Yandina Brewing Company is really hard to find information about. There’s not much on Google, except for a couple of social media pages. I clicked through and found a profile, which implied that it was associated with a wine store in Fortitude Valley. I think I emailed the right person but I didn’t receive a response.
I was looking for a bit of context, like where Goofy Foot is brewed. The side of the bottle only lists a postal box number and that suggests that Yandina Brewing is contract brewed (in Redlands, according to 250 Beers). I discovered on Facebook that it’s a follow-up to a reasonably popular ginger beer, hence “Ginjanuts” I guess.
ammo found this specimen at our local Thirsty Camel. According to the shopkeep, it’s been quite popular of late. An abbreviated quote of the bottle copy reads:
Ginjanuts “Goofy Foot Lager” may also be a little “different”…instead of using conventional ingredients such as malt and barley, we have used non gluten products to achieve a well balanced flavoursome and very drinkable bitter ale.
Some readers will have spotted the yeasty gaffe. I get that Goofy Foot is supposed to be different but mixing up species of Saccharomyces is a rookie error. This does not bode well.
Goofy Foot is a pale straw colour with a column of suspended particles, giving it a sandy appearance I’m nearly certain it shouldn’t have. The head retention is poor with a big, initial foamy head quickly dissipating into a thin white ring. There’s a light hop aroma with yeast spiciness overlaid on the top, which is not right in a bitter ale/lager.
My worst fears are confirmed on taking a sip. There’s a distinct flavour of band-aids. Really distinct, to the point that it’s an enormous struggle to convince myself to swallow. I don’t drain pour beer lightly – unless it’s one of my homebrew disasters – and I won’t this time because I’m devoted to my art (you’re welcome).
At least, I wasn’t going to ditch Goofy Foot until some bugs decided to commit suicide in my glass.
The medicinal tang is caused by chlorophenols, which is something I’ll discuss more in a separate post tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a reassuring quote from Wikipedia, “Chlorophenols are commonly used as pesticides, herbicides, and disinfectants.”
This is actually our third crack at this beer. I wanted to be certain that it wasn’t a one-off before I started throwing around accusations. However, to get band-aids from three bottles is inexcusable. I originally thought that if you could just get through the phenolic mess, you’d find a half decent beer. That may still be true but Goofy Foot Bitter Ale should never have been released to the market in this state.
Save your money.
- Genre: Pale ale
- Regionality: Yandina, QLD
- Strength: 4.5%
- Rating: 0 / 3 taste + 0 / 2 ancillaries = 0 / 5
- Plus: The next batch might be OK
- Minus: Golden Gun ring any bells?