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!
Indian Pale Ales (IPA) are heavy on the hop side. The red IPA hails from the United States and, therefore, they are even hoppier than their father, the English IPA. As a rule of thumb, the IPA has a higher alcohol content than its pale ale lineage, however, for the red IPA, we can also factor in the fact that red ales are also generally brewed stronger than their pale ale counterparts. This makes for a strong beer in a red IPA.
Hefeweizen is a straw coloured, usually hazy beer which is very attractive when served in the traditional Bavarian hefeweizen glass in the summer sunshine. Hefeweizens are made with at least 50% wheat in the mash and are not found to be brimming with hops, the flavours mainly come from the yeast instead. You see “Weizen” means wheat (you might remember that from our Dunkelweizen article) and “hefe” means yeast. These, as said, are the main two flavour components of a hefeweizen and the yeast used adds distinct clove and banana notes. Making these beers the perfect, easy drinking beverage in the sunshine.