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Beer – #990 – Garage Project – Pig Squeal

Garage Project Pig Squeal. They might have thought about calling it a Snakebite. Perhaps I don’t know what snakebite is, perhaps its a generational thing. This is a Beer and Cider combination of things.  Although reading about it, it might just be light hopped beer with apple juice. I wish I knew.

refreshingly tart

This is a  650ml bottle of a beer that is 180 calories and 6% ABV, this is 3.1 drink units in NZ

This is Brewed by Garage Project and it’s in the style that is a Fruit Beer and they are in Wellington, New Zealand

Pig Squeal, in England’s deep south it’s slang for a sour or tannic cider.

Not in a Deliverance sort of way

The Pig Squeal in this bottle is a unique blend of beer and apple juice, cooked up in collaboration with the wonderful folk at Peckham’s Cider.

Made up of one third freshly pressed cider apple juice from Harry Masters Jersey, Yarlington Mill and Sweet Coppin apples, to two thirds soured wort, co-fermented and then lightly dry hopped – the result is juicy, aromatic and refreshingly tart cross-bred beer with a surprising sour apple twist.

Squeal piggy, squeal!

So, What could possibly go wrong? Well as far as I know no one says “deep south” when you talk about England. It just ‘The South”, which means mostly of London, so Kent,and the Sussex’s sort of thing. But hey it’s just a story.

There’s not much of an aroma that I can pick on light hops perhaps.

Pour is bright golden, and I’m going to say like apple juice crisp yellow.

Surprisingly dry finish to this. More sour than tart to taste, but it is a dull thud.

Not a lot of discernible apple taste though, and not a lot of hoppiness that you’d be able too pick out.

It’s odd, and I’m note sure I mean in a good way.

I’m tempted to remark that this is Not use or ornament. I just don’t get the end result, or the goal. It’s not beer that has appleness about it, or a cider that has hoppiness about it, that I can tell. I don’t think it knows what it wants to be or has the legs to get there if it knew, a sad tale of the sum or parts being less then the whole.

a sad tale of the sum or parts being less then the whole. 

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. I just don’t know about this, I don’t get either side of the coins that this is supposed to be of. It leans more towards sourness than tartness and had that muffled dryness that now seems a bit out of place, but seems not more familiar and at ease. Either they’re confused or I am.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it?  The local Liquorland had it.
  • Am I enjoying it? mmm, not really.
  • Would I have another? No, it’s not for me.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? A straight up no on this, it’s confused and doesn’t really deliver anything that is memorable or outstanding, different or edgy. It’s all a bit meh.

Music for this:  The Pretenders  debut album on vinyl. It’s not on Spotify but there’s a play list of sorts 

The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in Hereford, England, in March 1978


Any ale or lager made with fruit. See beer description for flavor. Body, color, hop character and strength vary depending on the type of fruit used.


2 comments on “Beer – #990 – Garage Project – Pig Squeal

  1. Michael
    November 12, 2017

    Just needs the blackcurrent cordial to be a Walkabout snakebite.

    Liked by 1 person

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