Eden Brewery ready to debut Pistachio Cream beer at Gabs Beer and Cider Festival

NUTTY BREW: Eden Brewery's Jacob Newman with a glass of Pistachio Cream. Photo: Madeline Crittenden.
NUTTY BREW: Eden Brewery's Jacob Newman with a glass of Pistachio Cream. Photo: Madeline Crittenden.

Everyone knows the best accompaniment to an ice cold beer is a bowl of nuts.

Mittagong’s Eden Brewery have combined the two to create a creamy pistachio concoction. 

Aptly named Pistachio Cream, the beer was brewed with 30 kilograms of pistachios for the upcoming GABS Beer, Cider and Food Festival. 

The festival is touted as one of the top 10 in the world and Eden’s brewer Jacob Newman, said it gave brewers the opportunity to be creative and have a bit of fun.”

“The premise is that you bring beers that have never tried before,” he said. 

“We went a little more conservative this year than we will next year and used pistachios. 

“Other brewers have done crazy things, like using lobsters and one brewer is even using yeast from his own belly button. There’s also an escargot and a curry beer.”

Brewing of the pistachio beer began three weeks ago, and Jacob described it as a “a rich creamy beer with a nutty finish.”

“Pistachios on their own have a really subtle flavour and this beer has all the properties of a smooth, cream ale.” 

GABS will feature more than 160 festivals beers​ and ciders​ specially produced for the event, with the only criteria being that beers must be unique or ground breaking. 

Jacob said festivals like GABS played an important role in changing the beer industry. 

“The perception of what beer is needs to change, and festivals like this show that there is more to beer,” he said. 

“Many Australians would be rolling in their graves right now but i don’t think there’s all that much difference between Tooheys, Carlton, VB, Great Northern and all the variations.

“These festivals allow people to taste different beers and variations and learn more about them.” 

The GABS festival will be held in Melbourne from May 18-20 and in Sydney on June 2.