Bright Tank Brewing Co

Matt Moore and wife Gemma Sampson had long thought about opening a brewery – four years to be exact. And, while pondering the possibilities surrounding their urban brewery’s location, serenity struck.

What had been an area for blue collar workers and migrant living had flourished into an orderly extension of the Perth CBD, where refurbished warehouses – some well over a hundred years old – now rubbed shoulders with modern apartment living and office spaces filled with consultancies and design agencies.

Prior to gentrification, those warehouses had been home to parties at which electronic music, hip hop and graffiti took centre stage. Although long gone, memories of youthful bacchanalia lived on in Matt's mind as he set about changing direction himself, with the appeal of a day job running a construction materials laboratory and later as a civil construction quality assessor beginning to wear thin as the brewing dream blossomed.

Thus, he completed a bridging chemical course at the University of Sydney before embarking on a postgraduate brewing qualification at the University of Ballarat, which bolstered years of homebrewing experience. Just to be sure, a Cicerone qualification was added to round out his formal learning and confirm that here was a curious mind fond of both art and science.

With those pieces in place, it was time to open Bright Tank Brewing Co, which saw a former fashion warehouse reincarnated as a 130-person venue featuring a level of design beyond that found in most breweries; hang a curtain across the brewing tanks and you’d think that you were in a cool restaurant.

While retaining the urban aesthetic of its surrounds, the use of aquamarine blue and vibrant yellow highlights throughout provides modernity and subtle cohesion, offset by the use of reclaimed bricks and new tiling. Referencing Matt’s love of graffiti – and the parties of the past – a large-scale stylised portrait of the father of fermentation, Louis Pasteur, oversees proceedings at the long, shared tables that sit alongside a three-vessel, 10 hectolitre Spark brewing system.

The bar area’s ten-tap tiled wall pours what Matt describes as a "flexible" amount of his core range. Depending what collaborations are current, punters may be faced with six collabs and two core range beers and, in a similar vein, guest beers appear on occasion too.

Showing a high level of care and respect for beer, filtered water is used to clean glassware prior to pouring, while glassware itself comes in a variety of sizes and styles to suit the beers (and are available to take home along with growlers and squealers). Also available for takeaway are four-packs and cubes of the latest offerings.

Matt and Gemma are keen foodies too – their honeymoon was essentially a tour of as many three Michelin star restaurants in France as one can possibly squeeze into a single trip – and this side of the offering also became a collaboration in November 2021 when they invited Stuart Laws to open Brown Street Grill at the brewpub.

It sees the open pass kitchen become a theatre of smoke and flames in which this champion of West Australian cooking is able to showcase local produce and tell the stories of WA farmers and producers. Using a Mesiano wood fired pizza oven and a custom built charcoal grill from JAGRD in Bakers Hill, look out for dishes featuring pork from Black Label Berkshire, beef from Stirling Ranges, Skull Island prawns, and produce from The Mushroom Guys and Bookara Goat Dairy among others.

However, despite all of the clever design, sharp modern food and respect for the urban environment, Matt is keen to remind punters that Bright Tank is first and foremost a brewery: a little pocket of urban Perth that welcomes everyone from hardened beer nerds to foodies to those wanting a few beers before the game at nearby Optus Stadium.

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Name
Bright Tank Brewing Co
Address

100 Brown Street
East Perth
WA 6122

Phone
(08) 9325 7145
Open Hours

Wednesday: 4pm to 10pm
Thursday: midday to 10pm
Fri & Sat: midday to midnight
Sunday: 10am to 10pm
KITCHEN
Wed & Thurs: 4pm to 9pm
Fri & Sat: midday to 10pm
Sunday: midday to 8pm

Tours

Any time during opening hours

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Bright Tank Brewing Co Regulars

Bright Tank Mid

Published September 17, 2021
Operating in the lower ABV realm can present all sorts of challenges for brewers and punters alike; however, while it can be fraught with compromise, there's also a vastness of opportunity for Bright Tank to wander in with their economically named, modern offering. Mid opens with mango aromas, before shifting to lemon / lime, with a pleasant hop character for stature. Bitterness rises through subtle haze, while minerality provides body and refreshment. This is a beer that not only services Bright… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Pale
ABV
3.5%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And WA stockists

