Hi-Hello Cornerstone Team!
Welcome to the summer edition of Cornerstone! Firstly apologies that we are a week later than normal, if you have been following along at home you would have seen that we are racing towards opening our new venue, which unfortunately got in the way of our normal Cornerstone packing. If you are astute and excitedly checking through the beers in your box you would also notice that there is no Kolsch. This is somewhat also related to our build which involved a refrigeration upgrade that didn't go to plan and our poor Kolsch suffered the consequences of broken chillers and we were unable to package. Little Hazy, however, is an absolute champion of a beer and didn't really care about the chilling being off (it was at a different stage of ferment) so we included a fresh can to keep your whistles wet.
As the school holidays draw to a close, I am excited to share Summer Holidays with you all, especially the parents, who may by now need a large bottle of beer and rest after juggling full-time parenting and full-time work for the last few weeks. This is a special beer that we won't be able to make again this year as the Victorian apricot season has been low and is all but finished and we have not secured any fruit. So, enjoy the bottle and grab another if you feel like you might want an apricot sour within the next 18 months... We have however secured some beautiful peaches and blood plums which will spend 6-12 months hanging out in our mixed fermentation beer. This will leave us extra time and space to do a little more work with wine grapes and wine by-products this year.
Our newest brewer Tashee says that Martyr, our Raspberry and Beetroot sour is the best beer he has tasted of ours... High praise, but I think it's pretty yum too. The rest of the box is made for refreshment with more sours, farmhouse and lagers for everyone to enjoy the tail end of Summer. With the cooler days on the way, we will be brewing some slightly darker beers this month to have them ready for the cool nights at the end of March, maybe a few Molly Rose classic Autumn lagers could be on the way in the next cornerstone box.
As usual, myself and the team would love to hear from you, whether it is constructive feedback, positive feedback or even just a note to say hi and if you are popping in to see the new expansion which is now open in a limited capacity please let us know beforehand or make yourself known to the bar staff. We always like meeting Cornerstone members, you are our favourite people!