8 February 2019

BentSpoke's new chilli-infused beer the hot topic at Multicultural Festival

| Lachlan Roberts
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Do you like chilli? Do you like beer? Try Bentspoke’s new beer Blazing Saddle. Photo: Supplied by Bentspoke.

Chilli infused chocolate is a delicious combo but have you tried a chilli beer?

BentSpoke is turning up the heat in time for one of Canberra’s most popular festivals next week, with the award-winning brewery to release a chilli-infused beer to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the National Multicultural Festival.

Called the Blazing Saddle, the limited edition beer is infused with 23 chillies and heritage grains from around the globe and will be available at the launch of the festival next Friday (15 February).

Co-owner and head brewer Richard Watkins said the beer keeps true to BentSpoke’s ‘think local act global’ ethos, sourcing grains from Australia, Ethiopia and Tibet and gathering the wide variety of chillies from four different continents.

With chillies ranging from smoked morita chillis to habaneros and birdseye chillies from South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, the beer packs quite a punch.

But what does it taste like?

“The beautiful thing about using chillies is that you get lots of aroma from the oils in the chillies,” Mr Watkins shared. “The beer has a great chilli aroma and it has got a nice little kick to it but it’s not as spicy as a vindaloo.

“I think it is around the medium to high hotness but the best thing about it is that its clearly still a beer. Those good malt sweetness shines through and balances the heat.”

If the beer is not as spicy as you desire, you can increase the chilli quotient to cater to your different tolerance for heat.

“We have also made up an extra-hot hot sauce that you can add to your beer,” he said. “If the beer itself isn’t spicy enough for you, just add some hot sauce. Hopefully, only a few people will leave with a blazing saddle.”

Watkin’s co-owner and fellow brewer Tracy Margrain said Bentspoke wanted to do their part to showcase Australia’s vibrant multicultural heritage.

“Rich and I have fond memories of wandering the alleys of tents during the National Multicultural Festival, trying out new food from passionate people who love and are proud of their culture,” she said.

“Chillies are an important part of so many cultures, so it was an easy decision for us to use them as a feature of this special event beer.”

Brewed on-premise in Braddon, Blazing Saddle will be available at BentSpoke’s National Multicultural Festival stall, their Braddon brewpub and King O Malley’s, until sold out.

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