Dilettante Beer Co. is go!

After years of home brewing and talking about selling beer my first commercial beers will hit Melbourne this month (November 2014). Both beers are based on home brew recipes developed in the woolshed on my folks farm in Berrybank (Western Vic) and I’m really excited to let them loose on the world.

The first kegs of Dilettante Beer were tapped at the Alehouse Project in Brunswick East on Friday 21 November. They didn’t last long but we do have a few extra kegs hidden away for future release and plenty of stock in 500ml bottles. I’ll be posting a list of stockists here as we get them sorted.

If you are interested in getting your hands on some Two Foot Tex or Idle Saison in bottles drop me an email at dilettantebeer@gmail.com

Two Foot Tex IPA

It was a Sunday morning at the Meredith Music Festival in 2006 while watching Tex Perkins and Tim Rogers play that I made a Bloody Meredith fuelled pact with a mate that he would call his son Tex, and I would call mine Tim. Years went by and there is a little guy with a middle name of Tex. My son, however, is not called Tim. So to balance out my end of the deal little Tex got a beer – Two Foot Tex. Originally a homebrew recipe, this is a beer that’s all about the hops – Warrior, Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo, Galaxy and Simcoe; all the usual suspects. Hops make me happy and this beer puts a smile on my face. Enjoy 🙂

Two Foot Tex is a 7% west coast style IPA, plenty of hops all with a citrus focus, which based on the recipe should be over 100 IBU but I haven’t measured it though so wont claim that one. The base malt is marris otter and its fermented with the Nottingham yeast. I really love the combo of the English yeast and citrus hops.

Tasting notes – Tropical and citrus nose with a matching flavor. Hops dominate, but don’t overpower.

Idle Saison – new world farmhouse ale

This beer is certainly not a traditional saison (hell its even got palm sugar in it) but it is brewed as a modern interpretation of the style; not to boozy, enough hops to make it interesting and dry enough that you can easily knock a few back after a long hot day. . This is a beer I’ve been making for years as my summer go to brew thanks to limited temperature control options in the woolshed.


Idle Saison is a 4.5% new world farmhouse ale. The malts are fairly simple, mainly pilsner with some raw wheat thrown in, the yeast is a blend of a French saison and farmhouse ale, and the hops have a new world focus; Nelson Sauvin from NZ, Galaxy from AUS and Willamette from the US.

Tasting notes – The taste and aroma of this beer hint towards tropical fruits with a growing presence of the funky belgo yeast. Drink it fresh and the hops will drive the beer but give it some time and the yeast will start to take over.

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