Excise, Beer tax...
I can't say that I had any positive feelings about this process and up until lodgement it had been long and painful. I could only assume that the process would continue in the same fashion. Just to source test equipment approved by the Excise department was an ordeal in itself, so much so that it was late March before we could even submit our application.
The producers license (a process we had considered far simpler and straight forward) had disappeared into the mist for months. What would come of this...
Within two weeks of posting our application we received written correspondence stating that they had received it and would have it actioned within 28 days. Within one week of that letter they were on the phone addressing concerns. Within 10 days they were resolved and we had our certificate.
I can only say WOW! They were knowledgable and efficient. The Tax Department! I can honestly say that while the application process was long and hard, the Excise department wanted to get shit done. They worked through everything and saw out a successful conclusion. GREAT!
A red ale is a form of pale ale that is categorised by its colour. There’s still debate around the fact of whether or not a red ale is really its own class of ale or whether or not it falls under the umbrella of English bitter. A red ale is categorised by a slight sweetness and tea-like flavours. It has a light hop and toasted malt flavours, making it a well-balanced beer. It is made with a high proportion of pale malts and often contains caramel colouring to give it its signature red hue. It is often that red ales will have a dry finish. These beers are very easy drinking, as our very own Tim Martin will tell you from personal experience!