Swanning around Seattle, catching up with a caped crusader and making four new friends at Perth’s biggest pub, True Brew has been getting around…
FOUR-PRONGED BEVY ON TAP
After teething problems getting their brewhouse up and running, the Camfield is now pouring a quartet of easy-drinking beers that still tweak conventions under Lion Beer’s Bevy brand.
Mid-strength pale ale Bevy Cygnet Ale draws on the mega-pub’s links to Swan Brewing (cygnet, little swan — gettit?) while the malty Prize Ale is a touch too sweet and Bevy XPA fronts up with fruit (citrus, passionfruit and guava) before a clean, bitter finish.
The pick of the new crop is the popular Bevy First Lager, head brewer Andy Scade’s unashamed homage to Texan classic Shiner Bock. Amber in colour and using three malts and two hops, this Munich-style lager gently bumps Optus Stadium crowds away from light, straw-coloured lagers.
Scade also plans to release 40 kegs of German-style Keller Pils in time for Oktoberfest. The Bevy range is also available at the Stables Bar in the city and the Reveley at Elizabeth Quay.
SURE BEATS RAISING CATTLE
True Brew visited Seattle, Washington earlier this month where we barely scratched the surface of the surface of the surface of the Emerald City’s incredible craft beer scene.
At last count Seattle has 174 breweries (16 more than runner-up Chicago, which has double the population), which mostly reap the benefits of verdant Yakima Valley where around 75 per cent of all hops in the US are grown.
Unsurprisingly, fresh and juicy IPAs are all the rage at microbreweries such as Old Stove at Pike Place Market and the super-hip Cloudburst at nearby Belltown. Tacoma fire station-turned brewhouse E9 and Holy Mountain in West Queen Anne make superb sours and farmhouse ales.
Shout-out to top craft venues Elysian Capitol Hill and Pine Box for letting True Brew run through their many taps. The latter is a mortuary turned gay bar turned craft beer hall, thus also the epitome of many inner-city suburbs’ journey from gangrenous to gentrified.
NOT ALL BEERS WEAR CAPES
Nearing 20 years in brewing, Bassendean brewer John Stallwood and his team at Nail don the red cape for another edition of Super VPA (RRP: $30 for a four-pack).
After making its debut in 2016, last year’s super-charged version of Nail’s citrus-y VPA lacked subtlety — the fruit and high alcohol (8.5 per cent) battled for your buds.
This year’s superior iteration hides the booze more effectively than Clark Kent’s glasses. Up, up and away!