BEAR’S BEER BLOG – The Forager

When it comes to Australian breweries putting out quality beers, for my money, Stone & Wood is one of the best.

Ever since the Byron Bay brewery bought much bigger facilities, they’ve been steadily increasing their range of beers.

And, as far as I’m concerned, each of them have been of a very high quality.

For a long time the brewery was best known for its Pacific Ale, which was named the top beer in this year's Hottest 100 Craft Beer poll (and not for the first time either).

But there are a lot of other beers in their portfolio that should get more attention too.

One of them is The Forager, a Belgian wit beer that’s the debut release in a planned seasonal series.

It’s a bit of a throwback to a time where beers were made without hops.

But that doesn’t mean this one is hop-free. There are hops, but they sit in the background while the locally-sourced ingredients of coriander and orange peel take the spotlight.

The orange peel is clearly noticeable. Or maybe it’s the coriander, which tends to throw orange flavours too. There’s a nice mix of sweetness and sourness as well.

All in all, The Forager is a beer that perfectly suits its tag as a summer seasonal.

I drank this on a cool day but I wish it had been a hot afternoon as I reckon it’s a beer that would taste great when the sun's beating down on you.

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