Food and Drink
Posted by Dan Kuseta
13. Jan, 2012
Opening its hallowed doors just a few weeks back, Brunswick’s Temple Brewery is already releasing its first limited edition run: the Midnight IPA specially for Friday 13.
India Pale Ale has a history almost as interesting as the beer itself. In the 19th century British troops based in India were suffering a shortage of British Ales, which would spoil on the long voyage over. The solution was to brew a beer higher in hops that would protect it from heat and motion along the way.
While the beer was a hit in India, IPA might have fallen into obscurity once the British withdrew from India were it not for a shipwreck. A ship leaving London carrying a cargo of IPA was wrecked and the recovered casks of beer (they had their priorities right) were sold in London, where it went gangbusters.
Temple’s Midnight IPA is puts a 21th century spin on this historical ale: it’s jet black. Brewed using a new roasted wheat from the US (called Midnight wheat, and giving our beer its name), the Midnight IPA achieves a dark black colour without most of the roasted flavours and aromas you would normally expect from a dark beer.
The Aussies and Kiwis battle it out over who makes the best craft beer.
Drink loads of beer at the Red Hill Brewery Oktoberfest next weekend.
Epic Concoctions hits Brunswick this Friday with a fabulous blend of new electronic acts for the dancefloor.