WA Beer News #12

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 and 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 new beery goodness our state has to offer.

The girl+beer Facebook page has a list of upcoming beer events that you might find worth subscribing to!


Honest Ale

Honest Ale is a partnership between Black Brewing Co. and local surfing pros – Taj Burrow, Dino Adrian and Jay Davies. The beer has already launched in Margaret River with the first keg tapped at Margaret River Brewhouse in April and now it’s Perth’s time.

The first Perth venues to get kegs are Bather’s Beach House, El Grotto and The Cottesloe Beach Hotel. 330ml bottles are available from the usual great shops you’d find local craft beer.

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Rocky Ridge Rock Juice

Rocky Ridge have gotten together with two great WA beer guys – Adam Lesk from Cellarbrations Carlisle and Ricky Watt from Cape Cellars in Busselton to make Rock Juice.

“It’s the most hops I’ve ever used in my life!”

Hamish Coates, Rocky Ridge Owner/Brewer

The beer will be available from 1st July at just a handful of venues, it is a seriously limited release, so best to check out their Facebook page for the details.

Colonial Porter

The Colonial Porter is their winter seasonal release featuring five malts – Pale, Vienna, Amber, Crystal and Chocolate – alongside three hop varieties – Goldings and Fuggles from the UK and Wakatu from New Zealand.

Mash Brewing Little NEIPA

Mash have taken the current love affair with the New England IPA, aka NEIPA, and created their own for limited release but have managed to brew one at just 3.5 percent ABV.

Whilst there’s nothing more important than the beer inside, you gotta love great artwork and I think the tap decal for this beer is brilliant, funny and cute.

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Indian Ocean Brewing x Dainton Family Brewery x DTC Sacred & Profane

A collaboration between two breweries and a beer bar, Sacred & Profane is an Imperial Stout that was first brewed in mid-2016. Just 50 bottles are available from DTC in Victoria Park.

Eagle Bay Cacao Stout

Part of their Brewers Series, the Cacao Stout comes around every year and, for me, it’s a signal that winter is really here! To brew this beer Eagle Bay team up with local bean-to-bar chocolatier, Bahen & Co and use the cacao husks which are a by-product of their bean-to-bar chocolate making process.

The result is a fantastic stout every year with the subtle features of whichever variety of cacao bean the husk has come from.

Eagle Bay Fusion Beet Pale & Orchard IPA

Gotta love Eagle Bay Brewing for pumping out the single batch beers, here’s two more and they’re both kick-ass!

The Fusion Beet Pale Ale is a beetroot pale ale that I got to try last weekend at the Mane Winter Beer Festival and it’s gorgeous. It’s a little sweet and earthy and once you realise it’s beetroot you realise, “of course it is!”

The Orchard IPA has been brewed using grapefruits from the Eagle Bay Brewing farm, what sounds like more of a spring release beer, it’s ready now because the grapefruit was late to ripen but it’s well worth the wait. Packed with delicious, unmistakable grapefruit aroma and flavour, it’s gorgeous.

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5 minutes with Tom from Clancy’s Fish Pubs

Long before Petition Beer Corner, Caboose and Dutch Trading Co, long before tap takeovers were a weekly occurrence, Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle was pouring local craft beer. Tom Fisher from Clancy’s chats about memorable moments and how craft has changed over the years.

Long before Petition Beer Corner, Caboose and Dutch Trading Co, long before tap takeovers were a weekly occurrence, Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle was pouring local craft beer.

When I worked for Little Creatures, the story goes that Clancy’s Fremantle was the first place outside of the brewery to pour Little Creatures Pale Ale. Delivered on the back of Elsie, the Little Creatures truck (geddit? Elsie/LC) who now has a beer named after her, the kegs were driven from the Fremantle brewery and delivered to Clancy’s Freo to be tapped fresh.

The Fisher family opened Clancy’s Fremantle in 1996 and today there are three more Clancy’s Fish Pubs – Canning Bridge, City Beach and Dunsborough. Every Clancy’s continues in the footsteps of Fremantle, supporting local and independent craft beer in a huge way.

Tom Fisher works with all the Clancy’s venues, looking after entertainment, promotions and the overall brand communications. He’s also a musician and a super nice guy.

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Right now Tom is promoting the launch of Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough Cape to Cape Tap List, that will see twelve of their 20-odd taps dedicated to south west breweries and cideries so drinkers can explore the beers and ciders of the south west under one roof.

“We can’t wait to show off the amazing beer from the region. The branding concept ties in with the legendary light-house to light-house hiking trail of the south.”

Tom Fisher, Clancy’s Fish Pub 

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On the other nine taps you’ll find even more craft beer from the rest of WA and, sometimes, further afar.

The Cape to Cape Tap List is less of a promotion and more of a commitment Clancy’s Dunsborough are making to drinkers that you’ll find these twelve breweries and cideries showcasing their stuff at the venue all the time.

