Don’t let COVID19 kill the conversation, rather lubricate one (virtually if req!) with this wonderful drop.

Origin – Keilor Park, Victoria
ABV- 7.5%
Size- 330mL bottle
Style- Scotch Ale

The oxford dictionary defines furphy as a rumour or false report. Flick a few pages over, and you'll find the definition of fury as vehemence; fierceness; unrestrained anger or rage. The latter is the reaction you’ll get from Reno Georgiou if you mix up his micro brewed crafts with the macro brewed swill that shares a name with the former!

Reno, whose nickname not surprisingly comes from his temper, is the successful businessman behind Fury and Son. The Son is Andrew, whom Reno had been brewing at home with for around 15 years before they decided to step into the commercial realm. Prior to launching Fury & Son, he was working as a pharmacist but dreaming of doing something into which he could put his heart. And that turned out to be craft beer. Their move from occasional home brewing partners to the founders and owners of Fury and Son Brewing Company came to fruition in mid-2016. It started with kitting out an industrial unit 15km north-west of Melbourne with 25-hectolitre brew house that was purchase from fellow Victorian brewers Grand Ridge after they expanded to a much larger system. They added to that some shiny new stainless-steel tanks, a bottling line, and head Brewer Brenton Aylward – who cut his teeth at Mountain Goat, Thunder Road and Hawkers. Combined with tap house and tasting room, their offerings were quick to find favour not just with the Melbourne drinkers who were first to get their hands on the beers, but the country's finest experts too: at the 2016 Craft Beer Awards, their Pale collected a gold medal, while their New World Pilsner and the first edition of this Scotch Ale both picked up a bronze.

Since that 2016 release, this increasingly sort after Scotch Ale has been refined a little more each year, with this seasons rendition nailing the peated smoke and Islay whisky like characters.  Best drunk at ambient temperatures, upfront the nose delivers a subtle smokiness under a big caramel, toffee and biscuity aroma. The palate is sweet and chewy with a chest and cheek warming alcohol hit. A firm bitterness follows alone side a residual sweetness and a long lingering malt flavoured finish.  Like all scotch ales, some folks love them, while others loathe them.

If you’re not in the camp of the former, I’d suggest you don’t share your opinion with Reno, well at least not to his face anyway!