Bright Tank Hazy Pale Ale

Published April 21, 2021
The evolution of sessionable hazy beers continues, especially for the those, like Bright Tank, with a venue in which to entertain guests. Sure, tucking into a double digit ABV Link Juice can fun, but by the second or third glass the wheels may start to come off for even the most seasoned of hop-crazed, opacity chasers. In response, the East Perth team have welcomed Bright Tank Hazy Pale Ale into their core range, but done so with a lesser-seen hop combo of Lemondrop and Zappa. In doing so, the brewing… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Available from the brewery venue

And WA Bright Tank stockists

Bright Tank Smalley Session IPA

Smalley by name but not in presence. In some ways, its personality is that of the brewery where a safe option would be to produce an approachable, low ABV beer to support responsibly-minded punters. However, Bright Tank’s love of hops quickly quashes that idea. Instead, Smalley is a bold statement for its stature yet one which retains drinkability – it is, after all, a session beer despite generous Amarillo and Simcoe dry-hopping. Biscuity malts brings balance and a larger mouthfeel to the lower… Read more
Style
Session IPA
ABV
3.8%

Bright Tank Strange Stange

Quite a tongue twister to wrap your lips around when ordering, Strange Stange is a German kolsch-style ale that’s become a gateway for many drinkers. The name refers to the tall, slender stange glass that such beers are traditionally served in around kolsch's spiritual home of Cologne. Bright Tank’s iteration is hardly strange at all. The sweet cereal malt, light citrus (achieved via noble hops) and clean length are aptly redolent of its Germanic origins. Perhaps the presumed oddity is when… Read more
Style
Kolsch
ABV
4.8%

Bright Tank New World Order

New World Order rides upon the third wave of craft beer and delivers a modern, fruit forward pale ale. Indeed, Matt Moore suggests that this evolutionary aspect of the industry appears through the mercurial nature of the appropriately named Enigma hops, which seem to shift the profile of the beer over time along with a little help from Galaxy. Youthful examples show a pine character that shifts to a full-blown fruity affair of ripe mango, paw paw and sweet orange once the beer has a couple of weeks… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%

Bright Tank #No Filter IPA

Social media’s appropriation of the term "no filter" as a means of implying authenticity may have tenuous parallels to the brewing world, however, as the style trends of the past couple of years have shown, not filtering may actually, oxymoronically, create greater clarity of expression. In Bright Tank's case, it’s a love of hop character and drier West Coast IPA variants that sees a slightly hazier shift to allow as much aroma, flavour and bitterness as possible. It’s as if an American… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.3%

Bright Tank Brown Street Brown

Sometimes there’s no avoiding the obvious. If you open a brewery on Brown Street you kinda have to have a Brown Ale. It's no bad thing as, for all of the experimentation innate in modern brewing, there is something satisfying and dependable about the style that’s as enduring as the century old bricks that line the warehouses just outside Bright Tank's doors. In the glass, the straightforward articulation conveys caramel, coffee and lightly roasted malt, all of which rise with the mid-palate… Read more
Style
Brown Ale
ABV
5.4%

Bright Tank Brewing Co Specials

Bright Tank x Baby Bleu Bleuphoria

Published September 19, 2022
The look and feel of Bright Tank Brewing Co was drawn from founder Matty Moore’s love of hip hop and street culture, so it’s of little surprise that this collab is designed to celebrate the release of Perth-based Tamil rapper Baby Bléu’s debut album. The Bright Tank crew also have a thing for hazy beers, and this is another to add to their extensive list of such beers Pouring a lurid opaque orange, Sabro-coconut, pineapple and tangerine lead the soft flow, with a late hint of fresh mint. Taken… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And Bright Tank stockists in limited release

