WA Beer News #1

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!

FERAL BREWING CO

For those who don’t look at any social media, Feral Brewing have started to make some noise about the release of their very first cans.

Photo borrowed lovingly from Feral Brewing Facebook page
Photo borrowed lovingly from Feral Brewing Facebook page

Sly Fox, their summer ale, will be pretty well known to most, particularly if you drink at The Bird or The Flying Scotsman where the beer is often on a kick ass promotion. War Hog will tickle the fancy of all beer nerds; the Imperial IPA started life as a limited release and so the idea of this beer being around all the time will delight and cause many hangovers. I am suitably preparing myself for the War Hog saturation that will hit social media when these are released!

Perth Local, certainly deserving of its own paragraph, will also get the canning treatment as well as being available in 330ml bottles next month. It’s already on tap in a few places -spotted at The Balmoral and Young Love Mess Hall for instance. Perth Lager was released just a couple of weeks ago and is the first beer from Feral that isn’t an ale.

“We wanted to make a great lager celebrated in our own community as being proudly WA made and owned by the people of Perth,” – Feral Brewing Press Release.

I probably have to mention the article in WA Today relating to Perth Local, implying the Feral copied Horn Bros Perth Draught, another Perth lager. Personally I don’t believe this is the case and I think the more local beers we have the better for everyone, regardless of lager or ale.

You’ll be able to get into Feral cans at their annual Feral Fest event on 11 November, $20 gets you in the door with a can in one hand and, according to the event page, “a fistful of pork crackle” in the other.

Another image lovingly borrowed from Feral's Facebook page
Another image lovingly borrowed from Feral’s Facebook page

EAGLE BAY BREWING CO

On 29 September Eagle Bay Brewing launched Forest for the Trees at Mane Liquor. The beer is an epic collaboration brew with WA friends – Mane Liquor, artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Whipper Snapper Distillery and Twin Peaks Coffee. The resulting beer style is a Whiskey Barrel Aged Coffee Imperial Porter.

Eagle Bay Forest for the Trees launch at Mane Liquor
L-R: That’d be me, Elliot (Mane Liquor), Margi (Eagle Bay), Aren (Hippocampus Distillery) and Will (Feral Brewing) at the Forest for the Trees launch

“We gathered the gang, the ingredients and brewed an Imperial Porter, a style of beer best suited to the additional elements to be featured. Part of the beer went straight into the whiskey barrel and the other part went into tank which the coffee was added a couple of days after. Fast-forward six weeks and both parts were blended together and “Forest for the Trees” was born.” – Eagle Bay Press Release.

The result is insanely tasty, we bought two so we could drink one and age the other. The beer is ultra smooth and smells of your favourite morning coffee. The taste continues the coffee flavours along with coconut and vanilla sweetness and a soft bitterness.

Eagle Bay Brewing Forest for the Trees

Only a limited number of bottles were produced so I’d recommend grabbing before it disappears. You can find it at Mane Liquor, Cape Cellars, Baby Mammoth and, of course, at Eagle Bay Brewing.

Photo kindly provided by Eagle Bay
Photo kindly provided by Eagle Bay

MASH BREWING

You may have noticed Mash’s new branding slowly rolling out in recent weeks and their eye catching, massive change of image is thanks to local artist Ian Mutch. Inspired by zig zag patterns from writing ‘Mash Brewing’ over and over, the end designs are bright, fun and a welcome new look for the Swan Valley brewery. Mash are also celebrating their tenth birthday this year and are having a celebration at the Belgian Beer Cafe on Saturday 15 October. Keep your eyes out for Mash cans coming soon!

Image cheekily stolen from Mash Brewing's Facebook page
Image cheekily stolen from Mash Brewing’s Facebook page

OTHERSIDE BREWING CO

WA brewery new comers, Otherside Brewing Co, launched their Festive Ale this week, an Australian summer ale. Otherside Brewing comes to us from the same team behind Sunset Events and their head brewer is Rhys Lopez, formerly from The Monk in Fremantle. You’ll find Festival Ale at Petition Beer Corner, Who’s Your Mumma, The Local Hotel, Freo Doctor and Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle.

Image swiped from Otherside Brewing Facebook page
Image swiped from Otherside Brewing Facebook page

BOOTLEG BREWERY

This week Bootleg Brewery launched a new limited release beer, a collaboration brew with Mane Liquor called Eureka! It’s a single hop XPA made with, you guessed it, Eureka hops. It’s a relatively new variety from the US and is a bit of a beast of a hop, it’s got huge character that practically crawls out of the glass!

The first thing that hits you is the aroma, it’s all about sticky, bold hops, tropical fruits and marmalade with a bitter finish that reminds me of super fresh lime.

Get it exclusively from Mane Liquor and at $15 per 4 packs it’s an amazingly tasty bargain!

Bootleg Eureka Single Hop XPA

 

 

Red Duck + Southern Bay

I love being introduced to new Australian breweries and recently Victorian breweries Red Duck and Southern Bay have found their way into my beer filled heart.

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I love being introduced to new Australian breweries and recently Victorian breweries Red Duck and Southern Bay have found their way into my beer filled heart.

Red Duck was recommended to me by Mitch, chef at Five Bar and beer/food dude behind Beersine who I may have mentioned once or twice in the past. I think his wording was something along the lines of “you have to get them, they’re f**king fantastic”. Hard to go past that sort of review. [p.s. mum, sorry for the swearing]. I picked up The Bear and Smells like a Pony and damn was Mitch right! My partner and I had these a while back to put some fun into cleaning the house.

Red Duck Beers

My latest Red Duck experience came in the form of their Topaz, a single hop pale ale and another limited release. I loved the big floral aromas with hints of apricots and flavours of lemon, tropical fruits and some grassy characteristics too. I instantly thought it would be a grand love affair with a strong vintage cheddar. Sadly, and rather unusual, there was no cheese in the fridge for me to test my theory.

Topaz is an Australian hop variety that the guys at Red Duck had previously played with for their Hop Bach beer, using it alongside 24 other hop varieties. In doing so they saw a lot of potential in Topaz, you can read more about it here.

Red Duck Topaz

Southern Bay Brewing was recommended to me by Joel at Cellarbrations Carlisle, in particular the Southern Ocean Ale which I took to a great Chinese dinner at The Red Teapot.

This time I had the Southern Bay Requiem, beautifully labelled with a hint of Shakespearean ink and classical music, which boldly makes the statement “lager is not dead”. Light straw in colour with kiwi fruit, citrus, delicate malt, herbs and a soft bitterness to finish, it’s brilliant. Not only does remind you that lager isn’t dead but lager can be subtly amazing.

If you’re heading to Good Beer Week in Melbourne next month there’ll be plenty of chances to indulge in both Red Duck and Southern Bay Brewing. Check out the program of events at the Good Beer Week website.