WA Beer News #13

New beers from Mash Brewing, Eagle Bay Brewing, Last Drop Brewery and Colonial Brewing plus an upcoming collab between Feral Brewing and El Grotto and Nowhereman Brewing is almost ready to open!

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!


Mash Brewing

Barrel Fermented Cat – Port Barrel & French Vanilla Barrel

You may have noticed that the brewing team at Mash Brewing have been playing around with their award winning American IPA, Copy Cat, recently. We have had Black Cat, a black IPA version of the beer and now we have two barrel aged versions – one that’s spent time in Port Barrels and another in French oak.

Photo from Mash Brewing Facebook page

Both weigh in at 6.8 percent ABV; the Barrel Fermented Cat – aka BFC – in port barrels is described by the brewery as having “fortified wine notes, rich dark fruit and of course port/wine like characters” whilst the version in French oak has “dry hops still present and tying in very nicely with the vanilla offering from the French oak.”

This beer is available in keg only and there are kegs heading to several venues around Perth, check Mash Brewing’s Facebook page for their full list of stockists.

Eagle Bay Brewing

Black Vanilla

Eagle Bay Brewing Black Vanilla is a 9.5 percent ABV whiskey barrel aged coconut and vanilla imperial stout and has been brewed in collaboration with fellow WA locals Mane LiquorWhipper Snapper Distillery and artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers. This is third year in a row these guys have gotten together for the sake of beer. Black Vanilla is preceded by Black & Tannin in 2015 and Forest for the Trees last year.

Brew day for Black Vanilla // Photo courtesy of Eagle Bay Brewing

They brewed an imperial stout and then aged it in Whipper Snapper Upshot Whiskey barrels for three months before toasted coconut and vanilla beans were added.

“It’s dark and roasty, combining sweet vanilla and toasty coconut with a subtle coffee intensity, it’s smooth and damn delicious. Crafted to be enjoyed with good friends now or stashed away for a little bit later down the track.”

Eagle Bay Brewing

The beer launches at the brewery on Thursday 20 July with additional launch events at Mane Liquor on Saturday 22 July at Mane Liquor and then on Wednesday 26 July at Lalla Roohk for a Black Vanilla Winter Feast

Last Drop Brewery

American Brown Ale

Last Drop Brewery have released something special, a single batch limited release 4.0 percent ABV American Brown Ale. It has been brewed with two US hop varieties, Chinook and Simcoe. The brewery’s notes suggest “some mild chocolate, some nuttiness and malt sweetness characters.”

Colonial Brewing Co.

Colonial Brewing Co will be releasing something special this coming week, an imperial stout called Colonial Inquest, that is 11.7 percent ABV and will be available in 375ml gold and black cans.

“We’ve created something special here, employing a brewing method we’ve never tried before to create our biggest release yet. It’s big, rich, loaded with malt and complex flavours but doesn’t completely overpower the palate, remaining balanced and moreish.”

Ash Hazell, Colonial Brewing Head Brewer

The brewing method Ash refers to is the two separate mashes to create more fermentables by using the last worts of the first to mash in to the second.

Expect this to be very big, bold, malty and rich after some extended time in tank to develop all its complex flavours.

Image from Colonial Brewing Co Port Melbourne Facebook page

Feral Brewing

The team at Scarborough’s El Grotto bar, a haven of tequila and good times, were hanging out at Feral Brewing’s Swan Valley brewpub recently for a collaboration brew. El Grotto’s Insta-story showed the El Grotto crew having a pretty fun day out in the valley with Feral’s head brewer Will Irving and it looked like there was much citrus involved. The beer should be ready early August; stay tuned to El Grotto’s social media for more details.

Nowhereman Brewing

It is a mere couple of weeks before West Leederville’s Nowhereman Brewing opens their doors. Bags of malt are being delivered and the brew kit itself is being put through its paces by brewer Paul Wyman, watching their Instagram feed is a fantastic tease as we get closer to opening day.

Read more: Broadsheet – Opening Soon: Nowhereman Brewing

Nowhereman Brewing’s Paul Wyman

 

Perth Royal Beer Show 2017

Friday night was the Perth Royal Beer Awards Presentation Dinner and therefore the ultimate excuse for everyone in the local beer industry to come together for a few drinks.