Bright Tank & Phat Brew Club Big-DIPA

Published June 21, 2022
Roll up! Roll up! The amazing loop-de-loop that is Bright Phat Tank’s hop roller-coaster awaits you! It’s double dry-hopped, it’s dip-hopped, it features five hops, and it’s guaranteed to send your palate on a journey of maximum lupulin force! Ladies, gentleman and children over 18, this here beer is an old school East Coast IIPA, well, at least in the sense of East Coast IIPAs before that term took a turn for the hazy. Feel its C hops pop! Be wowed by Zappa’s brusque flair and cooed by… Read more
Style
Dip-Hopped Double IPA
ABV
8.0%

Bright Tank Baltic Porter

Published May 14, 2022
The Baltic porter may be beer’s equivalent of Southern rap. Using the template set down before, but removed from US East and West Coast beefs, the Dirty South spawned its own regional flair, before influencing broader pop culture through the Noughties. Likewise, we have Napoleon’s 1806 trade beef to thank for the Baltic porter. Cut off from English imports, Scandinavian and Baltic brewers were forced to meet local demand, doing so with what was locally available. So, it was out with ale yeast,… Read more
Style
Baltic Porter
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And WA stockists in limited release

Crunk bars available on request

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Bright Tank Big Red Smeg Head 2022

Published April 29, 2022
In an admission which is likely to outrage many, not least Bright Tank’s owner Matty Moore, I know nothing about Red Dwarf. Each year, the East Perth brewery’s ode to the BBC's cult comedy sci-fi series – one of the most successful series of all time for the Beeb – fails to connect with me. Nonetheless, I’m happy that another edition of this red IIPA exists in our galaxy, not three million years from earth with a hologram, cat and a bloke who's enjoyed a far longer career as a respected… Read more
Style
Red IIPA
ABV
7.8%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And WA Bright Tank stockists

Bright Tank Mango Chai Pastry Sour

Published March 12, 2022
“I could drink that with ice.” So says my non-beer drinking companion, and, on the near 40 degree day of this review, I doubt many would argue. It hits the exact sweet spot of accessibility and fun which has been luring drinkers into the sour beer realm over the past few years, a sideshow alley garnished with a wink and smile, or in this case, a cinnamon quill. What pours here is akin to pulp-free juice, albeit with an aromatic sub-continental spice mix which becomes more intriguing in the glass… Read more
Style
Pastry Sour
ABV
5.3%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

The Collective Rockingham

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Bright Tank & WA Cellar Door Summer View

Published February 17, 2022
East Perth brewers Bright Tank head West to Doubleview. "Where?" you may well ask. Besides offering up opposing – some would say double – views towards Perth city and Scarborough Beach, the growing beer-friendly neighbourhood is home to the brewery's collaborators on this beer, WA Cellar Door, as well as friends St Brigid’s and the Corner Dairy, all three found just 20 minutes from the CBD. For their first collab, the duo on the can's labels gaze upon the sun’s evening arc into… Read more
Style
Tropical Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

WA Cellar Door

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Bright Tank Guava Gose

Published January 15, 2022
In pleasing contrast to some of its more sedate peers, Bright Tank’s midsummer sour arrives ready to take centre stage with gleeful abandon. Head brewer Justin Bishop has confidently added character to the low pH realm with Guava Gose, which features a plump addition of guava – a fruit that tastes like a floral cross between a strawberry and a pear, balancing bright zippiness, and enough surreptitious minerality to aid body and refreshment without overwhelming the fun. The new label’s splash… Read more
Style
Fruit Gose
ABV
3.8%
Stockists

Guava Gose is available from the brewery

And Bright Tank's WA stockists

Bright Tank & Grain Cru Pineapple Cru Hazy

Published October 28, 2021
First impressions are important, especially when a beer is labelled Pineapple Cru Hazy. Luckily, the opening thought upon tasting this collab between Bright Tank and Cellarbrations Carlisle and Victoria Park’s Grain Cru club is: “Wow! That’s a lot of pineapple.” Which is just as it should be with pineapple juice additions and dry hopping with Bru-1, a hop head brewer Justin Bishop describes as, “pineapple, pineapple and more pineapple”. Pouring hazy and, well, pineapple-hued, the fruit… Read more
Style
Pineapple Hazy IPA
ABV
6.6%
Stockists

