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TRUE BREW: 3 Ravens’ WA nest, Coca-Cola keeps Feral, Colonial unleashes Inquest and Beerland’s champion brew

PERTH RAVENS’ NEST UP IN THE AIR

Local beer lovers were all aflutter at recent news that the team behind respected Melbourne brewery 3 Ravens planned to open a Perth brewpub as part of their national expansion.

Beyond that tasty morsel, there weren’t many other feathers on the bird, so to speak. Thus, knowing that you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette, True Brew shook a few trees to find out more.

General manager Nathan Liascos said while the WA brewpub was “still in concept phase”, 3 Ravens’ brewpub would offer “delicious booze, food and music”.

He revealed the family-friendly venue would aim for 350-person capacity, pour around 75,000-100,000 litres of beer a year and have outdoor drinking areas.

As for the location, Liascos said 3 Ravens’ team were looking “east of the city in a small precinct with other great hospitality offerings”.

Feral Brewing Company's production brewer Will Irving, the mastermind behind the WA brewer's wildly popular Biggie Juice East Coast IPA. I am naming the beer my favourite WA craft beer in a story on Saturday pointing to the True Brew WA Craft Beer Guide. Pictured - Nicole Anchen
Picture: Daniel Wilkins
Camera IconCoca-Cola has announced it will not sell Feral Brewing Co., the beloved WA brewer behind the popular Biggie Juice. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

COKE ADDS LIFE TO FERAL

After announcing it was looking to flog Feral Brewing Co., Coca-Cola Europacific Partners will hold on to the beloved WA brewery for at least the next few years.

While CCEP still plans to quit making beer and cider products in Australia, the company will retain ownership of Feral’s brewery in Bassendean.

Coke executive Peter West told staff that the beverage giant could not “overlook the growth and brand loyalty the Feral team has achieved over the past four years and we believe there is still a lot of value” in the brand.

True Brew had heard rumours that four parties were interested in buying Feral, two established craft breweries looking to expand and two entities not yet involved in the beer game.

People hoping to sip on Twiggy’s Lager or Gina’s Gose will have to wait, but this is good news for lovers of Hop Hog, Warhog and Biggie Juice.

Speaking of which, Feral has refreshed the can designs for its core range with frequent collaborator Dipesh Prasad and hinted at new addition, perhaps an XPA, coming out in October.

JUDGEMENT DAY

Colonial Brewing Co.’s annual release Inquest Imperial Stout.
Camera IconColonial Brewing Co.’s annual release Inquest Imperial Stout. Credit: Supplied

Hear ye’, hear ye’, it’s that time of the year again. Colonial Brewing Co. has unveiled the sixth annual instalment of its brilliantly named imperial stout, Colonial Inquest.

Colonial, which has facilities in Margaret River and Melbourne, showcased the latest iteration at Foxtrot Unicorn earlier this week.

Brewer Lee Cooper explained that each release pays tribute to a different country, and this year it’s Scotland. Thus there’s no surprise peated malt was among nine different malts used to make the 10.5 per cent beast, which borrows its flavour profile from Scottish ales and Islay whiskies.

Inquest 2022 offers molasses and whisky on the nose, but is remarkably smooth and dry finishing with chocolate notes building as the black dram warms up.

Colonial are only releasing 160 cartons into the wild, along with only three 30-litre kegs.

Beerland’s award-winning Blueberry Clouds imperial pastry sour.
Camera IconBeerland’s award-winning Blueberry Clouds imperial pastry sour. Credit: Supplied

FLOAT AWAY ON FLAVOUR

Beerland Brewing claimed its second champion Australian beer title at the Australian International Beer Awards in late May when its draught release Blueberry Clouds imperial dry-hopped pastry sour beat 2000 entries from 245 breweries.

Brewers Andrew Dean and Brandon Brooker added 63kg of blueberry puree, plus lactose and vanilla to a Berliner Weisse base for this juicy, tangy sour that hides its 7.5 per cent ABV dangerously well.

Now available in cans, Blueberry Clouds is light-bodied with playful zing between the tart berries and creamy lactose. An unlikely champion, but one worth tasting. 85/100

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