While I'm not suggesting you should take up smashing eggs over a mates head to get him talking (although it might be funny!!), cracking this tinnie with him might be just the trick to get a conversation started.
Origin – Royal Park, South Australia
ABV – 5.5%
Size – 375mL can
Style – American Pale Ale
In 1996, a shed was built to promote social interaction and to increase the quality of life for blokes. The slogan above the bar was 'Shoulder to Shoulder', as in men don't talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder. That movement was to become known as Men's Shed.
The story of Big Shed Brewing Concern is not too dissimilar. In 2002, good mates Jason Harris and Craig Basford began brewing out of a farming shed in the Barossa Valley. It was a way to connect with each other and with mates. Believing they were killing it as amateurs, they decided to go pro. Rather than leaving behind the social interaction, they built on it, or more accurately built it – a big shed in Adelaide's Royal Park consisting of a communal brewery. It was a place where the lads could both brew and hook up with other start-ups who were mixing their own. Jason and Craig not only gave a leg up to others in the craft beer community, they also got some rent money to keep the bank man at bay between brews. Steadily the big shed became filled with tenants, most notably the Mismatch Brewing Company. All the while, the duo began establishing the Big Shed brand in its own right, before commercially launching their first beer in 2014.
Fast forward five years and a shed load of beer awards later, with the help of a State Gov the Big Shed got bigger. To go from their first Saturday of trading where they poured one pint for the day – affectionately remembered as Seven Dollar Saturday! – to a brewery with 20 employee’s and a potential capacity of 1 million litres per year, has been a whirlwind for the lads. While there’s now a solid range of core and seasonal beers rattling down the lines, it’s this crowd favourite that was first brewed as a tribute to the craft beer staple, the American Pale Ale, that dominates the sales. As big and bold as its name, the F-Yeah tips the scales at 5.8 percent. The solid bitterness derived from its fruity citrus hops is balanced by a pale malt foundation, resulting in citrus aromas layered with a rich biscuity backbone.
Full strength yet easy drinking, it’s the sort of beer you can enjoy shoulder to shoulder with a mate at the Men’s Shed or the one in your own backyard.