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Grand Ridge and West City Brewing


This weeks sees one of the oldest Aussie craft breweries joining our ranks as well as one of the newest. 

Grand Ridge Brewing was founded in 1989 by six founders. Eric Walters (one of the original six) has been the sole owner since 1997. Located in the Victoria in the Strzelecki Ranges, it is one of Australia's most awarded breweries.

For the first time, we're seeing Grand Ridge in cans. Launched last Saturday, Grand Ridge has decided it's time and whilst a lot of the core is still in bottles, we have two new exciting offerings. 

Thanks to Grand Ridge, we're also happy to mention that West City Brewing is back! Launched in 2015 by a couple of homebrewers and largely inspired by a beer Facebook group, West City were making smashable ales to be enjoyed at the footy. In 2017, after deciding to focus on other careers, the gypsy brewers put West City up for sale. As of, April 2018 Grand Ridge decided to buy the brand and keep it kicking, with the continual imput of the original founders/brewers. 






Grand Ridge Midnight Madness Dark Ale 6.2% 375ml

Dark, roasty coffee notes mingle with sweeter, well-balanced malt notes to create very easy drinking Dark Ale, even at 6.2%. Throw in some vanilla pods, chilli and cinnamon and you have yourself a stunning little beer. 






Grand Ridge Juicy Pils 4.9% 375ml

Bursting with delicious tropical fruity aromas and flavours with a super smooth malt finish. This beer is packed with heaps of New World hops. Finishes dry and savoury making it very moreish. 






West City Brewing Footscray Ale 4.3% 375ml

West City's take on a classic pale ale is now in cans. Made for smashing at the footy, it has loads of aromatic American hops nestled up against the highest quality New Zealand malts. 






West City Brewing Oaty Session Stout 5% 375ml

A traditional style oatmeal stout brewed with a mix of English and New Zealand malts, English hops and yeast. We like to think of it as a session beer for its easy drinking qualities. 

We've got a busy few months ahead with tastings and Sydney Beer Week on the horizon. First up, we have a Holgate Brewhouse tasting this Friday 21st October with our local rep, Colton. Come on down between 4-7pm and welcome Holgate back into the Oak Barrel beer family.

We're also very excited that not only are we running our annual Free Counter Tastings over the course of Sydney Beer Week, but we have partnered with Crafty Pint to run two nights of Blind IPA tastings. Details for that can be found HERE. 

As usual, The new beer list can be found HERE or you can check out the link below. 


Posted: 20/09/2018
Not-So-Springtime Beers


I think the first day of Spring gave us a bit of false hope that we were headed for much warmer weather. Thankfully, the last of the dark limited releases are hitting the shelves to tee up with cooler weather. We've got some new releases from Brewski in Sweden. Much loved for their funky artwork and hazy beers, we've finally seen some stouts come into Australia. There are also two new releases from favourites, Hawkers and Mountain Goat.




Brewski Ben Milk Stout 9.5% 330ml

When our dear friend Ben from Angry Chair stepped into our brewery for the first time, we knew that this relationship would turn into magical and wonderful beers in a heartbeat. Together we poured the Florida sun, the breath of Swedish nature and a shitload of Brasilian Koppi roasted coffee into this bottle. The result is a very creamy and smooth brew with hints of freedom, motorized scooters and bald eagles. All perfectly balanced for you to enjoy.


Brewski Eric Oatmeal Stout 11% 330ml

When our dear friend Eric from Cycle - St. Pete, Murica - stepped into our brewery for the first time, we knew that this relationship would turn into magical and wonderful beers in a heartbeat. Together we poured the Florida sun, the breath of Swedish nature and a shitload of Colombian Koppi roasted coffee into this bottle. The result is a very creamy and smooth brew with hints of freedom, motorized scooters and bald eagles. All perfectly balanced for you to enjoy.

As you can read, the descriptions sound mighty similar and that's because these beers are a pair that compliment each other. The lactose (milk) and the oatmeal are there to round out the beer, creating a full, creamy mouthfeel.

And because I couldn't go past the artwork, we also received Brewski Starman which is a double dry-hopped double Indian Pale Ale and Brewski Mystery Monster which is an India Pale Lager.




Hawkers Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee & Cardamom Imperial Stout 2018 12.7% 330ml

Inspired by Lebanese coffee or Kahwa as it is known in Arabic, this beer is made from selected Coffee and Cardamom, rich luscious Imperial Stout, and Bourbon barrels, to make a beautiful beer big on Bourbon with warm hints of the Middle East.

