When Visit Victoria approached us to make them a truly local beer to be enjoyed on some of the best golf courses in the world, the focus quickly turned to developing an easy-going mid strength pale ale using ingredients with a local provenance and designed with the golfer in mind.
At 1 standard drink per can, The Caddie Victoria Ale delivers; a crisp, easy drinking mid strength pale with a tropical aroma brewed with all Victorian hops, malt and yeast.
Victoria is one the greatest golf destinations in the world and is home to the two top courses in the country (Royal Melbourne Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club), making it the perfect place to produce a classic golf brew.
“We have amazing golf courses in Victoria and particularly through The Melbourne Sandbelt where we are situated, and we wanted to focus on all-Victorian ingredients” said Bad Shepherd Head Brewer and Innovation Lead Brendon Guild.
“We selected Astra and Melba hops to give us a light touch of passionfruit, stone fruit and citrus – the perfect accompaniment as we head into summer. Best of all, at one standard drink per can, The Caddie will make sure you stay on course and at the top of your game”.
The Caddie Victoria Ale is attentively made using malt from Geelong, proprietary hops by Ellerslie (a fourth-generation Victorian grower), Melbourne water and an 100-year-old Victorian made yeast.
Bad Shepherd first learned of a yeast strain made in Melbourne in 1889 by famous bacteriologist Auguste de Bavay when it was rediscovered by beer historian and author Peter Symons. Symons said the yeast, Melbourne No.1 pure ale yeast, was so good it was once dubbed the ‘sire of Australian beer’ and was credited with lifting the quality of Victorian colonial beer to world class standard.
Unused since 1936 and preserved at White Labs, a yeast lab in San Diego, we exclusively propagated the Melbourne No.1. in 2018 for our Victoria Pale Ale.
Boasting a clean refreshing taste to enjoy post a game of golf this summer, just like a good caddie, it could get your game up to par.