If you’ve ever fancied yourself a bit of an expert in the alcoholic endeavours, no doubt you’ve tried your hand at homebrew. And, coincidentally, you’ve probably also figured out how badly you can f*ck it up. Homebrewing isn’t easy, which is why Coopers Brewery went on a mission to celebrate the Aussie legends who are getting it right. The brand launched the Masters of the Brewniverse competition in 2019, hoping to find Australia’s best DIY brewer. Well, after hundreds of creative entries and more than a few questionable names, Coopers DIY Beer has selected a winner; Chris Woods has been named the inaugural Master of the Brewniverse for his Fruit of the Woods IPA.
The juicy American IPA is a tropical exploration fo citrus fruit and new world hops, giving a unique and complex flavour that won over the judges. “While there were many extremely good beers at the nationals, Wood’s was a standout. It is a great representation of an IPA which features five hop varieties, oats and honey, and, most importantly, it is very drinkable,” Dave Medlyn, technical brewer at Coopers Brewery said.
For Woods, Coopers’ DIY Beer competition was a chance to channel his family history into a solid batch of brew. Both his dad and grandad were avid DIY brewers, a passion that has spilled onto him. “I love all things beer, looking at it, smelling, tasting and talking about it to anyone who’ll listen, and of course the art of brewing it,” he said.
As the competition winner, Woods’ recipe was brewed and canned at Coopers Brewery and will soon hit the shelves of Dan Murphy’s, ready for you to test out. “We’re launching this winning brew at a strange time when you can’t get to your local for a pint. The beauty of Coopers DIY Beer is that anyone can have a go and we hope that Chris’ win may inspire other beer lovers to take up this (very rewarding) hobby,” Emma Craggs, Coopers Brewery brand manager said.
Chirs Woods’ Fruit of the Woods IPA will be available at Dan Murphy’s stores nationally and online in Mid-May. You can pick up a carton for around AUD$57.