Chris Shanahan has a solid write up of the new commercial brewer in town, the masonic Stricklands with their “1842” based on a recipe found in an ancestors family bible.
About ten years ago the Stricklands found the recipe, written in German, in the spine of their grandmother’s bible. Later, they had it translated and asked brewing consultant Brian Watson if he could brew from it.
Watson modified the recipe with the Stricklands and Denis Coldabella, brewer at Southern Bay Brewing Company, Victoria. Coldabella then trialled and tested a few small batches with the Stricklands before producing the first 5,000 litre commercial brew.
I’ve had it at All Bar and it seemed up to scratch.