WA Beer News #20

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!

news …

Of course the big news, and I would be very surprised if you had not heard, is the 100% acquisition of Feral Brewing by Coca-Cola Amatil that was announced on Thursday. There are a number of great articles on this news so I won’t re-hash it in great detail here. Some drinkers are concerned about the quality of the beers but not me, I’m looking forward to seeing what new brews and innovations come out of Feral, just like they have been doing since 2002. I guess what I’m saying is that, let time determine this, not early assumptions.

Huge congratulations to Brendan and Gab Varis, founders of Feral Brewing, and the whole team – past and present – who’ve contributed game-changing beers and worked ridiculously hard over the last 15 years to be true leaders in the industry.

Read the full details at Crafty Pint, Australian Brews News, The West Australian, The Sip  and you can listen to an interview with Australian Brews News and Brendan Varis here.

new beers …

Eagle Bay Citrus IPA

  • 5.1 percent ABV
  • IPA
  • Limited Release
  • 330ml bottles and on tap

This beer is brewed with grapefruit, lemon and orange zest from fruit on their own farm. They’ve made this beer before but it’s been a while and it’s great to see it back! It’s exactly what you’d expect from something called “citrus IPA” with plenty of balanced citrus flavour, moderate bitterness and a dry lime-pith finish.

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Eagle Bay Brewing Heir of the Dog

  • 5.9 percent ABV
  • Collaboration brew with The Balmoral
  • Limited release
  • Available on tap only

The Balmoral crew went down south to hang out with Eagle Bay Brewing and made Heir of the Dog, a hoppy lager. Tasting notes describe tropical fruit character with a crisp and clean finish and caramel malts and moderate bitterness support. You can try it at The Balmoral’s launch event on Sunday where dogs are welcome with prizes for best dressed and you can also chat all things beer with Gerome and Nick from Eagle Bay Brewing whilst you’re there.

 

Bootleg Brewery The Cobbler

  • 4.2 percent ABV
  • American Brown Ale
  • Collaboration brew with award-winning home brewer Dave Baker

Bootleg Brewery hosted a home-brewing competition for the South-West Craft Beer Bogans and after tasting a “variety of high-quality beers” they found their winner in Dave Baker’s American Brown Ale.

Ryan Nilsson-Linne, Bootleg’s head brewer, describes the beer as “super balanced” and “with an earthy character blended with traditional Citra and Cascade hops for a spicy citrus mix.”

There’s a tasting with both Ryan and Dave on the lawn at Bootleg Brewery today from 12noon and on Thursday night it will be part of the Bootleg tap takeover at Busselton’s The Firestation where they will also have their new European style 5.0 percent lager pouring.

Black Brewing Kiwiake

  • 9.6 percent ABV
  • Kettle soured strong ale
  • Limited Release
  • Only 9 kegs available

Black Brewing brewed only nine kegs of this very special beer. Kiwiake is a kettle soured strong ale fermented with Sake yeast with secondary fermentation on 70kgs of kiwi fruit.

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Image from Black Brewing’s Facebook page

Cheeky Monkey Brewing Double IPA – Round Two

  • 8.2 percent ABV
  • 500ml cans and on tap
  • Limited release

This is an encore performance from Cheeky Monkey who first released this beer last month. They’ve made a couple of tweaks to the original recipe, still using Citra, Mandarina Bavaria and Lemon Drop hops but they’ve amped it up and used way more than last time. Expect orange, tangerine, mango and grapefruit character and, from a slight recipe tweak, a drier finish than the first batch offered.

Blasta Brewing Blastaweizen

  • 5.3 percent ABV
  • Weissbier aka German Hefeweizen
  • On tap only

Blasta Brewing, fresh off their planning approval to build their Burswood brewery, released their Blastaweizen yesterday. In the true tradition of the style, Steve Russell has used more than 50% wheat in this beer and describes the beer as having flavours of “banana, stone fruit, nutmeg and clove” along with a “refreshing carbonation and great mouthfeel”. Blastaweizen has been brewed with two yeast strains, from White Labs and German brewery Weihenstephan, for a more complex yeast character (think spices and fruits!) and sounds like an excellent tribute to the classic Munich style!

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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.

WA Beer Week: Co-Op Beer Lunch

Four chefs, five local beers and lots of happy people – that was the scene at East Perth’s Co-Op Dining where they held their first, and hopefully not their last, beer lunch for WA Beer Week.

