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On the Hops
Liquor Barons Craft Beer Guide

Every two weeks, 8 to 10 Liquor Barons store owners, managers and craft beer experts meet to taste masked lineups of the freshest most exciting craft beers being released right now. The Panel whittled these beers down to the top six which are featured in each issue of On the Hops. 

These beers are selected because they are the best of the best and it’s our hope that you’ll try, and learn something new.

Paul Russel | International Beer Shop 

Six beers selected by an expert panel comprised of retailers, beer judges and beer lovers from extensive masked tastings, to bring you the best and freshest every edition.

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Grab a mixed six pack - one of each of our featured brews for only $24.99

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Cheeky Monkey West Coast IPA
(6.5% abv)

India Pale Ale includes a range of sub-styles, as the current flood of juicy, hazy, low-bitterness New England (NEIPA) variants makes apparent. The ‘West Coast’ version typically reins in its malt base to showcase the array of aromatics and flavours, and bitterness, that a ‘shedload’ of hops can bring to the table. They are solid brews, and Margaret River’s Cheeky Monkey have used a sizeable trio of American hop varieties – Cascade, Amarillo and Mosaic – to deliver bold citrus-and-tropical-fruit, orange-zest, and pine-needle characters, with that required whack of bitterness and a toasty malt backbone playing a supporting role. Cheeky and classy.

$5.99 can | $22.99 4pk

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Nail MVP Session Ale
(3.4% abv)

Drinking mid-strength beer was once a matter of sacrificing mouthfeel and flavour for the benefits of lower alcohol. Thankfully, a host of Australian craft-brewers have sought to address that long-accepted compromise; none better than Perth’s own Nail Brewing and the award-winning MVP Session Ale. Yeast in suspension sees the beer pour a hazy gold, and adds body, while Galaxy hops deliver a well-rounded citrus and tropical fruit character – and a refreshing hit of bitterness. It’s all class for all afternoon; no wonder MVP picked up the ‘Best Reduced / Low Alcohol Beer’ trophy at the 2018 Australian International Beer Awards.

$4.50 can | $14.99 4pk

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Boston Brewing Afterglose Raspberry Gose
(4.5% abv)

Sour wheat beers are ideal thirst quenchers for our summer months, and this Great Southern (Denmark) brewery gets the German ‘Gose’ style so, so right. Boston’s Afterglose pours with a hazy pink blush and healthy effervescence, and offers a hit of fresh, almost sugar-sweet, raspberry on the nose. On the palate, though, that fruit sweetness is perfectly balanced by the style’s trademark lactic tartness, with the traditional prickle of added salt contributing to a splendidly dry finish. A high proportion of wheat malt is also traditional and apparent in this fine brew; a Gose that’s right at home in WA.

$5.99 can | $29.99 6pk

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Otherside Harvest Red Ale
(5.4% abv)

Otherside Brewing looks set for exponential growth in 2019, but it’s been the venture’s earlier, more methodical steps forward that have led to this point. Harvest Red Ale was the first beer in the brewery’s limited-release ‘Pilot Series’, and it didn’t take long for its distinctive, even nourishing, blend of melon-and-citrus hop characters and caramel malts – delivering raisin, plum and sweeter grainy notes – to find an audience. The Red was, and still is, a brew that’s both artisanal and approachable, and has become a reliable lynchpin in the Otherside core range; while the ‘Pilot Series’ continues to create what’s next.

$5.50 can | $18.99 4pk

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Beer Farm IPL - India Pale Lager
(5.2% abv) 

Almost every year, the craft beer intelligentsia proclaims an imminent ‘craft lager’ boom that never seems to come. It’s understandable that recent converts – still haunted by the ghosts of a mass-produced past – might be resistant to such notions, but styles such as the IPL offer a way forward for the lager family. Beer Farm’s brewers have beautifully integrated the hopping schedule of an IPA with the clean, crisp, sparkling drinkability that only a bottom-fermenting yeast, and time, can produce. Vibrant citrus and stone fruit characters roll into subtle malt notes and a firm bitterness, making it a lager to love.

