Sharing a convo could be the shot in the arm that we all need. So, whether your chosen 'vaccine' is a pale or a pilsner, administer one with a mate

Origin – Newcastle, New South Wales
ABV- 4.7%
Size- 375mL can
Style – Pale Ale

At sea, storms are harrowing experiences. They are even more dangerous for ships navigating narrow ports. However, a deadlier weather event that lurks for those seeking safe passage to the harbour is fog. Rolling in and out of areas in minutes, often reducing visibility to mere metres, fog has caused many disasters over the centuries. In the late 18th century, steam-powered fog horns were added to many lighthouses to combat this short-lived weather-phenomenon.

Unlike the beams of light that could illuminate the way when seafarers had a visual of the craggy rocks and cliffs ahead, the sound of a foghorn, which could travel up to 30kms out to sea, provided warning of unseen potential dangers. Born and bred in the port of Newcastle, Shawn Sherlock grew up with the warning signals from the city’s two foghorns, located at the head of the Hunter River and off Nobbys Headland. Be that as it may, it was the warning signals of the abandoned blue-collar factories and workshops within Australia's seventh biggest city that inspired Shawn Sherlock and then business partner James Garvey to found FogHorn.

Seeing the potential to play a role in positively influencing the social impacts of the economic change, Sherlock took his decades of beer-making experience and decided to build Newcastle's first craft brewery. Established in 2015 in a converted 1930s industrial unit that formerly housed a Ford workshop, FogHorn is now a thriving restaurant, live music venue and local brewery providing a place for locals to come and eat and drink, or even quietly share a problem in the foggy times of life.

It proved to be a formula so successful that, with the help of craft beer accelerator Founder First, in early 2019 FogHorn joined with Hunter Beer Co, and together they opened an addition brewpub in the Hunter Valley, reuniting Sherlock with old brewing buddy Keith Grice. Though whether it be in the Newcastle CBD, FogHorn Hunter or more recently, the fridge at your local bottleshop, when ordering a round for three cheers or simply grabbing a beer to bend an ear, you can't beat this King Street Pale. A sessional pale with pine and citrus aroma, it's unfussy and well-balanced enough to drink often, but ample complexity to satisfy sophisticated palates.

Next time you’re feeling a little lost, reach for one and sound your horn; after all, a problem shared is a problem halved.