Young Henrys Brewery in Newtown are no strangers to pushing the beer flavour envelope.
Their latest offering, the “Phantasmic Mr Hops” IPA beer is inspired by the Wes Anderson movie, “Fantastic Mr Fox.” Phantasmic Mr Hops is a 7% experimental IPA utilising an innovative new flavour-producing compound named Phantasm.
Phantasm is a powder derived from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc grapes, which gives the beer a tropical taste. It’s described as being like MSG for beer. For the technically minded, Phantasmic Mr Hops combines Phantasm with a healthy dose of hops, including Simcoe Cryo, Sabro and Taiheke, and two experimental US hops (HBC 1019 and HBC 586).
The result is a flavour sensation, drawing waves of caramelised coconut, sautéed pineapple and vacation citrus in every sip before giving way to a creamy luxurious body and mouthfeel.
“We hadn’t done a B-Side in a while, so the Brew Crew wanted to make this one super special. We used ingredients and processes that we had never tried before – from the malt, to the hops, the yeast, the process aids, and brewing processes themselves – almost everything was a first. This beer is different from any in our core range, but still stands up as moreish and balanced. We hope everyone enjoys drinking it as much as we did making it!” – Jesse Searls, Young Henrys Head Brewer.
The Brewer’s B-side range include hits such as Wattle They Think Of Next, Dark Sour of the Moon, From Where You’d Guava Be and more…
Strangely enough, this beer contains lactose, but the rest of the range is lactose-free.
The beer is available in singles, 4 packs and cases of 16. If your local outlet doesn’t stock it, you can order it via the Young Henry’s website