The Wreck Preservation Ale.

Rock the Boat

James Squire have never been shy of spruiking a good colonial Australia story. In an ambitious brewing move, they have established a genuine connection to the country's past with The Wreck Preservation Ale (A$50/750ml), a limited edition porter-style beer made using 220-year-old yeasts isolated from beer bottles recovered from the shipwreck of the Sydney Cove, a Sydney-bound merchant ship that ran aground off the coast of Preservation Island, north-east of Tasmania in 1797. According to head brewer Haydon Morgan, the yeast was completely unpredictable and required some effort to tame, but with the addition of chocolate and pale malts, and bramling cross and porter hops, it produced a rich, smooth and balanced beer.