WA Beer News #22

This week features beers from Eagle Bay Brewing, Innate Brewers and Rocky Ridge Brewing …

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!


Eagle Bay Brewing

Lager + Hoppy Blonde

Eagle Bay Brewing Co has two new beers available, the first is their Lager which joins the year-round brew schedule, and second, their Hoppy Blonde which is part of the Brewers Series of limited releases.

The Eagle Bay Brewing team hosted events across the south-west and Perth called ‘The Lager Saga’ which featured four different lagers, giving people the chance to vote on their favourite.

Lager number three, a new world style hopped lager, took the majority of the votes and, as they promised, Eagle Bay will be making this beer all year round!

Eagle Bay Lager is described as flavourful yet refreshing with hints of spice and citrus, finishing clean and crisp with easy drinkability. It uses Pale, Munich, Crystal, Carapils, Rye and Wheat malt and a combination of hops including Noble hops Tettnang and Saaz and New Zealand’s Southern Cross.

Eagle Bay Hoppy Blonde is fresh from the brewery about a week ago and is the summer release of Brewers Series. It is available on tap and in 330ml bottles, keep an eye on the Eagle Bay Facebook page and Instagram for where to find it.

Photo by Mane Liquor

Innate Brewers

The Juice + Baby Juice

The Juice is a 6.2 percent NEIPA available now on tap and they’ve used a yeast strain that is new to Australia called Lallemand New England. According to the website, the strain is described as having the “specific ability to allow hop flavours and aromas to remain prominent while also providing the fruity notes” making it perfectly suited to the NEIPA style. They’ve used Citra, Galaxy, Amarillo and Mosaic hops plus Citra lupulin powder.


What is Lupulin Powder?

“Concentrated lupulin of whole-leaf hops containing resins and aromatic oils. It is designed to provide intense hop flavour and aroma, enabling brewers to dose large quantities of hops without introducing astringent flavours or vegetative cone material.”

 

hopculture.com


Baby Juice is the aptly named lower ABV interpretation of the NEIPA style, coming in at just 3.8 percent ABV. The hop profile is a little different to The Juice, this one using a trio of US hop varieties of Azacca, Simcoe and Citra.

 

Indian Ocean Brewing

Fruitulus Lupulus

Another NEIPA style beer, Fruitulus Lupulus is 5.9 percent ABV and hides it extremely well and I was lucky enough to be gifted a squealer of this beer by the team at Caboose in Mt Lawley.

There was almost zero bitterness underneath fresh mango, pineapple and mandarin flavours making this beer super easy drinking. Available on tap only, look for the cool Frosty Fruits cereal inspired tap decal.

Rocky Ridge Brewing

Fuck! It’s A Mid

I have to say, I really like this beer name and would like to think it’s exactly what the brewers want people to say when drinking this Mandarin Gose.

I love a good gose for its delicate acidity and touch of saltiness making it extremely refreshing so the term “summer bangers” seems appropriate. They’re also usually under 5 percent ABV so it means having a few doesn’t result in a big headache the next day.

This one is 3.7 percent ABV and will only be available on tap.

If you like the sound of this one, also be sure to try Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose and Green Beacon 7 Bells Passionfruit Gose.

 

 

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 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.

 

 

GABS Edition: 5 minutes with Mal & Joel from Indian Ocean Brewing

Q&A with Mal and Joel from Indian Ocean Brewing on their GABS beer – Mumme

The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular, aka GABS,  is on again as part of the annual amazingness that is Good Beer Week, a nine day festival throughout Melbourne which kicked off on 16th May.

Good Beer Week: 16-24th May

GABS: Imagine a really beautiful building and inside are all your favourite Australian breweries, plus a handful of international brewing superstars, with their beers ready for you to taste and brewers keen to have a chat. Upstairs there’s a variety of beer seminars with people who really know their stuff. There’s plenty of food and live music and on top of all this there’s over 100 unique beers, GABS festival beers, which have been brewed especially for the event and all are on their debut outing because that’s one qualification to be a GABS festival beer.

