Mix Twelve Beer February: The Best of the Best

Put simply, this is a curated selection of the season’s best beers; some you might know and others you might not. But what’s most important, is that they’re all super tasty, super fresh and great for drinking now.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company G&T Gose (x2)
Here’s a gin-and-tonic-flavoured gose that, intriguingly, works. While maintaining the style’s quirky salty-sour profile, it playfully offers up juniper and lemongrass aromas, with citric tartness and notes of pepper dominant on the palate. Beer, just not as one might know it.
California, $6 each

8 Wired ‘Cucumber Hippy’ Berliner Weisse
Light, refreshing, tart and unmistakably cucumber-y; this 8 Wired Berliner Weisse is perfect for summer. The large (440ml) can is surely fitting as you’ll want to savour the ensuing citrus zest, tropical fruit and floral hop accents for as long as possible.
Warkworth, $8

Sailors Grave Brewing x Blackhearts Orange Cream Summer Ale (x2)
Together with Sailors Grave Brewing, we’re thrilled to release our first collaboration beer: the Orange Cream Summer Ale. While fresh orange juice and zest, as the key ingredients, set a decidedly refreshing and summery tone, it was brewers Chris and Gabs’ inspired love of America’s orange cream soda that rounded out the concept. So, what you’re left with is a dry-hopped beer featuring a relatively neutral malt bill, the aforementioned hero ingredients and some lactose for textural creaminess. Imagine a Fanta ‘spider’, but made with a fresh Italian-style ‘Aranciata’ soft drink, and you’re getting close.
Orbost, $4.50 each

Stomping Ground ‘Gipps St.’ Pale Ale (x2)
This, an American-styled pale ale from Stomping Ground, is a triumph; it’s filled with distinctive hops (Simcoe, Cascade, Mosaic) yet remains so sessionable and balanced from start to finish. Green melon, ripe stone fruits and bitter citrus mark the experience.
Collingwood, $5 each

Forrest Brewing Company Pale Ale (x2)
A refreshing take on the style that’s finally made its way into cans. Here, Cascade hops are employed to provide an earthy, bitter backbone, leading to crisp green apple flavours and a gentle caramel malt hit. Quench your thirst.
Forrest, $4.50 each

Modus Operandi ‘Sonic Prayer’ IPA
Modus Operandi’s ‘Sonic Prayer’ IPA is a dank, West Coast lookalike that’s marmalade-y with loads of pine, pith and spice. According to Alex, our beer manager, it’s “one of the better IPAs around Australia right now,” and that’s coming from someone who tastes a lot of beer. So, there you have it.
Mona Vale, $10

Mr. Banks Double IPA (x2)
Stu, this one’s for you. Because it’s so deliciously drinkable and tickles the senses in all the right spots. You’ll find that bitter grapefruit pith underscores an incredibly dry, ultra-driven offering and, despite the 9% ABV, you’ll definitely want to come back for more. Which is why we’ve included two.
Seaford, $8.50 each

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