Wheaty Brewing Corps Sola, Side By Side Pils & Ella High Water

Style
Cerveza, Foeder-Fermented Pilsner & Fresh Hop IPA
ABV
4.4% & 6.6% & 6.0%

During her presentation at The Crafty Pint-hosted debate that closed out BrewCon 2023, Jade Flavell from the Wheaty Brewing Corps wore a shirt that read: "Cerveza is the New Craft". It was a comment on how craft beer risked becoming what it had once rebelled against but, in typical Wheaty fashion, when they were designing a beer to christen the solar system that now powers the brewery, it had to be Sola, a 4.4 percent ABV cerveza.

The first noticeable feat of this beer is the mouthfeel and body, balancing a fine line between too light while keeping lower alcohol sessionability in play. There are some herbal, earthy and spice aromas, merging with a touch of honey and a little green apple. The medium body lets those clean lager elements shine, notably the herbal, earthiness, a little biscuit and honey, alongside a touch of spice. This sun-powered beer is very clean, crisp and very dry.

Side By Side Pils – another in their Foeder series – seems Jade reunited with old friends Bridge Road Brewers and Adelaide yeast producers Ferveo. As well as being foeder-fermented, this beer was hopped to the eyeballs: whirlpool additions of Wai-iti, dip-hopping with Motueka and Galaxy, dry-hopping with Spectrum Eclipse. Add in Ferveo’s Neutralager yeast strain and a side pour on the Lukr tap and you have a complex new world pilsener.

Considering it was brewed with 100 percent Gladfield German pilsener malt, it pours like dark honey, while the side pour adds creaminess and a little extra body, as well as boosting the (still subtle) oaky flavours. The NZ hops are dominant, punchy, yet clean: sweet blueberries, a little gooseberry and some rockmelon, while a firm bitterness and just a touch of woodiness rounds things off.

Sticking with hops, we have another version of the Wheaty’s fresh hop IPA, Ella High Water. The recipe list remains unchanged: super fresh Tasmanian Ella hop flowers flown to Adelaide straight off the bine, combined with the Lalbrew Verdant IPA yeast straing for a fresh, juicy, heavy-hitting, earthy-herbal notes meet orange citrus IPA, which could be their best fresh hop beer yet.

Matt King

Published April 29, 2024

Name
Wheaty Brewing Corps
Address

39 George Street
Thebarton
SA 5031

Phone
(08) 8443 4546
Open Hours

Monday: 3pm to 10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wed & Thurs: 3pm to 10pm
Friday: 3pm to 11pm
Saturday: 2pm to 11pm
Sunday: 2pm to 9pm

Tours

Tours by appointment

WA Beer & Brewing Conference 2024 2
Froth Town 2024 B 2

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