【𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐬’ 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲.釀酒師的故事.𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐭 & 𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐨𝐧, 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐨𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐫】
2021-05-18 12:00

【𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐬’ 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 - 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐭 & 𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐨𝐧, 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐨𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐫】

It all started because of love.⁣

⁣12 years ago, Matt and Andrea Houghton founded Boatrocker. “We were driven by a love for each other, and a love for beer. That might sound completely insane, but that is what has driven us all these years, and continues to do so.” Matt explained.⁣

His first sip of a Cantillon beer changed his life. “I was captivated years ago by barrels and their flavour impact on beer when I was backpacking through Europe in 1998. My first port of call was Cantillon and, boy, did that spin my head around!” It set him on a path to beer enlightenment. “I am a lover of the romance of barrels, but also the complexities they can impart on beer, whether sour or funky or spirit-infused. They are the art of beer making.”⁣

This romantic notion had driven Matt to buy 60 used wine barrels from Yering Station for AUD 5000 when he first started the brewery. “My wife [Andrea] does all the accounts and the bookkeeping. I still remember her asking if we were starting a brewery or a winery! Thankfully, it sort of came to fruition.” ⁣

It was Matt and Andrea’s faith towards each other and their passion towards beer that drove Boatrocker to become one of the largest barrel-ageing facilities and undoubtedly one of the finest breweries in Australia. ⁣

Take “𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐝” as an example, it is a Flanders-Style Red Ale blended using “Methode Soléra” - a process for aging liquids such as wine, beer, vinegar, and brandy, by fractional blending in such a way that the finished product is a mixture of ages. “𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐝” is a careful blend of 12, 18, 24 and 48 month-old oak aged beers that each bring with them varying levels of lactic acid, acetic acid and brettanomyces. It results in an abundant taste of red berries with a rich malt character that balances the tartness with malt sweetness.⁣

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【釀酒師的故事 -  𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐭 & 𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐨𝐧, 𝐁𝐨𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐫創辦人⁣】

Matt開酒廠做嘅第一件事,就係用5000蚊澳幣買咗60個紅、白酒桶(嘩其實好抵!)。管數嘅老婆Andrea知道之後都打咗個突,問Matt:「喂家吓我哋係開酒莊定係開啤酒廠㗎?!」老公拍心口一句「信我啦!」就開展咗佢哋釀酒之途。⁣

時至今日,創辦Boatrocker將近12年嘅Matt話釀啤酒最大嘅動力「係愛呀」!呢份愛源自1998年,Matt第一次去比利時神廠Cantillon試咗人生第一隻酸啤;自此佢不但愛上咗風格獨特嘅酸啤,更開始咗佢對酒桶嘅迷戀。佢話無論係咩風格嘅啤酒經過酒桶陳釀,都可以提升啤酒嘅複雜度同層次,仲話過桶呢家嘢簡直係一門藝術!⁣

以剛喺Brewcraft上架嘅《𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐝》為例,佢係一隻用咗索雷拉陳釀法(Méthode Solera)陳釀嘅法蘭德斯紅色愛爾(Flanders Red Ale)。索雷拉陳釀法(Méthode Solera)係指釀酒師會將陳釀咗不同年份嘅新舊酒混合,除咗可以保留舊酒嘅味道特色,亦都可以從新酒身上得到足夠養份,令酒繼續發酵熟成。⁣

《𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐝》混合咗Matt嚴選過、陳釀咗12、24同48個月嘅舊酒,務求將唔同時期嘅酒桶裡面嘅乳酸(Lactic Acid)、醋酸(Acetic Acid)、酒香酵母(Brettanomyces)調配至最佳水平。完成品不但充滿咗豐富嘅車厘子、紅莓既甜帶酸嘅果味,更帶有濃厚拖肥嘅麥芽味。⁣

每一個酒廠、每一樽/罐啤酒背後都有佢哋嘅故事,小編同店長們都好鍾意聽呢啲故仔,聽完仲會覺得支酒好飲咗添!如果你同我哋一樣都咁鍾意聽故仔,就要follow實我哋,你哋嘅支持係我哋繼續努力嘅泉源!⁣


⁣#PowerToTheBeerDrinker