Held at Beaumonde on the Point in the new hub on Riverside Drive which is also home to Ku De Ta Perth, The Point Bar & Grill and 8 on the Point Chinese Restaurant, almost 300 guests came to celebrate good beer.

This year over both commercial and amateur sections, more than 600 entries were received and among them almost 50 gold medals, more than 100 silvers and over 160 bronze medals were awarded.

I was also excited and very, very nervous, to be the MC for the evening. It was a unique experience for sure and I have to say that the behind the scenes work that goes on to make this evening possible is staggering! Thanks to Kim Borgogno, competition and event coordinator for the Royal Agricultural Society of WA and Justin Fox, chief judge for the beer awards and last year’s MC who helped me out so much!

[ Full Results for Perth Royal Beer Awards 2017 here ]

Feral Brewing Co. took out the major brewery trophies, winning Best West Australian Brewery and Best Commercial Brewery and also took out three more trophies, winning Best Ale Packaged for Finn Diesel, Best Ale Draught for Razorback and Best Stout Packaged for Boris, their Russian Imperial Stout. In total Feral picked up four gold medals, a half dozen silvers and five bronze adding to their already impressive medal collection over the years.

Photo by Feral Brewing Co

Brewhouse Margaret River were also big winners for the evening with their Peter Coupan Barrel Aged Stout taking out the trophies for Best Commercial Beer of Show, Best WA Beer of Show and Best Stout Draught. But this wasn’t the only stout that impressed the judges, their non-barrel aged version, the Coupan Imperial Stout and the Undie’s Oatmeal Stout also received gold medals. Overall the brewery also was awarded another four silvers and a bronze.

Best West Australian Beer of Show

Trophy Winner

Brewhouse Margaret River “Peter Coupan Barrel Aged Stout”

Second Place

Feral Brewing “Finn Diesel”

Third Place

Feral Brewing “Razorback”

Artisan Brewing “Barrel Aged Imperial Flanders Brown”

Best Commercial Brewery

Trophy Winner

Feral Brewing

Second Place

Artisan Brewing

Brewhouse Margaret River

Third Place

Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery

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Nail Brewing

Nail Brewing collected two gold medals for Nail Red across both packaged and draught and the newest addition to the core range line up, VPA received silver medals in both package and draught categories. Flaming Lamington, the chilli and coconut stout, also grabbed a silver. Nail Brewing also tied for third place for Best Commercial Brewery and Best West Australian Brewery.

[Full Disclosure: I work for Nail Brewing]

Artisan Brewing from Denmark, who specialise in Belgian style ales, received three gold medals and tied for third place for Best Commercial Beer of Show for their Barrel Aged Imperial Flanders Brown and tied for second place for Best West Australian Brewery and Best Commercial Brewery. Their Tripel Treating: A Belgain in Mango Land, the collaboration beer made with The Monk and Cellarbrations Superstore grabbed a gold medal and it joins the other gold it won at this years Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA).

Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery who are about to launch their new core range beers to coincide with their fifth birthday mid-July, will be kicking off celebrations early with their Australian Lager receiving a trophy for Best Lager Draught and a bunch of silvers for packaging and design. Their West Coast IPA was awarded a silver and a gold for packaged and draught versions respectively and they got two more silvers and a bronze.

Photo from Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery

Best West Australian Brewery

Trophy Winner

Feral Brewing

Second Place

Artisan Brewing

Brewhouse Margaret River

Third Place

Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery

Nail Brewing

Boston Brewery, who recently underwent a major re-brand, won the trophy for Best Packaging and Design for their Right Nut Brown ale cans whilst their Boondie Rye Pale Ale received a silver medal.

The re-brand was done with local company Zendoke who has also worked with Whipper Snapper Distillery, Nail Brewing and the soon-to-open Nowhereman Brewing.

To go alongside their silver for packaging and design, the Boondie Rye Pale Ale also picked up a gold medal in the category for American Style Pale Ale.

Photo from Boston Brewery Facebook page

For the second year in a row Homestead Brewery was awarded the trophy for Best Wheat Beer Draught for their Kaiser’s Choice Hefeweizen. Gage Roads Pils 3.5 took out the trophy for Best Reduced Alcohol Packaged and Best Lager Packaged went to Lion’s James Boag’s Premium Lager.

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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WA Beer News #11

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.

