Collingwood brewery Stomping Ground celebrates a century

Co-owner Steve Jeffares, Celie Curtis – who gives her name to a 100-year old beer - and brewer Ashur Hall, of Stomping Ground brewery. Photo: Stomping Ground

Co-owner Steve Jeffares, Celie Curtis – who gives her name to a 100-year old beer - and brewer Ashur Hall, of Stomping Ground brewery. Photo: Stomping Ground

The two-year-old Stomping Ground brewery and beer hall in Collingwood has just brewed its 100th beer, and co-owner Steve Jaffares and head brewer Ashur Hall are celebrating with a special-edition ale.

The Celie Centenarian Ale is an easy-drinking English bitter-style beer with sweet caramel and bready malt notes. It is the 100-year-old recipe of another Collingwood head brewer, the great-grandfather of Andy Butt, whose work journal was given to Stomping Ground so his recipes could live on as part of Melbourne’s independent brewing scene.

Stomping Ground has recreated the beer exactly, using four different types of malt, six varieties of hops and a Whitbread Ale yeast.

Photo: Stomping Ground

Photo: Stomping Ground

It was named after the 101-year-old, beer-loving grandmother of a Stomping Ground punter. The indomitable Celie Curtis is a firm believer that her love of the stuff has contributed to her long life.

Jaffares is offering a free pot with any meal for seniors. However, you must get along to Stomping Ground within the next month for a taste; it’s a limited-edition brew and only available on tap in the beer hall.

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