Nearly three years ago, on the basis of a skype interview with Lachy, sitting in a bedsit over a kebab shop in London, I was able to entice Lachlan back to Australia to brew for Ballistic. When Lachlan arrived in Salisbury for the first time, he told me he had already decided on the four beers he wanted to brew and had names for three! – Pilot Light Table Beer, Dirty Word Lager, Australian Psycho IPA and a rich oaked English Ale. We came up with the name “Grandfather” at the Hedge coffee shop in about 15 minutes on the day we were due to open, after agonsing over it for weeks.
SWYD New England IPA Launched January 24, 2019
If you are regular follower of Ballistic, you’ll probably know that we have released another Sleep When You’re Dead beer – the second release of our super-popular NEIPA. For those who have not been following us, the SWYD series are hop-loaded beers, 100% cold stored and sold within 8 weeks of production. The “Sleep When You’re Dead” name reflects the fact that these beers are brewed to be drunk fresh. Our aim as a brewery is to ensure that every person that buys a Ballistic Beer in a can or off the tap in a bar gets to taste the same beer as our customers walking into the brewery and buying a beer over our bar.
In truth, all beer is born to die. Beer starts to age from the day it leaves the fermenter. SWYD beers are our way of ensuring that you will taste beer in the absolute best condition possible outside our brewery. Age and temperature are devastating to fresh beer. The data shows that if a beer spends 7 days at 30°C, it will taste the same as a beer stored at 0°C for 190 days!
Try leaving one of your beers out in the sun for a couple of days and then taste it against a refrigerated beer. Taste a beer that has sat in a cupboard for 6 months and then taste it fresh from a good bottle shop or directly from the brewery – you’ll understand what we are talking about. The difference is huge and we want Ballistic customers to experience what a cold-chained, super fresh beer tastes like.
This especially applies to big hopped beers – the hop flavour drops off over time and that super-hoppy, juicy flavour is a mere shadow of what Lachy and the team puts in the can.
Fresh beer is really important to us and getting it to you in the condition we want you to drink it is a driving force in our brewery. So, SWYD is our way of putting our money where our mouth is – we guarantee that any SWYD beer you buy has been stored and shipped refrigerated (and that’s all the way to NSW, Victoria or WA) and will not be available after March 19.
So, if you want to taste great hoppy fresh beer, give a SWYD a go. Keep your eyes peeled for each release. Remember, it’s the quick or the dead. Get it now or miss out!
About Ballistic Beer
Situated among the WWII munitions sheds of Salisbury, Ballistic Beer Co. is an award-winning brewery growing rapidly. Our explosive brewing produces a range of beers that excites everyone from beer aficionados to casual drinkers. We believe everyone deserves the best possible beer experience. We’re on a mission to brew exceptional beer and ensure it is always enjoyed at its best, where ever it’s drunk.
About The Role
We’re expanding our Road Team! As a Ballistic Road Crew member, educating customers about our mission and the importance of drinking high quality, fresh craft beer will play a major part of your role. You will be responsible for hosting off-premise tastings, education sessions, and festival stalls. Full training will be provided by the Ballistic Beer Sales Team.
This is a casual position for someone passionate about great beer, wants to be part of a hard working tasting team and looking to take their first steps into the industry. Outstanding road crew may be considered for further roles as we continue to grow!
You’re passionate about the best of craft beer!
You’re great within a team but can work autonomously and professionally, representing the values of your employer.
You love people and the opportunity to connect with others!
- Driver license (manual preferred but not essential)
- Reliable vehicle
The role includes work mainly on Thursday and Friday nights as well as weekend work as required and would suit either someone currently studying or as a second job.
Up to 12 hours per week.
To apply, email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bar Manager/Functions Coordinator
Ballistic Beer Co. is a multiple gold-medal winning brewery in Salisbury, Brisbane. The brewery opened 18 months ago and has been operating a busy tap room since. Ballistic is now planning to add a separate Function space for larger events.
To manage the Bar and Function space, Ballistic is searching for a Hospitality Manager.
We’re looking for someone with Bar and Functions experience, works well with the existing team, who embraces the culture and values of our company (Community, Quality, Education and Authenticity) and loves good beer.
Skills and Experience:
- Previous 2 years’ experience in high volume hospitality environment
- Previous experience in functions including actively working to attract new customers and growing the customer base
- High knowledge of cellar operations
- Cicerone qualifications viewed favourably
- Experienced at leading a team
- Demonstrated high standards in customer service
- Excellent communication and customer engagement skills
- Ability to spot and resolve problems efficiently and effectively
- Ability to operate a roster system for casual staff
- Ability to effectively prioritise and delegate tasks and manage time
- Ability to develop and document operating procedures and implement them to comply with company policies and vision
- Be able to maintain a fun, friendly and efficient environment for both customers and staff
- The ability to work autonomously and have high self-motivation
- Current RSA, RMLV
- Knowledge of, and passion for craft beer
- This is a full-time position that will require weekend and night time work.
