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TRUE BREW: Top craft breweries head to Jindong for Rocky Ridge’s inaugural Retro Beer Fest in November

Step back in time as Rocky Ridge hosts its inaugural Retro Beer Fest on November 5.

Among the envelope-pushing craft breweries taking part in the invitational 70s psychedelic rock-themed jamboree on the WA outlet’s Jindong farm so far are Sydney’s Bracket Brewing, White Bay Beer Co., One Drop and Wildflower, plus the popular Mountain Culture from Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.

Then there’s Hop Nation, Deeds Brewing, Banks and Bodriggy representing Melbourne and Queenslanders Range and Sea Legs while Fox Friday, a nano-brewery specialising in small batch beers based in Hobart, are also along for the ride.

Ronin Fermentation Project have the longest trip — all the way from the tiny former mill town of Graeagle in rural California.

Retro Beer Fest will have two sessions (11am to 2.30pm and 3.30pm-7pm) for only 500-person capacity each. Tickets are $150 and include transport from Busselton to the farm and unlimited 100ml samples.

Four craft beer loving friends have launched a new WA brewery, Cold Hands - Jake Price, Iain Best, William Nicol and John Plummer.
Camera IconFour craft beer loving friends have launched a new WA brewery, Cold Hands – Jake Price, Iain Best, William Nicol and John Plummer. Credit: Supplied

NEW WIZARDS OF WEST OZ

What started out with four craft-beer-obsessed mates holding monthly blind tastings has evolved into one of Perth’s newest beer brands, Cold Hands.

One of the quartet, Jack Price told True Brew that Cold Hands made their first beer in February — a New Zealand pale ale inspired by Kiwi legends Garage Project.

Since then they’ve rolled out “unapologetic” beers boasting “big, bold and crazy” flavours, including a banana milkshake wheat beer to a resinous West Coast IPA and a milk coffee stout using a coffee blend from Baldivis restaurant Brother of Mine.

Now, Cold Hands have unveiled their first ever packaged beer, a 5 per cent hazy pale ale dubbed The Wizard. Brewed in collaboration with Three Rivers Brewing in Mandurah, the debut brew uses New England yeast, “creamy oats and juicy hops” (specifically Nectaron, Citra and Cascade).

Rocky Ridge The Bright Direction Northern California IPA.
Camera IconRocky Ridge The Bright Direction Northern California IPA. Credit: Simon Collins

COOPERS DINNER

South Australian mainstays Coopers will launch its latest Vintage Ale with a special dinner at the Norfolk Hotel on August 31.

Featuring a Q&A with a Coopers brewer, the dinner showcases four beers: Vintage Ale 2022, Regency Park Red Ale, a 2018 aged Sparkling Ale and the Original Pale Ale.

Tickets are available via norfolkhotel.com.au

ROCKY RIDGE THE BRIGHT DIRECTION

Described as a Northern California IPA (but a double at 8 per cent), this is clear, strong and resinous. That is, it’s a big, hoppy, delicious, old school west coast IPA like you’d find in Seattle or, indeed, San Francisco.

Grapefruit, passionfruit and berry flavours arrive alongside assertive bitterness and a bold malt profile.

The Bright Direction is one of five new brews unveiled in August. Rocky Ridge has maintained an impressive pace since unleashing five huge collabs for their fifth birthday in May. Long may it continue. 93/100

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