TOP DROP: Earle Douglas won Brewoomba's home brew competition with a pale ale, called My Name is Earle: Season Two. It will be the festival's official beer.
TOP DROP: Earle Douglas won Brewoomba's home brew competition with a pale ale, called My Name is Earle: Season Two. It will be the festival's official beer. Bev Lacey

Brewoomba's official festival beer hits all the rye-t notes

FOR the past five years Toowoomba beer enthusiast Earle Douglas has fought to win Brewoomba's coveted home brewing competition.

He finally jagged it this year, with a brut rye pale ale.

The brew will take pride of place as the official beer of the festival.

"The brut means it has a dry, crisp finish which is make it quite drinkable and should have a broad appeal. It has nice hoppy flavours, but it is not too bitter," Mr Douglas said.

Mr Douglas landed a second place about three years ago, with a smoked rye farmhouse ale.

The Brewoomba organisers brewed three kegs of the beer titled My Name is Earle, after the hit TV show

In recognition of the follow up win Mr Douglas's latest beer will be called My Name is Earle: Season Two.

"It was good to get the win after a few years of trying to meet the brief and it will be fun to have it on tap at the different venues," he said.

Mr Douglas is well versed in the art of brewing having bottled his first batch more than two decades ago.

"I started with kits and extracts but in the past five years I moved to brewing from grain," he said.

"It gives you more choice and control over what you are brewing."

Brewoomba features events, food and plenty of craft beer at the Spotted Cow Hotel, Tapestry Bar, Blank Space and Fitzy's Carpark Party.

Tickets cost $45 and include a free beer at each venue and a stubby cooler. It starts 11.30am, Saturday.



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