Smash down a #beeroftheweek @bigshedbeer
Origin – Australia. South Aust.
Size- 330mL bottle
In 1996, a shed was built with the aim to promote social interaction for blokes. The slogan above the bar was ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’, as in "Men don't talk face to face, they talk...". That movement was to become known as Men’s Shed.
The story behind Big Shed isn’t too dissimilar. Mates Jason Harris and Craig Basford started brewing in a farming shed in SA’s in 2002 with the aim to create social interaction with their friends. And they did such a great job as home brewers, they decided to go pro. Yet rather than leaving behind the social interaction, they built on it, or more accurately built it- a big shed consisting of a communal brewery. A place where the lads could commercially brew a few batches and also offer it up to other brewers looking to mix their own. Not only giving a leg up to others, getting some rent money to help keep the bank man at bay between brews was remarkably handy.
Steadily the shed was filled with tenants while the lads established the Big Shed brand, in 2014 launching the American brown ale FrankenBROWN. Fast forward four years and a shed load of CBA awards, and the Big Shed is getting bigger….much bigger! In Feb 2018 the lads unveiled a plan to move into a 3500sq m premises that will increase production from 225,000L per year to several million. And as is the case today, one of the beers rattling down those new lines will be this Kol sChisel. A take on the German Kolsch, which has proven popular from the ocean to the Silver City, is as Craig describes it, ‘an ale masquerading as a lager’. Pour a glass from the bottle (on which you can spot Jimmy Barnes' headband and microphone on a bird of prey) and it’s the spicy and fruity nose that first impresses. Yet unlike the rockers from their hometown, put her to your lips and the flavour is mild and earthy, with a sweet malt finish and a balancing bitterness.
I dare say that if word of this beer spreads, that at 4.2% you can drink shoulder to shoulder with mates all afternoon, there’ll be panic to get on the last plane out of Sydney…heading for SA!