When Young Henrys co-owner Oscar McMahon met Africola owner (and head chef) Duncan Welgemoed, he knew they were kindred spirits. The larger than life Welgemoed has been throwing himself into the Adelaide food scene with all the subtlety of an angry Springbok since arriving from South Africa in 2010. Oscar liked his punk rock approach to the culinary arts and when it came time to sign onto the Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival - he knew they had to cook something up together.
Young Henrys rising star brewer Hamish MacKenzie was tasked with capturing the relationship in a unique combination of hops, malt and water and bringing the collaboration to life. The conversation took an interesting turn when we discovered Welgemoed loves the beer cocktail Michelada. Throwing clay ideas onto his 6000 litre potting wheel full of wort, MacKenzie spun the traits of this big, bold South African chef into a spicy, bold and citric, Young Henrys IPA.
Young Henrys newest limited release beer —the Africola Rock ’n’ Rola—is a rich, dark amber brew with all the hallmarks of a stone cold classic. From a citrus hop explosion intro on the nose, to a fruity flavor sliding its chorus across your tongue, to an outro of alcoholic warmth, which hits you like a punch from velvet gloved fist. And if you’re feeling saucy it also mixes into a damn good Michelada.