Ekim Brewing Co.'s Berserker. Like its namesake, this amber IPA is located approximately 6km north-east of the central business district of Rockhampton on Queensland's central coast. It boasts a wonderful balance of malt, big hoppy aromas, affordable housing and domestic violence.
Although relatively unknown to most Australians, Berserker has a long and proud history of uncontrollable and possibly drug fuelled rage dating back to the 8th century when it was first settled by the Vikings. Quite why the Scandinavians sailed the 16, 000km in a longboat only to duck up the Fitzroy River is anyone's guess... But preferably an archaeologist's or something.
The people most likely to enjoy the Berserker are blonde, blue eyed, exceedingly attractive and prone to extreme violence (I really loved it, by the way).
While the beer itself was named for the region, the word berserker is a combination of the old Norse words for shirt or coat and bear. Why the Nordic peoples loved sewing pictures of bears onto the front of their shirts remains one of the great cultural mysteries. Especially given the complete and utter lack of bears on the Queensland coast. Later archaeological records show that the bear embroidery gradually morphed into a crude design of the native Australian numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus). This is no less confusing however, given that the numbat is native to tiny pockets of arid land in the south and west of continental Australia, thousands of kilometres away from Rockhampton. It is also very cute.
This beer is the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of IKEA meatballs and the decapitated head of a Saxon peasant.
The Berserker amber IPA is just screaming to be guzzled out of horn, but the year is AD 907 and Rockhampton won’t be the beef capital of Australia for another millennium so there's a distinct shortage of drinking horns. You could wait around for the cattle to get here but you'd probably be thirsty by then. And besides, if you could wait that long then you might as well stick it out for another few decades and use one of those old nutella jars with the pictures of The Simpsons on the outside that you could get in the 90s.
For the impatient, you could just drink it out of the bottle like the literal piece of human shit you are.