Sticky Nectar and Tequila Queen, two legends of the craft beer game, are back to thrill and delight fans once more after taking out the Counter Culture All Stars MVBs.
Over two weeks in March, Stone & Wood asked the Counter Culture faithful to vote in the All Stars MVB competition for their favourite release.
After thousands of entries, Sticky and the Queen got over the line in a neck-and-neck finish and are heading back to the brewery for another round in the can.
STICKY NECTAR – The Beer
Pouring a delicious golden hue, the beer’s bright hazy body pours with a light head matched by medium-high carbonation.
Immediately, heady tropical fruit aromas come bursting through with Galaxy, Citra and Amarillo hops, followed by the sweetness vanilla and truckloads of mango puree that oozes through the beer. Pale, wheat and caramunich malts balance the firm bitterness that cuts through every mouthful.
Lactose delivers a smooth and creamy mouthfeel on the beer, while strengthening the hints of mango smoothie.
Sticky Nectar – The Stats
• 6.5% ABV
• Hops 45 IBU
• Medium-high carbonation
• Truckloads of mango puree
TEQUILA Queen – The Beer
With her queendom in the Tequila region of Mexico, famous for a certain spirit, Tequila Queen is brewed with lime juice, lactobacillus, salt, Cointreau and 50L of premium small-batch Arette Tequila (produced distilled on the edge of the ancient volcano that rises above Tequila), and hopped with Galaxy and aged with oak.
Refreshing and flavourful, this margarita sour rushes the palate with citrus and salt and brings a Mexican twist to the Age of Queens.
Tequila Queen – The Stats
• 50L Arette Tequila
• 30L Cointreau
• 7% alc/vol
• 9-12 IBU
• Pils and wheat malt
• Galaxy hops
Like all the limited-release beers in the Counter Culture range, All Stars will be sold in packs of two 500ml cans on Stone & Wood’s online store, as well in bottle shops and on tap at the Stone & Wood breweries in Byron Bay and Brisbane, albeit in limited volumes.
Members in the Stone & Wood Beer Club will receive their Peachy Cheeks two-pack in the mail a week before the rest of the country.
The stockists listing will go live online Monday 24 May. But enthusiastic supporters please note, the All Stars comeback season is only a brief eight weeks before the
next Counter Culture release makes its debut.
Launched in March 2019, the Counter Culture beers will release a new brew every 10 weeks or so, after which they’ll disappear. The range will also feature recipes never tried at Stone & Wood, as well as popular Pilot Batch beers from the past, collaboration brews and beer inspired by the broader brewing community.
For news and updates about the Counter Culture range, and to purchase an All Stars two-pack, click here.