Staying true to its American inspiration, Staves pale ale stands up tall when compared with your average Aussie-brewed version. It’s built around a trio of American hops – Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe – but just as important is a deliberately light malt body, stripped of the caramel and crystal malts commonly found in many versions of the style. The consequence is that the hops are allowed that extra little bit of scope to shine, and that they do. Newcomers tend to find it’s quite a jump in flavour from Staves lager to the pale ale but that hasn't seemed to matter one bit with the pale ale becoming the brewpub’s biggest seller.
- Pale Ale