Archive for January, 2010

Right, January is over. Time to get serious about re-stocking beer again. Here is a list of what has arrived over the last week or so. And see further down for the first beer tasting of the year.

These beers may not be added to our website immediately so please drop by our store or phone 03 9888 6644.

The Purvis Team

Just in:

Southern Tier Brewery. Lakewood, New York

  • Choklat
  • Old Man Winter
  • 422 Pale Wheat
  • Raspberry Porter
  • Pack of Pales (inlc Pale Ale, IPA, Phinn% Matts Extraordinary Ale, 422 Pale Wheat)
  • Unearthly
  • Iniquity

New Mikkellers

  • Beer Geek Breakfast – Speyside – Stout
  • Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Highland Edition – Imperial Stout
  • Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Islay Edition – Imperial Stout
  • Drink’in the Sun – Wheat
  • Drink Your Sorrows Away – Belgian Strong Ale
  • Green Gold – IPA
  • Santa’s Little Helper – Belgian Strong Ale
  • The American Dream – Very Hoppy Pilsner

New Nogne O

  • Julesnadder – Porter
  • Underlig – Spiced Beer
  • Tyttebaer – Sour Ale
  • Andhriminer Barleywine
  • Imperial Stout


Meantime Limited Edition Saison

Flying Dog Canis Major Variety Pack – 8 x 207ml bottles. (2 x Gonzo Imperial Porter, 2 x Horn Dog Barley Wine, 2 x Double Dog Double Pale Ale, 2 x Kerberos Triple)


Mountain Goat Limited Release IPA

Major Tasting – Focus on Unibroue

Uniboure is no longer exporting to Australia. We have just received our last shipment. Join us instore to taste and farewell this amazing brewery.

Plus we are also providing you with the chance to taste selected beers from these amazing North American breweries:

Sierra Nevada

Southern Tier Brewing

Flying Dog

St Ambroise

COST: $10 for 10 tasting tickets

WHEN: Wednesday 24 February

WHERE: Purvis Cellars Store

TIME: 6pm – 8pm

BOOKINGS: In store or by phone. Payment must be supplied upon booking to confirm your place. Limit – 100 people.

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Tasted Tuesday 12 January. 500ml Bottle, 7.5% Alc/Vol


Strangely low in alcohol for this type of beer from Mikkeller! However I have nothing negative to say about it. It was quite simply a wonderful stout. It is made with 7 different malts plus flaked oats, cascade and centennial hops and “gourmet” coffee.

It was black. Very black. The kind of black that light is scared of, impenetrable and dangerous looking. It’s also the kind of beer that feels heavier in the glass than a standard brew. The head was espresso in colour and soft serve ice-cream like in texture to taste. Aromas of boot polish, beef stock, roasted/toasty characters, fruitcake, charred nuts and tar.

The flavours were profoundly deep, very complex and very rich. Smooth in texture with some sweet/dry malt and slightly grainy charred nuttiness. Molasses, dark bitter chocolate, concentrated espresso (like a ristretto), and an oily creaminess. Hops were there and if this was a lighter bodied beer they would be quite strong. In this case they played a bit part and were knitted in tightly giving some bite at the end. Not as extreme as one would expect from Mikkeller but it is a beautiful well balanced stout that calls for another examination sometime soon.

If this is a breakfast it would very nearly be the only meal necessary for the day.

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Tasted Tuesday 10 December 2009. 355ml botlle, 7.2% Alc/Vol.


This beer is about as subtle as its title. In fact the back label is as interesting to read as the beer is to drink and it certainly makes no secret of the brewers opinion of commercial beers. This is the “regular” Arrogant Bastard made with American Oak wood chips and it is designed to challenge and excite.

This pours a deep red colour with orange edges and a thick fluffy head. There is big malty aromas, pine scented hops and distinct spicy wood smoke. The flavour packs a punch. It has a solid body and massive flavour. As I chewed my way through this beer it began with lots of sweet malt, molasses like, character carried upon a wave of powerful hops. Aggressive and brawny, dark and toasty, vanilla bean and subtle chariness, there was also a smoothness allowing a measure of approachability. Hops and malt combine perfectly like the meanest biker on a Harley. This beer has a dry and seriously bitter finish that lingers long after.

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