Quaffers: Stone and Wood's new Heart Breaker

Chris Shanahan
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Byron Bay's Stone and Wood brewery released its fourth ale under the Mash Collective label late September. 

The new Heart Breaker ale combines ideas from NSW mid-north-coast chef Clayton Donovan, guitarist and songwriterDarren Middleton, and brewing industry graphic designer (and home brewer) Damian Kelly.

Presumably Middleton and Kelly had some say in the malts and hops (ella, Sorachi ace, centennial and mosaic) in the brew. 

Clayton Donovan's more tangible input comes directly through a lifelong appreciation of Australian bush foods, acquired from an aunt and his grandmother and now applied through his cooking. The new brew contains lemon myrtle, bush peach and pepperberry.

Heart Breaker is available on tap at A Baker and in bottles at Hotel Hotel, Plonk and Urban Cellars.

Stone and Wood The Mash Collective
Heart Breaker 500ml $9
★★★★½

Wood and Stone's fourth brew under the Mash Collective label is an amber ale, seasoned with four varieties of hops and several native Australian plants and fruits. Heat Breaker unifies these diverse elements into an harmonious, full-bodied ale, cut through with tangy, spicy herbal notes and a bitter, dry finish.

Edge Brewing Company
Angry Pirate IPA 330ml $5.31

★★★★

To tweak this strong IPA (6.8 percent alcohol), Melbourne's Edge Brewing included rum-soaked oak chips in the conditioning tank. The medium gold–orange coloured ale holds its head forever and delivers feisty, malt and hops flavours with quite an astringent, dry finish that probably includes hops, oak and rum.