This is probably one of the more personal review I’ve ever put together on this beer ladened blog of mine, you see i’m about to write a review on a beer that’s been brewed by a good mate of mine who gave up a lot & sacrifced so much to set up a brewery in reservoir in Melbourne north. Mazen Hajjar, who isalso know around the world as Mr 961Beer has uprooted his entire life and resettled in Melbourne and gone about spending the last 12 or so months building one of the most high tech breweries i have ever seen.
It is something i have watched bot he & Joseph Abboud of Rumi (Brunswick) pour themselves into from conception a few years ago until reality now. So for me this is one of those emotional one’s where i’m so fucking excited that my mate has made his dream come true….. in fact he called me tonight to tell me how excited he was about the reception to his newest creation… even though we’d hung out for lunch not much earlier in the day, such was the excitement he rang me like a giddy school boy who’d just been asked out by a girl &wanted to let his mates know…. the excitement is there for all to see and it is growing. Enough soppy stuff though… Lets get down to the nitty gritty… Hawkers Beer… named after the dudes who used to wander the streets selling stuff door to door… you know … hawkers… seen he signs? “No Hawkers Allowed”? well.. that’s it.. named after those pesky door to door dudes… although this time if you refuse them entry into your bar.. you’ll likely miss out on one of if not the best pale ale going around this fine land of ours…
The beer which is known as “Hawkers Pale Ale” has a simple name… but is anything but simple itself. In fact after sampling it this afternoon i had a discussion with Mazen about it and he described the complexity as having layers of complexity buried in the balance of malts and hops… and you know what… i completely agree with him. A beer that presents as a wonderfully rich golden nectar with the most amazing and perfect head i’ve seen in a long time on a beer. It was deliciously malty from a pale malt aspect with some solid notes of floral/fruity hops and a delicate but noticeable hint of resins coming through that led to this interesting and very enjoyable defined lingering bitterness that didn’t scream HOPS! at you but was enough to say “hey i’m here to please you” and that it definitely did. #Gamechanger … use it when you check it in… because it is..
The good news is that as amazing and easily drinkable as this beer is … there are more on the horizon… an IPA… and a Saison… as well as a Pilsner … so guys… this year we have ourselves some amazing beers hitting the local scene and i think we are all in for the ride of our lives… especially if the gabs beer is anything to go by… ;) more on that one later though .. for now.. get yourselves some Hawkers Pale Ale by any means necessary because this beer… well… as i said earlier …. a …. GAME CHANGER!!!