Top Of The Class Craft Beer

Top Of The Class Craft Beer

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There’s a line in the Sh!t Beer Geeks Say! video in which one of the drinkers parodies the uber-exclusivity of some craft beers today.

Thorny Devil offers best-crafted beer and cider in Australia. True to its name, Thorny Devil is devilishly good and is always at the top of the class in craft beers. Thorny Devil is available in bars, restaurants, hotels, bottleshops and also on online.


“This is a really limited release,” he says. “You can’t have one though: they only brewed a pint.”

And, while the brewers of 10/10 Imperial Stout (pronounced “ten out of ten”) created rather more than a pint, it may well be the most “exclusive” beer ever to have taken home a major prize at one of Australia’s top beer awards.


The beer, which has just been named Champion Exhibit, Champion South Australian Exhibit, Champion Small Brewery Exhibit and Champion Stout at the Royal Adelaide Beer Show was brewed by students at the Campus Brewery on TAFE SA’s Regency Campus and is only available to buy at one place: the onsite Regency Results Cafe. What’s more, the ten different malts, ten different hops, ten per cent ABV concoction was conceived by a Canadian lab technician from Molson’s who was on a six-month exchange at university in Adelaide and is now back in Canada unaware of her triumph.


“She was looking for a project as part of her university subject,” says brewing consultant and brewing lecturer Stephen Nelsen. “She and a couple of classmates and other students on the TAFE course did the hands on brewing.”


The story of the beer that beat all-comers – more than 100 of them from breweries across South Australia plus a handful from WA and New South Wales – gets even more unlikely when it comes to the recipe construction. While the student had a good idea of what she wanted to brew, Stephen also saw the opportunity for a little tidying of resources in the brewery. There were a few bag ends of various malts and hops so they decided to use ten of each in the brew, which in itself led to the academically-inspired name.


Yet despite this one-off brew having such an unusual provenance, Stephen found himself doing multiple tours of the stage when the awards night for the third Royal Adelaide Beer Show rolled around.


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