WA Beer News #19

New beers this week from Bootleg Brewery, Beer Farm and a collab with Scarborough bar El Grotto and 4 Pines Brewing plus some news on upcoming beers from Little Creatures, Otherside Brewing and WA retail group Liquor Barons have their own limited release collab beer coming soon …

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!


new beers …

Bootleg Brewery – Paint the Town

  • Red IPA
  • Limited release
  • Available on tap only
  • 7 percent ABV

This beer is the first commercial beer that brewer Dillon Hunter has designed and brewed from start to finish. It is a Red IPA with a tonne of specialty malts for “a deep dark berry-like flavour” and heavily hopped with Eureka and Citra. It was dry hopped on Sunday so expect to see kegs this week.

The beer officially launches tonight at The Goose in Busselton and kegs have been delivered to a handful of locations around Perth such as Aubin Grove Liquor, Mane Liquor, Caboose, Petition Beer Corner and more. Check out Bootleg Brewery Facebook page for a full listing.

Photo from Bootleg Brewery

Beer Farm Mango and Blackberry Belgian Sour

  • (super) Limited Release
  • Available on tap only
  • 5.8 percent ABV

Beer Farm warn that this beer is very, very limited so if you see it, get it! So far it has been spotted at Clarence’s in Mt Lawley and word is it’s heading to Thirsty Camel Maddington, Gangemi’s in West Perth and DTC.

4 Pines x El Grotto Honky Tonk

  • Limited Release
  • Available on tap only
  • 7.2 percent ABV

This collaboration between 4 Pines Brewing and Scarborough’s El Grotto, Honky Tonk is a Baltic Porter that uses a bean from Central America called the Tonka Bean. James from El Grotto tells me is actually banned by the FDA in the USA! Tasting notes for this beer include dried cherry, marzipan and vanilla and from the sample I had during the week I can tell you those notes are spot on. It is also super drinkable for a beer over 7 percent, it’s basically a really rich and complicated liquid version of a cherry ripe!

coming soon …

Mountain Goat x Liquor Barons Galactic Baron

  • 6.3 percent ABV
  • Very Pale Ale
  • Brewed exclusively for Liquor Barons stores
  • ETA Early October
Free beer! A gift from Liquor Barons, thanks guys!

Little Creatures Single Batch Reinhold

  • 6.5 percent ABV
  • Sticke Altbier
  • Limited Release
  • Available in 568ml pint bottles and on tap
  • ETA Early October

Brewers’ notes describe this release as Rogers’, their trusty amber ale, German cousin. The German Altbier style originates in the Rhine Valley and the name translates to “old beer”, Little Creatures notes this sticke altbier as altbier’s younger sibling.

“Full of toffee and fudge aromas, with some grassy hops peeking through, this beer is assertively bitter to start. It then gives way to a full mouthfeel of sweet malts.”

Otherside Vinyl Black Ale

  • Limited Release
  • Available on tap and in 375ml cans
  • ETA Early October
  • 5.9 percent ABV

The third in Otherside Brewing’s Pilot Series of limited releases, Vinyl is a Black Ale with artwork by local Perth artist Alex Maciver.

Brewery notes describe this beer as “an intense brew that perfectly complements late nights spent in a dive bar by the jukebox.”

 

WA Beer News #18

New beers from Nowhereman, White Lakes, Boston, Mash and Eagle Bay + more!

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!


new beers out now …

Nowhereman Six Seasons

  • 5.5 percent ABV
  • Saison

Head brewer Paul Wyman describes Six Seasons “as a beer for those people who say they don’t like beer.” If you ask me, there is not enough Saison in the world so it is great to see not only a new Saison kicking around but one by a local brewer! Brewers notes on this one include gentle bitterness, banana, bubblegum, clove, pepper, spice, musk and lemongrass.

Boston Sinker Bay Oak Aged Stout

  • 7.5 percent ABV
  • Limited release

White Lakes Festival Amber

  • Marzen style beer
  • Limited Release
Marzen is a German amber lager known for its bready and toasty malt character and White Lakes have put their own modern twist on the style using New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops which provide fruity and white wine notes.

Mash Brewing + Petition Boys to the Yard

  • Chocolate Milkshake Stout
  • 6.3 percent ABV
  • Launching 28 September

You gotta love a great pun and cheesy beer names and Mash’s limited releases have been killing it lately! The beers have also been fantastic and so I’m expecting this chocolate milkshake stout to be no different.

coming soon …

Rocky Ridge brewing

Busselton’s Rocky Ridge will be releasing their 500ml cans in early October!

