Beer and gin have come together in a union between Orange and Bathurst.
Orange-based Badlands head brewer Jon Shiner and Stone Pine head distiller Ian Glen from Bathurst have bridged the gap of gin and beer in a sympathetic harmony of a hopped gin and botanical infused beer.
The duo recently launched the Sympatico Gin Botanical Double IPA, and Sympatico Double IPA Hopped Gin at the Orange Farmers Market.
Stone Pine's Double IPA hopped Gin is infused with lemondrop and motueka hops from the Badlands' hop store together with botanicals lemon myrtle, coriander, juniper and angelica to deliver a robust hopped spirit that blurs the lines between gin and beer.
Badlands' Sympatico Gin Botanical Double IPA is infused with the same botanicals and hops as the gin.
Mr Shiner said the beer mirrors the complex and nuanced flavours of the gin and is an exciting opportunity to compare and contrast the two releases.
However, he said although the beer tastes like its contains gin there's no gin in the beer, and there's no beer in the gin only botanicals.
He said the juniper and coriander and other botanicals were crushed and hung in a bag during the boiling process but it was after the hops were put in at the end of fermentation that the gin flavour came through.
Mr Shiner said he and Mr Glen have collaborated in the past and this opportunity arose due to increased canning at Badlands Brewery in Orange.
He said he said the mobile canning equipment is usually brought to the brewery every three or four months but coronavirus has seen increased demand for canned beers so he's had access to the equipment monthly.
"I've been wanting to do a double IPA anyway," Mr Shiner said.
"It's a really strong hoppy beer and thought that might make a twist.
"I picked Ian's brain on what botanicals he thought would work in the beer and I raided his spice store and he did the same to me."
Although public tastings were not possible at the launch due to coronavirus precautions, Mr Shiner said he's heard positive feedback about both products.
"I think the gin it's superb, it's really good, it's really balanced, you get these citrusy notes from the hops."
Both beer and gin will be available in independent bottle shops in Orange and Bathurst such as Orange Cellars, Cobb and Co Cellars and Badlands cellar door at The Agrestic Grocer, Lane Cellars and The Knickerbocker Hotel, as well as numerous bottle shops across the state.
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