My blog has been pretty free of Good Beer Week activity this year and I can only put this down to an act of self preservation as I am not going to GBW this year. Every time GBW is mentioned I get a pang of beer envy but, nevertheless, I cannot ignore the thirst-inducing creative GABS beers that our fab WA brewers have put together for this years festival so I have been pestering our great brewers to ask them about their GABS beers …


Next  in the series we have Mal and Joel, the brewing team at Indian Ocean Brewing, talking about their GABS beer – Mumme.

White Cap at Indian Ocean

Photos by Danica Zuks, kindly provided by Mindarie Marina

GABS Festival Beer: Mumme | 5.6% ABV | Altbier

The Official GABS Guide says: “A traditional style of beer originally from Dusseldorf. ‘Alt’ refers to the ‘old’ style of brewing (i.e. making top-fermented ales) that was common before lager brewing became popular. A well balanced, bitter yet malty, clean, smooth, well-attenuated amber-coloured German-style ales.”

What is so exciting about GABS?

The prospect of seeing such a wide range of amazing and different beers under one roof; having the opportunity to access brewers interpretations and translations of all kinds of styles and sub-styles. Offers up not only an awesome sensory experience, but also an educational opportunity as well.

Tell us about the Mumme beer?

Well it was the fore-runner to the modern Dussledorff Altbier which Joel and I share a great fondness for. Mumme is an extinct Medieval ale that was at one time a global phenomenon; if my memory serves me correctly it was the first style to be exported to numerous countries and inspired brewers throughout various parts of Europe to brew their own versions – such was its appeal. Mumme was purportedly a brown, syrupy, thick and bitter strong ale, often brewed with the addition of an eclectic array of herbs and spice, while increasingly hops were introduced as well. Our interpretation uses a floor malted base malt, smoked malts and caramel wheat malt, in our minds at least, providing the elements we felt were critical to the original beers profile.

What is it about this style of beer that appealed to you?

As you know it stems from having a long-standing interest in extinct or little known beer styles, and Joel shares the same interest. We both enjoy beers that show quality malt characteristics as opposed to being more hop-driven and this style, because of its body and depth, invites generous hopping without that necessarily being the dominant presence. The opportunity to play with smoked malts is another motivating factor as well…but using them in such a way that they bring complexity and personality to a beer.

What was the trickiest part of the brew?

Building balance and drinkability into the design and execution of the beer….not necessarily an easy chore on this brew-kit 😉

Who’s beer are you most keen to try this year, and why?

We will be looking for sours, smoked and examples of rarely brewed or esoteric beers

 

 

 

 

 

girl + indi brew day

Invite me along to a brewery and I’m going to be a very happy girl, it’s really that simple.

Last Saturday I was at the Indian Ocean Brewery in Mindarie for their annual Indi Brew Day, a day offering brewery tours and tastings of the full Indi range with the brewer, Dave.

Invite me along to a brewery and I’m going to be a very happy girl, it’s really that simple.

Last Saturday I was at the Indian Ocean Brewery in Mindarie, invited along to their annual Indi Brew Day – a day offering brewery tours and tastings of the full Indi range with the brewer, Dave.

For those who don’t know the Indi it’s a brewpub in the Mindarie Marina. To get there just drive along freeway north until you can’t go any further, then go a little further. Soon you’ll see the signs to take you to the clear blue water of the marina where you’ll see plenty of boats belonging to far wealthier folk than me.

Mindarie Marina
Mindarie Marina – Photos by Danica Zuks, kindly provided by Mindarie Marina

I have to admit that it had been many, many years since I visited the Indi , mostly due to the distance required to drive there.

Now that I’ve been I have to say quite simply that if you like beer it’s well worth the trip

The Indi Brew Day was a great opportunity to catch up on all that was happening at the brewery, meet their brewer Dave Brough and, of course, taste the range of beers on offer.

