31 May 2012
Seven Sheds Brewery in Tasmania is brewing a true to history IPA. Two barrels of Seven Sheds IPA will travel 10,000km aboard the ship “Spirit of Tasmania II” in an attempt to replicate the original voyages that historical IPA’s took to the colonies in India. While it may sound a little farfetched, in theory the motion of the boat may accelerate the barrel aging and may actually affect the beer itself. This from the Mercury:
Head brewer at Railton's Seven Sheds Brewery Willie Simpson said his crazy idea to send barrels of beer back and forth across Bass Strait for about 10,000km, was a brewer's own adventure.
Two 100-litre oak barrels of beer yesterday were stowed below the car decks of the Spirit of Tasmania II.
Their contents were drawn from Seven Shed's one-off batch of India Pale Ale (IPA), super-charged with home-grown hops.
Mr Simpson hoped to create something similar to the original IPA brewed in England and exported to India in the 19th century.
TT Line's 23-lap re-enactment promises to give the brew authenticity, taking it about the same distance as the journey from England to India via the Suez Canal.
"My gut feeling is that the motion of the ship on the water will accelerate the wood-ageing maturation, hopefully there will be more woody characters in the final beer," Mr Simpson said.
He said another tantalising prospect would be the influence of the oak barrels, previously used for whisky at Hobart's Lark Distillery.
The never-to-be-repeated concoction will be bottled and sold at Seven Sheds cellar door and patrons at Hobart's New Sydney Hotel might get to try some on tap around August.