Eagle Bay Citrus IPA

  • Brewers Series
  • Available in 330ml bottles and on tap

Brewed with grapefruit, lemon and orange zest Eagle Bay Brewing released this beer back in late 2015 and it was stunning! Expect the new batch of Citrus IPA out soon but if you’re the impatient type, they’ve got a sneak peek of it at this weekend’s Beer & Beef Festival.

news …

4 Pines Brewing

The big news in Australian beer this week was the acquisition of 4 Pines Brewing by AB InBev, bringing the New South Wales brewery into the global portfolio that also includes brands like Yak Ales, Great Northern and Goose Island.

Of course, if you prefer to drink independent craft beer then sadly you’ll have to cross 4 Pines off your list but it has to be acknowledged that the brewery has had a big impact over the years on the brewing scene and have worked very hard to brew great beer and get it all across the country. Not too shabby for a couple of boys from WA’s south-west!

Read: Crafty Pint – 4 Pines: Behind the Sale

Read: Australian Brews News – AB InBev Buys 4 Pines Beer

See You Later, Charlie

After six years at Mash Brewing, head brewer Charlie Hodgson is leaving WA to go to a new brewery opening in Brisbane called Helios Brewing. Charlie has been hugely influential to the WA scene over the years and has been responsible for introducing some great beers to local drinkers like the multi-award winning CopyCat AIPA and Sarcasm to name just two.

See ya Charlie and thanks for all the beers!

Monkeys on a Plane

When we started this year there was no relationship between Australian independent craft beer and the AFL and you certainly wouldn’t be served your favourite local craft brew on a major airline. Then, by mid-year, things started to change.

When we started this year there was no relationship between Australian independent craft beer and the AFL and you certainly wouldn’t be served your favourite local craft brew on a major airline. Then, by mid-year, things started to change. Colonial Brewing announced they had become an official partner of the Essendon Football Club and just this week Singapore Airlines launched their curated series of craft beer on their airlines starting with Cheeky Monkey here in WA and we will see a roll-out of similar local announcements made across the country soon.

Australian Brews News: Singapore Airlines adds a Green Beacon

Singapore Airlines hosted a launch event on Monday night for their one-year partnership with Cheeky Monkey. From Sunday 1 October, Cheeky Monkey Pale Ale cans will be available in business class on all flights between Perth and Singapore and the full Cheeky Monkey range will be in their SilverKris Lounge at Perth Airport.

Cheeky Monkey and Singapore Airlines Launch Event at Perth’s Bell Tower at Elizabeth Quay

“With interest continuing to increase across the globe for craft beer, we felt it was a perfect opportunity to partner with a local brewery to offer our customers a craft beer option,” said Singapore Airlines Area Manager Western Australia, David Pinche.

The airline began working with New Zealand brewer Garage Project earlier this year, ranging Hapi Daze Pacific Pale Ale on all flights to and from New Zealand. From here it seems the groundwork was laid for the introduction of Australian craft into the Singapore Airlines family.

Perth Station Manager Sunny Sandhu had visited Cheeky Monkey Brewery in Margaret River while on holiday and it clearly made an impression, leading to the brewery being top of mind when Singapore Airlines approached a few WA breweries in their search for a local partner.

“This [airlines] has always been the domain of the big guys,” said Brendan Day, Cheeky Monkey sales and beer ambassador. For the team, it was not only a welcome surprise to be asked to pitch for the partnership but it was also a little validation of all the hard work they’ve put into the brewery and beers in recent times.

“Singapore Airlines are very committed to quality,” Brendan said and as part of the process the airline sent a site inspection team to the brewery to check it from top to bottom to ensure everything was clean and the service and quality aligned with the high standards of their own brand.

The selection of the Pale Ale for the beer served in flight was a choice by the Singapore Airlines team.

“The Singapore guys just loved it,” Brendan said, “I think they really loved the branding on the can as well and there’s a plane on our can, just a little one, so I think the liked that as well!”

Let this be a lesson to anyone looking to re-brand, it couldn’t hurt to put a plane on your branding for future major transport opportunities!

Brendan and Cheeky Monkey Managing Director Brent Burton had a photoshoot on the tarmac as part of the launch and media release and Brendan said the guys were still pinching themselves with excitement to be working with the airline.

The partnership with Singapore Airlines is not only a huge achievement for Cheeky Monkey Brewery but for the local industry as a whole. Maybe this and Colonial’s achievement to break into a major sporting partnership will hopefully lead to more opportunities at places like stadiums, arenas and major music festivals where previously only the “big boys” were able to play. Fingers crossed!

Big thanks to Singapore Airlines for inviting me to the launch event on Monday night!

WA Beer News #17

This post is PACKED with new beers out now and coming soon!

