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CRAFTY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Stuck for an office Secret Santa present? Want to surprise someone but don’t know where to start? Want to share your passion with neighbours and friends?
The answer to all of these Christmas questions is of course Beer!
In the lead up to Christmas workplaces, neighbours, friends and family will be in the Christmas spirit by sharing gifts with each other. I thought about my own practice of sharing interesting but approachable beers with family, friends and colleagues whenever there is reason to celebrate.
With this in mind I thought I’d ask some of Perth’s best Beer retailers what they would put in a $30 Kris-Kringle (Secret Santa) beer box present.
The only suggestion was that the beers had to be approachable enough to share in a random Christmas draw. With a $30 limit it’s probably going to rule out any 15% ABV Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stouts anyway!
Over the past few weeks this became an insider’s guide to approachable beer gift giving and Goodtimes has also included a few suggestions as a seasonal bonus!
There are plenty options for a beery yuletide gift. Whether you want to buy a pre-made beer box or get one of the experienced retailers to help you, this really couldn’t be easier. Most of these suggestions are freely available from big-box liquor retailers like Dan Murphy’s to the independent operators featured below. You may even find yourself a Christmas treat!

 

MANE LIQUOR
With over a thousand beers in store and the title of the Ratebeer Best Beer Store in Australia you could easily get lost looking for a gift at Mane Liquor. Luckily the owners of the Ascot store, Elliot Moore and Josh Daly, both agreed on the Feral Brewing Boar Pack as the perfect gift. At $24 a box this is excellent value and comes with a Feral glass.

Mane Liquor’s Elliot Moore with the Feral Brewing ‘Boar Pack’

The team at Mane Liquor are always happy to help more adventurous shoppers buy individual beers for a very interesting beer box.
Mane Liquor also stock a large range of local and imported hot sauces. Goodtimes is happy to recommend anything by local chilli fiend Dr Paul’s Hot Sauces, in particular the ‘Devil’s BBQ’.

Dr Paul’s ‘Devil’s BBQ’ Hot Sauce is available at Mane Liquor.

CELLARBRATIONS AT CARLISLE
Joel Beresford and the Cellarbrations at Carlisle team have been building an impressive range of over a thousand different beers in the Belmont / Carlisle area.
Joel suggests the bespoke approach in gift selection. His picks for an approachable mixed pack include:
• Two Birds Brewing – Bantam IPA
• Mash Brewing – Grasscutter
• Nail Brewing – Wombat Hefeweizen
• Victory Brewing – Prima Pils

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Joel Beresford with Victory Brewing’s Prima Pils.

He recommends talking through what the receiver would normally drink with staff. If you are not sure, help from staff will ensure the recipient finds something they enjoy.
Cellarbrations at Carlisle has a range of glassware that compliments the recent Belgian beer shipment. A classic beer with matching glass is a very stylish yet affordable gift.

Matching glassware is a simple gifting idea.

Another suggestion is for a refillable Squealer or Growler, a refillable bottle used for draught beer, that the receiver can use all year long.

Squealers (1 litre) and Growlers (1.89 litres) are refillable bottles for draught beer. The gift that keeps giving!

RE STORE LEEDERVILLE
Aside from beer, the ReStore Leederville is a den of delicacies for gift giving. Be warned, you may end up with many more presents for yourself than anyone else!

True to the ReStore’s eclectic mix of goods, beverage guru Nick Odell recommends:
• Bootleg Brewing – Speakeasy IPA
• Stillwater Artisinaal – Classique Saision
• Rodenbach – Rosso Fruit Beer
• Six String Brewing – Golden Ale
• Trappistes Rochefort – 10
• Moo Brew – Pilsner

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Nick Odell’s Christmas Beer box

For those who want to splurge there is a bottle three litre of 14% ABV Austrian ‘Samichclaus’ beer for sale. This beer is brewed on the 6th of December each year and then conditioned for ten months before release. At over $200 this bottle will find a very special home this year!

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The ReStore Leederville’s beverage guru Nick Odell.

DEVINE CELLARS INGLEWOOD
The team at DeVine Cellars has just won the WA Liquor Retailer of the Year award again this year. As such they are well placed to help with a beer based present.
Manager Steve Colangelo recommends the Duval 750ml and Glass gift pack or the Innis & Gunn gift pack of oak aged beers as a point of difference for festive gift giving.
Also available is Rogue’s Santa’s Private Reserve Ale 650ml and a range of over 300 beers to choose from.
Goodtimes recently tried the Holgate ‘Double Trouble’ Dubbel Ale from DeVine and would recommend this for gifting.
Also for sale at DeVine Cellars are sets of vintage beer glassware. This would be perfect for the beer expert who has everything.