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 Releases

Colonial Brewing : Dark Pale

  • Available on tap only
  • Limited Release

Colonial’s autumn release is an Altbier, a traditional German style beer and they’ve used European hops alongside Best Heidelberg and Best Vienna malts.

“The Altbier opens with a nose of deep fruit and brooding plum that leads into a very smooth and approachable bodied beer”

Colonial Brewing

Look out for this beer at –

Bootleg Brewing : Traditional ‘The Flaming Youth’ Gose

  • Limited Release (being considered for permanent line up)
  • Available on tap only

Bootleg have been hitting the Gose hard with two releases of this style already this year. Now they’re releasing a traditional gose, the base beer for the previous Passionfruit Gose.

The beer uses 60% wheat malt and 40% pale malt plus WA pink salt and locally sourced coriander seeds.

Though the beer is a limited release, there is talk at the brewery of making it part of the core range meaning it would be available all the time. If you’re keen for this, let them know!

Mash Brewing : Bull Stout

  • Limited Release
  • 330ml bottles

An easy drinking and approachable stout, brewed under contract for Redbull.

Billabong Brewing : Smash Pale Ale

  • Limited Release
  • Available on tap from the brewery only

It seems Idaho 7 is getting popular, Innate Brewers created an imperial pale ale using the variety not that long ago and now we have Billabong Brewing, located in Myaree, creating a pale ale too.

It’s a single malt, single hop beer described on their  Facebook page as “bursting with citrus and tropical goodness.”

Gage Roads : American Brown Ale

  • Sneak peek keg available at The Balmoral
  • Official release end May/early June

Brewed with the autumn season in mind, Gage Roads representative Tim Milhouse says the beer has “added lactose to add to the creaminess and nice heavy caramel notes. Think hot buttered rum.”

Gage Roads : Sea Devil Stout

  • Sneak peek keg available at The Balmoral
  • Official release in July

Coming in at 9 percent ABV and 70 IBU, the Sea Devil Stout is a pretty gutsy beer.

“Starts off super rich and smokey then finishes with chocolate and black coffee bitterness,”

Tim Milhouse, Gage Roads

WA Beer News #10

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 festival … 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.

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

New Releases

Rocky Ridge Brewing : Gold Leader

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

Our newest brewery, Rocky Ridge from Busselton, have teamed up with The Left Bank, Fremantle, and the Margaret River Roasting Co to create what head brewer Hamish Coates calls a white/gold stout.

“It’s been designed as a sensory challenge to show just how heavily we rely on our vision to assess and categorise the beer we drink,”

Hamish Coates, Rocky Ridge Brewing

Hamish says the beer has aromas of strong coffee, a little dark chocolate and raisins with flavours like toffee, white chocolate, honey, black coffee and a dark chocolate bitterness. Many of these characteristics are what we’d associate with stouts but in this case, the colour is copper / golden appearance, challenging the normal associations we make with golden beers.

Rocky Ridge have used two varieties of Brazilian coffee beans – Brazilina Meloso and Blue Diamond – that were specially roasted for this beer. The beans were added whole at about a ratio of 2:1 Meloso to Blue Diamond which allowed for “the rich dark chocolate and raisin of the Meloso to shine with the more subtle white chocolate of the Blue Diamond added to the body,” says Hamish.

The whole coffee beans were added much like you’d dry hop a beer, and they circulated in the brew for eight hours to get the most aromatics from the beans without the colour.

Find this beer at* –

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Dutch Trading Co, July 2016

Cheeky Monkey Brewery : Pilot Batch – Pale Ale

  • 5.0 percent ABV
  • Limited Release

This one isn’t just an ordinary limited release, it’s a trial run for a pale ale to replace the current pale ale in their core range, the Old Reliable.

They’ve used classic American hops and modern Australian hops to create what brand ambassador Brendan Day describes as a “modern pale ale”, perhaps a hybrid of an American and an Australian style pale ale.

The team at the brewery are seeking as much feedback as possible on this one so give it a go and get in touch via social media or send them an email.

Find this beer at* –

Oh and expect to see an Australian Lager from these guys soon too!

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Pizza at Cheeky Monkey, June 2016

Little Creatures Brewing : Fire Falcon

  • 5.8 percent ABV
  • Winter seasonal beer
  • Available on tap and packaged

Described as a hoppy red ale, the Fire Falcon is named after the beers main hop variety Falconer’s Flight which is from the United States. The variety was developed in 2010 to “honor and support the legacy of Northwest brewing legend, Glen Hay Falconer.”

