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What's on tap at wig and pen

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by mulder1010, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Initiate (0) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    How about some pig pen, lunch with the monks, IRA, SOS, and the judges are all on Botox.
    Drinking a velvet cream stout right now
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  2. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (665) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    Good to hear you got down to Canberra. Sorry I'm not there to have a pint with you. The RIS is good this year. What's the SOS?
  3. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Initiate (0) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    Sour olde spiced
  4. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (575) Australia Dec 29, 2006

    I'm there too. Guy with glasses wearing a Soundgarden shirt. Sitting inside.

    Drinking the Pig Pen collaboration.
  5. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Initiate (0) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    Mosaic pale ale.

    Wig and pen RIS is oak aged this year.
  6. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (665) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    Interesting. Bunch of new stuff in the last week.
  7. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Initiate (0) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    The mosaic pale ale does not work on hand pump
  8. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (510) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    any highlights?
  9. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (575) Australia Dec 29, 2006

    Velvet cream stout & the RIS were the picks.

    SOS and Pig Pen were odd.
  10. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (510) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    nice, W&P still seems way ahead of everyone else in Australia in the brewpub stakes. I hope they were doing lots of business.
  11. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (575) Australia Dec 29, 2006

    It was pretty quiet, but it might also be Uni holidays
  12. Lukie

    Lukie Savant (415) Australia Jun 16, 2007

    Pig Pen took a while to grow on me. Happy to drink it though!
  13. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (665) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    Obviously need to reserve judgement on the SOS until I try it. Pig Pen was okay but was too much of an intro to wild ales. Very basic and lacking a bit of punch.
  14. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Initiate (0) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    SOS had a lot of sour aniseed qualities. We could not finish it.
    Pig Pen was all over the board. Horse blanket, balsamic vinegar, changing to white vinegar, apple, and pear. Quite odd, yet interesting.
    Moasic Pale ale had an outstanding nose but just not suited for a handpump. Really needed the carbonation. A+ for the nose.
  15. Lukie

    Lukie Savant (415) Australia Jun 16, 2007

    That is really odd, I get no vinegar out of Pig Pen at all.
  16. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Initiate (0) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    Flavours kept changing. Colder it had more vinegar, warmer became more fruit driven I though.
  17. Had to admit, Pig Pen was down the bottom of my list at GABS. And I really wanted to like it. In saying that, I think I need to drink a larger volume to pass complete judgement!
  18. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (665) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    Good to hear the comments before I next head down there. May not need to for a while as I have a corny keg of IRA sitting the fridge which I won recently.
  19. I agree with pat - i definitely thought of white vinegar with pig pen. But i had only a small serve whilst taking a group photo of a tipsy ladies table at ferals that day so wasnt paying as much attention

    Kinda agree with dave and luke too - it's kinda lacking something? But i for one am liking the emergence.of sessionable sours like pig pen and warhead... bruocsella or [insert highly sought after sour here] will always (hopefully) be there when a bit more introspection is warranted
  20. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Initiate (0) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    I liked it. Very different and far better than SOS was Really a shame that Wig and Penn and Feral are the only ones really getting deep into sours.Feral really needs to bottle one like the early Russian River or New Belgium wilds instead of tap only. Then again I was at W&P for the RIS.
    IRA reminded me too much of Red Poppy from 8 wired and was not fond of that beer at all. Nor the IRA
    Probably going back in 3-4 weeks for more RIS
  21. I reckon moondog also doing a decent job of sours... Really liked the mistofelees mango sour. Dunno about likelihood of feral bottling any 'serious' sours (e.g. Swanambic) - doesnt ferals have an aversion to bottling lukie? Whats the latest on bottled warhead?

    I wont be getting to the wig and pen for prebaby last hurrah so will have to be content with drinking that RIS vicariously through this thread. So there was no wig and pen mother funker gueze available?
  22. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (575) Australia Dec 29, 2006

    That's a bummer. No Mothur Funker this time. It was on last time I was there on the Anzac Day long weekend
  23. Lukie

    Lukie Savant (415) Australia Jun 16, 2007


    No idea on any of that. Can't bottle sours on a regular bottling line unless you want all of your other beers to get infected.
  24. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (665) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    Mother Funker was a one off. Probably won't be back for some time as I don't know if he has the aged lambic to make it happen.
  25. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (665) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    Was in at the Wig today. Had the SOS which is interesting but nothing phenomenal. They will have a Smoked instead of sour version soon which will be interesting. The RIS is stunning this year. Nicely integrated. The current hand-pumped Centenary Ale is an Imperial Weizen Bock. Big, boozy, sweet and delicious.