$5.50 can | $18.99 4pk

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Black Brewing Pale Ale
(5.5% abv) 

Most Australian craft-brewers would regard an American-style Pale Ale as an essential part of their stable, and there’s good reason for that. Eighteen-plus years after Little Creatures first opened its doors, most of us can appreciate the classic style’s clean, fruity, hop-forward characters and superb drinkability – which is exactly what you’ll find in Black Brewing’s revamped Pale. The beer’s citrus and pine-needle aromatics immediately grab your attention, with malt support – including a touch of spice from rye malt – providing good balance across the palate. A moderate bitterness wraps up an ever-so-tidy and very approachable brew from this Margaret River mainstay.

$5.50 can | $18.99 4pk

You'll find on the hops craft beers at these stores

Liquor Barons Ballajura
Ballajura Shopping Ctr Illawarra Cres
P: 08 9249 5522 

Liquor Barons Boyanup
Lot 17, South Western Highway
P: 08 9731 5781 

Liquor Barons Bull Creek
Parry Place Shopping Centre,
110 Parry Ave P: 08 9332 8612 

Liquor Barons Bunbury
Cnr Victoria & Wellington Street
P: 08 9721 4533 

Liquor Barons Carlisle
88 Bishopgate Street
P: 08 9361 1335 

Liquor Barons Claremont
12 Ashton Avenue
P: 08 9384 6458 

Liquor Barons Connolly
Country Club Boulevard
P: 08 9300 1400 

Liquor Barons Duncraig
8 Burragah Way
P: 08 9243 6681 

Liquor Barons East Fremantle
48 George Street
P: 08 9339 3037 

Liquor Barons Ellenbrook
20 Sunray Circle
P: 08 9297 1083 

Liquor Barons Esperance
95 Dempster Street
P: 08 9071 1854

Liquor Barons Greenwood
Greenwood Village, Calectasia St
P: 08 9447 6413 

Liquor Barons Herdsman
Shop 5, 1 Flynn Street
P: 08 9387 4222 

Liquor Barons Hillarys
Shop 17B, 110 Flinders Avenue
P: 08 9401 2999 

Liquor Barons Jolimont
24 Cardigan Terrace
P: 08 9387 3226 

Liquor Barons Leederville
256 Oxford Street P: 08 9444 1850 

Liquor Barons Lesmurdie
Lesmurdie Village, Sanderson Rd
P: 08 9291 6194 

Liquor Barons Marmion
Shop 16, 19 Sheppard Way
P: 08 9447 8438 

Liquor Barons Morley
158 Wellington Road
P: 08 9276 1911 

Liquor Barons Mosman Park
2A Stuart Street
P: 08 9384 2804 

Liquor Barons Mt Hawthorn
27 Green Street
P: 08 9444 2097 

Liquor Barons Northam
117 Fitzgerald Street
P: 08 9622 1120 

Liquor Barons Ocean Reef
Ocean Reef Shopping Ctr, Marina Blvd
P: 08 9307 6487 

Liquor Barons Perth City
847 Wellington Street, West Perth
P: 08 9321 7423 

Liquor Barons Port Hedland
23 Anderson St
P: 08 9173 2445 

Liquor Barons Port Mandurah
5 -10 Old Coast Road, Halls Head
P: 08 9581 2100 

Liquor Barons Seascapes Mandurah
141 Boardwalk Boulevard
P: 08 9534 8486 

Liquor Barons South Perth Angelo St
82B Angelo Street
P: 08 9367 1103 

Liquor Barons Farmer Jacks Subiaco
Crossways Shopping Ctr - Cnr Bagot & Rokeby Roads
P: 08 9381 3845 

Liquor Barons Swanbourne
103 Claremont Crescent
P: 08 9384 2111 

Liquor Barons Wembley Downs
11 Bournemouth Crescent
P: 08 9245 2484 

Liquor Barons Wokalup
Lot 67, South Western Highway
P: 08 9729 3088 

Please Note: On the Hops - Issue #1 runs from 1 March to 30 April 2019.
While stocks last. Pictures for Illustration purposes only.
Prices may vary in country areas. Some products available only at selected stores.