- Performance will be measured against an agreed set of KPIs.
- Remuneration will include a base salary and commission based on growth in function sales.
If you believe that you are the right stuff to operate an excellent bar and function space in a brewery that makes great beer, send your application to email@example.com Please include examples of how you have positively engaged with your customer base at other venues.
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks away from the brewery, out of my cold lonely office and in the real world rubbing shoulders with some of the best beer tasters in Australia. Although I do like to, I haven’t actually been massaging other brewers, rather I have been lucky enough to have been asked to officiate as an Associate Judge at the CBIA (Craft Beer Industry Association) beer awards and as a Judge at the PRBS (Perth Royal Beer Show).
From my understanding there are two reasons why we hold beer competitions. First and foremost, it is an opportunity for us to promote our industry to a wider audience and showcase the wonderful beers that we are producing. Secondly, it is an opportunity for professional and amateur brewers to gain expert feedback on the beers they are brewing and also to recognise and celebrate the excellent beers that are being produced by awarding those with medals and trophies.
As a beer judge, you are judging that beer against written style guidelines and how well it meets the criteria (see example of style guidelines HERE) and not whether you personally like it or would drink more than one. (I often wonder whether the amount of any said beer you would drink is actually a good measure of quality). It’s easy to fall into the trap of being ultra-critical of a beer, going out of your way to find a problem with it. It is much harder to commit to liking something in front of your peers without hearing first what they thought. That’s one of the challenges of judging and I believe that it is our responsibility to give every beer the time and attention it deserves. A brewer or team of brewers have spent a shed load of time and effort making that beer and paid a fee to enter it. We need to look at it objectively and provide relevant feedback as to what was good or bad about that beer.
It’s important to understand that everybody’s palate is different and we are able to detect different flavour compounds at different concentrations. A flavour that I personally cannot taste at all may stick out like the proverbial to the person next to me. A good judge needs to understand their own abilities and limitations to be able to look at a beer objectively.
Having judged at PRBS a number of times in the past I always find that in the lead up to a comp I have to spend some time getting my head in the right place and really dial in my palate. Although I always intend to look at every beer I drink objectively, after working hard at the brewery it’s easy to slide into the pattern of drinking your own IPA every day and not think too much about it. What I’ll tend to do to get back into the swing of things is to grab a number of different beers of the same style and sit down with them over an evening. Not necessarily taking notes but making an effort to think about the beer, what’s good and/or bad about it etc. There’s so much noise around the craft brewing scene saying that “good beer” needs to be full of big flavours and heavy on either hops or malt.
To the best of my knowledge the way most commercial beer competitions are structured in Australia is where by each beer is given a score out of 20. 20 being a perfect beer and 0 being unfermented creek water. The beers are then awarded either a Gold (>17), Silver (15.5-16.9), Bronze (14-15.4) or no medal (<14) depending on the score that they receive.
Gold – An outstanding, world class example of the style.
Silver – A very good example of the style.
Bronze – No major faults, but maybe has some element that doesn’t fit the style guidelines.
No Medal – Likely has some obvious fault or is wildly out of style.
Trophies are then awarded to the best beer in each class (i.e. Pale Ale) in one of two ways. At CBIA, all of the Gold medal beers in a class will then be re-judged by a completely new panel and the beer deemed to be the best of that flight is awarded the trophy. At PRBS, the trophy winning beers are the ones that scored the highest from the initial round of judging. This is different to the way in which the World Beer Cup in the US is structured where only one Gold, Silver and Bronze is awarded per category much like the Olympics.
I would like to say that I think it’s super exciting and a massive step forward for our community to see Little Creatures win the Champion Australian Craft Beer at CBIA with their Pilsner. There’s so much noise around the craft brewing scene saying that “good beer” needs to be full of big flavours and heavy on either hops or malt. I think we need to take a step back and try to appreciate the subtlety of beer and take notice of beers that are well balanced and expertly crafted. To have a clean, well balanced and easy drinking lager rise above all of the Imperial Stouts, Double IPA’s and other massive beers is a huge thumb’s up to hard work, world class quality standards and attention to detail. I’ll drink a Little Creatures any day.
I personally very much enjoy the process of beer judging as not only do you get the opportunity to drink some of Australia’s best beers but mainly because of the education opportunity it presents. I get to sit with and learn from the best beer tasters in the country and pick their brains about different ways to assess and taste beer. Brewers at small breweries are often not exposed to environments where we have formal taste training with repetitive fault finding from spiked samples and I personally find I learn more from judging one competition than I do in a year of drinking beer in any normal situation. I feel privileged every time I am asked to officiate and jump at every opportunity.
I believe we should all continue to promote, support and grow our competitions as they only benefit and promote our community.
Cheers and Beers
CBIA Full List of Results: http://www.australiancraftbeer.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/CBA-2016-results.pdf
PRBS Full List of Results: http://www.perthroyalshow.com.au/competitions/competition-results-2016/