CHEERS: Aberglasslyn brewer Stuart Duff whose Black Bones Dark Ale, made as a tribute to the Maitland Blacks Rugby Club, picked up a silver medal in the Sydney Royal beer and Cider Show. Picture by CATH BOWENAn Aberglasslyn brewer has claimed a silver medal at the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show.
Stuart Duff, who operates Underground Craft Brewery from a renovated shed in the backyard of his home, didn’t realise his concoction, Black Bones Dark Ale, had been scored 85 out of 100 by judges at Friday’s show, until Saturday afternoon.
The result was only five marks shy of the 90 pointsneeded to be awarded a gold medal.
Mr Duff said he entered the brew, which he invented as a special tribute to the Maitland Blacks Rugby Club, to get some constructive criticism from experienced brewing industry professionals.
He said he was surprised that his work scored so well.
“I got an email to say the awards were on, so I entered two – the dark and an IPA [India Pale Ale],” he said.
“I didn’t get a medal for the IPA, but for the dark beer [to get a medal] I was very surprised.
“I didn’t know because it was my daughter’s birthday on Friday and then her netball grand final on Saturday, so we didn’t go down to Sydney.
“A bloke tagged me in apost on Facebook and that’show I found out on Saturday afternoon.”
The Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show is run by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, which also runs the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
“I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from people who like the black beer,” Mr Duff said.
“It’s roasty with a fruity essence at the end. It’s not really heavy like a porter or stout.
It’s more of an easy drinking dark ale.”
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