WA Beer News #19

New beers this week from Bootleg Brewery, Beer Farm and a collab with Scarborough bar El Grotto and 4 Pines Brewing plus some news on upcoming beers from Little Creatures, Otherside Brewing and WA retail group Liquor Barons have their own limited release collab beer 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 …

Bootleg Brewery – Paint the Town

  • Red IPA
  • Limited release
  • Available on tap only
  • 7 percent ABV

This beer is the first commercial beer that brewer Dillon Hunter has designed and brewed from start to finish. It is a Red IPA with a tonne of specialty malts for “a deep dark berry-like flavour” and heavily hopped with Eureka and Citra. It was dry hopped on Sunday so expect to see kegs this week.

The beer officially launches tonight at The Goose in Busselton and kegs have been delivered to a handful of locations around Perth such as Aubin Grove Liquor, Mane Liquor, Caboose, Petition Beer Corner and more. Check out Bootleg Brewery Facebook page for a full listing.

Photo from Bootleg Brewery

Beer Farm Mango and Blackberry Belgian Sour

  • (super) Limited Release
  • Available on tap only
  • 5.8 percent ABV

Beer Farm warn that this beer is very, very limited so if you see it, get it! So far it has been spotted at Clarence’s in Mt Lawley and word is it’s heading to Thirsty Camel Maddington, Gangemi’s in West Perth and DTC.

4 Pines x El Grotto Honky Tonk

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

This collaboration between 4 Pines Brewing and Scarborough’s El Grotto, Honky Tonk is a Baltic Porter that uses a bean from Central America called the Tonka Bean. James from El Grotto tells me is actually banned by the FDA in the USA! Tasting notes for this beer include dried cherry, marzipan and vanilla and from the sample I had during the week I can tell you those notes are spot on. It is also super drinkable for a beer over 7 percent, it’s basically a really rich and complicated liquid version of a cherry ripe!

coming soon …

Mountain Goat x Liquor Barons Galactic Baron

  • 6.3 percent ABV
  • Very Pale Ale
  • Brewed exclusively for Liquor Barons stores
  • ETA Early October
Free beer! A gift from Liquor Barons, thanks guys!

Little Creatures Single Batch Reinhold

  • 6.5 percent ABV
  • Sticke Altbier
  • Limited Release
  • Available in 568ml pint bottles and on tap
  • ETA Early October

Brewers’ notes describe this release as Rogers’, their trusty amber ale, German cousin. The German Altbier style originates in the Rhine Valley and the name translates to “old beer”, Little Creatures notes this sticke altbier as altbier’s younger sibling.

“Full of toffee and fudge aromas, with some grassy hops peeking through, this beer is assertively bitter to start. It then gives way to a full mouthfeel of sweet malts.”

Otherside Vinyl Black Ale

  • Limited Release
  • Available on tap and in 375ml cans
  • ETA Early October
  • 5.9 percent ABV

The third in Otherside Brewing’s Pilot Series of limited releases, Vinyl is a Black Ale with artwork by local Perth artist Alex Maciver.

Brewery notes describe this beer as “an intense brew that perfectly complements late nights spent in a dive bar by the jukebox.”

 

Eagle versus Goat

Eagle versus Goat – Melbourne versus Dunsborough, feathers versus horns, bird of prey versus surefooted mountain dweller, beer versus beer. A friendly fight at The Pourhouse during WA Beer Week …

WA Beer Week might be over but I’m behind in my blog posts so I’m inviting you to travel back in time with me.

We’re going back to Wednesday 13th November at The Pourhouse in Dunsborough where Melbourne’s Mountain Goat went head to head, mano-a-mano, feathers to horns to our beloved locals Eagle Bay. It was a great night of beautifully crafted beers, tasty little sliders and lots of beery chat – a perfect casual Wednesday. Here’s a few photos from the night …

Drinkers were asked to place their vote for their favourite beer of the night. The winner was Mountain Goat Summer Ale!
Drinkers were asked to place their vote for their favourite beer of the night. The winner was Mountain Goat Summer Ale!
Brewers Unite! Dave from Mountain Goat and Nick from Eagle Bay kindly indulging my request for a photo
Brewers Unite! Dave from Mountain Goat and Nick from Eagle Bay kindly indulging my request for a photo
Don't they look so happy?!
Happy Brewers!
Four little sliders, perfect for beer!
Four little sliders, perfect for beer!
Two down, two to go!
Two down, two to go!

WA Beer Week – South West Style

For my fellow south west-ians who won’t find themselves in Perth during the “week” I’ve listed together the events in our backyard. I’ll be getting along to as many as I can and I hope to see you there!

If you’re in Perth and thinking about going booze-free for a while I strongly suggest you don’t pick dates from 8 – 17th November because that is WA Beer Week.

Like many other beer weeks across the country WA Beer Week goes for ten days … love it.

There are over 40 events throughout Perth, Fremantle and the south west. From beer and food matching to home brewing and new beer launches there’s an event for the uber-beer-nerd and the beer-curious alike.

For my fellow south west-ians who won’t find themselves in Perth during the “week” I’ve listed together the events in our backyard. I’ll be getting along to as many as I can and I hope to see you there!

All Week Long

Where: Eagle Bay Brewing | Eagle Bay

When: 11am – 5pm Daily

What’s Happening: Hear Hear for Fresh Beer! $15 Growler Refills all week long, treat every day like it’s a Friday and grab yourself a growler using either your Eagle Bay, Mane Liquor or Pourhouse growler.

