At Mawson station we held Oktoberfest on 6th October where we tasted the different beers that had been brewed and aged for a number of months. Oktoberfest preparations started late last year when Chris purchased seven different styles of beer and some special brewing malt to give the beers that little bit extra. The beers were Morgan’s Royal Oak Amber Ale, Morgan’s Golden Sheaf Wheat Beer, Munton’s Scottish Style Heavy Ale, Mangrove Jack’s Tynside Brown Ale, Cooper’s India Pale Ale, Cooper’s Sparkling Ale and Cooper’s Canadian Blonde. We also brewed a “special” Cooper’s Stout from station supplies.
Each of the beers were brewed in 23 litre microbrews with special attention given to each of them and using varying amounts of brewing malt and sugar to enhance the flavours of each of the batches. The brewing for Oktoberfest commenced on 12th March and the last was completed on 24th May and then carefully stored at a constant temperature of around 24 degrees so that it would mature in the bottles.
Wayne prepared the labels, tasting notes and judging sheets and sent them off to the printers so that they would be ready in time for the tasting. Trustworthy Malcolm (because he doesn’t particularly like the taste of beer) was asked to label each of the beers so that it was even a mystery to the brew team and none of us knew what was in each of the bottles. Gastronomic delights were prepared by our chef Bron and trays of food were delivered throughout the evening.
Little ham steaks on crostini with sauerkraut & mustard mayo
Bratwurst with creamy mustard dipping sauce
Mini jaeger schnitzels
Potato roesti with smoked salmon and mustard mayo
Seared quail with lemon and thyme
Barbecued octopus with sesame and chilli (Brew Master’s special request)
Individual chocolate truffle cakes with contreau cream and sour cherries
The favourite was the stout, with the wheat beer a very close second. Two people got six out of the eight beers correct and the comments were that all of the beers were excellent. Most people actually found it hard to decide which one they liked the most. An enjoyable evening was had by all and I would like to thank Chris for purchasing the beers, Wayne and Anders brewing, others for helping in the brewery and on the night and Bron for the fine food.
Michael, Brew Master