In a throw-back to mind-bending psychedelia, Stone & Wood have relaunched their Sticky Nectar hazy IPA under the independent brewery’s limited Counter Culture range, which kicked off in March with an Imperial Berline Weisse called Killer Kween.
Launched in March, the Counter Culture beers will release a new brew every eight weeks or so, after which they’ll disappear. The range will also feature recipes never tried within the independent Northern Rivers brewery, as well as popular Pilot Batch beers from the past, collaboration brews and beer inspired by the broader brewing community.
Sticky Nectar – The Beer
Let your mind warp and be transported back to a long-gone summer day, illuminated in golden possibility …
Pouring a delicious golden hue, the beer’s bright hazy body pours with a light head matched by medium-high carbonation.
Immediately, heady tropical fruit aromas come bursting through with Galaxy, Citra and Amarillo hops, followed by the sweetness vanilla and truckloads of mango puree that oozes through the beer. Pale, wheat and caramunich malts balance the firm bitterness that cuts through every mouthful.
Lactose delivers a smooth and creamy mouthfeel on the beer, while strengthening the hints of mango smoothie.
Creamy, dreamy – Sticky Nectar is the second limited release of the Counter Culture range that balances summer fruit, lactose and decent booziness.
Sticky Nectar – The Stats
- 6.5% ABV
- Hops 45 IBU
- Medium-high carbonation
- Truckloads of mango puree
Sticky Nectar – The Idea
With psychedelic hints from the ‘70s, the Sticky Nectar hazy IPA extends from a Pilot Batch beer Stone & Wood released on the east coast in June 2018 named Mango Smoothie – a brainchild of brewer Zeke Hower and head brewer Caolan Vaughan. After ongoing positive feedback from drinkers, the team knew they were onto something.
After its successful debut, Stone & Wood decided to bring Sticky Nectar back under the Counter Culture banner, while releasing it for the first time nationally and in cans.
Like all the limited-release beers in the Counter Culture range, Sticky Nectar will be sold in packs of two 500ml cans online, as well in bottle shops and on tap at their Byron Bay brewery, albeit in limited volumes. The stockist listing will be live online by Monday 13 May. After eight weeks, Sticky Nectar will make way for a different Counter Culture beer and disappear.
For news and updates about the Counter Culture range, and to purchase a Sticky Nectar pack, visit www.stoneandwood.com.au/counter-culture.