The fresh is best - at least when it comes to hoppy beers - message is one that's being hammered home with greater intensity by Aussie brewers these days. Whenever Feral releases its Tusk Imperial IPA it insists that venues tap it the day it arrives, while Bootleg's new IPA is designed to be delivered and finished within three weeks to ensure drinkers get it at its best.
The Speakeasy is a replacement of sorts for the brewery's Settler's Pale, which now only appears as a seasonal after brewer Brookesy realised many visitors to the brewery weren't after big US hops in their pale. So he decided that beer could be relegated and in its place he'd step things up a notch or three and create the West Coast style of IPA he'd fallen for in San Diego.
The Speakeasy might only tip the scales at 5.5 per cent, but it packs a punch on the hop front, with new US variety Belma sitting alongside Centennial and Simcoe in the kettle and Amarillo and Citra joining in the fun afterwards. It's a beer that's only ever going to appear in WA for "fresh is best" reasons, with several batches lined up to ensure the state's beer lovers can enjoy a hoppy holiday season.
- West Coast IPA