Stone & Wood Cloud Catcher Australian Unfiltered American Pale Ale 5.5% abv.
Australia is mainly associated with bland lagers such as Fosters and Castlemaine. They are big beer drinkers consuming some 84 litres per head (compared to 66 litres in the UK). However some 95% of what they drink is lager which is always served ice cold. It is estimated that there are now around 400 craft breweries in Australia with many making interesting beers using locally grown hops such as Galaxy, Ella and Pride of Ringwood. Several brands of Australian craft beer are now available in the UK through specialist bottle shops and internet suppliers.
The guys at Stone & Wood were so pleased with my perfect 10/10 for their Pacific Ale that they insisted I try their new limited release Cloud Catcher Pale Ale. Cloud Catcher pours a cloudy gold colour and has a wonderful apricot and grapefruit aroma. This is a very smooth, easy drinking beer with peachy/apricot/soft fruit and citrus flavours. It is an ideal summertime drink and like their Pale Ale, it is a beer that almost everyone would enjoy drinking. Many people are put off by the sourness and blandness of lagers and the bitterness of many ales. However Australian Pale Ales seems to offer a wonderful fruitiness that is very moreish and lacking the sometime acerbic citrus flavours of US pale ales. Cloud Catcher is made with Pale and Crystal malts and hopped with Australian Galaxy and Ella hops.
Stone and Wood were founded in 2008 in the town of Byron Bay, New South Wales which is on the east coast of Australia, to the south of Brisbane. Byron Bay is the most easterly part of the Australian mainland and is famous for its surfing. Byron Bay also hosts the annual Bluesfest Festival from 13 -17 April 2017. Amongst the bands booked to appear this year are: Santana, Patti Smith, Neil Finn, Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy, Madness, Billy Bragg, Bonnie Raitt and Jethro Tull.
What more could any Carouser reader want than this? A great line up of bands, perfect weather, idyllic beaches and wonderful local beer? So give Glastonbury a miss and head out to Oz this year. Pour yourself a glass of Cloud Catcher and listen to Santana who will be headlining the bill on Sunday 16 April. They are sure to play “Black Magic Woman” which featured on the Abraxas album which got to No. 7 in the UK album charts way back in 1970.