Tinnie of the Week: Simon Collins reviews Ben & Jerry’s collaboration with 4 Pines Brewing Company | Ralph Lauren

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Our resident beer writer (best job in the world, right?!) has sipped his way through everything from Emu Export to Barrel-Aged Imperial Porters.

Trying out this week’s sip, Simon Collins gives his verdict on the Tinnie of the Week and whether it’s worth cracking one with a mate.

BEER NAME?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough-Inspired Nitro Beer

WHERE’S IT FROM?

Two environmentally conscious companies in global ice-cream manufacturers Ben & Jerry’s and Manly’s 4 Pines Brewing Company (which is owned by CUB, which is owned by Asahi) teamed up to make this sweet treat for a good cause.

Brewed at the 4 Pines facility in Brookvale, NSW, this creamy nitro beer also supports Australia’s first community-owned power company, Enova Community Energy.

While we’re here, 4 Pines was named champion large Australian brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne last week.

The brew and sustainability team at 4 Pines: Ttobie Arowobusoye, Jade Hughes, Sarah Turner and Andrew Tweddell.
Camera IconThe brew and sustainability team at 4 Pines: Ttobie Arowobusoye, Jade Hughes, Sarah Turner and Andrew Tweddell.

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT IT?

A few things. Firstly, the fact this partnership will help Enova fund community groups install solar power. And, if that doesn’t give you warm and fuzzies, then the beer itself might do the trick.

Before cracking this one, give the can a couple of shakes, flip the can and pour it “hard” (that just means: don’t tilt the glass, let gravity do all the work) and then let a lovely creamy head settle, like a Guinness but far sweeter.

According to 4 Pinex head brewer Andrew Tweddell, nitrogen is “pretty much” insoluble in beer, which is why hard pouring results in millions of tiny bubbles cascading from the bottom of the glass to the top to form the head and also give this drop a velvety smooth texture.

Given this was inspired by Ben & Jerry’s hugely-popular flavour and infused with lactose, the surprisingly brown liquid is sweeter than your average beer without becoming cloying.

4 Pines and Ben & Jerry’s have teamed up to make a nitro beer.
Camera Icon4 Pines and Ben & Jerry’s have teamed up to make a nitro beer.

Tweddell describes the flavour profile as “nostalgic and decadent”. In a word, yummy.

Unlike a Guinness, this beer should be served cold — like an ice-cream.

SHOULD I SHARE IT?

This nitro beer spider is surprisingly easy-going and will appeal to the drinker with a sweet tooth. And at 5.1 per cent and low bitterness, it’s not one that you have to split.

WHAT’S THE DAMAGE?

About the same price as a scoop of gelato at $5 a single 330ml can and $20 a four-pack. Sprinkles and choc tops cost extra.

RATING?

🍺 🍺 🍺 .5 out of 5



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