WA Beer News #18

New beers from Nowhereman, White Lakes, Boston, Mash and Eagle Bay + 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 out now …

Nowhereman Six Seasons

  • 5.5 percent ABV
  • Saison

Head brewer Paul Wyman describes Six Seasons “as a beer for those people who say they don’t like beer.” If you ask me, there is not enough Saison in the world so it is great to see not only a new Saison kicking around but one by a local brewer! Brewers notes on this one include gentle bitterness, banana, bubblegum, clove, pepper, spice, musk and lemongrass.

Boston Sinker Bay Oak Aged Stout

  • 7.5 percent ABV
  • Limited release

White Lakes Festival Amber

  • Marzen style beer
  • Limited Release
Marzen is a German amber lager known for its bready and toasty malt character and White Lakes have put their own modern twist on the style using New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops which provide fruity and white wine notes.

Mash Brewing + Petition Boys to the Yard

  • Chocolate Milkshake Stout
  • 6.3 percent ABV
  • Launching 28 September

You gotta love a great pun and cheesy beer names and Mash’s limited releases have been killing it lately! The beers have also been fantastic and so I’m expecting this chocolate milkshake stout to be no different.

coming soon …

Rocky Ridge brewing

Busselton’s Rocky Ridge will be releasing their 500ml cans in early October!

Eagle Bay Citrus IPA

  • Brewers Series
  • Available in 330ml bottles and on tap

Brewed with grapefruit, lemon and orange zest Eagle Bay Brewing released this beer back in late 2015 and it was stunning! Expect the new batch of Citrus IPA out soon but if you’re the impatient type, they’ve got a sneak peek of it at this weekend’s Beer & Beef Festival.

news …

4 Pines Brewing

The big news in Australian beer this week was the acquisition of 4 Pines Brewing by AB InBev, bringing the New South Wales brewery into the global portfolio that also includes brands like Yak Ales, Great Northern and Goose Island.

Of course, if you prefer to drink independent craft beer then sadly you’ll have to cross 4 Pines off your list but it has to be acknowledged that the brewery has had a big impact over the years on the brewing scene and have worked very hard to brew great beer and get it all across the country. Not too shabby for a couple of boys from WA’s south-west!

Read: Crafty Pint – 4 Pines: Behind the Sale

Read: Australian Brews News – AB InBev Buys 4 Pines Beer

See You Later, Charlie

After six years at Mash Brewing, head brewer Charlie Hodgson is leaving WA to go to a new brewery opening in Brisbane called Helios Brewing. Charlie has been hugely influential to the WA scene over the years and has been responsible for introducing some great beers to local drinkers like the multi-award winning CopyCat AIPA and Sarcasm to name just two.

See ya Charlie and thanks for all the beers!

White Lakes Brewing: One Year On

It’s been just over a year since White Lakes Brewing opened so I sat down and chatted with head brewer Sean Symons

“This is pristine,”

Sean Symons, head brewer, White Lakes Brewing

A few years ago Sean Symons was having a pint of Guinness with John Gastev at the Vernon Arms in Baldivis. He and John, whose family of well-known publicans have a love of beer, were in the early stages of scouting for a location for a brewery. As they sat overlooking Lake Walyungup, Sean said “this is pristine” and thought it was exactly the sort of place you’d want to build a brewery.

Within twelve months an opportunity came up to take over the Vernon Arms and in 2015 they started construction of White Lakes Brewing right next door to the tavern.

It has now been just over twelve months since White Lakes Brewing opened their doors. The whole site is called West Garden, home to the Vernon Arms and White Lakes Brewing.


Construction involved converting the function centre on site into a brewery and this meant lifting a large portion of the ceiling to accommodate the HGM brew kit. What was the kitchen is now what Sean fondly refers to as the “mad brewers lab” where testing and quality control happen. The main function space with large timber ceiling beams and exposed brick walls is now home to fermenters and tanks lined up in neat rows. A couple of the fermenters are sitting where the dance floor used to be.

The brew kit is powered by steam, ticking boxes for the brewery in being both environmentally friendly and ensuring great brewery efficiency. The vapour condenser on the brew kit collects steam from the kettle and converts it to hot water, the condensation goes to the waste water treatment which is used to water the lawns and gardens.

Sean built their malt silo; something he was quick to add that he wouldn’t recommend. “It came from the US, flat packed,” Sean said it took a full week to put together.

“We love our lagers,”

Lagers feature strongly in the line up with the White Lakes Draught and Pilsener, German style and Bohemian style pilseners respectively, along with a seasonal Dark which is a German Schwarzbier.

Their Wit is a Belgian style wheat beer that Sean says is “a big favourite” of his and that won a silver medal at the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) in May.

White Lakes Standard, among their best-selling beers alongside the Pilsener and Draught, won a gold medal at the AIBA and is based on an English Ordinary Bitter. At just 3.5 percent ABV it is their reduced alcohol offering which was an important inclusion in their range given their somewhat regional location. It also reflects the old English beers that were available when the Vernon Arms first opened.

White Lakes Summer and Pale Ale round out the range providing some hoppier ale options.

“The beers that are approachable and sessionable and that you can return to will be the really successful beers,”

WA Beer News #14

New beers this week from Innate Brewers and Boston Brewery plus a reminder about Eagle Bay and Colonial’s latest releases and a new brewery is about to celebrate their first birthday!

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!


Innate Brewers

Innate Brewers have used lupulin powder for their single batch Red IPA, a limited release brew that started to hit taps from Friday 21 July. Lupulin powder is concentrated whole-leaf hops with all the resins, oils and good stuff that imparts intense hop flavor and aroma.

Upcoming Event // Innate Brewers and Homestead Brewery will be hosting the next Brewer’s Loft event upstairs at The Queens – $5 pints and meet the brewers!

Three Rivers Brewing

Mandurah brewery Three Rivers recently released their winter seasonal Black Knight, a 7 percent ABV coffee stout, recently spotted on social media pouring at The Sail & Anchor from the hand pump.

Boston Brewing

Boss is Boston Brewing’s premium lager. Usually only available on tap but this has just had a release in 375ml cans. It’s 4.8 percent ABV and it won a Silver medal at this years Perth Royal Beer Awards and promises to be “crisp and refreshing easy drinking lager.”

And don’t forget …

Black Vanilla

Eagle Bay x Mane Liquor x Kyle Hughes-Odgers x Whipper Snapper Distillery

9.5 percent ABV whiskey barrel-aged coconut and vanilla imperial stout

Full Disclosure : I was invited to an event last week for this beer

Colonial Inquest

Colonial Brewing Co

11.7 percent ABV imperial stout

Read about these two beers here in the last WA beer News update. Colonial have also kindly listed all stockists on their website here.

Full Disclosure – I was given a 4 pack of Colonial Inquest by the brewery

Congratulations!

White Lakes Brewing in Baldivis are coming up on their first birthday this month. White Lakes Brewing is located on Old Mandurah Road overlooking Lake Walyungup, a 430 hectare salt lake, with six beers on tap right now including –

  • Draught – a German style pilsener
  • Wit – a Belgian style wheat beer that won silver at this years Australian International Beer Awards
  • Standard – an English bitter that won gold at this years Australian International Beer Awards
  • Pilsener – a Bohemian style pilsener
  • Dark – a German Schwarzbier that won silver at this years Australian International Beer Awards
  • Summer – an English summer ale
  • Pale – an American pale ale featuring Mosaic and Wai-Ti hops, a bronze medal winner at this years Australian International Beer Awards
White Lakes head brewer Sean Symons