event.