Nomad Brewing/ Cigar City Berry Cubana

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I gotta say, this thing was sold to me when i saw the name ‘Cigar City’ on the label. For those unaware of the Cigar City brand, they are basically Florida legends specialising in the local flavour: tobacco and latino culture. This comes out in all of their brews in brilliant style, one that particularly sticks out for me was a collab they did with Amager Bryghus. Rich cigar tobacco, cherry wood, cinnamon and dark chocolate. Complex and dry.
This brew in particular continues on Nomads recent run of collaborations from Good Beer Week, with brewing heavy weights such as Birra Del Borgo and Victory also contributing to the collar run. This brew once again aims to be true to local produce, using Riberry in the brewing process. Used as a bush food, riberry is a rich and spicy red fruit reminiscent of cranberry, cinnamon and clove. Sounds perfect for a brown ale!

Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 30
From: Low Buy Liquor, Lilydale

Pour:
Pours a dark brown with touches of deep amber and a fluffy, compact light brown head.

On The Nose:
Plenty of burnt caramel on the nose with fresh roasted coffee, toffee, roasted cocoa and touches of clove. As it starts to come to room temperature I’m getting light sweet red fruit characters: think cranberry, redcurrant and red cherries. Nose finishes with a pithy, tobacco dryness reminiscent of lime and grapefruit.

Palate:
Palate is packed with tasty, roasty malt characters: roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate (I’m talking the proper 90% stuff…), burnt toffee and cedar/ cherry wood characters. Getting notes of dried red fruits such as our old friend cranberry and touches of cherry and raisin. Lingering sweet spices tie the palate all together delivering a medium body: clove, nutmeg and candied ginger finishing off bone dry.

Final Thoughts:
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to cruise Miami, Florida in a Cadillac with a big, rich stogie? I’d kinda imagine it’s like this beer…A seriously dry, complex brown ale. It was a really interesting brew to watch change over time and see it develop. The addition of the riberry provides a much needed touch of sweetness: cinnamon, clove and red fruits play off tobacco, cedar and dry roasted coffee. A fantastic collaboration as you can really see the touches of both the brewers and that’s what should be at the heart of every shared brew. Seriously tasty.

Nomad Freshie Salt & Pepper

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I was pretty excited to see this limited release from Nomad. Gose (pronounced gose- uh) is a style that is very rarely seen in Australia. I’ve only ever seen it twice: Boatrocker at GABS this year with their one- off festival beer ‘I Ain’t Afraid Of No Gose’ and Doctors Orders Electrolyte Forte which was at the same festival a few years ago. I absolutely adore the style and really wish it was around more and i’m not really sure why it isn’t more widely brewed: it’s crisp, clean and a brilliant balance of tart sour and savoury. Very unique and seriously tasty. Traditionally brewed with salted water and coriander, the base is fairly basic: wheat and pale malts along with fermentation with lacto- strains and german yeast.

Inspired by the Northern Beaches and breathing the fresh, salty air of the ocean and wanting to put that in a glass, Nomad have stuck to the traditional with this brew and taken full advantage of their surroundings and local resources. Brewing with salt water straight from Freshwater Beach right down the road from the brewery, locally sourced coriander and Tasmanian Mountain pepper they have attempted to bring the beach to the bottle… Let’s see their take on this elusive, unique style.

Style: Gose

ABV: 4.5%

IBU: 15

From Where: Low Buy Liquor, Lilydale

Pour:

Pours a pale orange/ lemon colour with minimal, fluffy white head.

On The Nose:

Fresh and vibrant on the nose with notes of nectarine, honeydew melon and citrus pith. Touches of coriander are coming through too with pepper spice, fresh cut grass and savoury characters.

Palate:

Classic Gose balance. Tart, savoury and spicy with touches of stone fruits. The salt water really shines on the palate giving it a tart, acidic, drying, savoury character with touches of pepper and coriander. Also getting nuances of tropical fruits: think pineapple, peach and apricot. Great puckering sourness throughout too with grapefruit pith and lychee. Brilliant balance all round with a crisp, dry finish.

Final Thoughts:

This is as traditional as it gets with clever little touches here and there. Sour, spiciness, crisp, dry and a brilliant mouthfeel that really knocks it out of the park. I really hope to start seeing more of this style around, and just more variety for that matter: it’s crisp, clean, refreshing with touches of spice and great sour tartness that hits all the right spots on the palate, puckering me up and leaving me wanting more. A brilliant take on a rarely brewed style.