Day 3 – What do wine and fossils have to do with beer?
Two of today’s World Cup contending countries, France and Australia, are no small players when it comes to craft beer, either. France and Australia rank, respectively, the 6th and the 10th in the world in terms of the number of craft breweries per statistics from 2016. And when you have that many craft breweries, there are bound to be some innovative/unusual ones. So for today’s blog, we’ve decided to take a look at two of such craft breweries and their beer. Hold on to your chairs!
France: Cognac Barrel, 9.5% Alcohol, from La Débauche.
Founded by two amateurs, La Débauche is a brewery that is very much on the beautiful and creative side. After being rejected for a loan by the banks, the two brewers obtained funding to expand their brewery through crowdfunding. They have since created a beer called Slap a Banker, to commemorate the experience. Today, true to the French history and roots, La Débauche makes many oak-barrel aged craft beers. Cognac Barrel, a robust, warming Cognac barrel-aged beer (or “barley wine”), is one of the brewery’s proudest creations. Rated 97/100 on RateBeer, this beer has a deep chestnut body with a combination of dark malts, oaky brandy, raisin, figs and spicy caramel notes. Finally, it features a label created by French illustrator Geoffrey Grimal, as seen below. Want.
Australia: Fossil Beer, or Shale Ale, by Kangaroo Island
Although not known for sure, the Kangaroo Island Brewery in Australia supposedly launched a beer in 2017 that is filtered through the region’s fossil-rich shale rocks that are more than half a billion years old. Talking about using local ingredients! People who’ve tasted the beer commented that the beer “Definitely had a unique flavour to it, but it is not something that is off-putting or maybe something that people will not even recognize.” Coincidentally, Science magazine also reported a similar endeavour made by a Virginia craft brewery called Bone Dusters. Supposedly, yeast samples swiped off of 35-million-year-old fossilized whale bones were used to create beers and though many samples produced off-tasting beer, one did produce a nice fruity flavour and had potential to be commercialized.
So there you go, whether you are typically a wine drinker or someone who prefers things on the edge, there is a beer out there, just for you.