Shark Island Sandshoes XPA

Shark Island Brewing

Published April 13, 2022

Taking title inspiration from another of their local surf breaks, which itself references the Dunlop Volleys required to reach the break across a cunji reef, Sutherland Shire brewers Shark Island have entered the XPA game with Sandshoes, a new addition to their core lineup.

With an ABV of 4.5 percent and bitterness set to 30 IBU, everything about this beer is as to the point as a Great White. The colour is the colour of beer. It’s that simple; picture amber that has seen a ghost. Upon cracking open the tin, the aromas hitting my nostrils cause me to I think to myself: "Fuck yeah, they sent me a four-pack of this!" And just as well because this is a real potato chip beer; good luck having just one.

Starting with a pleasant, pilsnery chortle, Galaxy hops have been used sparingly to create an easy-going XPA brimming with refreshment and with a humble, lingering finish like the sound of yodelling far off in the distance. This is a crafty can you could open up around your old pop and even he would think it goes alright.

With the Sharkies in the top four and Shark Island releasing session-friendly XPAs, it feels like good times for The Shire. Enjoy!

Benedict Kennedy-Cox

30 IBU

Launching at the brewery on April 14

With Norma's Burger Bar

And 30% off growlers

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Shark Island Brewing

Unit 8, 29-33 Waratah Street
NSW 2232

(02) 9545 1914
Open Hours

Thursday: 2pm to 7.30pm
Friday: 2pm to 9pm
Saturday: midday to 8pm
Sunday: midday to 7pm