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Tasted Tuesday 29 June 2010. 500ml bottle, 6.5% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand

This has been infused with authentic Kentucky Bourbon. Which brand or how, I’m not sure. Maybe the brewer in the middle of a bender accidentally tipped a bottle in the mix trying to brew under the influence. The result? Quite nice actually. Perhaps not as strong or complex as some Scotch Ales but this will suffice on a cold winters evening, and at 6.5% alcohol a couple more can happily be consumed. It is big rich and malty. Sweetness up front with liqueur-like spirit undertones plus burnt toffee, banana, clove and a hint of smokiness. It is very well balanced with medium carbonation, a smooth dryish finish and low to mild hop content. Very yum indeed.

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Follow these intrepid gentlemen (although that could be just a vicious rumour) on their journey of discovery. The following text is copied directly from a email from the Beer Ambassadors (unedited).

30 Breweries in 30 Days

On Sunday the 6th of June, three dedicated “men of beer” (and one IT Technician from London) set out to explore the new world beer frontier, the home of the beer avant garde, the United States of America.

These men are the Beer Ambassadors. Beer Academics traveling on behalf of beer, in the pursuit of beer, for the sake of beer. The journey will be documented on www.BeerAmbaasadors.com.

During the month of June, Barney Matthews & Miro Bellini of Beer DeLuxe, Tom Delmont of Mountain Goat Brewery and Jason Duffett (IT expert) will attempt to visit 30 breweries and taste upwards of 300 beers in 30 days.

Australia’s beer culture is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance.

  • New beers/breweries are bubbling forth
  • Home brewing is at a height unseen since the depression
  • The overall beer market is shrinking, while the craft beer segment is growing

Similar factors were apparent in the USA during the 90’s. The real beer revolution struck hard in the States and today they enjoy well over 1500 craft breweries.

The Beer Ambassadors have organized tours of some of the most highly regarded breweries. Some eccentric, some historic, some giant, some tiny, all of them driven by epicurean values.

www.BeerAmbassadors.com will be a regularly updated source where you can enjoy:

  • Photos of the breweries and products
  • Interviews with the brewers
  • An insight into the beer & food culture developing in the US
  • Menus from specialty beer bars
  • Gentlemanly discourse/anecdotes

For more information contact us in info@beerambassadors.com

Find us on:

Twitter: beerambassadors

Facebook: beerambassadors

Blog: http://www.beerambassadors.blogspot.com/

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Another fantastic and exclusive beer was held on Wednesday May 19 after hours. Thanks to all those members who attended and sorry to those who missed out. We couldn’t have possible squeezed any more in. We were fortunate enough to acquire the services of Peter Van Osta, Marketing guru of small boutique Belgian breweries in the Asia region and we thank him for his time.

Peter went through a selection of Belgian beers for us which will be in-store soon but are extremely limited. Also we had Rick from ATP distributors assisting and showing off a few of his other lines including the lovely Tenute Collesi beers from Italy.

A great night was had by all and some bloody good beers were tried. Some pics of the evening below:

Just some of the line-up

The line-up from another angle......

Getting to the nitty gritty of the tasting. Some great beers were had.

Another good crowd for a 'small' tasting., and this is just half of them!

Intense Note Taking

Peter van Osta indicates the size of Gnomes in Belgium.

Rick of ATP and Purvis store manager Adam.

A few ringins from Italy, Tenute Collesi. Very good beers!

Beer Tasting in Wine Glasses - Classy...

More extensive note taking

Adam decides enough is enough, time for a drink.

Craig Purvis and Peter van Osta deciding on their knock-off beers.

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Thanks to all those who attended this annual event. We got a lot of positive feedback from customers and brewers/representatives alike, so we thank you all. It was a cracking night with plenty of fantastic Australian craft beers including some special new ones that had their first official public showings. Included were the Little Creatures Small Batch IPA, the amazing Holgate Beelzebub’s Jewels Barley Wine, Red Duck’s Golden Dragon Strong Celtic Ale and The Ox Imperial Stout, Stone & Woods new Draught Ale made with Australia’s home-grown Galaxy hop, and plenty more.

Best selling beers on the night (in no particular order):

  • Brewers Pure Malt Ale
  • Bridge Rd Brewers Galaxy IPA
  • Kooinda Pale Ale
  • Effen Lager
  • Lord Nelson Three Sheets
  • Flying Horse Whale Ale
  • Epic Armageddon – Yes, a ring-in but it was part of the tasting…..
  • Hawthorn Pale Ale
  • James Squire Golden Ale
  • Mad Brewers Orchard Ale – Saison
  • Mountain Goat Small Batch IPA
  • Prickly Moses Stout
  • Stone & Wood Draught Ale
  • Sweetwater Weissbier
  • Temple Brewery Saison
  • White Rabbit Dark Ale
  • Wicked Elf Mad Abbot Triple
  • Red Duck Porter
  • Matsos Ginger Beer
  • Boatrocker Alpha Queen


And one of the big guns of the night, Holgate Beelzebub's Jewels. Not even labelled yet!

Another newie. Stone & Wood Draught Ale, yum!

Bill, (Brewers Fine Ales) and Eric, (Grand Ridge) explain the finer points of their beers...

3 Ravens, another popular choice for the night.

Hands off!

Adam doing a jig....

Best selling beer of the night!

Another happy customer!

Big turn out.



Getting a taste for the Devil! The Beelzebub Jewels.

John and the awesome Epic beers from New Zealand

Little Creatures Small Batch IPA gets its first outing.

More Beelzebub anybody....?

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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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Thanks to all who attended our beer festival. By all the feedback an enjoyable evening was had by all. Approximately 200 people attended the event and a lot of beer was sold – so thanks again to everyone.

Below is a list of the top 20 selling beers of the evening – in no particular order

Phoenix Premium Lager – Mauritius

Coniston Bluebird – England

Eggenburger Urbock 23 Degrees – Austria

Epic Pale Ale – New Zealand

Founders Organic Long Black – New Zealand

Harrington’s Brewery Wobbly Boot – New Zealand

Innis & Gunn Oak-Aged Ale – Scotland

Kooinda Pale Ale – Australia

Leffe Vielle Cuvee – Belgium

Mac’s Sassy Red – New Zealand

Matilda Bay Fat Yak – Australia

Mountain Goat Steam Beer – Australia

Sunshine Coast Brewery Hot Chilli Beer – Australia

Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse – Germany

Skalak Premium Lager – Czech Republic

Stone & Wood Pale Lager – Australia

Trumer Pils – Austria

Unibroue La Fin du Monde – Canada

White Rabbit Dark Ale – Australia

Zywiec Polish Lager – Poland

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Beer fest crowd

It’s that time of year again. We are hosting our own unique style of Oktoberfest beer tasting. Showcasing beers from around the world with a few locals to ’em honest! Book now! More details about the beers to taste will be available closer to the date. Included also will be a selection from our New Zealand craft beer shipment.

When: Wednesday 21 October 2009. 6pm – 8.30pm

Cost: $10 per head. Includes 10 tasting tickets.

Where: Purvis Cellars

Bookings: By Phone 03 9888 6644 or in store.

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