By Nick Simpson-Deeks
Usually when you hear the word "taxi" being shouted out in a crowded pub it's because someone (me) has knocked over a glass or spilled beer on someone's crotch or dropped their Ray Bans in the toilet, fished them out, rinsed them off and put them back on (even though it's well past dark).
Or so I've heard.
But there's now another, tastier, much more hygienic reason to yell "taxi" over the bar at your local - I am, of course, talking about our Beer of the Month for March: the excellent 2 Brothers Taxi Pilsner.
This brew is one of nine (count Ďem - nine) beers listed on the 2 Brothers website. Now, I may be wrong about this but I feel like, for a microbrewery, nine beers has gotta be some kind of record. It seems indicative of the labelís work ethic - these legendary two brothers are not the type to shy away from a bit of elbow grease, it seems. Take the brewhouse itself, for example - shipped from Times Square in New York City to the corner of Joyner Street and Cochrane Road in Moorabbin where (after being painstakingly and meticulously reassembled) it now offers sweet, life affirming ale straight from the tank to your glass.
The brewhouse also does a mean trade in enormous German hotdogs for Thursday and Friday lunch, and pizza on Friday evenings (along with a few good tunes and, of course, a few pints of your favourite 2 Brothers beer).
While weíre on the subject of favourites, we should say a little more about the lovely Taxi Pilsner. Brewed in the Germanic Pilsner style (using only malted barley, hops, and water) this lovely clean, crisp number achieves a nice even bitterness while remaining somehow soft and slightly malty. Itís a beautifully balanced beer; cool enough for the fading Summer afternoons, but possessing a welcoming warmth thatís perfectly suited to the encroaching Autumn weather.
Just like the elusive late-night weekend cab, though, this awesome beer can be hard to find when youíre out on a Saturday evening, which is why weíre offering two slabs of it to the winner of our Panda Goes competition this month. But if you canít wait until the end of March (and why on Earth should you?) the 2 Brothers website has a list of stockists you can check out. Or else, why not just swing by the brewery one afternoon and grab a four-pack? Or a case? Hell, grab a keg. Itís better value for money and - believe me - once you get to the end of a slab of this stuff youíre going to wish you had a swimming pool full of it.
Itís just that damn good.