First to the Cheap Eats Guide. I tried one in Williamstown a few weeks ago, it was rubbish. Still I felt it was owed a second chance which led me to the Seddon Wine Store, 101 Victoria St Seddon. You can go in and have a drink there or just picked up some beer and wine. It has a pretty good selection, way better than the chain store with a camel painted on the wall across the road. The beer range is respectable but not awesome, still more than enough to keep me happy. It was sadly lacking hoppy beers, which made sense when I was having a yarn to the guy who served me. Apparently he thinks Stone and Wood Draught Ale is too hoppy. The guy doesn’t like hoppy beers and it seems he is the beer buyer. He needs educating, I recommended Murry’s Icon I2PA as a learning tool. Will see how it goes.
I’ll be back to both in the not to distant future I imagine.
Now to the beer. As the name says its red, apparently contains rice and I think has something funky going on in it, kind of Belgian. Its like a mild Cantione twang, I’d almost swear there was fruit in it, but its not sour, just a bit buggy. This is a weird beer, but really refreshing. I’d like to know more about it, like is there something buggy going on in it and if so is it deliberate. And its red. And the booze is really well hidden, its 7% ABV but tastes nothing like it. Give it a go, I am sure there was much Zen in the brewing of this beer.
Sad to see such a nice place like Japan that’s given us so many good things having such a tough time right now. Looking forward to them getting back on their feet so they can get back to doing their thing.