Stone & Wood’s Jasper Ale is starting to trickle out around the country. Those hoping the Byron Bay brewery was going to roll out a beer with ‘imperial’ or ‘barrel-aged’ in the name will be disappointed. Those who were hoping for a drinkable ale with a touch more hinterland than beach to enjoy over the cooler months will most likely be delighted. The brewery’s description is pretty spot on with the hop character is reminiscent of a US amber ale and the malt introducing some Brown Ale caramel and even some roasted characters, with the combination lending the beer Stone & Wood’s particular brand of relaxed but rewarding.
Available on tap and in 500ml bottles.
In this part of the world there are only a few weeks of the year where it gets really cold, and even then you have to be up in the hinterland amongst the misty hills to really experience it.
So brewing big winter beers is something that we really don’t need to do a lot of but we have always wanted to brew a beer that would be more suited to the cooler months but one you could equally drink all year round, a beer that contrasts and balances the rest of the Stone & Wood beers.
We are really happy that we are now in a position to be rolling out our new brew just in time for the change of season.
Joining Stone & Wood Pacific Ale and Stone & Wood Lager in our permanent line up of beers will be a shiny new beer called Stone & Wood Jasper Ale.
Our Jasper Ale reflects the red volcanic soil of our hinterland and is brewed from a blend of pale and crystal malts. Jasper Ale is deep red, has a rich malt character and is well balanced with a firm spicy hop bitterness.
If you’re looking for a pigeon hole to stick it in there’s no neat fit, but the inspiration comes from German Alt, American Amber Ale and an English Brown Ale styles. We love the spicy bitterness that a German hop such as Hersbrucker brings to a beer to balance that rich malt character.
Jamie, Ross and Brad.