Sounds of an Australian summer season: cricket on the radio, barbeque sizzle, beer-can fizz and the comfortable crunch of a Golden Gaytime.
Wait…a golden what? No, it’s nothing to do with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Nor the Australian parliament’s current endorsement of same-sex marriage. A Golden Gaytime is in truth a toffee and vanilla-flavoured ice-cream, entombed in a sheath of chocolate and yellow honeycomb biscuit – a summer season favorite which has remained largely unchanged since 1959.
Sure, it’s ugly – one thing akin to a sand-blasted sea sponge. But like that different nice Australian culinary concoction, Vegemite (a salty black unfold which Barack Obama as soon as described as ‘horrible’), the Golden Gaytime is a win for flavour over aesthetics. How do you enhance on such perfection? Adelaide craft-brewers Big Shed Brewing Co has launched ‘Golden Stout Time’, a meaty black ‘dessert’ stout.
‘The thought took place after I was watching MasterChef,’ says Big Shed director Craig Basford, ‘and somebody made a deconstructed Golden Gaytime. When I seemed on the particular person parts I assumed, “that would actually work in a stout!” We don’t put Gaytime ice-creams within the beer, but it surely’s a homage to these flavours – toffee, honeycomb and vanilla.’ And it labored. ‘If a beer can go viral, it went viral!’ Basford continues. ‘Our intention was to only make it once, but it finished third in the ‘People’s Choice’ on the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular. Then publicans began asking for it so we made some extra. Then some extra once more… Now it’s in all probability the beer we’re most well-known for.’
‘You can almost see people’s brains re-wire once they drink it for the primary time,’ says Basford, ‘because it looks like a stout but it smells and tastes like something else. There are so few surprises in the world these days – a beer that can actually surprise you is a magical thing.’ We’re certain even Barack Obama would agree.
Around Adelaide you’ll be able to sip some Golden Stout Time at Big Shed itself, or bars and pubs together with the Gilbert Street Hotel, the Kings Head and NOLA, the Lighthouse Hotel in Port Adelaide and Sweet Amber Brewing Co in Semaphore.
By Charles Rawlings-Way