The brewers notes on this say the Falconer’s Flight hops give the beer citrus and pine notes whilst the six speciality malts add caramel, raisin and subtle nuttiness.

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Feral Brewing : Big Biggie

  • 6.0 percent ABV
  • Collaboration with The Royston Hotel, Richmond (VIC)
  • Available on tap only

According to the Feral website, “the Royston crew joined us over in the West to brew a beer teaming with punchy tropical hip hop aromas full of apricot, peaches and passionfruit. Day dreamin’ in a cloud of haze, this IPA is intentionally cloudy contributing to a creamy mouth feel.”

The beer is on tap at the brewpub and will, of course, be available at The Royston and other Melbourne venues over Good Beer Week.

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*The beer isn’t always able to be tapped straight away so please contact the bar beforehand if you’re heading there specially for these beers

 

 

WA Beer News #9

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 festival … 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.

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 festival … 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.

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

NEW RELEASES

Eagle Bay : Single Series – Rye Session IPA

  • Limited Release
  • Only available on tap

Hot on the heels of their Citrus IPA, Eagle Bay will release another Single Series – a Rye Session IPA next week.

Single Series means just one 1,000 litre batch, so about 20 kegs, were made meaning it probably won’t last long! Keep an eye on their social media accounts for where it ends up!

Tasting notes from the brewery –

“Enjoy citrusy aromas with juicy notes of lemon rind and passion fruit, paired with a biscuity and spicy malt base. Well rounded and firm bitterness to finish”

Find this beer at –

Innate Brewers : Private Idaho IIPA

  • Limited Release
  • Only available on tap
  • Single hop beer

Private Idaho is named after the hop variety they’ve used in this imperial IPA called Idaho 7. The hop comes form the US and is relatively new, hitting the commercial scene in 2015 and known for herbal qualities as well as pine and stone fruit characteristics.

Being imperial it’s a boozy beer – 8.5 percent – and is pouring at –

 

Bootleg Brewing : Imperial Raging Bull

  • Limited Release
  • Available on tap and 330ml bottles
  • Aged for 6 months in Cabernet barrels

We all know by now that when we see the word “imperial” it’s going to be a pretty big beer. Well for this one Bootleg take their already strong dark beer Raging Bull and let it spent half a year in cabernet barrels. The result is a 9.1% beer made for sipping.

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Photo taken from Bootleg Brewing’s Facebook page

 

The Beer Farm : Naked IPA

  • Limited Release
  • Only available on tap
  • Beer changes seasonally

This beer uses four hop varieties – Cascade, Perle, Chinook and Flinders – sourced from local growers Karridale Cottages & Hop Farm, less than an hours drive from the brewery.

The beer released under the Naked IPA series will always change, the brewery created their own hashtag on Instagram #notwoIPAsthesame and describe this one as a “resinous, roasty, dark IPA”

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Trey from Karridale Cottages and Hop Farm inspecting Cascade hops

 

Mash Brewing : Sarcasm

  • Only available on tap
  • Limited Release

Give it’s popularity when it’s released, it’s unsurprising and delightful to see the Sarcasm imperial IPA get another re-release. Called Sarcasm because of its hilarious “session IPA” tag and 9.5 percent alcohol content, it will be hitting retailers as of Monday.

Boston Brewing : Afterglose

  • Available on tap and cans
  • Limited Release

Previously only available on tap, Denmark’s Boston Brewing has now released this beer in their newly designed cans. It’s a raspberry gose and it’s sensational, I do love this style and this a great example – delicate, zesty, refreshing and well balanced, everything a gose beer should be I reckon!

 

 

 

WA Beer News #8

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 festival … 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.

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 festival … 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.

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

NEW RELEASES

Mash Brewing : Imperial Red Ale

  • Limited Release
  • Only available on tap

It seems Red Ales are a bit of a WA favourite recently with Otherside Brewing releasing a Red Ale as their first ‘Pilot Series’ beer a few weeks ago, Cheeky Monkey also put out a limited release Imperial Red Ale in early February and Gage Road’s have a Red Rye IPA coming out next week. Of course there’s also Nail Brewing Red, released in 2014 it’s been a bit of a staple in the WA beer scene so it wouldn’t be a list of Reds without me mentioning it here and, in the interests of full disclosure as I always try to do, they’re also my employer.