29 June : Cape to Cape Tap List Launch at Clancy’s Dunsborough

To celebrate the Cape to Cape Tap List, I caught up with Tom for this edition of 5 minutes with …

What has been your most memorable day at Clancy’s Dunsborough so far?

Being involved with music side I’ve loved some of the concerts down there I’ve put on, like Fat Freddy’s Drop and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and one in particular, a Soul man from the USA called Lee Fields. No one really knew much about him but he just blew their minds. I watched side stage with an Eagle Bay Cacao Stout and was a very happy man.

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Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Clancy’s Dunsborough in 2013

What was the last beer you bought?

Ha ha, between being a musician and working for pubs I don’t buy many I must admit but did take home a delicious Canimal of Feral’s Finn Diesel and Eagle Bay Autumn Brown from Clancy’s Freo. (Waiting for you to hook me up a bottle of Clout Stout too ha ha) [girl+beer – maybe … one day Tom!]

Read more about Clancy’s Fremantle canimals here: 5 minutes with Ryan from Clancy’s Fremantle

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What beer style do you think is really under-rated?

I’ve been happy to see winter beers become more widely accepted in WA. The range of stouts and reds are some of my faves. So great to see these so prominent in WA pubs now.

What’s the most exciting thing about WA craft beer right now?

The number and choice is incredible. 12 years ago you’d be lucky to see three reps a week, now it’s more like three a day and quality is super consistent, particularly the WA brews. I think we are leading the way and it’s why Clancy’s has been dedicated to serving WA craft beers since the late 90’s.

Finish this sentence – The WA beer scene needs more …

Hmm…. MORE BEER TAPS! Would love to be pouring and supporting as many as humanly possible. Just love to see punters sipping a craft beer and pouring money back locally and throwing the Coronas in the bin.

Hear hear! Thanks heaps Tom for your time and can’t wait to get down to Clancy’s Dunsborough again soon!

 

5 minutes with Adam Lesk from Cellarbrations Carlisle

A short Q&A with “Lesky” from Cellarbrations Carlisle chatting about winter beers, breweries he recommends watching out for and what makes a really great beer.

This edition of 5 minutes with … features Adam Lesk from Cellarbrations Carlisle.

Adam, who everyone calls “Lesky”, has been managing the popular beer shop since October last year, is an award winning home brewer and recently became a certified cicerone which makes him one of five cicerones in WA. You can find him at Cellarbrations Carlisle and get to know him a little better here with a short Q&A.

Lesky sat the exam for certified cicerone earlier in the year alongside fellow WA beer professionals Brendan Day, from Cheeky Monkey Brewery, and Scott from Mash Brewing (the three of them pictured below enjoying a beer after the exam).

Read: 5 minutes with Brendan from Cheeky Monkey
Read: 5 minutes with Scott from Mash Brewing
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L-R: Lesky from Cellarbrations Carlisle, Brendan from Cheeky Monkey Brewing and Scott from Mash Brewing

On the day of the exam, Lesky found a quiet cafe to sit and work on possible essays on beer styles. There he ran into Steve Blaine, already a certified cicerone himself and who conducted study sessions in his own spare time leading into the exam, and he confidently told Lesky he was going to be fine and to “go give it hell.” Exactly six weeks after the exam, the email came through with the good news.

“It was such a relief, more than anything, that all the time I’d spent locked away in the study paid off.”

What makes a beer a really great beer?

I’ve had a lot of really good beers in my lifetime but the one thing that always takes it to the next level is being able to share that experience with friends. The buzz that a great beer creates and the banter that goes along with it, elevates the experience to be one to remember.

Which Australian breweries should people be watching?

After being lucky enough to head over to Good Beer Week not long back and check these guys out, I’d have to say both Hawkers and 3 Ravens. Hawkers for their huge beers; their BA Imperial Stout, BA Barleywine and IIPA were all awesome and 3 Ravens for both their Wild Ravens series and their much hyped Juicy IPA.

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Image from 3 Ravens Facebook page

What do you think is the greatest misconception about craft beer?

Big, hoppy beers are the be all and end all of craft beer. I’m a sucker for a really well made Pilsner and would like to see a bit more love thrown their way.

Do you think the term ‘craft beer’ is still relevant? If not, what term do you think should replace it?

To me, the term ‘craft beer’ is still relevant and should still hang around, I see it as more of a mindset rather than strict guideline to adhere to.

Winter is fast approaching, what is your go-to dark beer for cold nights?

Right now, I’m frothing on the new Cheeky Monkey Rum & Raisin Bock as I love its massively toasty character. After stocks of that deplete, I’ll be going back to the old faithful of Founders Backwoods Bastard as it’s one of my favourite beers of all time!

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Image from Cheeky Monkey Brewery Facebook page