Available at the brewery

Cellarbrations Victoria Park

Bright Tank NZ Pilsner

Published October 22, 2021
In what’s becoming an annual limited release, Bright Tank’s NZ Pilsner – or is that Pulsner? – draws from classic pilsner stylings before introducing hoppy influences from the land of the long white cloud. For 2021, the light, bready pilsner malt base welcomes the increasingly prevalent Nelson Sauvin to perform a crisp haka, and its influence is bold. Famed white wine, gooseberry and passionfruit notes present, but it’s almost Belgian in expression with lemony tones evoking thoughts of… Read more
Style
NZ Pilsner
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And Bright Tank's WA stockists in limited release

Bright Tank XPA

Published August 12, 2021
Bright Tank’s playful limited release schedule has circled back from the recent Lemon Myrtle Saison and Cacao Porter to their take on the modern Australian pale ale, the XPA. Although not a technically recognised style, XPAs own a space where sessionablity meets New World hops, often with a lighter malt base. As Bright Tank’s head brewer Justin Bishop says: “The XPA does everything you’d expect from the style. There’s a light malt profile with plenty of hop character. It’s designed to… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.5%

Bright Tank & Bonehead & Daniel Loves Beer Into The Sun

Published April 22, 2021
Collaborations have become a firm part of the beer landscape, with all manner of co-conceived creations arriving weekly. The trio of Bright Tank, Bonehead and Perth Perth beerstagrammer Daniel Rootman have launched Trading Places, a series that sees an iconic beer from a brewery brewed at the other, with a certain amount of local flair. Each version was launched at WA’s Froth Town and Victoria’s Brewer’s Feast festivals on the same weekend, omitting the need for a near 3500km road trip as part… Read more
Style
Australian Hazy Pale
ABV
5.9%

Bright Tank Le' Myrtle Farmhouse Ale

Published March 14, 2021
Bright Tank's Le' Myrtle returns the brewery to owner / head brewer Matty Moore’s fondness for farmhouse styles which, for the East Perth brewpub, normally play out in expressive, higher ABV releases, rather than sessionable table beers. Perhaps it’s his energy which has become a liquid conduit between the Wallonian origins and East Perth – whatever the case, Le' Myrtle has presence. Bright native lemon aromas present as hyper-perfumed, almost sherbety confections that continue through the… Read more
Style
Lemon Myrtle Saison
ABV
7.2%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And WA Bright Tank stockists in limited release

Published December 28, 2020
In our end of year trend wrap, we talked about the growing opportunity for beer businesses of all shapes and sizes to partner with specialists to assist with reach and professionalism; within days, Link Juice arrived. Here, Bright Tank have collaborated with their digital agency, PWD, for a double NEIPA which was apparently brewed in a volcano – sure thing, 2020, you’ve been weird enough already. The collaborators scaled up Chalkface Killah and the mango-imbued Troppo Season into a double-digit… Read more
Style
Fruited Double NEIPA
ABV
10.0%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And WA stockists in limited release

Bright Tank Assalted Berry Gose

Published December 3, 2020
Bright Tank’s Assalted sour series continues apace with this drupelet drop. Here, the raspberry grams per litre embellishment keeps proceedings light and breezy, much like the acidity and brine, an approach that renders Assalted Berry the kind of quaffable refresher which needn’t make an orchardist sweat, but which would still slake a day’s toil. Speaking of which, one wonders what a blend of the recent Peach Assalted and this release would taste like. Perhaps it’s a summery combination worth… Read more
Style
Berry Gose
ABV
3.8%

Bright Tank Assalted Peach Gose

Published November 3, 2020
It’s interesting to consider what a brewpub team would have created for a mid-strength beer just five or so years ago. Chances are, it would have looked more like a malt driven Rogers' clone with more hops or some form of light lager – an afterthought at best. Yet, while not the reason for their rise to ubiquity, sours have certainly filled a hole most of us never considered: fruity, tart and highly sessionable beers which happens to be low ABV. As such, in the 20s there would be few breweries… Read more
Style
Peach Gose
ABV
3.8%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And Bright Tank's WA stockists

