Blackflag x Black Flag x La Black Flag Three Flags Hazy IPA

Hazy IPA

It’s not every day that tipsily googling your own name results in something nice. This is unless you are the folk at Blackflag Brewing and doing so leads to something a bit unique and magical: a beer brewed in collaboration with brewers who span three continents and are linked solely by having the words black and flag in their name. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a drunken email – sent out of curiosity and boredom – by the folk at Blackflag on the Sunshine Coast to their namesakes in the United States and Spain was not only welcomed but followed by a time zone-confounding Zoom call. Finding more in common than they expected – despite language barriers – a beer was born: the accurately named Three Flags. 

The recipe was designed by the Maryland-based Black Flag Brewing Co and then was adapted by the brewers on the Sunshine Coast for local conditions. The result is a hop heavy hazy IPA – the kind apparently favoured by the US-based brewery – but brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic and Rakau. There’s a ton of hops in this beer because it’s got a strong pine and resin – almost dank – aroma and there’s a knockout level of juicy stonefruit. There’s some bitterness to the beer which gives it a little bit of a straightforward IPA nature too. 

Despite the best efforts of the dark and spooky pirate skull on the can, there’s something very good-natured about this beer and the way it came about.

Brad Gellert

Published July 2, 2022

Blackflag Brewing

3/13 Brisbane Road
QLD 4557

(07) 5478 2521
Open Hours

Wed to Fri: 4pm to midnight
Sat & Sun: midday to midnight

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