Wednesday 13th November

Where: The Pourhouse | Dunsborough

When: 7pm

What’s Happening: Eagle v Goat … no, not an actual eagle fighting an actual goat though if it was surely you’d have to bet on the eagle yeah? Anyway, it’s a beer, burger and brewer bonanza with beers from both Eagle Bay and Melbourne’s Mountain Goat on tap and paired with tasty Pourhouse burgers. Brewers from both breweries will be on hand to chat to and even touch*

*touching may require permission, please check with the brewers first

Pourhouse and Burgers

Thursday 14th November

Where: Clancy’s Fish Pub | Dunsborough

When: 6.30pm

What’s Happening: Beer Fact Hunt. Say it fast aloud … did you get it right or say something naughty? Anyway, this annual event is back and well worth coming down for a tasty beer and to put your beery knowledge to the test!

DJ Chet Leonard Hosts Beer Fact Hunt at Clancy's Dunsborough

Friday 15th November

Where: Colonial Brewing | Margaret River

When: 11am – 8.30pm

What’s Happening: Car Park Brew – South West Edition. Pack up your home brew kits / chemical sets / plastic tubs and get them to Colonial for their first ever car park brew! Brewer Justin Fox will be on site for tips and chat whilst doing his own brew day too.

Colonial Brewery

Fancy Pants + Pie

Fancy Pants – great name, super tasty beer and goes down a treat with homemade pies!

Fancy Pants Amber Ale

Woohoo! Another Mountain Goat Rare Breed has landed, this time in the form of the wonderfully named Fancy Pants Amber Ale.

It’s a beer they’ve brewed a few times before but this is it’s first outing into bottle format. I love the 640ml bottles because normally a mere 568ml pint of almost any Mountain Goat beer just isn’t enough. The labels are always a delight to read and if it wasn’t for a severe space shortage at my house I’d have a half decent bottle collection that would most certainly include these bad boys.

Earthy, spicy and big stone fruits, the Fancy Pants is worthy of it’s name.

I served it up up a rich beef, mushroom and rosemary pie and mash potato which went very nicely. The pie’s rich tomato-y sauce and big sprigs of rosemary made super friends with the spicy and earthiness of the beer. Yum!

The only thing I won't make it the pastry ... store bought the whole way baby!

Incidentally, if you like your Goat (and who doesn't?!)
the 3rd edition of 'Night of the Goat' is happening at
Five Bar in Mt Lawley on Wednesday 7th August @ 6pm.
All things Mountain Goat will be there ...
 ... you should be too!

girl + clancys

Having found myself unexpectedly unemployed the guys at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Dunsborough suggested working a few shifts with them. It sounded like fun, it involved beer and it paid … that’s three pretty good boxes ticked right there.

Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough
1710 Caves Road, Dunsborough

Having found myself unexpectedly unemployed the guys at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Dunsborough suggested working a few shifts with them. It sounded like fun, it involved beer and it paid … that’s three pretty good boxes ticked right there.

It has been great to chat with customers about the range of beers available on tap, some of which they know and some they don’t. Thankfully most are happy to taste test and be subjected to my over enthusiastic rambling.

The current tap beer menu looks something like this:

  • Nail Ale Australian Pale Ale
  • Little Creatures Pale Ale
  • Rogers’
  • Colonial Kolsch
  • Cowaramup Pilsener
  • Eagle Bay Extra Special Bitter
  • Bootleg Sou’West Wheat
  • Coopers Vintage Ale
  • Coopers Vintage Stout
  • Feral Hop Hog
  • Pipsqueak Pear Cider
  • Stowford Press Apple Cider
  • White Rabbit Dark Ale
  • Mountain Goat Steam Ale
  • Moody Cow Simply Red Irish Ale
LC Pale Ale, Cowaramup Pilsener, Feral Hop Hog and Mountain Goat Steam Ale
Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough
Pipsqueak Pear Cider, Eagle Bay ESB and Bootleg Sou’West Wheat
Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough

Conversation is easily one of my favourite things about beer. I love chatting to people about the beers they like, tastes and aromas they find in a beer that they’ve never tried before, breweries they have visited or their favourite bar / bottle shop. I definitely get warm fuzzy feelings when a customer walks away from my bar with a pint of something they really enjoy, not just because it’s a hot day, but because it tastes amazing. Yup, I’m a sucker for a beer and a smile!

Over the weekend I chatted with a woman in her 50s who said she loved dark beer. I recommended Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout with the words “oh my god … it’s amazing”. She got one, tried it and agreed. Sam Smith’s Imperial Stout is, hands down, one of my favourite beers and everyone I’ve recommended it to (as I put it on the beer menu at Five Bar so I’ve been recommending it for a couple of years now) has fallen head over heels in love with it too. Roasty chocolatey wonderful goodness!

I found many people were totally unaware about Nail Ale and once they tried the Pale Ale for the first time they were coming back for more.

Nail Ale Australian Pale Ale
4.7% abv | Perth
Citrus, stone fruit and nice bitterness

A number of Pure Blonde and Carlton Dry drinkers discovered that their taste buds were rather fond of Mountain Goat Steam Ale and Colonial Kolsch. Of course, there was one customer who didn’t like anything I offered and was more than happy to voice his distaste for anything craft beer. He settled for a glass of squash. You win some, you lose some.

And best of all, I got to discover something new myself! I was introduced to Moody Cow Simply Red Irish Ale – lightly creamy and soft balanced bitterness. It reminded me that there are so many styles out there that I have barely scratched the surface of. I better make myself a shopping list!