When the cold weather starts to creep in, we brace ourselves for one of the noisiest times in the brewery: footy season.
Breweries aren’t known as places of peaceful serenity but when our Goats get talking about their teams it’s hard to get them to stop, particularly die-hard Tigers fan Alana.
This also means that like all loyal Tigers supporters, Alana is on the receiving end of some friendly ribbing from the other Goats.
So for her In-Breed, Alana has come up with a brew that is not only perfect for the chilly Melbourne winter but will also keep the other brewers distracted until the end of the season: Silence of the Rees Coconut Porter.
Like most Porters, we started with a big malt base but then added approximately 90kg of toasted coconut into each tank along with Madagascan Bourbon vanilla beans and rich cacao.
The toasted coconut is prominent throughout this beer; strong on the nose and complemented by creamy vanilla and cacao as well as some mild hops notes. The coconut flavour continues into the front palate, where chocolate and roast malts combine with jammy fruit esters to deliver a sweet finish.
And the Tigers? Well, it’s too early to say how far they’ll go this season but at least Alana has found a way to silence her fellow Goats…