Bright Tank Hazy Pale

Published October 7, 2020
Bright Tank’s run into lupulin brume was assured with Chalkface Killah, now confidently core range and available in printed cans. As such, many will be interested in Hazy Pale. As is often the case with siblings sat in the shadow of a bigger personality, one can retreat into a corner or present a point of difference; Hazy Pale chooses the latter option. Pouring opaque lemon, there’s similar citrus tones to Chalkface Killah throughout joined by tropical touches which are lighter on the tongue,… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And WA stockists

Bright Tank Little Red Smeg Head IPA

Published September 10, 2020
I’ll get this out of the way early. When handed a canned session version of a Bright Tank fave, all that echoed in my brain for the next few hours was interpolated theme music to Prince’s Little Red Corvette… … ‘Lil Red Smeg Head … Annnnd, you’re welcome. Beyond tenuous 80s innuendo-laden pop references, layered on top of cult 90s English TV show references, there is an actual beer at hand, one with easy-drinking in mind. Light caramel malt and citrus notes feature as lilting bitterness… Read more
Style
Session Red IPA
ABV
3.8%
Stockists

From the brewery and WA stockists in limited release

Bright Tank & Whipper Snapper Distillery Barrel-Aged Stout 2020

Published July 14, 2020
One of the unforeseen gifts of barrel-ageing is the multiple people that a beer touches throughout the process. Indeed, whisky distillers have known this for generations, with many a fine dram the result of someone's toil years prior to release; or there's the world of tequila where agave farmers tend to plants for up to 40 years before use. For Bright Tank’s collaboration with "over the fence" neighbours Whipper Snapper Distillery, the genesis began with former head brewer Jackson Purser… Read more
Style
Whisky Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.5%
Stockists

Available from the brewery and select WA stockists

Bright Tank IIPA

Published May 29, 2020
When their recently canned East Perth Lager arrived, gone was the graff-inspired artwork and in its place arrived a clean aesthetic that echoed the brewery venue itself, while also featuring the long mothballed East Perth power station. Clearly, change was afoot at Bright Tank. Now comes this IIPA, wrapped in the new skin and featuring the nearby Matagarup Bridge, its shape reflecting the black swans that glide below, and the Wagyl, the Noogar Aboriginal serpent which created the Swan River. This… Read more
Style
IIPA
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Available from the brewery and WA stockists

Bright Tank Chalk Face Killah 2020 & Assaulted Mango Gose

Published February 14, 2020
As he prepares to take up the reins at Pirate Life Perth, head brewer Jackson Purser’s parting gift to Bright Tank is a refreshed beer an one that’s, shall we say, having a little rest for a few months. Chalk Face Killah has been around since the brewery opened and, while it's always been tasty, the completely redesigned 2020 release delivers on the promise. During the process the team decided the future of Chalk Face is one featuring hop rotation in order to maximise the expression; or, as… Read more
Style
NEIPA & Fruit Sour
ABV
6.4% & 3.1%
Stockists

Available from the brewery with a launch party on Feb 16

Then selected WA retailers from Feb 17.

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Bright Tank Dank Tank West Coast IPA

Published September 19, 2019
As new head brewer Jackson Purser finds his feet at Bright Tank following his move south from Indian Ocean, the brewery’s toys have started to come into play. The reverse osmosis unit has quickly become a favourite for dialling in exact water profiles to best express each style. And in the case of Dank Tank, part of its dry appeal can be attributed to water chemistry, which may not be super interesting for most drinkers but is when it comes to delivering the beer's very tight outcome, something… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.4%
Stockists

Available now from the brewery, with limited amounts hitting taps at select WA venues.

