WA Beer News #3

News and stuff about what’s happening in WA craft beer

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!


Colonial Brewing

In case anyone hadn’t already figured out, 2016 is the year that WA gets a LOT of cans. Mash, Feral and Nail are all set to release cans before the year is done, meanwhile Colonial Brewing have got their new canning machine in Port Melbourne up and running (I know, I know, Port Melbourne isn’t in WA but I still think of Colonial as being just as much WA as it is VIC). They’ve added two beers, a pale ale and IPA, and a cider, Bertie’s, to their line up. Whilst their pale ale has been part of the draught range for a long time, the Australian IPA started life as a limited release to showcase an all Aussie malt and hop profile which includes Ella, Topaz, Super Pride, Vic Secret and Galaxy.

Colonial Brewing cans
Colonial cans at Mane Liquor Carpark Party 2016

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

For WA Beer Week – 11-20 November – Cheeky Monkey teamed up with local bottleshops Cape Cellars and Dunsborough Cellars and local bar The Fire Station for a collaboration brew called Caped Crusader, named after the south west’s cape to cape region. It’s a 5.5 percent ABV super pale ale that should please those who like their hoppy American style pale ales and will be available on tap and in 500ml cans.

The official beer launch is happening on Thursday 17 September at The Fire Station, event information here.

Photo courtesy of Cheeky Monkey, looks like brew day was good fun!
Photo courtesy of Cheeky Monkey, looks like brew day was good fun!

Also keep an eye out for Cheeky Monkey’s previous limited release, the Hop Flinger IPA which has been earmarked to go into the full time portfolio in draught and 375ml cans. With any luck it will be some time soon!

More Collaborations

WA Beer Week will see a number of collaboration brews in addition to Cheeky Monkey’s Caped Crusader.

and don’t forget …

Plenty of beer events coming up –

  • 11 November – Feral Fest 4
  • 11 – 13 November – Fremantle BeerFest
  • 12 November – Pirate Life Invasion
  • 11 – 20 November – WA Beer Week
  • 16 November – La Sirene at Baby Mammoth

Find more information on these events here

 

WA Beer News #2

News and stuff about what’s happening in WA craft beer

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!


Little Creatures gets hoppy

It’s been a little wait but Little Creatures ‘Single Batch’ beers back! Now in 640ml tall bottles – a change up from their previous Little Creatures pint size bottle – the series returns with a double IPA called “Very Hoppy Ale” aka VHA.

VHA uses seven different hop varieties and the recipe took inspiration from their 2011 Single Batch release – The Big Dipper.

A very limited number of bottles are available from their Fremantle brewery where it’s also on tap, limited number of kegs too of course! A little birdy tells me the beer will make an appearance at this weekend’s BeauVine Festival in Highgate but there’ll only be ONE KEG so get in quickly.

Image from Little Creatures Facebook page
Image from Little Creatures Facebook page

WA Beer Week is COMING

This year is the 15th annual WA Beer Week which I am pretty sure makes us the oldest beer week in the country! There’s over 40 events across the “week” which is, as always, actually ten days and starts on Friday 11 November, running until 20 November.

Fremantle BeerFest is on the first weekend of the week spanning three days – it’s not just beer either, plenty of cider, live music, master classes and comedy shows too. Local legends Cellarbrations Superstore will be the retail sponsors of the festival and not only will they be hosting a master class but also pouring a collab beer they’ve been working on with a few local breweries!

2014 Fremantle BeerFest
2014 Fremantle BeerFest

An event guide will be coming out with an upcoming edition of The Sunday Times but if you can’t wait and want to plan out your sick days / holidays / late mornings now, you can check out the website for full details and also buy tickets here.

Aging on The Beer Farm

A short and sweet post on Facebook this week showed The Beer Farm have had some Saison aging away in barrel, it’s been in for three months and they’re unleashing it this weekend. It’s available only at the brewery so if you’re down south this weekend, stop in and please let me know how it is!

The Beer Farm

Spotted on tap this week …

Otherside Brewing Co. Festival Ale at Old Faithful, Northbridge

Gage Roads Little Dove at Clarence’s, Mt Lawley

Cheeky Monkey Hop Flinger IPA at Indian Ocean Brewery, Mindarie

Boston Brewery Marzen at The Flying Scotsman, Mt Lawley

 

Lagunitas IPA + Cheese

Recently I have been working hard to prepare for my Beer & Cheese Masterclass with Eagle Bay Brewing which is happening at this weekend’s Fremantle BeerFest. Being the determined researcher that I am this means there have been higher than normal levels of beer drinking and cheese eating in the house.