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!


new beers out now …

Northbridge Brewing – Get Schwarty

  • ABV: 4.7 percent
  • Style: Schwarzbier

Get Schwarty is the latest seasonal from Northbridge Brewing Co, released a couple of weeks ago, it is an India Black Lager, so style-wise you can expect something that is hoppy, black in appearance but with a light lager type mouthfeel. A beer to challenge that you think about dark beers, they’re not all Guinness!

Indian Ocean – Black Lager

  • 5.0% ABV
  • Style: Schwarzbier

Available only on tap, the Indian Ocean Black Lager is described as an American version so, similar to Get Schwarty, you can expect some wonderful fresh hop character balanced into what is a traditional German dark lager beer style. Brewers note say both American and Australian hops have been used and it has “rocky road-ish vibes”. There’s also been a conscious effort by the brewers to ensure the beer has no burnt chocolate or toast character.

Image from Indian Ocean Brewing Instagram

Homestead – Brown IPA

  • 5.3% ABV
  • Style: Brown IPA

Black Brewing Bao Bao Milk Stout – Variants

Black Brewing have taken their Bao Bao Milk Stout and made four versions of the beer – coffee, coconut, rum and port barrel aged and imperial*. You may recall these were released in kegs a couple of months ago but now they’ve made a very limited amount available in 330ml bottles. Hit up your nearest craft beer loving retailer to see if they still have some!

*Imperial is basically fancy beer terminology for ‘double’ so expect a BIG beer, stronger in flavour and alcohol.

Nowhereman Brewing – On The DL + Oxford Street Common

It seems that our local brewers are having a love affair with Schwarzbier, the German dark lager, and here’s another dark lager, this time by Nowhereman and it’s called On the DL. Not only is this a really tasty beer but it’s also historic, the first beer brewed on their own brew kit.

The Oxford Street Common is a steam ale style beer that Paul says is an easy, go-to beer that drinkers can come back to time and time again for something refreshing, something clean and something delicious!

new beers coming soon …

Nowhereman Brewing x Pound Coffee – By The Pound

Nowhereman brewer Paul Wyman has teamed up with Justin from Pound Coffee to make a coffee brown ale. Paul brewed the brown ale and then mixed it with over 100 litres of Pound coffee. There’ll be a launch party on Sunday 17 September which will also include a cupping hosted by Justin and Paul will also be on hand to take drinkers through the beer and the process in making it. Tickets are less than $12 and can be purchased here.

Cheeky Monkey Brewing – Double IPA

Cheeky Monkey have brewed up a Double IPA as their limited spring release and will be available from Friday. It’s 8.2 percent ABV and has been brewed using Citra, Mandarina Bavaria and Lemon Drop hops.

Image from Cheeky Monkey Brewing

Bright Tank Brewing x artisan brewing – Urban Farmer Saison

Sometimes it’s hard to describe how generous and supportive the beer industry is because, at least in my experience, it goes beyond any other industry I’ve ever worked in. Collaborations like this are a great example.

Bright Tank Brewing are not open yet, they are aiming to have their East Perth brewpub open in February or March next year but the crew at Boston Brewing in Denmark opened their doors to Bright Tank so they could brew this beer alongside Artisan Brewing.

To brew the Urban Farm Saison, Bright Tank co-founder and brewer Matthew Moore couldn’t have picked a better brewery to collaborate with, Artisan Brewing specialise in Belgian beer styles and do them ridiculously well.

The Urban Farmer Saison will be launched on Thursday 21 September at Petition where founders Matt and Gemma will be behind the bar from 5 – 7pm doing a brewers shout.


What is a Saison?

Saison, meaning “season”, originates from Wallonia in the south of Belgium and is a refreshing beer that’s typically fruity, spicy and with a very dry finish.


news …

Growler System at Cape Cellars, Busselton

It’s always good news when another bottle shop gets taps, giving their customers an opportunity to take home fresh tap beer and, often, beers that are limited release only available in kegs.

Cape Cellars in Busselton are the latest store to make tap beer available in-store, stay tuned to their Facebook page for the announcement very soon!


Remember – Rinse Growlers Straight Away!

So, you’ve finished that delicious beer you got in a growler or squealer? As soon as you empty it, rinse it with hot water straight away to stop mould or other nasty things growing inside. Personally, I rinse mine three times just to be sure, you’d hate for the next beers you put in there to get infected and undrinkable!


Whitfords Brewing Co

From the Beerland team that operates Northbridge Brewing Co comes a new location in Perth’s northern suburbs – Whitfords Brewing Co, located at the Whitfords City Shopping Centre.

The brewery will be headed up by master brewer Ken Arrowsmith and will be opening their doors on the 21st September.