Cheeky Monkey Santa's Secret Spot East Coast IIPA

Cheeky Monkey

Released December 21, 2020

Santa’s Secret Spot is the final instalment for2020 in Cheeky’s Surf Break Series, and it’s by far the biggest; as national sales manager Brendan Day puts it: “The beer is something that we wanted to do for a while” before adding with a laugh: “And I love a big, dumb hazy.”

And that's what it is, but one with technique underpinned by incoming head brewer Ryan "Knobbsy" Knobs' growing prowess on the Vasse kit; Brendan again: “It’s the most different of what we’ve done in the series so far.”

The seasonal hop acrostic features Simcoe, Azazzca, NSH107, Tetra and Azacca – geddit? – alongside a combo of others, which delivers something akin to a gourmet pavlova topping in beer form. There’s passionfruit, guava, ruby grapefruit, orange, ripe and green mango, plus pine making themselves known through the dense tropi-citrus vibe, which runs smooth, with some building booze warmth.

And, while the liquid is important, the label cleverly brings the series into the modern Australian Christmas, with Santa at his secret spot, and a clever meta-throwback to a previous release. Santa’s Secret Spot is playful inside and out.

Guy Southern

East Coast IIPA
Cheeky Monkey

4259 Caves Rd
Margaret River
WA 6285

Brewery: (08) 9755 9555; Rest: (08) 9755 5555
Open Hours

10-6 everyday, except Christmas / Good Friday and before 12pm on Anzac Day


Whenever the brewer isn't grumpy or when the assistant brewer is here.

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