Freo BeerFest

9 & 10th November

on the Esplanade, Freo

Recently I have been working hard to prepare for my Beer & Cheese Masterclass with Eagle Bay Brewing which is happening at this weekend’s Fremantle BeerFest. Being the determined researcher that I am this means there have been higher than normal levels of beer drinking and cheese eating in the house. This has resulted in both palate exercise and missed dinners as I don’t think many would cheese alone as a meal.

Beer & Cheese Research – Lagunitas IPa

A tasty American India Pale Ale characteristically dominated by piney flavours coming from the use of Cascade and Centennial hops with a nice malt backbone.

Cheese #1 Maffra Mature Cheddar

Fruity with soft citrus notes with a nice tangy bite in the middle, the texture is hard and very slightly crumbly and it leaves a nice rich coating on the palate.

Together …

A lovely match but doesn’t stand out as being incredible. The tropical piney hops act as a fairly nice complement to the fruitness in the cheese but there could be too much hop character overshadowing the softer flavours in the cheddar. The hops in the IPA do a nice job of cutting through the richness of the cheddar.

Lagunitas IPA and Maffra Cheddar

Cheese #2 King Island Endeavour Blue

Indulgently soft and creamy with ripples of blue veins that add a little roughness to the overall texture of the cheese. It’s not overpowering but instead a medium intensity blue with a nice long finish.

Together …

A very good match with the strong hop character in the beer acting as a good contrast to the saltiness of the blue, adding intensity for intensity so one does not overpower the other. The hops also give the palate a thorough cleanse from the creaminess of the cheese.

Lagunitas IPA and King Island Endeavour Blue

You can catch the Beer & Cheese Masterclass, hosted by Eagle Bay’s Margi Wallace and myself on Saturday at 2pm at the Fremantle BeerFest! Hope to see you there!

girl + Fremantle Beer Festival

It’s WA Beer Week soon and what better way to kick off the beery celebrations than the Fremantle BeerFest, 9th & 10th November on The Esplanade.

It’s WA Beer Week soon and what better way to kick off the beery celebrations than the Fremantle BeerFest, 9th & 10th November on The Esplanade.

There will be lots of stalls which means plenty of great craft beer. There’s also a home brew competition, live music and master classes.

“What master classes are happening?” I hear you say (in my imagination). Well, I’m glad you asked …

There are some excellent master classes including Unleash the B(y)east – a look at beer yeast, Cooking with Beer, Beer and Chocolate and Beer in Judgement – a closer look at beer judging. For all the information on these and more BeerFest Master Classes you can check out the full run down here.

Another Master Class that’s happening on the Saturday at 2pm is Cheese & Beer which I’ll be co-hosting with Margi Wallace, Eagle Bay Brewing’s fabulous marketing manager and all round top chick. We are very excited to be taking part in the Fremantle BeerFest and even more excited by the topic. Many of you will know my extreme and sometimes unhealthy fondness for beer and cheese so if you come down to see our master class please brace yourself for high levels of enthusiasm which, let’s face it, will only be fueled by the one or three beers I’ll have consumed before hand.

You can be assured that there has been plenty of preparation going into our Cheese & Beer Master Class. There has been a lot of research. Trial and error has been the preferred research method but there’s also been a lot of reading however test subjects found that reading inevitability lead back to trial and error.

Conducting some beer and cheese research with Margi at Eagle Bay Brewing
Conducting some beer and cheese research with Margi at Eagle Bay Brewing
Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard met it's match in some stinky gorgeous blue cheese
Stone’s Oaked Arrogant Bastard met it’s match in some stinky gorgeous blue cheese
Trying Lagunitas IPA and Maffra Cheddar, not a bad match but perhaps too many hops for the cheddar to handle
Trying Lagunitas IPA and Maffra Cheddar, not a bad match but perhaps too many hops for the cheddar to handle

I hope to see you at the Fremantle BeerFest and at the Cheese & Beer master class, come and eat cheese and drink beer with us! It won’t just be you and 49 people watching me eat cheese and drink beer. I’ll share, I promise.

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