Mash‘s Red is of the imperial variety, so think big and bold, and comes in at 9.2 percent ABV. By the sounds of it they have hopped the hell of out of the beer with normal hopping getting a boost from whole hop flowers and hop resin extract which is basically a super concentrated form of the hop resins which is all the good stuff brewers want from their hops.

Some kegs are being delivered today to Mane Liquor, Cellarbrations Carlisle, Liquor Barons Bull Creek and Cellarbrations Superstore in Hamilton Hill. Keep an eye out for it at other good beer loving venues as I am sure it’ll pop up in other places!

Photo from Mash Brewing Co Facebook

Colonial Brewing : Project Beer – Kiwi’s IPA

  • Limited Release
  • Only available on tap
  • Brewed with all New Zealand hops

If you have been down to Colonial Brewing in Margaret River, chances are you’ve seen the brewers hard at work in the brewhouse and one of those brewer is Jacob “Kiwi” Nesbit. Probably pretty easy to see where the inspiration of this IPA has come from!

Brewed with four New Zealand hop varieties – Pacifica, Rakau, Wakatu and Motueka, this beer is all about the hops. Sitting at 7.7 percent ABV it’s a little on the boozy side too. It was released on Thursday so if you’re down south you’ll be able to get it at the brewery and check out their Facebook page next week for some places in Perth you’ll find it.

Image from Colonial Brewing Co Margaret River Facebook

Coming Soon

Eagle Bay : Single Series – Rye Session IPA

  • Limited Release
  • Only available on tap

Hot on the heels of their Citrus IPA, Eagle Bay will release another Single Series – a Rye Session IPA next week.

Single Series means just one 1,000 litre batch, so about 20 kegs, were made meaning it probably won’t last long! Keep an eye on their social media accounts for where it ends up!

Tasting notes from the brewery –

“Enjoy citrusy aromas with juicy notes of lemon rind and passion fruit, paired with a biscuity and spicy malt base. Well rounded and firm bitterness to finish”

Little Creatures : Single Batch – The Dreadnought

  • Will be available on tap and in 640ml bottles
  • Limited Release

Back for another winter, Little Creatures The Dreadnought is a Foreign Extra Stout, a style that perhaps sit between a regular stout and an imperial stout.

Six speciality malts and Fuggles hops, a hop variety traditionally used in English Ales, are used in the brew. They have made a single batch which, given the size of Little Creatures, is a bit different to other WA breweries when they say ‘single batch’, which limits it to 10,000 litres on this occasion.

The official launch happens at the brewery on Thursday 20th.

Photo from Little Creatures Brewing Facebook page

Gage Roads : Red Rye IPA

  • Will be available on tap only
  • Limited Release

If you follow Gage Roads on Instagram you would have spotted their teaser about this brew coming out soon.

The Red Rye IPA is 6.1 percent ABV, uses rye obviously and packed with American hops.

Tasting notes from the brewery –

“Pours a deep amber colour, with soft white head. Opens with a big American hop aroma, and notes of spice. Peppery spices combine with citrus hop character and alcohol sweetness for a fresh IPA flavour with subtle twist. It’s all wrapped up by a balanced, dry bitterness.”

 

 

WA Beer News #7

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.

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.

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

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.

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Photo Courtesy of Eagle Bay Brewing

Bootleg Brewery

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 The Flaming Youth Passionfruit Gose

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.

 

 

WA Beer News #6

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.

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.

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

Bootleg Brewery

In mid-March Bootleg Brewery will be releasing a passionfruit gose, their second gose style beer. There are plans for a traditional gose to be available in bottles in April and if you like it, maybe it will be more than a limited release.

Other upcoming releases coming out will be the next edition of Hop Swap, their single hop beers, which will feature a New Zealand variety called Brooklyn. The brew sheet will call for a simple malt bill and lots and lots of hops. Other hoppy news comes in the form of another release of their Pants Down Double IPA that should appear towards the end of March.

There will also be a special release for St Patrick’s Day, a milk stout, that will only be available on tap at selected venues. Brewers notes for the milk stout are “gentle coffee and chocolate notes with a bit of extra sweetness from the lactose.” For Easter, Bootleg will be bringing out their big gun, the Imperial Bull, their iconic Raging Bull strong porter aged in red wine barrels.

