Batch Brewing Co. continue to produce a range of styles in small batches. The Terrier’s Bitter is one tasty recent example.
Batch The Terrier’s Bitter is an English style bitter with a beautiful dark brown colour, which is ever so slightly opaque. A butterscotch coloured frothy head billows up before settling down to a thin layer. It looks just like a traditional English pint.
The nose has a lot of fruity British yeast esters, while the combination of flavours showcase the malt and hops together in perfect unison. There’s a touch of cinder toffee malt with a bitter finish. As you swig the beer, the fruity character from the yeast really comes through and fills your nostrils.
The Terrier’s Bitter has a relatively light body and it’s not overly viscous which is what you want from this style of English bitter.
These traditional English styles can range in ABV but don’t often come much higher than 4.8%. This drinks perfectly at that level. It’s a very elegantly executed beer, and like Merchant Brewing’s Get Folked, provides a fresh and local interpretation of an underrated and lesser seen style.
I’m always on the lookout for English style beers and while you’ll see the likes of Sam Smith’s and Fuller’s popping up around Sydney, they’re obviously never quite as fresh as they are in England. That’s why it’s so great to find these English styles brewed locally in Sydney.
This is perfect to sit and swig on a rainy weekend. If you were to pair it with food, some piping hot, greasy fish and chips or pie and peas would be perfect.
From: Marrickville, NSW
Beer style: English bitter
Pair with: Steak and potato pie with mushy peas
Have you tried Batch The Terrier’s Bitter? If so, leave a comment and let me know how you think it compares to traditional English bitters.