Black Follows Gold with New Winter Release from O’Brien Beer
O’Brien Beer has explored its dark side to conjure up a wintry sequel to its gold medal-winning first seasonal beer release.
O’Brien Black Lager, brewed in the tradition of German Schwarzbier, is the first winter beer to be unveiled by the gluten-free brewer.
It comes just weeks after O’Brien Belgian Ale became the first gluten-free beer to win gold at the Australian International Beer Awards.
O’Brien Black Lager, the second release in O’Brien’s seasonal beer series, is the perfect beer for the depths of winter.
It’s an appealing deep ruby/black in colour with a tan head. Specially roasted sorghum and millet malts provide an aroma of roast coffee and rich chocolate flavour, while the noble hops add floral and spicy notes.
A full, creamy mouthfeel gently gives way to a smooth, roasty bitterness that lingers through a finish that is clean and dry.
O’Brien Beer founder John O’Brien says: “Following on from the unprecedented success of our first seasonal beer, we’re delighted to offer craft beer fans and gluten-intolerant drinkers a new style of O’Brien beer.”
O’Brien Beer Brewery Manager Andrew Lavery says: “O’Brien Black Lager is made using the same process as our other beers, but we devoted more time to roasting the malt. I’m really happy with the rich colour and chocolate and coffee notes, which give a wintry depth that’s perfectly balanced with the spice and clean lager finish.”
About O’Brien Beer
After he was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in 1998 John O’Brien was unable to find any beer on the market that tasted as good as a traditional beer but without the gluten. John saw this gap in the market as an opportunity to create great tasting craft beer, which was also gluten-free.
In 2004 John was joined by brewer, Andrew Lavery, who was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in 2002, and O’Brien Beer was released to the market in August 2005. The pair went on to establish their own brewery in Ballarat in 2007.
In late 2012 Rebellion Brewery opened a brewery bar in the centre of Ballarat, allowing visitors to tour a working brewery before settling in to sample some of the best beers around including; gluten-free O’Brien Beer and their local Ballarat beer, The Rat.
O’Brien Black Lager Ale, 5.3% alc/vol
RRP: $30.00/$90.00 6-pack/case