OTHERSIDE BREWING

Otherside Brewing recently released their first Pilot Series brew, a limited release range of beers, called Harvest Red Ale, on tap at selected craft beer loving venues. Harvest Red Ale will also be made available in cans very soon, the can featuring artwork by Fremantle artist David Spencer.

Otherside Harvest Red Ale

Little creatures brewinG

The second release in the Little Creatures VHA series, very hoppy ale, was recently released on tap and 640ml bottles. They’ve called it a summer IPA and it features a big dose of US Citra hops.

I was lucky enough to get a freebie of the beer in the mail and it’s a lovely drop! Aromas of fresh grapefruit and pineapple and it follows through in the flavour with a lot of citrus and some light toastiness.

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Little Creatures have also just released ‘Elsie’, a beer brewed at the Fremantle brewery and made just for WA.

“Elsie is inspired by the gold rush era Steam Ales of California. It’s our adaptation made fresh locally on our very own West Coast,” says Russ Gosling – head brewer Little Creatures Fremantle.

The beer is named after the beloved brewery kombi Elsie (geddit … LC … Little Creatures) who has been at the brewery since day one and delivered the first ever kegs.

Again I was fortunate enough to get a couple of bottles delivered to me to try. Delicate citrus and herbal flavours, a fluffy mouth feel and a dry finish make this beer really tasty and very refreshing.

MASH BREWING

Mash Brewing will be releasing their Indian Ale in a can soon, it joins their Gov’nor Big Pale Ale and the New Norcia Abbey Ale. The brewery will likely host a small launch event for the Indian Ale cans at their Swan Valley brewery offering a chance to chat with the brewers and, of course, drink some beer!

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Later in the month they will also release Black Cat, a black IPA taking all the American hop flavour we love in their award winning Copy Cat AIPA with a good marriage of black malts.

Also on the cards is a 3.5 percent ABV beer called 3 Fiddy.

EAGLE BAY BREWING

Eagle Bay Brewing continue their run of collaborations with a recent team up with Fremantle hot spot The Mantle, namely the restaurant Don Tapa and the bar Alter Ego. The release is part of the Taste of The Kimberley & WA, a week celebrating native flavours and culture.

Top L-R: Gerome and Adrian from Eagle Bay Brewing
Bottom L-R: Owen from Alter Ego, Stuart from Don Tapa and Nick from Eagle Bay Brewing

The beer is called West Coast Native Ale and it is a Native Lime & Anise Myrtle Wheat Beer. Owen from Alter Ego and Stuart Laws from Don Tapa headed down to Eagle Bay to help with brew day. It’s only available on tap and in very limited quantities, it’s on tap at Alter Ego Bar in Fremantle and appearing soon at Budburst Small Bar, Mt Hawthorn.

The next Brewers Series is also coming soon, this week in fact, with an intimate launch at Budburst Small Bar on Tuesday 14th March 5-7pm. The beer is their Black IPA, a firm favourite for me, with Simcoe, Centenial and Cascade hops. Entry to the event is free with the bar putting on some great food specials too.

Photo courtesy of Eagle Bay Brewing Co

NORTHBRIDGE BREWING CO

The next seasonal release starts pouring from the taps of Northbridge Brewing Co this week with their Mosaic’s Beard XPA. The beer will be launched at this months ‘beer club’ event where head brewer Ken Arrowsmith will take guests through a tasting of this beer and five others of a similar style.

The event is Wednesday and costs just $25pp and includes beer samples, nibbles and a beer quiz! Tickets available via email at info@northbridgebrewingco.com.au or phone the brewery direct on (08) 96151 6481

BLACK BREWING CO

Black Brewing have been playing around with a brand new commercial hop variety called Denali but I’m thinking it’s trial name Nuggetzilla is pretty kick ass! It’s been used to make a beer their calling ‘xXxPA’ and it’s going to be a BIG one with an ABV of 9.8 percent.

The guys at Black Brewing say we can expect “huge pineapple, candied orange and straight up getting freaky with a pine forrest!”

The batch is very limited and will be available in 330ml bottles and on tap at selected venues.

 

WA Beer News #5

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.

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.

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

Bootleg Brewery

Margaret River’s Bootleg Brewery recently welcomed a new brewer to assist Ryan “Pizey” Nilsson-Linne – Dillon Hunter who was previously in the brewhouse at BrewCorp, the Feral and Nail brewing facility.

