Dedicated craft beer lovers are small in number compared to the wider beer community, but they are very vocal and not afraid to put their hand in their pocket to try something before anyone else. So when Torquay home brewer Scott Hunt launched an online crowd-funding campaign in early 2016 to kick off with a 7% Black IPA named Obsidian, he had no shortage of new investors.
With the impressive success of Obsidian, you’ll be pleased to know Valhalla now run independently, and can be found most weeks at Red Duck Brewery in Ballarat, pumping out a diverse and impressive core range of beers.
Apart from Obsidian (which is drinking really well right now), you’ll find a beer to suit most palates, with a special tip of the Bandwagon hat to the Illywhacker Australian Pale Ale. It’s a great example of how Galaxy, Topaz and Ella hops can work together while its malt base ensures you can enjoy a solid session.
If you’re a David Bowie fan that thinks outside the box, the Ziggy Stardust session Red IPA is one that teases your palate and matches food across a broad range of cuisines. Then of course you have the Aragon IPA for hopheads, and Fenix Belgian Ale for those new to the craft beer world.
Look out for a brand-spanking-new Valhalla Brewery on the Surf Coast somewhere over the next 12-18 months; but in the meantime, you can find Valhalla beers all over Melbourne and regional Victoria at good beer venues and bottleshops. Skoll!