WA Beer News #15

Featuring new collaborations beers from Mash Brewing and Black Brewing; more awards for WA breweries; Nowhereman Brewing is now open and 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

Mash Brewing have been busy with limited releases recently and there are another two out now, both available on tap only.

Mash Brewing // the ADventures of milo and Oat.i.s

The puntastic name The Adventures of Milo and Oat.I.S is taken from the 1986 kids movie. The beer is an 8.5 percent ABV Oatmeal Stout brewed with orange and is a collaboration with the guys at Cellarbrations Superstore.

Photo from Mash Brewing’s Facebook

Mash Brewing // RAISIN’ THE BAR

Another collaboration brew but this time with the team at the Belgian Beer Cafe. It is a 7.5 percent ABV Belgian Strong Ale and the beer name refers to the strong raisin character they say comes from a heavy dose of caraaroma malts.

Photo from Mash Brewing’s Facebook

BLACK BREWING // BAO BAO VARIANTS

Last month Black Brewing released four keg only variations of their Bao Bao Milk Stout – a version with coffee, another with coconut, an imperial version and one called Port Royale which was rum and port aged. Brand ambassador Tim “Gunslinger” Hoskins says limited quantities of these beers will be available in bottles from next week from selected retailers, check out their Facebook page for updates.

Name Mash’s next beer

The crew at Mash Brewing are already planning their next limited release and it’s going to be a Red Rye IPA infused with nitrogen to add a creamy mouthfeel and lower carbonation to what sounds like an already delicious beer. They’re running a competition on Facebook to find a name for the beer; the winner not only gets the bragging rights but a carton of the beer when it’s released.

WA Award Winners

At the annual Craft Beer Awards were held in Adelaide on Thursday night and two WA breweries picked up Champion Trophies.

Eagle Bay Black IPA was the Champion Dark Ale and Feral Brewing’s Watermelon Warhead took out the trophy for Champion Wheat beer.

Eagle Bay Black IPA has been added to the year round range so you can now get this champion beer all year round!

Full Results available here on Crafty Pint

L-R: Will Irving from Feral Brewing and Adrian d’Espeissis from Eagle Bay Brewing

The Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards were held last night and WA’s own Nail Brewing Red Ale and Clout Stout were awarded Champion Other Ale and Champion Stout respectively. Nail Brewing also tied for Champion Medium Brewery.

Note: I work for Nail Brewing

Photo from Fassina Liquor – Empire Liquor team representing Nail Brewing in SA accepting the trophy for Champion Medium Brewery

Nowhereman Brewing NOW OPEN

The local beer community have been eagerly awaiting for Nowhereman Brewing in West Leederville to open and the day finally arrived on Thursday! There are three beers on tap right now – an American Pale Ale, Saison and Lager – and more beers will be added to the range soon, fresh from the tanks a mere few steps away from the beer taps. They’re open Wednesday to Friday from 4pm and weekends from 12 noon.

You can find them at 25 Harrogate Street, West Leederville

Nowhereman Brewing’s brewer Paul Wyman

Growler fills in Marmion

Liquor Barons in Marmion have just installed a growler system so you can now get your 1lt squealers and 2lt growlers filled with delicious craft beer.

Mane adds sixth tap + 500ml bottles

Mane Liquor have added a sixth tap to their line up that will be specifically for “heavy hitting beers”. They have also added some great looking 500ml bottles as an option to get filled alongside 1lt squealers and 2lt growlers.

Photo from Mane Liquor’s Facebook

Mane Liquor also have Black Vanilla gift boxes available in-store for just $50 which include a bottle of Black Vanilla, their collaboration brew with Eagle Bay Brewing, Whipper Snapper Distillery and artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers, and a matching t-shirt designed by Kyle.

Photo from Mane Liquor’s Facebook

 

Getting the Gang Back Together – Black Vanilla

Eagle Bay Brewing love collaborating and it’s time for their winter release with Mane Liquor, Whipper Snapper and artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers – Black Vanilla

“It’s fun … except when I get left in the brewery to do all the work!” Nick laughs when I ask him about collaboration brews at Eagle Bay Brewing.

Eagle Bay Brewing seem to love collaborating more than anyone in WA. From annual collabs like the Cacao Stout with Bahen & Co chocolate makers to once-off brews like their West Coast Native Ale with Fremantle venue The Mantle, Eagle Bay seem* to have an open door policy to their (brew)house. In fact they’re working on another collaboration brew right now with Clancy’s Fish Pubs and Twin Peaks coffee.

*always best to ask before you attempt to just wander into a brewery though!

“Working with like-minded producers is always such a pleasure,”

Margarita Wallace, marketing and communications, Eagle Bay Brewing

This year Eagle Bay reunited with retailer Mane Liquor, Whipper Snapper Distillery and artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers to make a beer called Black Vanilla, a whiskey barrel-aged coconut and vanilla imperial stout.

Brew day for Black Vanilla – Photo from Eagle Bay Brewing Facebook

This has become an annual collaboration to make a barrel-aged dark beer and started in 2015 when Eagle Bay teamed up with Mane Liquor and Kyle Hughes-Odgers to make Black and Tannin, a black IPA aged in former Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

“Collaborating gives you a chance to play with new ideas,”

Nick d’Espeissis, head brewer, Eagle Bay Brewing

In 2016 the crew made Forest for the Trees, and brought in Perth craft coffee roasters Twin Peaks and swapped red wine barrels for whiskey ones with new team mates Whipper Snapper Distillery on board. The result was a whiskey barrel-aged coffee imperial porter.

To make this years Black Vanilla they brewed an imperial stout and barrel-aged it for three months in two Whipper Snapper “Upshot” whiskey barrels. “It’s quite a privilege”, Margarita says “because once those whiskey barrels are given over to us they can’t use them for whiskey again.”

After aging they added toasted coconut and vanilla beans. The result is complex and rich, dark and roasty and it’s drinking great now and will also certainly age nicely.

I was lucky enough to be amongst the first to try Black Vanilla at The Dark Side event at Eagle Bay Brewing last week which they kindly invited me to. The event was held as part of the Cabin Fever Festival in Margaret River. Photos are below from the wonderful evening of food, beers and chat.

My partner once told me about a guy he knew who loved whiskey and when an awesome one would come out he would always buy three bottles – one to drink, one to keep and one just in case. I applied this to Black Vanilla, purchasing three bottles before leaving the brewery.

If you this sounds like an event you’d love and you’re sans a time machine, you can catch the crew who made the beer at the Black Vanilla Winter Feast dinner at Lalla Rookh tomorrow night (Wednesday 25 August). Tickets are $82+bf, more information can be found here.