On the Hops #2
Liquor Barons Craft Beer Guide

The Liquor Barons Beer Panel rides again, presenting six more stand-out picks from hours of ‘rigorous’ blind-tasting! We were mindful of the changing seasons and the added appeal of darker, more malt-forward options, but these are the brews that really hit the mark; in terms of being exceptional representatives of style and, essentially, just really great drinking. NEIPA’s may continue to be ‘beer of the moment’, but we’d encourage you to head off the beaten beer-track, starting with the On The Hops six-pack!

Cheers & Good Beers,
Anthony Williams | Independent Beer Writer

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.


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

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Green Beacon
3 Bolt Pale Ale (4.5% abv)

Balance is key when it comes to Pale Ale, and Green Beacon gets the malt-hops equilibrium just right with 3 Bolt. The beer’s aromatics introduce the synergy of grainy, bready malts and tropical-fruit hop characters (pine, passionfruit, mango), with those hops taking an American-style lead and pale malt providing essential support. The pair’s seamless routine continues onto the palate, before old-world bittering hops cut a moderate, slightly-spicy swathe across the dancefloor… er, tastebuds! Dodgy TV show analogies aside, this Brisbane-based crafty nails the brief and deserves high marks for pairing accomplished flavour and drinkability.

$4.99 can | $16.99 4pk

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New Belgium
Fat Tire Belgian White (5.2% abv)

Pierre Celis resurrected the Belgian Wheat Beer, or Witbier, with Hoegaarden in the 1960’s, and New Belgium have absolutely nailed the style for 2019. The Colorado (US) collective sticks with tradition and crafts a cloudy pale-gold brew that truly zings; an addition of fresh Seville Orange peel teaming up with the lightly-creamy mouthfeel and lemony-citrus tang of raw wheat, oats and yeast. There’s malt sweetness supporting that fruitiness too. Coriander notes, yeast spice, and tartness, provide the style’s trademark dry, spicy, refreshing finish. Seamless, superb, and an impressive new spin for a Belgian classic.

$4.99 can | $16.99 4pk

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Little Creatures
XPA (4.9% abv)

The ‘XPA’ - or ‘eXtra Pale Ale’ - is yet to be defined as a style, but generally denotes a beer that sits somewhere between a Pale Ale and an IPA. We’re talking more pronounced hop characters than a Pale, combined with lower bitterness and less alcohol of an IPA; and that’s certainly what Little Creatures have delivered with its latest release. Late additions of Galaxy, Mosaic and Citra hops - aka ‘dry hopping’ - imbue a simple malt base with elegant tropical-fruit, citrus and pine aromatics, adding the all-important ‘X’ factor to a clean, smart, subtly seductive and very approachable brew.

$3.99 bottle | $19.99 6pk

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Red Ale (6% abv)

Consider, for a moment, that the orange-red-copper glow of autumn leaves are a signal to start exploring the darker realms of the beer spectrum. You’ll arrive at Red Ales well before you approach Stout territory.This American-style local is an exceptional advocate for the scrumptious, ‘wholemeal loaf’ qualities of specialty malts. In this brew, it’s Carared and Munich malts that impart delicious toffee-caramel and toasty notes, with liberal doses of Citra hops, providing a counterpoint of moderate bitterness and citrusy aromatics. It’s beautifully balanced at 6% abv, and is Nail’s perfect intro to autumnal imbibing.

$4.99 can | $17.99 4pk

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Garage Project
DFA IPA (7.5% abv)

‘DFA’ - ‘Demus Favorem Amori’ - a new name for an old favourite from one of New Zealand’s finest. Garage Project takes a chef-like approach to its beer recipes, and this India Pale Ale is infused with the South-East-Asian influences of mango, Vietnamese mint, lime and chilli. Centennial, Amarillo and Citra hops bring a classic citrus hit on the nose, but there’s no denying those aromatic hints of mint and lime; just as the mango joins a classic IPA palate, and firm bitterness reveals a dash of chilli heat. DFA - ‘we choose to stand for love’. Love. This. Beer.

$7.99 can | $26.99 4pk

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Bad Shepherd
Hazelnut Brown Ale (5.9% abv)

Victoria’s Bad Shepherd Brewing might be relative newcomers here in WA, but this fine Brown Ale suggests we roll out the ‘Welcome’ mat posthaste. Why? Just get a hit of the intoxicating hazelnut, vanilla and chocolate aromatics that rise from the glass - Wow! Indulge your tastebuds with more of those hazelnut, vanilla and chocolate characters; accompanied by earthy notes of Maris Otter malt and a spirited addition of Frangelico - Yum! Admire the beer’s mahogany hue, smooth mouthfeel and dry, clean finish, and grab another - Yes please!

$5.99 bottle | $19.99 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 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 #2 runs from 1st May to 30 June 2019.
While stocks last. Pictures for Illustration purposes only.
Prices may vary in country areas. Some products available only at selected stores.