A Saturday afternoon "tour" of the brewery is big on value, atmosphere, friendliness, variety and - most importantly - taste. For such a new entrant to the hugely-competitive microbrewery market, the maturity and confidence of its ales is quite remarkable. Displaying an impressive breadth and depth of technical knowledge coupled with an earnest desire to excel, taking the few steps from one end of the tiny facility to the other is an entertaining and edifying experience. That the small admission charge rewards the visitor with four more-than-generous "samples" is a bonus that easily earns the fifth TripAdvisor review point. As to the beers themselves, there is literally something for everyone. The blonde ale is refreshingly cool and crisp, but with enough body to satisfy the more mature palate. The farmhouse ale is a triumph! Described as "Belgian style" by the brewers, it actually deserves a classification all its own with a complexity of tastes and flavours that demand a second or third glass to continue the journey of exploration. The IPA, in the North American derivation of the term, is strong and bitter enough to demand an accompaniment (fortunately provided by an excellent food truck) but sufficiently flavourful to savour at one's leisure. The stout is equally remarkable in the masterful combination of hops and malts producing flavours that set it apart from its obvious big-brewery competitors. And from what I sampled of the special concoctions, it is clear that the crew have no qualms about experimenting and thinking outside the box. I expect great things!
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