DOCTOR’S ORDERS BREWING
Address: Cherrybrook, NW Sydney, (Office)
Type: Contract or Gypsy Brewer
Beers : “Zephyr “ White Ale, “Plasma” White IPA, “Vaccine” Wheat Porter, “Prescription 12” Belgian Black IPA, “Iron Lung” Black Imperial Pilsner and other seasonal beers.
Before getting on to Doctor’s Orders Brewing, in relation to medical matters, let me just mention the old Quarantine Station near Manly, on North Head. It is in a magnificent coastal location, and today has been converted into a holiday resort, now renamed to the much trendier “Q Station”. Back in 1837 when it was started, it was the first line of defence against new and strange (for Australia) diseases like smallpox and influenza. If you arrived at the colony, and there was any chance that you had a potentially infectious disease, it was off to the Quarantine Station for you.
It was gradually expanded, and more buildings were added to fulfil the needs of the increasing immigration intake. In keeping with the times, it was strictly segregated into areas for First Class and Second Class passengers, and then there was a separate area for those lower down the social scale. The Quarantine Station had its own reservoir, power generators, many dining rooms with sea views, and even a dance hall for the more fortunate detainees. There was a mortuary too…though this was available for use by people of any social status.
All of this is beautifully preserved, including the ghosts, as “Q Station”. It can be visited by bus or ferry from Manly.
Fortunately, we now have Doctor’s Orders beers in these modern times to prevent rampant outbreaks of unexpected illness. I drank a few pints of the Black Imperial Pilsner called “Iron Lung” at the “Yardarm” pub in Manly for my health’s sake. Like most of the Doctor’s Orders beers, “Iron Lung” is an off-the-beaten-track sort of brew. It has notes of toasted malt, citrus and I’m sure there was a hint of sarsaparilla and molasses as well. It also posseses excellent antiseptic qualities, with 7% ABV.
I know it was beneficial as I am pleased to announce that in the following weeks, I have not had even a trace of Ebola, Ross River, nor even Kawasaki Disease. Such is the strength and efficacy of Doctor’s Orders beers.
With winter approaching, I took the further precaution of administering the Doctor’s Orders “Vaccine” at “Frankie’s Pizza” in Hunter Street, Sydney. This is a 100% wheat beer, but in the Porter style, with the added flavour of wasabi. It is served with a small portion of pickled ginger (honestly), and is nearly black with hints of bitter chocolate and strong hop flavours. This has 6.3% ABV. Thus fortified, I am now as fit as a fuddle…er fiddle.
With each passing season, Doctor’s Orders Brewing makes a health-targeted beer. This winter, there is the “Plasma”, a White India Pale Ale with candy flavour, leading on to spring with “Prescription 12”, a Belgian Black India Pale Ale with 7.6% ABV. There are more prescription descriptions on the website.
So who needs Medicare…?