Pretty damn freaking good, that’s how 2015 was.
I had no intention of doing the whole “highlights of the year” blog thing but I did find myself looking through my photos from the year and thinking, “damn it’s been a great year” so here we go, here’s a few stand outs for 2015 … (in no particular order)
La Sirene Beer & Cheese Night
Mane Liquor hosted a handful of great events throughout the year, including a ‘King of the Hops’ Dinner at The Trustee and an intimate sour event during WA Beer Week, but one of their stand out events was the stunning beer & cheese session featuring beers from Melbourne’s La Sirene.
WA Beer & Cheese Night
Staying with all things creamy and delicious, the Little Cheese Shop have hosted a number of beer & cheese events at their shop in Bayswater. All are a sell out due to the quality of the night and the limited places, here is hoping that Geoff and the team at Little Cheese Shop keep them coming in 2016.
You can read my post on this event here*.
*warning: graphic cheese content that will make you want to eat lots of cheese
A New Job with Nail Brewing
On 1st June I started a new job with Nail Brewing. Nail are WA local, independent, family owned and operated and owner/director John Stallwood’s reputation for brewing is highly regarded so when this opportunity came my way I don’t see how I could have possibly said no. I love my job and I love being involved in the craft beer industry every single day.
Dutch Trading Co. & Petition Beer Corner
We were pretty lucky in 2015 to have two pretty kick ass, dedicated craft beer venues open up. Dutch Trading Co in Victoria Park and Petition Beer Corner in Perth CBD together have more than 40 taps of craft beer goodness.
Day Trip to Adelaide
Coopers invited me, flights and all, to the Adelaide for the launch of this years Coopers Vintage. Though under normal circumstances a day trip from Perth to Adelaide might be madness this was beery related and positively delightful madness.
Read more about my experience at the Coopers Vintage Launch here.
Judging (with training wheels)
Being asked to be an associate judge at the Perth Royal Beer Show this year was an amazing experience both as a challenge and learning for my palate and just to get to hang out with some of the best beer people in the industry.
Read more about my experience here.
Brewing with Women of Beer
Being a part of this years International Women’s Collaboration Brew in WA was a really special event. I day tripped it down to Margaret River and came back with a stomach sore from laughing so much and shoes covered in grape juice!
Read more about this annual event via my article at Crafty Pint.
Countless Great Beers
I could really go nuts refining and categorising a list of great beers I had this year but don’t want to fall down that rabbit hole, it’d be February before I resurfaced! Instead here is a haphazard list of beer highlights from beers I’d had for the first time in 2015 –
- Little Creatures Return of the Dread
- Pirate Life IIPA
- Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio
- Eagle Bay Cacao Stout
- Mountain Goat Lark Barrel Aged Barley Wine
- Feral The Jackal
- Monk R2D8
- Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose
- Six Point Resin
- Brew Cult Beer Geek Rage Quit
- Omnipollo Stolen Fruit
- Boatrocker Banshee
- Eagle Bay Citrus IPA
- Bridge Roads B2 Bomber Mach 4.0
- Rodenbach Caractere Rouge
- Boatrocker Orange Sherbet