I also did an interview with Dave that you can read here where Dave talks about his beers, being awarded WA’s best brewery at last years Perth Royal Beer Show and gives us a sneak peak into his beer for Melbourne’s Great Australasian Beer Spectapular (GABS) coming up in May.
Photo courtesy of Indian Ocean Brewing
Dave Brough, brewer at Indi – Photo courtesy of Indian Ocean Brewing

Dave took the group through his beers starting with the White Cap, a Belgian-style witbier and finishing things off with the Stout.

The White Cap is a great example of the style, showcasing big bubblegum aromas, rounded citrus flavours and just a hint of spice. It’s not hard to see why the beer took out a gold medal at the 2013 Perth Royal Beer Show.

Photos by Danica Zuks, kindly provided by Mindarie Marina
Photos by Danica Zuks, kindly provided by Mindarie Marina

Bohemian Pilsner: Generally speaking a more full bodied pilsner compared to German counterparts, it originated in Pilsen in the Czech Republic with Pilsner Urquell

Personally my favourites from the range were the Indi Pils and the Big Red.

It’s always nice to stick your nose into a glass of pilsner and get big interesting aromas. Dave’s Indi Pils is based on a bohemian style pilsner with light cereal malt aromas, some stone fruit aroma and flavour with a lingering bitterness. Well balanced and easily worthy of a pint or four.

The Big Red is an American style red ale with fresh tropical hop aromas, I got a lot of mango, that follows through in flavour with a little toasty malt to keep things balanced.

Photos by Danica Zuks, kindly provided by Mindarie Marina
Big Red – Photos by Danica Zuks, kindly provided by Mindarie Marina

It doesn’t matter how many brewery tours I go on I always learn something new and the tour with Dave through his brew house was no exception.

Good Beer Week is an annual ten day celebration of beer in Melbourne, happening this year May 17-25. GABS happens on the last weekend and showcases more than 100 new beers. Very exciting stuff!

Dave is the only brewer at Indi which, as he pointed out, there isn’t much room for anyone else anyway. “It’s a brewery shoehorned into a broom closest,” he said with a laugh at the start of the tour. He took the group through the brewing process and finish things off with a tasting straight from the fermentation tank of his Belgian Blonde, his entry to this years GABS – the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular (GABS) in Melbourne during Good Beer Week. Can’t wait to try the finished product in May!

Photos by Danica Zuks, kindly provided by Mindarie Marina
Belgian Blonde straight from the tank – Photos by Danica Zuks, kindly provided by Mindarie Marina

Big thanks to all involved in the Indi Brew Day and for inviting me along to take part!

Thank you Laura Moseley, social media & event consultant and passionate foodie for inviting me.

Thank you to Mindarie Marina, all the staff at Indi Ocean and a huge thank you to Dave for taking the time to talk through his beers and take us through the brewery.

girl + Indi Ocean Brewing

At the end of freeway north, what do you think you’ll find? A set of lights? Yes. The continuing WA coast line? Yes. A brewery with some damn fine beer? Yes, very much so.

At the end of freeway north, what do you think you’ll find? A set of lights? Yes. The continuing WA coast line? Yes. A brewery with some damn fine beer? Yes, very much so.

Indian Ocean Brewing is in Mindarie and whilst a fair distance for most Perth-ites it’s definitely worth the travel for those who love a good beer. The brewer is Dave Brough who’s brewing passion and extensive experience has resulted in beer that make drinkers stand up and take notice.

Photo courtesy of Indian Ocean Brewing
Brewer Dave – Photo courtesy of Indian Ocean Brewing

Dave kindly gave me his time to participate in an interview for girl+beer and I also got to meet him over the weekend during Indian Ocean’s “Indi Brew Day”, an annual event inviting people to taste the beer and tour the brewery with Dave.

Without further delay here’s my interview with Dave about brewing at Indi, his GABS beer and reflections on taking out WA’s Best Brewery award at last year’s Perth Royal Beer Show …

What were you doing before joining Indian Ocean Brewing?

My career in the brewing industry spans almost 20 years. I have built, managed and brewed in facilities here in Australia, the south pacific and Europe. …Bit of a vagabond brewer. Prior to this position I ran an iconic brewery in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne.

