Stone & Wood – Forefathers Doppelbock Lager
Hail the Pioneers!! / Cameo Collective Cold Shoulder Top / Cotton On Skinny High Rise 7/8 Jean / Cameo Collective Been There Scarf / Paul Simon - Diamonds on the Souls of her Shoes
“The Stone & Wood Forefathers Doppelbock Lager is dark and it’s deep but when you look a little further, it has luscious rich, smooth burnt toffee like sweetness, just simmering under the surface. It’s ridiculously sippable and offers such a wonderful reward when you’ve spent a little time getting to know it.”
There has been a lot of chat and discussion recently around the term ‘disruptors’ or “creating a disruption”, particularly when it comes to craft beer. Personally, I like the term, it has a kind of strength and power and beer in Australia certainly was in dire need of being both disrupted and interrupted.
Beer had become such a commodity product without, what felt like, any sense of core appreciation from its consumers. Brewers have always had passion… that fact has never been up for dispute. But beer…. it became a product that didn’t call for much thought, didn’t justify any assessment and was simply used for a purpose, without any real acknowledgement of the crafting of the brew. Thankfully, craft beer is disrupting what was the status quo of beer.
Stone & Wood, through their Forefathers series, recognises those pioneers whose passion ignited a movement to put beer onto the map of appreciation whilst demonstrating their gratitude for those who hung off a limb and sang the praises of all that beer could be. These are those who are enriching a new wave of consumer appreciation and recognition of all that is beer.
Their latest, in collaboration with beer writer, now brewer, Willie Simpson captures the spirit and essence of Willie perfectly. It’s dark and it’s deep but when you take the time to dig a little deeper, it has luscious and rich burnt toffee-like sweetness teasingly simmering under the surface. It’s ridiculously sippable and offers such a wonderful reward when you’ve spent a little time getting to know it. Thanks for everything you have done for beer and our industry Willie, your book was one of the first I read when I set out on my beer journey. I still throw ‘organoleptic’ out there occasionally!
It’s Cotton On high-waisted jeans that were uber cool in the 70’s and are experiencing perhaps one of the most fraught of renaissances, it’s Cameo Collective showing a bit of shoulder whilst maintaining your modesty with a sleeve and it’s my favourite emerging trend (another renaissance and also from Cameo Collective)… the neck scarf…. I totally dig it!! It’s Paul Simon, unplugged and acoustic and sounding so very dreamy and divine. And… everyone has diamonds on the souls of their shoes, you just need to look.