The Nottingham Road Brewing Company: PYE-EYED POSSUM PILSNER



Thought I would entertain y’all with some offerings from my neck of the woods, and since the Nottingham Road Brewing Company is practically brewing in my back-yard, I thought it a good idea to start with them.

It took months of careful fermentation and maturation to bring this excellent bottle of Pie-Eyed Possum to you. So savour it. Delight in the rich, bitter flavour and the noble hop bouquet. Designed for serious beer drinkers, this pilsner is also fairly high in alcohol. Which means that more than a few bottles might make you a bit unsteady on your feet. But don’t worry – should you find yourself unexpectedly horizontal, simply explain to your friends that you are playing Possum.


Rawdons estate,
Nottingham Road,
KwaZulu-Natal, 3280,
South Africa

ALC. 4.6%
PET Bottle – 500Ml (cans are available, but they were sold out)


Very cloudy, golden/ peach colour.

Head foams up nicely…and them disappears in.05 seconds flat, just like your car in downtown Johannesburg….gone, never to be seen again.

Feint aroma of caramel & some far off  fruityness, but nothing that jumps up and shouts at you. Let’s just say very muted aromas?

Very light carbonation.

It starts out with a watery, sour & vaguely lemon citrus flavour, with a resinous grapefruit bitterness growing towards the end, which sticks to your palate and then keeps hanging around like a fart in a rubber suit. I no enjoy….

What can I say……

I’ve had this Notties beer before, and did not like it much then, so when I bought these 3 bottles, I really hoped I did NOT pick the same one again, so I could taste their other offerings….sadly I did….. Bugger.

Will I have another:

Probably not….BUT, I am rooting for their other offerings to surprise me……


Bridge Road Brewers Chestnut Pilsner

Crofty's Beer Blog

Day 27 I pick up this limited release from Bridge Road Brewers. The only Lager these guys make on a semi regular rotation they utilise locally grown chestnuts and galaxy hops they’ve put together a pilsner with “a distinct nutty character owing to the use of chestnuts in the mash”. Ok, I’m sceptical but I’ll bite, why not?

The beer pours a pale straw colour, nice white tightly packed head and a light citrusy aroma. It’s very clear, very clean and the carbonation is reasonably high.

Flavour-wise I’m getting galaxy hops and that grainy backbone I’m used to identifying as pilsner malt. very light body, easy drinking with a reasonably decent level of bitterness in the end. Not getting any nut flavour, not sure where the chestnuts come in, it’s hard to pick up anything beyond the galaxy hops. A very crisp, very clean beer, the finish is quite dry and…

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