The guys have brewed a Gose for the South West Craft Beer Festival on 11 February. The beer style originates in Germany, a wheat beer that is slightly acidic which makes it delightfully refreshing, it also uses a small amount of salt and coriander seed and has very little bitterness. If you’ve never tried this beer style before, it’s well worth giving it a shot. It sounds a little weird but it can taste a little wonderful!

The 10th annual West Australian Circus Festival is happening down in Margaret River 26 – 29 January where Bootleg’s Lunar Lager, a beer created specifically for the festival, will be served alongside the rest of their range as the exclusive beer supplier of the event.

Winter plans are already well under way with an American Barley Wine currently aging in whiskey and wine barrels with plans to bottle and keg the finished product in May. Around the same timeis a  will be this years release of Imperial Bull which is their Raging Bull aged in cabernet barrels.

The brewery branding has also undergone a little face lift, reflecting a more subtle and mature approach. You can read more about it here at The Sip by WA beer writer, Ross Lewis.

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Bootleg Brewery

Homestead Brewery

Head to Homestead in early February to try their new Summer Ale. Head brewer Steve Wearing says the beer will be “the perfect session beer”, “light and crisp yet packed with flavour, loads of passionfruit and tropical flavour from generous dry hop additions”.

Artisan Brewing

It’s always a treat to find Artisan beers on tap and in December they released their first ever bottled beer. It’s called Tripel Treating and was a collaboration brew with The Monk Brewery (Fremantle), Boston Brewery (Denmark) and Cellarbrations Superstore (Hamilton Hill). If it hasn’t already been snapped up, you’ll find them at Petition Beer Corner, Singlefile Wines, The Monk and Cellarbrations Superstore.

Artisan Brewing director Julia Fitzgerald says Tripel Treating boasts “classic Belgian yeast aromatics with fresh mango resulting in a peppery and fruity flavour with yeast complexity. The finish is dry and fruit with a berry acidity and lingering mango on the palate.”

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Photo Courtesy of Artisan Brewing

South West Craft Beer Festival

One of my absolute favourite events on the beer calendar is the South West Craft Beer Festival. Exclusively about south west breweries you get to try beers that you might not see at some of the big Perth festivals. From Mandurah to Denmark, this year has more breweries exhibiting than every before.

The festival is on Saturday 11 February at Old Broadwater Farm in Busselton.

Photo courtesy of South West Craft Beer Festival
Photo courtesy of South West Craft Beer Festival

Colonial Brewing Co

There are a couple of new faces at Colonial Brewing both in Margaret River and Port Melbourne. Ash Hazell, previously of Barrow Boys Brewing, will be taking on the Port Melbourne with the Margaret River brewery to be headed up by Ryan Nobbs.

‘Colonial really appealed to me for a number of reasons. The Port Melbourne brewery has great equipment for brewing high quality beer and plenty of room to grow. I haven’t seen a better canning line in another Australian brewery and you really do need the right gear to make consistent beer. There’s been some great innovations from Colonial as well, like the unique can design. I love the focus on hospitality because letting people into the brewery is a great way to educate around what real beer is. There also seems to be a really passionate culture amongst the Colonial team, which is a sure sign that it’s a great company to be part of,’

Ash Hazell

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The Beer Farm

Everyone loves a good collaboration! Margaret River locals The Beer Farm recently got together with Scarborough’s tequila slinging El Grotto and together they made a lime and grapefruit summer ale. The brew involved a few hours of peeling fruit and the result is a citrusy, zingy and easy drinking summer refresher! On tap, of course, at El Grotto.

Inn8 Brewers

Speaking of collabs, if you’re following Subiaco’s Refuge Small Bar you would have spotted their snap recently of their straight from the tank tasting of their brew with Innate Brewers. Judging from the hast tags we can expect to see a Helles Lager coming very, very soon!

Cheeky Monkey

Cheeky Monkey‘s next Southern Wailer – their limited release series – will be released at the South West Craft Beer Festival. From there it will be made available in 500ml cans throughout WA beer loving bottle shops – head to their website for a list of stockists.

The beer is called Imperial Monk Red IPA, an imperial version of their Travelling Monk Session Red that boosts the ABV up to 8.3 percent ABV, basically tripling the hops, malts and booze from it’s original recipe.

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