What was the allure to moving to WA?

The job sounded like a challenge – which is my specialist brewing field, “cometh the hour, cometh the pom”

What was the biggest challenge you faced coming into Indian Ocean Brewing?

I had a lot of maintenance work to do and needed to change most of the beer recipes, so really it was like starting from scratch, but the results have proved to be worth the effort.

What were you most looking forward to when you joined Indian Ocean Brewing?

Getting my hands dirty – I was previously in an admistrative position at my former brewery. All brewers love to play around in the brewhouse – even the ones with flattened backsides from sitting at a desk too long!

Photo by Danica Zuks, kindly provided by Mindarie Marina
What is your brewing philosophy behind Indi’s core range of beers?

Excellence! Plus a broad appeal, we have a beer for everyone, almost, we aim to deliver quality WA beer to challenge the local palate.

Which is your favourite beer style to brew and why?

Lager, as they are the most unforgiving of beer styles as any flaw in the beer stands out. thus you have to get it right every time.

How did you feel winning Best WA Brewery at last years Perth Royal Beer Show?

Just reward for all my endeavours here & elated at being recognised for producing great beers, it is a fantastic accolade for the Indi, particularly given it’s position of obscurity 20 months ago. I hope that people will come and try the beer for themselves – taste the best in the west!

What do you think makes Indian Ocean beers unique?

They are true to style – you get what is stated on the tap, not an approximation to the style. A feature of many of my beers is the malt -my preferred characteristic in a beer – thus their maltiness may distinguish the beers as being mine, and therefore from the Indi.

What process do you go through when developing a new beer?

That’s the brewers art: knowing what you want and how to get it – understanding your raw materials, your processes and how that translates to your ‘brief’ or target product. Oh yes, there is also a bit of maths involved.

Which beer of yours do you think is the ‘sleeping giant’, the one just waiting to be discovered by the masses?

Big Red – it’s an American style red ale ,but quite confronting as it has a hefty malt and hop character, not to mention 5.4% Alc/Vol. It’s certainly a challenging beer for the Mindarie palate, but on the other hand is a beer that gets rave reviews in iconic beer halls & festivals!

Photo by Danica Zuks, kindly provided by Mindarie Marina
Big Red with staff member Paul in the background. Photo by Danica Zuks, kindly provided by Mindarie Marina
Is there anything new coming up for the brewery?

A pale ale (Aussie) is about to be released –light on the malt, light on the hop.. a summer/autumn quaffer basically. 4.2%. Then the GABS beer…A belgian blonde of 6% with a big, sweet phenolic aroma, malty (surprise surprise) but light body and a touch of alcoholic warmth in the finish. A great beer for the fall!

What is the inspiration behind the Indi Brew Day event?

It’s the second year of this event – Sarah [Marketing Manager for the Mindarie Marina complex] can enlighten you as to the philosophy behind it:

‘It’s All about the Beer’ – to re-connect people with the fact that they have their own Brewery and Pub right on their doorstep. In this day and age of multi-nationals and conglomerates, where you do not know where something is made, who owns the company and who is making the profits we want to show that we are a WA owned and operated business, employing local Australians to produce award winning beer that is up there with the best in the world…..made right here in Mindarie! We want to show that what we do is REAL, it is traditional, it is local and it takes skill and knowledge, we want to show our customers that we care about what we sell and where it comes from and that they can be involved and have a say in what we do! [Thanks to Sarah!]

Will you be brewing a beer for this years GABS* festival?

Yes, A Belgian Blonde..(which gentlemen prefer). Similar to a Leffe Blonde (the defining beer of the style). Soft, slightly sweet with distinctive phenolics on the nose (see above).

*Great Australasian Beer Spectapular in Melbourne, May 23-25 featuring 115 specially brewed beers

Finish this sentence: The WA craft beer scene needs more …

Lager.

Thanks so much to Dave for his time both with this interview and at the Indi Brew Day last Saturday which I’ll feature in my next post … stay tuned!