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Beer – #544 – Garage Project – Burning Globe

Burning Beer, Burning down the house, fire numbers and a fire party

A smoky English ale was destined to be created.


A 650ml bottle of beer, that is of 4.6%ABV, the bottle is about 250 calories, this would be about 2.41 standard drink units. 

Golden Globe is brewed by Garage Project in the style that is a Brown Ale and the are in Wellington, New Zealand

Let me wax lyrical....

Let me wax lyrical….

Burning Globe, a Shakespearean inspired ale brewed with English yeast and a rich mixture of caramel and smoked malts. Originally served from a single oak barrel to mark 400 years since the firey demise of the most famous Shakespearean theatre – now brewed again to coincide with the 450th anniversary of Will’s birth.

So raise a glass to the Bard – Lack nothing: be merry. Ale and art, doth such fine bedfellows make.

We used oak smoked wheat malt, barley, and caramel malts for colour.

What could go wrong?

That’s a fairly strong what I would call ‘traditional’ beer aroma, but it is towards smoky.

Pour is a lovely bright chestnut colour and the head looked nice but fizzled away. Aroma didn’t change, still a rich beer and smokey.

Burning GlobeIt has  high carbonation on the tongue, and delivery a nice smokey hit on top of a decent bitterness, and a nice lingering mouthfeel.

There is a lovely amount of malt middle in it too. It’s very pleasant.

So key word so far : Smokey. No bandit, just Smokey.

Which is odd since this is a Brown Ale and not a “Smoked” beer. I’ve had smoked beers, this would be a good one of those.

So, being a bit geeky I quote “Taming of the Shrew”

And quaff carouses to our mistress’ health,

So I quaff, and quaff again, it’s really nice and so much fun. Those people at Garage Project churn out a few beers on an alarming regularity, this one, a bit on the edge, is again one of the good ones.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a 9 of its things from the thing. This is a good beer. Lovely smokey base, lovely sweet warm middle, and a decent tang of bitterness that makes it just a nice thing. The sad thing is that this didn’t get a bigger audience, it is a fine beer. Really rang my bell as it were. 

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? I am! It is delightful.
  2. Would I have another? I would if I could.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Without a doubt one of the nicest beers that I could think to share, offering tastes and layers without being all uppity and over your palate.

For music I couldn’t help myself but play a bit of “Talking Heads“, and particularly for this of course, “Burning Down the House“.


Color ranges from reddish-brown to dark brown. Lower in alcohol than porter, medium to full body flavor. Appropriate foods are apple pie, pork with brown sauce, beef vegetable soup and cheddar.

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