There is a lot of stuff happening in WA’s craft beer scene that it’s genuinely hard to keep up with all the new beer releases, beer dinners, free bottle shop tastings, expansion plans, constantly rotating beer taps, beer festivals … WA really is kicking ass when it comes to craft beer and so I thought I’d try and make a regular feature out of all the beery news that our state has to offer.
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Eagle Bay Brewing
Eagle Bay have released a Desert Lime IPA under their ‘Single Series’ which means just one 1,000lt batch was made and released in kegs only.
The desert lime is a citrus fruit native to Australia which grows on the citrus glauca tree. The trees are pretty resilient and can survive in extreme weather conditions so it’s no wonder they survive here in Australia.
Eagle Bay brewers used five kilos of desert lime sourced through Maverick Native Farm from Mogumber in the WA wheat belt region.
“Enjoy piney aromas with juicy vibrant notes of lime and grapefruit, with a smooth malty base. The brew was dry hopped with the unique American hop blend Fortnight, bringing a bold, clean and fresh grapefruit bitterness to finish,”
Eagle Bay Brewing Media Release
Desert Lime IPA comes in at 5.3 percent alc/vol and is available from the brewery, Long Chim Perth, Petition Beer Corner, The Balmoral and for growler fills to take home and enjoy there’s Mane Liquor, Cellarbrations Carlisle and Cellarbrations Superstore.
Bootleg’s The Flaming Youth Passionfruit Gose has just been released and it’s great!
The Flaming Youth is a collaboration brew with their WA distributors The Hop Squad and takes the traditional gose recipe which includes salt and coriander and adds passionfruit.
Gose – pronounced ‘goes-uh’ – is a delicately sour German wheat beer. The style almost disappeared a couple times in history but is now brewed regularly by a handful of German brewers and as more brewers look for styles to get creative with, we are seeing more of them pop up which is good news!
Read More about Gose: Beer & Brewer – Style Profile: Gose
This beer has a really dry finish so it’s super refreshing. It looks stunning, it’s a gorgeous pale gold colour and holds a big white head. The passionfruit aromas and flavours are pretty dominant but there’s a good amount of saltiness and citrus notes too.
I purchased a couple of bottles from Scarborough Cellars, it’s a limited release so keep an eye out for it at a bottle shop that loves good beer.
Bootleg have also recently released their Pants Down IIPA and speaking of imperial beers, their Imperial Bull – a bigger version of their famous Raging Bull – will be released in the coming weeks.
Cheeky Monkey Brewery
Cheeky Monkey teamed up with home brewer Jay Hepden to create Dead Spotty Dog Session IPA under their Southern Wailer series header. The beer is a recreation of Jay’s beer that won ‘Best in Show’ at the WA State Amateur Brewers Competition.
The beers name, Dead Spotty Dog, is a play on the Scottish brewers BrewDog beer called Dead Pony Club.
The beer is now available at the brewery and will be heading to Perth venues shortly including Refuge Small Bar in Subiaco.
Indian Ocean Brewing
Indian Ocean recently released a new limited release called Hijack Pilsner which uses only New Zealand hops – Riwaka, Taiheke and Nelson Sauvin. The beer gets its name from a weird moment in television in the 80s when an unknown man hijacked a television network and according to Indian Ocean’s head brewer Jack Purser, that’s kind of what they’ve done with lager with this beer.