Beer and music; they’re like two star-crossed lovers exchanging furtive glances at each other, long been destined to live happily ever after… so it seemed only fair that we bring the two together for this feature.
Let us introduce you to some great Victorian beer (one of our all-time favourites KAIJU!) and what to listen to while you drink it.
Kaiju Krush Tropical Pale Ale has a super-clean malt profile that allows the shipload of juicy tropical fruit flavours to arrive on the desert island of your palate unhindered. Fresh and moreish. A perfect summer beer.
Listen to: Thirsty Merc – ‘In The Summertime’
KAIJU! Hopped Out Red
KAIJU! Hopped Out Red wafts of dank hops layered over biscuity-toffee notes make this one of the most aromatically complex beers around. This complexity follows through to the pallet, showing balanced sweetness and intensity without a hint of alcohol, and a nice, long bitterness to round things out.
Listen to: Michael Bublé – ‘Feeling Good’
KAIJU! Aftermath Double IPA
This beer is one of the biggest hop explosions you’ll find. Ludicrous amounts of dank, piney, caramelised orange and bright citrus aromas lead to a pallet that is almost impossibly well-balanced given the huge bitterness. The sheer weight of hops and malt extends the bitterness fully from the front to the back of the palate, finishing hugely long and satisfying.
Listen to: Queen – ‘Killer Queen’
KAIJU! Cthulhu on the Moon Black IPA
This one delivers beauty from every angle. A malt bill rich in specialty malts delivers beautiful malty, chocolatey, roasty complexity that is perfectly met by a gorgeous herbaceous hop profile. The palate is full and incredibly satisfying, with flavour intensity and bitterness balanced on a knife’s edge.
Listen to: Rimsky Korsakov – ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’
KAIJU! Where Strides the Behemoth Double India Black Ale
This black ale is probably Australia’s hoppiest beer, with 30 grams added per litre produced, the huge, roast, chocolate, coffee and malty intensity still assert themselves alongside the huge, dank hop character in this truly extraordinary drink. The palate is fully saturated with flavour intensity that can’t be adequately described, only experienced.
Listen to: Gojira – ‘Only Pain’
Kaiju! Betelgeuse Imperial Amber Ale
American Amber Ales are like American Pale Ales but with more body, more caramel richness, and a balance more towards malt than hops (although hop rates can be significant, like in this one). Expect an enormous and delicious beer. Brewed for the Great Australian Beer Spectapular (GABS) 2015.
Listen to: ‘Johnny Cash – Ghost Riders in the Sky’
Golden Axe Apple Cider
Golden Axe Apple Cider uses only freshly-crushed Victorian apples to maintain fruit flavour. A crisp, refreshing style with aromas of fresh-cut apples, straw and blossom. A vegan-friendly, gluten free cider with just enough sweetness to carry the flavour while leaving you wanting more.
Listen to: The Strokes – ‘You Only Live Once’
Find and adopt your KAIJU! of choice at your local bottle shop or head to www.kaijubeer.com.au for stockists.