I wrote my first article about Balter in February this year. Balter was and still is the shiny, sexy new thing in the craft beer game. They have pro-surfer founders, arguably Australia’s best beer brewer in Scott Hargrave, and a fresh, minimalist approach to branding.
You could be forgiven for thinking that this whole building-a-craft-beer-empire thing is easy given that:
- There are 400-odd craft beer breweries in Australia
- There have been a number of well-publicised wins. Think Stone & Wood, Pirate Life, Young Henrys, and now Balter.
In reality it’s definitely no walk in the park, however Balter have made it look easier than most. The end result is a world class product, brand, customer experience, and overall business. Now time to talk about the beer in question, the Balter IPA…
This little purple tinny is on the fruitier end of the spectrum. It’s packed with heavy citrus flavours, which includes a distinctive mandarin scent. This is balanced by a lingering bitterness that sticks to your mouth well after you’ve completed your sip.
Whilst that all paints a picture of a pretty heavy beer (which it is) – don’t be alarmed. The potent flavours are wrapped up in a distinctive freshness that we are really starting to associate with the Balter brand.
The IPA is a full-flavoured beer that’s not messing around. It is genuinely delicious and if you’re crafty, then you need to re-prioritise your hit list so this sits at the top.
It chalks in at an ABV of 6.8%, which is pretty strong. Drink slow, savour the flavour, and enjoy the journey!
Listening: Balter is cool. Goldlink is cool. Balter’s IPA + this song together is almost a bit too much cool.
Eating: Falafel kebab. Fresh and flavoursome, like the hero of today’s story.
Vibing: Saturday afternoons at the beach, slowly slipping into a festive state.
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