Bright Tank Big Red Smeg Head Red IIPA

Published July 10, 2019
Bright Tank’s limited release program continues apace with hip hop and science fiction related pop culture references seemingly the only anchor. Presumably, Wu Tang Clan playing Comic-Con would be the team's dream release party or, in this beer's case, Smeg and the Heads, given the allusion to cult British TV show Red Dwarf. Pouring a dark amber/rust colour, grapefruit and lime are prominent with the malt bill supplying caramel, melonidian characters and some toast. Near 8 percent ABV booze provides… Read more
Style
Red IIPA
ABV
7.8%
Stockists

Available in limited release from the brewery and WA stockists

Bright Tank & Brew U Snob Bait

Published June 15, 2019
Bright Tank’s zeitgeist dabbling continues to see the urban brewery move further away from owner Matt Moore’s beloved saisons. Here the East Perth operation have partnered with the brew on premise, craft home brew team Brew U. With commercial brewing aspirations themselves, Snob Bait’s concept was built around an old school lime ice cream in honour of the ascendant amateur John Stocky’s birthday, while the name is a pithy play on – and at – a WA based beer group. As Matt says, laughing:… Read more
Style
Milkshake IPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

Available from the brewery and select WA retailers

Bright Tank Assalted Passionfruit Gose & Troppo Season Double NEIPA

Published May 3, 2019
April has been a busy month for Bright Tank with cans flying out of the East Perth brewery at a rate of knots. Among them is the Assalted Passionfruit Gose, brewed in collaboration with Rocky Ridge (well, there is a y in the day) and featuring fresh passionfruit purée in the fermenter and a healthy dose of black Himalayan salt to boot. As you'd expect, the beer is a thirst-quencher ideal for warmer weather – so it's lucky Perth is experiencing a later winter this year – in which salty and sour… Read more
Style
Gose & Double NEIPA
ABV
3.8% & 7.7%
Stockists

Available from Bright Tank Brewery, GABS festivals and leading liquor stores in Perth

Bright Tank Alelagersaurus

Published April 29, 2019
As the eagle-eyed among you may already have deduced, this canned release from Perth's Bright Tank Brewing is a hybrid. And what makes it so? Well, they've taken the sort of malt and hop bill that would typically be used in an IPA then cold fermented it with a lager rather than ale yeast to create the sort of finish you'd expect from a lager. It is a style that is very much open for experimentation and open to interpretation too. For this creation, brewery co-founder Matt Moore decided to showcase… Read more
Style
IPL
ABV
6.5%

Bright Tank Chalkface Killah

Published March 6, 2019
In contrast to the Michelin star stylings of the brewery’s home, there is one thing that’s becoming very clear about Bright Tanks beer release program: Matty Moore like hip hop. A lot. Mos Def featured on the first can release and, for the brewery’s third, Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah gets some affection as well as the noting the beer style’s chalk-like mouthfeel. In terms of its haze, Chalkface leans more misty IPA than juicy NEIPA. El Dorado and Galaxy hops drive proceedings with… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.4%

Bright Tank Stoned Fruit Brut IPA

Published March 5, 2019
While Stoned Brut IPA’s equivoque plays out on the can art, the “let’s put everything that’s happening in brewing right now into one beer” sensibility resides within. This zeitgeist-pilfering limited release plays with kettle souring, fruit puree adjuncts, New World dry-hopping and 2018’s ascendant IPA style. Heck, this only needs a vial of kveik, another of London Fog III and some lactose to summarise modern brewing at the tail end of the twenty-teens. Apparently, this is what we asked… Read more
Style
Sour Fruit Brut IPA
ABV
5.1%

Bright Tank Hitchhiker Galaxy Session Pale Ale

Published February 15, 2019
Matt Moore is in a happy place. Not only does Hitchhiker represent the debut canned release from the East Perth brewery, it also seamlessly weaves together his love of hip hop (check Mos Def on the label), Douglas Adams' classic novel and beer from his own brewery. It’s a quartet that may well contain the answers to the universe but for many it’s more likely to be an enjoyable session beer. True to its name, Galaxy hops ring clearly throughout, most notably in the passionfruit and pineapple… Read more
Style
Session Pale Ale
ABV
4.7%