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Vintage glassware available at Devine Cellars, Inglewood.

AUBIN GROVE LIQUOR
Gary Fletcher at Aubin Grove Liquor south of Perth also suggests the Feral Christmas gift pack for about $25. Gary is also more than happy to help select a tailored beer pack for a novice or seasoned beer connoisseur.
For the more adventurous Gary is passionate about hoppy beers including those from New Zealand brewery Garage Project.

 

BIG BREWS WARNBRO
Further South, Big Brews in Warnbro has a range of gift packs and 300 individual beers to select from.
A great Christmas offer from the Big Brews team is two for $20 offer on the La Trappe range of authentic Trappist beers. These come in a beautifully presented 750ml bottle and are made in the Netherlands by Trappist monks.
Big Brews also recommends the Trappist monks at Chimay. The Chimay monastic beer box includes three Trappist beers and a glass chalice for around $25.

 

GOODTIMES CHRISTMAS SUGGESTIONS
These suggestions are based around the $30 present limit. Each bottle is about $5 and most retailers will apply a 10% discount for purchasing six individual beers.
Goodtimes has suggested a few themed beer boxes but really the combinations are endless. The key with these selections is that each of the beers is approachable enough to be enjoyed by someone new to the world of beer.

 

WA Beer Box
• Eagle Bay – Pale Ale
• Bootleg – One-off’s ‘The Coconut One’
• Feral Brewing – Hop Hog
• Nail Brewing – Red Ale
• Mash – Grasscutter Lawnmower Ale

Australian Beer Box
• Mountain Goat – Summer Ale
• Stone & Wood – Pacific Ale
• La Sirene – Saison
• Bridge Road – Bling IPA
• Knappstien – Reserve Lager
• Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale 2014

Scottish brewery BrewDog’s seasonal beers.

International Beer Box
• BrewDog – Hoppy Christmas Festive Pale Ale
• BrewDog – Santa Paws – Scotch Ale
• Camden Brewing– Gentleman’s Wit
• Brooklyn Brewing – Pre-prohibition Lager
• Rodenbach – Classic
• Sierra Nevada – Pale Ale

EUROPEAN PRESENTATION BEERS

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European presentation beer bottles for sharing.

Some of the great international beers come in wonderfully presented 750ml bottles that are perfect for gift giving. Most of these options are under $20 and the key is to check with staff the style of beer that’s in them.
In simple terms these beers could be separated into the following categories:
Rich or Dark
• Chimay – Blue
• St Bernardus Abt 12
Medium
• La Chouffe
• Duvel
Lighter
• Saison DuPont
• Estrella- Inedit
• Brasserie de Saint-Sylvestre – 3 Monts

Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre – 3 Monts

 

With so many options there should be some very satisfied recipients this Christmas. They may even find a new favourite.

 

Hoppy Christmas!

 

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WA BEER WEEK 2014

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My WA Beer Week kicked off on Saturday with the Perth Royal Beer Show 2014 in the Wattle Room at Claremont Showgrounds. It’s the third time I’ve attended this event and it’s always a very social afternoon.
The Mission Statement of the Perth Royal Beer Show is “To showcase the quality, craftsmanship, flavour and diversity of Australian Brewed beer”. With industry experts like Brendan Varis (Feral Brewing), John Stallwood (Nail Brewing and Jan Bruckner (The Last Drop Brewery) involved this statement is being very well supported.
Each year over twenty trophies are given to commercial and amateur brewers throughout a range of beer styles and for packaging.
This year Mash Brewing collected a number of trophy’s including Best Commercial Brewery, Best Western Australian Brewery and Best Draught Ale for ‘Copycat’ AIPA.

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Plenty of action in the Wattle Room at the WA Royal Beer Show.

The Monk Brewery & Kitchen in Fremantle won Best Western Australian Beer of Show for ‘The Bounty’, a rich coconut Stout. Tasting The Bounty on the day caused memories of opening a similarly named chocolate bar as a kid and a lot of positive conversation.