The BBA Coffee & Cardamom is part of Hawkers rather large and insane range of barrel aged beers they released over the winter. As usual with their barrel aged beers, it does not disappoint. 




Hawkers Barleywine 2018 11.2% 375ml

Perhaps one of the oldest styles of beer in human history, Barleywines were mentioned by ancient Greek historians Xenophon and Polybius centuries before their modern day versions existed. Our version is big with rich sweet candy and hints of caramel on the nose.




Mountain Goat Imperial Stout 2018 9.3% 750ml

Only nine barrels made the final cut this year, making our fourth annual Barrel Breed Imperial Stout an extra limited release.
A lot of time and heart goes into our Barrel Breeds and our brewers select only the best barrels to go through to blending. Only nine made the final cut this year, making our fourth annual Barrel Breed Imperial Stout an extra limited release of 600 bottles. Three months of barrel ageing has brought out the most of this complex malt bill, resulting in an interwoven palate of sultanas, coffee and vanilla. Enjoy this winter to get the most of the rich, toffee sweetness and whisky notes.

You won't be hearing from the beer department next week as we have an exciting shipment of Sake hitting the shelves but I will be back the week after and you will be able to check out the new beers with either the New Stuff List or the button below!


Posted: 06/09/2018
Anchorage Brewing Co


After the madness of Whisky Fair we are still putting ourselves back together. In the madness, some exciting Alaskans turned up.

Sitting on the south east coast of Alaska is the beautiful town of Anchorage and nestled in the town is Anchorage Brewing Co. Founded by Gabe Fletcher in 2011, they have gone from strength to strength with their funky beers. In fact, all of Gabe's beers have brettanomyces in them. The brett is not just added at bottling it is included in the brewing process. Gabe uses a Belgian strain of brett (b. bruxellensis) to ferment in large oak foudres to create some very unique styles. 





Anchorage Brewing Co. Easy Evil Black Raspberry Saison 8% 750ml

Saison brewed with Motueka and Saaz hops. Fermented in oak tanks with two strains of Brettanomyces. Aged on black raspberries. An ale brewed for the band Mos Generator.

94 Points on RateBeer.





Anchorage Brewing Co. The Experiment Sour 7% 375ml

Sour ale fermented in French oak foudres with a Belgian yeast. Aged one year in French oak foudres with a mixed culture. Finished on wild Alaskan blueberries. Naturally carbonated in the bottle.

98 Points on RateBeer.





Anchorage Brewing Co. The Tide and its Takers Tripel 9% 375ml

Ale brewed with Styrian Golding hops. Triple fermented - first in oak tanks with Belgian yeast, second in French oak Chardonnay barrels with brett, and finally in the bottle with third yeast for natural carbonation.

99 Points on RateBeer.





Anchorage The Ghosts in their Eyes Brett IPA 8% 750ml

Brett IPA brewed with citra and galaxy hops. Fermented in oak tanks with a Belgian yeast and two strains of brettanomyces. Dry hopped with citra and galaxy hops. Bottle conditioned for natural carbonation.

98 Points on RateBeer.





Anchorage Brewing Co. / Jolly Pumpkin Matame Ahorita Fruit Beer 6.5% 750ml

Collaboration with my friend Ron Jeffries (Jolly Pumpkin). Brewed with Hoonah Alaska sea salt. Hand made by Jeff Chelmo. Fermented with wild Alaska blueberries and local neighbourhood apples. Aged for 2 years in oak tanks.

95 Points on RateBeer.

All the New Beers will be put up over the next two days (keep an eye out for the Jolly Pumpkins!) and the list will be updated accordingly. A lot of the international beers are very limited, so remember, you can Click and Collect in store. 


Posted: 30/08/2018
Fresh NEIPAs and A New Keg


We're barrelling head first into Whisky Fair but that has not stopped the flow of fresh new beer hitting the shelves. This week saw four new New England IPAs arrive in store plus a fresh new keg. 

New England IPAs are an interesting beast in the beer world. They're so easy to get wrong but fabulous when done right. I have found, in my personal experience, that Aussie breweries like to play around with the formula and by doing this, make a little less NEIPA-ish than the style dictates. Having said that, the following beers are down right delicious and I'll let you decide how well that fit that NEIPA definition!




