Beer #360 - W/C 10 January 2022
BREWERY // One Drop might be the most exciting modern brewery in Australia right now. It all started with husband & wife team Clay Grant & Meg Barbic lamenting the lack of breweries in their South Sydney suburb of Botany. So they sold their house, quit their jobs in catering & software tech, and got to work converting an old paper factory into a modern brewery filled with banana trees, festoon lights and great music. The foundational ideals of reggae music - community, creativity, one love, self expression - are a core inspiration. They serendipitously met their brewer, Kiwi Nick Calder-Scholes, while holidaying in Croatia. Nick was brewing at Zagbreb’s Garden brewery after a stint at London’s Four Pure and the offer of returning to the Antipodes to brew experimental beers was very appealing. Meg’s love of sour beers has led to One Drop getting a reputation for their hugely fruited beers and they have been pushing boundaries of what is possible in beer ever since their opened their doors in 2019.
BEER // Please take a moment to place your tastebuds in the brace position, they are about to experience an extreme beer. One Drop have a reputation for creating incredibly uncanny milkshake beers and for this Double Vanilla Custard Pancake Imperial Nitro Thickshake IPA they went all out. ‘Double’ means exactly that - double vanilla, double alcohol, double milk sugar, double custard powder, double nitro… This is a truly extraordinary beer. The vanilla aroma is massive followed by the biggest vanilla flavour explosion you’ve ever experience. The big body comes from loads of oats and wheat in the maltbill along with creamy lactose and silky smooth small nitrogenated bubbles. We have no idea what alchemy they employed to create it but it tastes exactly like what it says on the tin. This is not a beer for the faint of heart and it’s definitely best enjoyed with a friend.
BREWERY // One Drop
BEER // Double Vanilla Custard Pancake
STYLE // Imperial Nitro Thickshake IPA
ORIGIN // Botany, New South Wales
ABV // 10.1%
TEMPERATURE // Cellar. Around 10C
FOOD MATCH // Reuben Sandwich. Cheeseburger. Waffles
VESSEL // Milkshake Glass