New Cheeky Monkey cans

New Cheeky Monkey Blonde and Pale Ale cans

A can explosion is sweeping through the craft beer world and Margaret River’s Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery is the latest brewery to launch in the format.

Before a number of Perth launch events, Goodtimes caught up with head brewer Ross Terlick about getting his Cheeky cans out.

Cheeky Monkey head brewer Ross Terlick

Cheeky Monkey head brewer Ross Terlick

The initial release features the Blonde Capuchin (4.9% ABV) and Old Reliable Pale Ale (5.0% ABV) as well as the Crooked Tales cider.  While this will keep regular fans happy, the beer nerds will enjoy future ‘Southern Wailer’ specialty releases in a 500ml can. It will be great to see the the current Oak Smoked Wheat beer, the first of it’s kind in Australia, or a recent Golden Stout be released beyond the brewery.

Cheeky Monkey - Southern Wailer Specialty Release Oak Smoked Wheat Beer

Cheeky Monkey – Southern Wailer Specialty Release Oak Smoked Wheat Beer

Ross Terlick was proud to talk through the brewery’s new six figure investment and the months of research. In the end it was a gut decision to choose the Cask Brewing canning line.  For those following beer packing installs (it’s a niche group), Cask are the same company that supplied South West neighbours Colonial Brewing Co. with their canning line.

Once the cans are feed down the line the machine cleans the empty cans, removes oxygen, tops up with CO2 and seals cans at up to 35 cans a minute.

Cheeky Monkey canning line

Cheeky Monkey canning line in set-up ‘gaffa tape’ phase.

While the brewery has been bottling for a number of years, cans allow a larger format to interact with the consumer. This is something that the Cheeky Monkey have maximised with tasting notes on the back of each can.

For the drinker that wants a cold Capuchin after a hard day’s work this won’t get a look in but over time these notes will lead to more educated drinking.  Interestingly this is something that ex-Cheeky Monkey brewer Red Proudfout is doing with his Pirate Life cans.

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Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery is located 3 hours south of Perth in Margaret River.

Cheeky Monkey can launch event s are planned around Perth in the next few weeks. Check the Cheeky Monkey and Cidery Facebook page for details.