3 Ravens Galaxy Juicy NEIPA 6% 375ml

This NEIPA is brewed as part of 3 Ravens single hop series. First we had Citra, now we have Galaxy. 

An unfiltered IPA with low bitterness and a smooth mouthfeel, combining protein rich triticale and oats, fruity yeast and Australian Galaxy hops to give the impression of breakfast juice.




Hope Estate Super Super Juicy Double NEIPA 10% 375ml

The original Super Juicy was probably my favourite NEIPA from last year. Now we have Super Super Juicy

The DOUBLE Version of the Super Fresh, Super Smooth, Super Juicy New England IPA (NEIPA). Big-stone fruit, citrus and tropical flavours dominate with no bitterness in sight. Kick back and enjoy with a mate...just double check the defib's charged first!




Hope Estate Rye Orange NEIPA 6.2% 375ml

Another NEIPA from Hope!

Rye Orange? Why not.

Truly a labour of love, the brewers have done the hard yards working the grain, rye and 200kg of orange juice into something pretty unique. A hazy and crazy NEIPA that has both zesty citrus flavours and spicy rye notes.




Stockade Mr Fruju NEIPA 6% 330ml

This is the first NEIPA to come out of Stockade, a brewery known for their IPAs and excellent dark beers. 

With lingering tropical notes and a relatively low bitterness, Mr Fruju delivers a hazy, juicy experience that will leave your taste buds in a state of continuous joy. Freshly squeezed like a breakfast juice, you’ll get a crazy mix of citrus, pineapple, pear and passionfruit.

We've tapped a new keg! A freshly kegged IPA from Mornington Peninsula has just hit the taps and is tasty fabulous. Hoptimus Lime is a refreshingly tasty IPA with crushed lemon and lime zest for a big bold, citrus hit and plenty of hoppy bitterness. Consider it Revenge of the Autohops!

As usual, we have the New Beer List or you can browse everything via the button below!


Posted: 23/08/2018
New Beers from Brouwerij Alvinne


This week we saw the arrival of our Euro beers from Belgium, France and the Netherlands. There was particular excitement around the beers from Alvinne. 

Brouwerij Alvinne was founded in 2002, so a relatively newcomer to the ancient Belgium beer world. Since their founding, they have moved a number of times but have never increased the scale of their brewing that you see with some others. They have a mix of styles, from traditional sours to more funky blends and dark beers.




Alvinne Cuvée de Mortagne 12.8% 330ml

A Belgian-style strond dark beer aged in red wine barrels for 8 months as part of their Oak Collection.

While the bottle does not say, the wine barrel is likely to be from Bordeaux (Pomerol, St Emilion & Margaux). 

97 Points on RateBeer. 





Alvinne Cuvée Freddy Framboos 8% 330ml

Cuvée Freddy is their delicious version of an Oud Bruin. They then decided to add 20 kilograms of fresh raspberries per 100 litres of beer, and age this for a few months in red wine barrels.

91 Points on RateBeer.






Alvinne Beer Geek Wedding #6 8% 500ml 

Originally brewed to celebrate the wedding of Mes and Sim from Alvinne. #6 is a dark sour ale blended from Mano Negra, Cuvée de Mortagne & Kerasus with a bit of Berliner Ryesse.





Alvinne Kriek Van Mortagne 8% 330ml

Cuvée de Mortagne aged on red wine barrels (usually Bordeaux, mostly St-Emilion, Pomerol or Margeaux), with cherries added straight to the barrel.

94 Points on RateBeer.





Alvinne Sour'ire de Mortagne 11% 330m

Sour'ire de Mortagne is a soured version of Cuvée de Mortagne that's aged in oak barrels. 

Expect a rich, tart beer with obvious oak influence that hides the alcohol well (almost too well...).

97 Points on RateBeer. 

From the same Euro delivery, we also received some new beers from new breweries: De Moersleutel (Netherlands) and La Débauche (France). These plus Alvinne are very limited, so if they take your fancy, remember you can 'Click and Collect'. 

This week the New Beer List will be updated in two parts, once on Thursday afternoon and once on Friday morning. We have received many new beers this week, plus we're in 'cleaning out the store' mode for our sold out Sydney Whisky Fair. 


Posted: 16/08/2018
New Evil Twins!


