We had the absolute pleasure of attending the launch of craft beer Big Shed Brewing Concern at 13/2 Brandwood St, Royal Park. True to its name, it was a big shed. The brewery is spearheaded by Jason Harris and Craig Basford who are very passionate about making what they love into a living – brewing and drinking great beer! They started with their first beer which was the Frankenbrown American Brown Ale and perfected that. Before long they have proudly grown BSBC into what it is today.
So what is Big Shed Brewing Concern all about? Here’s what they said.
“AtBig Shed Brewing Concernwe aim to produce high quality craft beers for those who are looking for more from their beer. These beers are produced locally and customers are able to see where their favourite drop is made. Our beer does not conform to style guides for the sake of it instead our driving focus is about delivering flavours we can be proud of. At our heart we not only exist for our own beer production needs as we know from painful experience how hard it is to start a brewing business. We have always included in our business model the ability to provide space and access to our brewery for others. Rather than simply being customers, we see our clients as partners who will help us as much as we help them. We will help grow craft beer by helping those who like us stand against all that is bland in mass marketed beer.“
F-Yeah American Pale Ale
This was the first time I had sampled any of the range so I was in for a treat. I began with F- Yeah American Pale which is another pale that shakes my foundation of my anti-pale mentality. There was a great fruity flavour to it with less bitterness then you would expect. I found most of the enjoyment happened on the middle palette for me.
Beer = Crowd
Looking for the next treat I waded towards the Californicator IPA which was a whopping 7.5% alcohol. IPA is a range that I just steer clear of as it is generally too bitter for me to the point my spine wants to rattle my skull off. This however kept just below that point and gave the impression that an IPA should. It had an almost elderflower back taste to it which is a lovely floral overtone.
Sir Prince Philip Pale was my third and this is their go-to pale which would suit a broad crowd of people keeping to expected levels of bitterness and carbonation. It did really compliment the fried mini gherkins that were drifting around!
Obsessed with light globes
Straight from the tank
Craig and Jason of BSBC
From behind the bar
Frankenbrown (keg was empty *sad face*)
The Frankenbrown American Brown Ale was the one I had been holding out for and I could not wait any longer. It had a smooth caramel/espresso quality to it with a shadow of dark chocolate. A good hearty brown for a feast or winter’s evening. This beer was also recently awarded the 2014 Bronze Medal at the Craft Beer Awards.
Szechuan Peppercorn Beer was the biggest gamble from the brewery and curiosity got the better of me. Personally, it missed the mark as it was far too peppery and bitter. Though on a plus side it did smell like tomato plants which was very reminiscent of my granddads green house! They also offer a cider called Cherry Popper containing 8.5% alcohol made using Adelaide Hills fruit. It is worth a try though more aimed at the ladies, still very delicious. In fact it is one of their most popular craft beverages to date alongside F-Yeah.
Snacks were available on the night, snacks of an excellent quality that makes you want to ignore the public views and grab a fist load! The buffalo wings minus the bones were the best for me! I am not sure if these are a constant on the menu but it’s obvious they can pump out some great grub! Don’t forget the fried breaded mini pickles – best bar snack.
BSBC is transformed into a bar on Fridays 2-8pm and Saturdays 12-6pm so you can come enjoy the nectar straight from the tap.
You can also find them scattered across pubs in Adelaide so keep a keen eye for the Big Shed Brewing Concern!