Stomping Ground’s ‘Astra Man’ fresh hop pale ale blasts off

Stomping Ground 'Astra Man' fresh hop pale ale

Stomping Ground ‘Astra Man’ fresh hop pale ale

Holy Lupulus! What have we done?! Using a new and mysterious strain of fresh Astra hop flowers from Ellerslie Farms, picked by day and brewed that night, our little superhero emerges this Friday. Kapow!

To showcase the freshness of their new limited edition ‘Astra Man’ Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Melbourne brewery Stomping Ground have personally delivered cases of the beer to the fridges of inner city bars and venues within 24 hours of it being canned on March 1st.

Three weeks earlier, the brewing team were invited by Ellerslie Hop to their King Valley hop farm in Victoria to pick the first of their newly developed Astra hops the day before the 2018 harvest officially began.

After a three hour drive back to the city, a new beer was brewed later the same day and the freshly harvested ‘wet’ hops (so named as they are used fresh off the vine without being processed like the usual kilned – or dried – hops) were added.

Head Brewer Ashur Hall was honoured by Ellerslie invitation. “It was a real thrill to have the whole brewing team go up and be so hands-on with picking and processing the hops we needed. I’m super happy with how the beer turned out and am already looking forward to using the Astra hops again.”

A very limited supply cans of Astra Man can be found in the following supporting bars and bottle shops:

  • Boilermaker House
  • Bar SK
  • Fitzroy Cellars
  • Westgarth Cellars
  • Carwyn Cellars
  • Otters Promise
  • Captain Melville
  • Slow Beer Richmond & Fitzroy
  • The Hippo
  • Beer Mash
  • Marquis of Lorne
  • McCoppins Fitzroy
  • Audacious Monks
  • Blackhearts Fitzroy
  • Blackhearts Nth Fitzroy
  • Blackhearts Brunswick East
  • Blackhearts Richmond
  • Blackhearts Brunswick
  • Grape & Grain
  • Bottle House Sth Yarra
  • Bottle House Balaclava
  • Mr West
  • Decanters by the Bay
  • Village Vineyard

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