A new shipment of Evil Twin has landed in store. Originally hailing from Denmark, founder Jeppe, started brewing in the US. Jeppe is the twin brother of Mikkeller's founder Mikkel and the rumour is that have not spoken in years... so perhaps Evil Twin is aptly named. All I know is, the beers are excellent and we have eight new ones sitting on the shelf.





Evil Twin Brewing I Always Felt Closer To IPAs Than I Did To People 7.5% 475ml

A double dry hopped IPA with Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, and Falconers Flight hops. 

I have read elsewhere that this version is a New England IPA but I haven't been able to confirm that just yet. 

99 Points on RateBeer.





Evil Twin Brewing Irish-ish Coffee Stout 10.3% 475ml

This massive winter warmer is brewed with lactose, demerara sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, medium toasted oak spirals and - of course - a ton of delicious coffee from Tandem Coffee Roasters.

I can confirm that this beer is super smooth and super delicious. 

98 Points on RateBeer. 




Evil Twin Brewing Even More Pecan Pie Jesus Imperial Stout 12% 475ml

Imperial Stout brewed with Molasses and with Pecan Extract added.

A few times in the history of craft beer a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drop is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, molasses, pecan extract and obviously only made in limited amounts. People – this is the taste of rare!

96 Points on RateBeer.

As usual, you can check out all the new beers by hitting the button below or checking out the NEW BEER LIST. I'm also going to start adding beers onto to the list that are FRESH batches of things we've had before. 


Posted: 09/08/2018
Top picks from the last 3 weeks


I'm back and ready to go! I was hoping to have a whole pile of new Evil Twins on the shelf and in the newsletter for you but alas, they haven't arrived in time. Having been gone for over three weeks, plenty of new beers have arrived courtesy of Ian so I figured we'll see how he went! I've gone through and picked out a bunch that he has been raving about. 



Garage Project Pernicious Yuzu Weed 8% 650ml


Introducing Yuzu Pernicious Weed!! Our favourite Kiwi Hop Monster is turning Japanese. Conditioned on fresh Yuzu zest and juice for an extra strong citrus and grapefruit character.

Ian got a little giddy telling me how limited this beer was. We only got a case! 

Yuzu seems to be the ingredient du jour to beef up some of our favourites!



Murray's Angry Fred IPA 6% 375ml

At first glance, you might think only his mum could love him. But once you try FRED IPA, we reckon you'll fall under his spell.

FRED is aggressively late hopped with a house blend of hops from the US Pacific Northwest. It has the classic US IPA hop aroma and flavour of big citrus, tropical fruit and pine notes throughout. An assertive bitterness is balanced by the sweetness of the pale, crystal and wheat malt additions.

A beautiful hopped up brew to be enjoyed with smoky and spicy south US style Mexican food.

Ian is a sucker for labels and hops. This ticks all boxes. 




Hawkers Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2018 12.5% 330ml

Big, dark, and beautiful. Bourbon on the nose with oak, vanilla, light coconut highlights. This beer is simply luscious.

The barrel aged stouts from Hawkers were some of our favourites from last year, so it stands to reason that they make they're top of our list again. We also have the regular Imperial Stout and the Rum Barrel Aged




Six String Light My Fire Chilli Belgian Ale 6.66% 330ml

So much more to this beer than just the heat you expect from the Chillies. Loads of fresh jalapeño aroma and flavour balanced by the malty and earthy flavours of the Belgian Ale all finished off with the heat from the birdseyes.

Ian loves his chilli so I am in no way surprised that this ended up in store. 

We also have a FREE counter tasting this Friday 4 - 7 pm to celebrate International Beer Day. I'll be hosting and cracking into 5 or 6 of my favourites from around the store. 


Posted: 02/08/2018
Epic and 8 Wired (NZ)


The boss is back next week, so for my last newsletter I had 8 possible articles and it came down to the Wire(d) but in the end I hope you think this is Epic.

All the classics are back. Epic Armageddon, Hop Zombie and 8 Wired Hopwired, iStout, Super Conductor and Feijoa Sour 2017.

Plus heaps of new releases.


8 Wired Istout Unchained Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 12%

A big stout aged for 3 years in pinot noir barrels with added Brettanomyces. 

Plenty of roasted malt, chocolate and a nice booziness.

99 Points on Rate Beer

8 Wired A Fistful Of Cherries Sour 6.7%

A delicious sour made in the traditional Belgium style, barrel aged in wine barrel barrels for 2 years with Marlborough cherries. 