Four chefs, five local beers and lots of happy people – that was the scene at East Perth’s Co-Op Dining on Saturday where they held their first, and hopefully not their last, beer lunch for WA Beer Week.

The aim of the afternoon was simply beautiful food and great local beer, a goal that I can safely say was achieved.

Guests were treated to food by Sam Ward from Mt Lawley modern Mexican favourite, el Publico, Kiren from Co-Op Dining, Mitch from Beersine and Sue Lewis, Artisan Chocolatier. Each chef selected the beer to match their dish, bringing the best of WA local brewing and local produce came together.

The afternoon was interrupted/MC’d by yours truly and I was nothing short of thrilled and honoured to have been asked to be part of one of the most delicious events on the WA Beer Week calendar.

finger food by everyone

beer by cheeky monkey – double ipa

All four chefs contributed to the first course of food, a series of small bites presented with Cheeky Monkey Double IPA.

You know you’re in for a great afternoon when the first beer you are presented with is a double IPA – BAM! Personally I love this beer, it is everything you want from a double IPA, big fresh hops balanced by chewy caramel malt in a delicious marriage of flavour.

It’s hard to pick a favourite from the array of finger food. The pork crackle with horseradish, blood crumb and white chocolate was one of the most interesting combinations and the crickets, a signature Sam Ward/el Publico favourite, were crunchy salty and very moreish.

Crickets by Sam Ward
Crickets by Sam Ward
Corn, smoked pork fat, sesame & seaweed
Corn, smoked pork fat, sesame & seaweed

Cuttlefish escabeche by sam ward of el publico

last drop saison by jan bruckner

The acidity from the fresh lime juice and coriander in this dish were perfectly matched to the complex and delicate Last Drop Saison. It was a great example of when the beer and the food are better together, when you try them and you realise that one shouldn’t be enjoyed without the other.

Cuttlefish Escabeche by Sam Ward of El Publico
Cuttlefish Escabeche with salsa borracha, nopales by Sam Ward of El Publico

Smoked leek by kiren of co-op dining

feral watermelon warhead by brendan varis / will irving

Brilliant. You just had to be there. I would have never imagined at match like this but it was harmony. Contrast never tasted so good. Smokey soft leek with some crunch for texture and delicate prawns and that super refreshing acidity of Warhead – brilliant.

Smoked Leek with Coral Prawns, Garum Hollandaise and Leek Ash
Smoked Leek with Coral Prawns, Garum Hollandaise and Leek Ash by Kiren of Co-Op Dining

blackwood valley beef sirloin, brisket & tongue by Mitch of beersine

Nail hughe dunn imperial brown ale by john stallwood / jake brandish

Hello meat, Hello malt. Imagine the best date you’ve ever been on and that’s what happened between the rich malts in the Nail Hughe Dunn Imperial and trio of meaty goodness served up by Mitch.

I loved the compliment of the malty beer and rich meat of the dish plus the added contrast of sharp kimchee and chilli in the food with the sweet/roast imperial brown ale.

Blackwood Valley Beef Sirloin, Brisket & Tongue with Fermented Spring Garlic, Daikon Radish Kimchee by Mitch of Beersine
Blackwood Valley Beef Sirloin, Brisket & Tongue with Fermented Spring Garlic, Daikon Radish Kimchee by Mitch of Beersine

chocolate tart by sue lewis of sue lewis artisan chocolatier

eagle bay cacao stout by nick d’Espeissis

A divine chocolate dessert and a smooth-like-Barry-White stout, there was never going to be a better way to end lunch.

Sue’s decadent chocolate tart was like the best friend that Eagle Bay’s Cacao Stout always wanted. The dessert featured Bahen & Co chocolate ice cream and, at the base of the tart, thick wort caramel.

Chocolate Tart with Wort Caramel and Bahen & Co Chocolate PNG Ice-Cream by Sue Lewis of Sue Lewis Artisan Chocolatier
Chocolate Tart with Wort Caramel and Bahen & Co Chocolate PNG Ice-Cream by Sue Lewis of Sue Lewis Artisan Chocolatier

Thank you to Kiren and Kelli for hosting the event at Co-Op Dining, thanks to all the chefs involved who donated their time and efforts to spoil us and thanks to everyone who came along. Thank you especially to Mitch, from Beersine, who asked me to be a part of this event and saved me a seat at the table.