Craft beer champions Baffle competition at national awards
IT'S dark, smoky, and now Baffle Beer Brewery's Capricornia lager is officially the best in the land.
Brewers Beatrice and Bert Kangler were thrilled to win a gold award in the 6X lager category at the Australian Craft Beer Awards on Thursday night, which they backed up with silver for their Bavarian Helles, another German-style lager from the Bavarian natives.
"We are so excited," Bee said yesterday after hearing the news.
"We entered the Capricornia at the Australian International Beer awards and we were pretty close - so we were hoping to win, but we never expected it."
The German couple started Baffle Beer last year, bringing a European flavour with them.
"It's very special - it's a dark, smoky bock beer," Bee said of the Capricornia.
"We use smoked malts. It's a very complicated thing to do so you have a slightly smoky flavour in the beer - it's a traditional way to make beer in Bavaria.
"When we came to Australia we thought, we'll bring some traditional beers we love with us.
"It's the beer we've grown up with, a smooth, German style lager that is easy to drink."
The most important ingredient is the malt, she said.
The Capricornia contains a specialty smoked malt from Bavaria, "but we really try to use local ingredients", Bee said, including other malts from Queensland and hops from Tasmania and Victoria.
"We want to encourage people to buy local."
Of Baffle Beer's six different varieties, the traditional pale Helles lager is the second most popular after the Euleilah Ale, which didn't qualify for entry at the awards because "it is too much our own creation", Bee said.
"Queensland Beer should become a category."
The Kanglers won't be resting after their big win.
"We're always working on new recipes and beer styles," Bee said.
"Bert brewed a special Oktoberfestbier this week, so it will be ready to go in September.
"It's a strong lager called Maerzen, a very traditional beer at 5.5 % alcohol, which we'll bottle in 500 ml bottles - the typical size in Bavaria."