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19 June
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Kooinda porter gets its growler on

What is it with growlers? They’re popping up everywhere. Kooinda Brewery in Melbourne has put it’s milk porter into a cool one litre growler. My earlier post on Matilda Bay’s venture into growlers pictures a larger 1.8 litre growler.

Freshly growled off Kooinda milk porter

Porter in a growler: how could I resist? I stumbled on this lovely combo at the Swords Select outlet in the South Melbourne market. Always a great place for craft brews, the small team there led by self-confessed ‘beer tragic’ David Vass @vulgarbeerman has growled off (that’s the beer equivalent of decanting) Kooinda’s milk porter into these one litre growlers from a 30 litre keg.

David informs beerlines that these bottles and their special caps are often used in the wine industry and are great for storage.

Kooinda milk porter
Good luck if you can get some of this porter. I really enjoyed it. Not sure about the ‘milk’ reference. It was certainly milk-like in its smoothness with a coffeeish complexity that maintained interest.

David Vass nurses two freshly growled one litre growlers

It delivers a firm bitterness and, as I’ve mentioned, no dusty taste which I dislike in porters and dark beers generally. Despite the depth of colour (for those wary of dark brews) Kooinda milk porter is easy drinking: which brings me to my only recommendation. I believe this rare treat of a porter would deliver greater depth of flavour if it had a higher ABV: somewhere a tweak north of 5%. But that’s picky .. don’t let it put you off trying to track some down if you can.

Cheers!