Newtown favourites Young Henrys has released a winter-ready beer called Motorcycle Oil, a black, smooth, hoppy porter that’s an ode to a local who rode a big Indian Motorcycle.
If you don’t know what the bike looks like, check out the limited-edition 500-millilitre Motorcycle Oil can when it’s launched on May 1; it’s pictured on the packaging.
"Last year we brewed a small batch of Motorcycle Oil with one of our Newtown mates to celebrate our loves in common,” says Young Henrys co-founder, Oscar McMahon. “It was a hoppy porter primarily consumed by us and our mates. This year we’re bringing it back, bigger and blacker in our first ever 500-millilitre can."
A hoppy porter is known for being almost black in colour with a tan head, and with chocolate and coffee undertones. The Young Henrys version has 5.5 per cent alcohol, and was made using a number of malts, rolled oats and roast barley.
Rising Sun Workshop – the part-ramen-shop and part-motorcycle-repair joint – has been inspired by the release and will serve a ramen called Darker Than Darkness, so your noodles can match your beer. Available all May, it will set you back $25, which includes a schooner of Motorcycle Oil.
Young Henrys launched in 2012 and now brews five signature beers. The limited-edition Motorcycle Oil will be available on tap and in cans or growlers from May 1 nationwide at these major and independent bottle shops and select pubs and bars.