Sunday Sessions at The Shiraz Republic
We’ve had a busy spring. Kicking off with a range of events promoting our beer into Bendigo, including the first taste of our Annie NEIPA at Flight and a tasting at new Bendigo bottleshop, the Hop Supply Co. We followed this up with the first of a series of gigs at home at The Shiraz Republic’s cellar door, dubbed Sunday Sessions.
The first of these Sunday Sessions was held on September 20. We had performances from local singer/songwriter Jimmy Stewart (Colbinabbin), alongside Steph Brett (Melbourne) and Michaela Alexander (Benalla). Matt cooked up smash burgers and mushroom burgers on the barbeque, and we tapped our collaboration brew with Skull Gully Hops, a Wet Hop IPA, and released bottles of our Extra Special ESB, our ESB aged in for three months in ex Shiraz Republic French oak.
Live music, great company, delicious burgers and fantastic beer and wine. This is what our Sunday Sessions are all about.
For our second Sunday Session on October 22, local musicians Mariah McCarthy (Heathcote) and Abraham Hooper (Toolleen) joined Jimmy Stewart as we unveiled our vintage Bedford Truck stage, in preparation for an upcoming Bendigo Blues & Roots event. The stage worked a treat, becoming a great talking point among both the artists and punters, in addition to being quite photogenic.
Matt manned the barbie again, cooking up black bean burgers as well as the popular smash burgers. Last month’s session was about the wine, with the release of The Shiraz Republic’s 2015 President Elect Shiraz. As part of Spencer’s first vintage in the winery, Spencer kept a separate (limited) batch of whole-berry fermented Shiraz aged for 9 months in French oak, with some very good results. Compared to their current release 2015 Shiraz, the wine is higher in tannin and will benefit from some cellaring, but showcases an interesting fruit profile.
We’ll be hosting four great artists on Sunday the 12th of November as part of Wine Down Sunday – Heathcote’s official fringe of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival. There’ll be live music from This Way North, Matt Katsis and Pat Ward atop our old Beddy. Tickets are $15 online or $20 on the door. The next Sunday Session event will be held on Sunday December 10th, featuring Bill Barber and special guests.