    The Mozaic Pale Ale is just a variant on the normal Wig & Pen Pale Ale they do on hand-pump. I don't mind it as a beer but get why Pat didn't like it.
  26. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (575) Australia Dec 29, 2006

    Looks like Richard Watkins is leaving the Wig & Pen...just saw this on Twitter:

    "After 17 years, 2612 brews and 2.3M pints it's time to do something similar but a little different !! Thks for the awsome support everyone!"
  27. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Initiate (0) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    I swear I had the conversation with Dgilks last year about that happening.
    If he goes to the right place it ought to be interesting
  28. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (575) Australia Dec 29, 2006

    At the tasting in January?
  29. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (665) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    That was more to do with the potential for the Wig to have to move/shut down rather than Richard leaving. Wig will stay as it is to the best of my knowledge but who knows what will happen without Richard's creativity.

    In terms of this new news, my understanding from Twitter is that Richard is planning to set up his own place in Canberra.
  30. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (665) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    Richard Watkins has decided to move on from his award-winning stint at the iconic Canberra microbrewery and tavern Wig and Pen.
    Well-respected and much loved on the national craft brewing stage, Watkins has helmed the brewery for the last 17 years, turning the venue into both a craft beer and tourism icon.
    Watkins says that the decision to leave was not a simple one, and was motivated by a variety of factors, including a desire to open his own brewery.
    “I think when you put 17 years into something, it’s not easy to walk away,” he says. “I want to have my own brewery. I want to do something for myself before I get too old.”
    Additionally there is some insecurity regarding the future of the building which currently houses the Wig and Pen, further fuelling his decision to go it alone.
    “There is a lot of uncertainty with the building,” says Watkins. “Nobody knows what’s going to happen so I figured it is the right time for me, difficult as it is to leave the place, to embark on something for myself.”
    Beer & Brewer has it on good authority that Watkins’ new brewery will be supplied by Canadian brewing equipment specialist DME, the company used by famed craft breweries Feral (WA), Stone & Wood (NSW), Australian Brewery (NSW), 4 Pines (NSW) and many more.
    - See more at: http://www.beerandbrewer.com/_blog/...leaves-wig-pen/#sthash.RbbYwpDK.euycOgGq.dpuf
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  31. Lukie

    Lukie Savant (415) Australia Jun 16, 2007

    Didn't realise he was moving on already, I thought the plan was to wait until the Pig closed.
  32. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (665) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    That was my understanding but there is a fair bit of uncertainty about what is happening with the Wig. Sounds like he managed to make this happen first.
  33. gulden

    gulden Aficionado (180) Australia Mar 20, 2011

    what's on now?
  34. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (665) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    Funnily enough I was in today. The following seasonals are available:

    RIS
    Centenary Series - Schwartzbier
    Centenary Series - Imperial Weizen Bock (hand pump)
    Smoked Old Spiced (through Randall with cinnamon, dried figs, vanilla and truffle)
    Bob's Armpit (Belgian Sour)
    Oaked Wig Cider (Funky Normandy style Cider)
    2 Knuckles Deep (Belgian Sour)

    The RIS is fantastic as always. Possibly a little more integrated than last year. The Schwartzbier is good and the hand pumped Weizen Bock is pretty cool. Bob's Armpit is a favourite for me so can't complain there. 2 Knuckles Deep is an interesting sour and worth a try. Finally the Smoked Old Spiced. It doesn't work for me as the combination of sugar, spice and smoke doesn't work but I can see why some people like it.

    For cider drinkers, the Oaked cider is fantastic. Massively phenolic and funky. I'm told it was all Brett fermentation then put in some barrels previously used for sours. Really good stuff.
  35. gulden

    gulden Aficionado (180) Australia Mar 20, 2011

    Sounds like an excellent list!
  36. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (665) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    Certainly is.
  37. machalel

    machalel Aficionado (205) Australia Jan 19, 2012

    sounds good, i'll have to drop in at some time :)
  38. looks damn good, shame no kegs ever make it to WA

    someone sort that sh!t out....
  39. Lukie

    Lukie Savant (415) Australia Jun 16, 2007

    Closest thing we will ever get to W&P stuff is Pig Pen (all gone) until he opens his new brewery and decides to expand.

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