92 Points on Rate Beer


8 Wired Super Dank IPA 6.2%

An American style IPA, highly aromatic with strong orange, lemongrass and grapefruit flavours as well as strong bitterness. 

90 Points on Rate Beer


Epic Love and Affection 6.4%

A new IPA from Epics Hysteria range, this IPA is made by brewer and owner Luke to show his appreciation for craft beer community that has supported him over the years, to further the “good vibes” he had the wort run over Amethyst crystal, a semi-precious gem some believe gives positive energy.

As usual plenty of flavour, a nicely hoppy IPA using Mosaic hops. 


Epic Hop Party IPA 6.4%

Epic are throwing a party to celebrate the 2018 hop harvest and in celebration have released this wonderfully tropical IPA. 

Refreshing tropical fruit, solid bitterness and refreshing finish. 


Epic Big Hop IIPA 8.8%

The older brother of the previously released lil hop, as the name suggests this a big, hoppy beer with plenty of cascade, simcoe, amarillo and equinox hops. 

A big, bitter beer with a little malt sweetness coming across. 

PS - Thanks to all that made  the Sydney Craft Beer and Cider Fair  such a success - PHOTO'S HERE

PSS - ON GROWLERS - Rocket Science Mad Hatter  6.4% (By Dennis Beer Co)
       NEW ON  FRIDAY  - Melvin  2 x 4 DIPA

 Drink well

Ian C

Posted: 26/07/2018
Garage Project - NZ


Good to see a regular flow from one of NZ's bestest.


Garage Project Hippity Dippity IPA 7.4%

Brewed with a special strain of Brettanomyces, this hoppy IPA carries plenty of mango, tropical fruit as well a nice resinous bitterness from Amarillo, Galaxy and Citra hops.

Garage Project Cereal Milk Stout 4.7%

Cereal Milk Stout evokes the familiar and comforting taste of the last few mouthfuls of a bowl of cereal. It’s a session-strength stout brewed with oats, chocolate wheat malt, a dose of lactose and actual cornflakes.


 Garage Project Bliss Lager 4.5% 

Brewed using NZ malt and Motueka hops, this beer is cold fermented and then stored at below zero temperature to produce a clean, easy drinking and crisp lager.


Garage Project Lil Red Eye Amber Ale 6.5%

Brewed in an amber ale style, using Simcoe and Amarillo hops with Munich and caramel malts. Flavour has a nice hop presence on a caramel/malty base. 


Garage Project Petite Mort Sour/Farmhouse 5.3%

A farmhouse/blonde ale fermented with Brettanomyces and saison yeast before having a generous amount of Wa-iti hops added. Its floral, herbaceous and a little citrusy (easy drinking sour).


Garage Project White Mischief Peach Gose 2.9%

A kettle soured wheat beer flavoured with white peaches and a dash of salt. 
very refreshing gose, clean and refreshing with a soft peach flavour.


PS - Wildflower sale on the Gold and Amber blends until next ThursdayCLICK HERE


Posted: 19/07/2018
Imperial Stout Time - Aussies

They are finally here in the middle of winter.Better late than never.Some are limited so first in !



Murrays Wild Thing Whisky Imp Stout 10% 375ml 

Murrays Wild Thing is a cult favourite and for good reason,
a big and rich imperial stout which this year has the unique feature
of being conditioned on whisky staves to impart a smoky, boozy flavour. 


Holgate Empress 10%

The Big sister of the much-loved temptress (Best porter AIBA 2018). the Empress uses the same great Dutch cocoa and Madagascar vanilla but with the addition of premium coffee (from Moto Bean Coffee Roasters). 

Silky Smooth with dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee (of-course) and a slight bitterness.     


Hawkers Imperial Stout 11.5% 2018

A big, bold and full flavoured stout from Hawkers brewery. Showing a rich, malty palate with dark chocolate, espresso and a boozy warmth.   


 Moon Dog Black Lung VIII 8.1%

The 8th release of the legendary black lung series. 

This year’s edition has spent time in cognac barrels, imparting a delicious juiciness (juicy fortified raisings?), the palate then continues with sweet smoke, plenty of chocolate, dark caramel and roasted nuts.    


Mornington Peninsula Imperial Stout 2018 9.5%

A think, moreish beer with flavours of dark fruit, cocoa and roasted malt. A delicious stout to savour. 

Rated 99/100 on Rate Beer. 


Posted: 12/07/2018