 

On top of the commercial beers, attendees are able to try all of the submitted amateur entries. The hive of activity around the tasting tables continued all afternoon. There was jovial conversation about merits and success of Lagers, Russian Imperial Stouts, Pale Ales and Saisons as more bottles were opened.

 

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Mane Liquor Beer Spectacular

Across town the Mane Liquor Beer Spectacular was being held in their Belmont car park. On top of twenty breweries offering tastings there were food trucks, hot sauces, toasted sandwiches, beer cheese and a barber station!
Events like this bring out wild experimentation like the Gage Roads Brewing x Whipper Snapper Distillery collab ‘Atomic Moonshine’ that was available for tasting on the day only.

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Gage Roads x Whipper Snapper “Atomic Moonshine”

Needless to say the car park and store were jam packed. The growler station was also full with punters, including Goodtimes, collecting the one-off Bootleg Brewing x Mane Liquor ‘Ryezilla’ IPA.

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Fresh Ryezilla IPA

The following day at Cellarbrations Carlisle the GrainCru Car Park Brew Day returned for the third year with a large number of breweries and beer related products being represented. Jos from New Zealand’s Garage Project and Josh from Melbourne’s Moon Dog were also on hand to create special one-off beer to celebrate the day.

The WA Beer Week program for this event asked “Who else will be involved?”. The answer was of course was Goodtimes!

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This is where the “Pretzel” element started.

I was happy to have contributed to this one-off brew by supplying the pretzels seen below in a moment of beery inspiration.
The Salt & Pepper Manuka Pretzel Porter will be available soon. Early indications show that it’s a very active brew. Fermentation is being overseen by Joel Beresford (GrainCru) at the store and Steggles from Bickley Valley Brewing. The results will be available to taste in just over a months’ time.

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Josh (Moon Dog) and Jos (Garage Project) with Goodtimes supplied pretzels.

Back in the car park Homestead Brewing was delivering Black IPA’s to punters through a special beer back pack. It tasted fresh and very similar to its Midnight IPA pedigree. Delicious!

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The Homestead Beer Backpack in action.

Little Creatures had their new Single Batch available for tasting. The Saison was an enjoyable quaffer but I feel it could have more character. Interestingly news arrived later the following week that this will be a draft only release as the bottling line is struggling with the Saison’s personality. Maybe the lack of character is just my opinion.

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Little Creatures Single Batch Saison.

Mitch from Beersine was on hand sampling ‘Beer Cheese’ made from Feral Brewing ‘Hop Hog’, Hop Honey and a Brettanomyces fermented chilli sauce.

 

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Mitch from Beersine with his ‘Beer Cheese’.

Steggles from Bickley Valley Brewing was happy to share authentic European beers from the Perth hills and tales of underground clubs that only stock Bickley Valley beers. Shhhhh. Don’t tell anyone!

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Steggles from Bickley Valley Brewery.

Sarah from UK brewery Camden Town showcased a great range of approachable beers. Their flagship ‘Hells’ Lager is crisp, sessionable and Goodtimes has been an advocate for some time now. The unfilitered version was equally enjoyable.

A Goodtimes review of the Camden ‘Gentleman’s Wit’ can be found here.

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Sarah from Camden Town Brewery who won the unofficial ‘Best Merchandise’ award on the day with a range of stickers, hats & T-shirts.

A busy week left only a short trip to WA Beer Week Headquarters at Bob’s Bar, Print Hall on Saturday to revel in the last event. Over the final four days Bob’s Bar pushed through 60 kegs of one-off’s and hard to get beer. The quality and scope of this range of draft beer has never been in the one place in Perth before.

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Doctor’s Orders ‘Prescription 12’ and Garage Project ‘Mecha Hop’

I tried Doctor’s Orders ‘Prescription 12’ American Strong Ale and two from Garage Project. Firstly the ‘Mecha Hop’ which was over 10% ABV of delicious hoppiness and secondly the ‘Texas Tea’, a chilli Brown Ale. I love chilli but I’m not normally a fan of chilli beers. The subtle heat burn against the malty base of Texas Tea was very good and I will be trying to track some down for a revisit.

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Bob’s Bar Saturday Tap List

The bar itself is a provided somewhere new for beer fans to meet and will be welcomed with open arms next year.
This brought WA Beer Week to an end for me. There were many events that I missed this year but what I went to was warm, funny and social. In short the best part of this year’s program was the people. At every event I met someone new and talked lovingly about beer. That is something wonderful.

Cheers WA Beer Week!

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