Sideshow Brewers – Ticket Booth Pale Ale
Sitting in Slowbeer last week sampling the craft beers they had on tap, I was pursuing the selection of bottled beers they had on the shelves. I’m a fan of unique art work found on some of the bottles available, and generally attracted to the more unique labels.
One of the bottles I kept looking at was this Ticket Booth Pale Ale from a local Victorian craft brewery – Sideshow Brewers. I had their Decembeer Xmas ale collaboration (with Kooinda) earlier in the year, which was a neat spicy brew, so this one made it into my man bag as I stumbled out the door.
Well being such a significant day in the beer world i thought I’d kick of the Craft Beerscapade blog today. I’ve polished off just under 400 craft beers in the 8 months. I’ve been rabbiting-on to my mates about the range of beers I’ve tried over that time, with some turning their noses up to beers with flavour in favour of multinational mainstream beers, and others were willing to dabble in craft. Some even asked why i don’t write (blog) about the beers i drink, so I tossed around the idea over a few hundred beers and decided to have a crack.
Now I’m willing to try all beers with preference to the hoppy IPA’s, although in this cooler season the darker ales have been hitting the spot.
So you may think on this special beer day and looking at the photo of my current supply, what did i choose? It was the Sail & Anchor / Karl Strauss The Bloke Red Ale. Reason behind this selection was that it seems at my local BWS it mustn’t be selling to well and the price has been slowly dropping. I’d tried the Bloke earlier in the year when it was first released and wasn’t planning on revisiting it. However, now at $3.50 a bottle i couldn’t shy away from it and grabbed a bottle or three. Glad i did now, as with a little age i think it’s gained some character. This Red Ale poured quite well with a medium head, a malty citrus aroma, medium hoppy taste and quite easy to drink.
Well worth revisiting, which now makes me wonder should i revisit some of the 400 that I’ve already tried?
Sail & Anchor / Karl Strauss The Bloke Red Ale
What’s in the Kegerator
See what you think, hope you enjoy!