On the Hops #3
Liquor Barons Craft Beer Guide

Winter is here, but that’s no reason to put your beer drinking on the back-burner. Red wine and spirits come into their own, as does the darker end of the beer spectrum - including the Belgian Dubbel, Black IPA, Porter and Stout selected by the beer panel in our latest round of blind tastings. We’re especially pleased to squeeze a classic Belgian Abbey Ale into this six-pack; we dearly hope it inspires further exploration of that country’s marvellous monastic-brewing traditions. Add two more beers that would impress in any season, and On The Hops Edition #3 stands extra tall!

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.


Liquor Barons’ On the Hops #3 craft brew tasting pack: Black Ale, Shark Eye Stout, Brune, Double IPL, Fuzz Box & Robust Porter  $29.99


Nail Brewing
Clout Stout - VERY LIMITED RELEASE (12.3% abv)

From its lengthy brewing process to its lavish 750ml bottle-in-a-box presentation, Nail’s Clout Stout is a VERY special beer. Almost 3000kg of malt deliver richness, sumptuous chocolate-and-coffee characters, and, like a good red wine, Clout will reward at least one year of ageing. It’s a perfect brew for celebrating and an Imperial Stout to celebrate.

$79.99 ea


Brune (8.0% abv)

Belgium is truly the spiritual home of artisanal beer, with many of the country’s unique styles developed by monastic orders for sustenance and trading currency. Maredsous Abbey was one such Benedictine producer and its Brune, or Bruin (aka ‘Brown’), is a dark Abbey Ale that’s driven by malt and - as is the case with many Belgian brews - a particularly expressive yeast strain. Caramel and toffee are immediately apparent on the nose, with notes of chocolate, toast, rum and dark fruits (raisins, prunes, plums etc.) revealing a sublime complexity with every sip. Indeed, there may be higher powers at work here.

$21.99 4pk


Garage Project
Fuzz Box (5.8% abv)

New Zealand’s Garage Project is no stranger to ‘next-level’ craft beer, so the exceptional merits of this fine brew shouldn’t come as a surprise. Even so, when a ‘Fuzzy Pale Ale’ leaves a solid field of New England IPA’s in its wake, it’s hard not to marvel at the Wellington brewery’s commitment to pushing boundaries and punchy flavours. Galaxy, Nelson and Mosaic hops deliver intoxicating tropical-fruit aromas and a mango-lime juice-bomb for the palate, with low bitterness giving all that hazy hop character a vibrancy and length that dazzles the tastebuds. This is the Fuzz Boss!

$24.99 4pk


Double IPL (7.8% abv)

First released for Beerfarm’s third birthday, this ‘Double’ take on the brewery’s India Pale Lager (IPL) was one of the best WA craft beers of 2018. Now it’s back for a limited time, again combining the relatively light body and clean, crisp finish of a strong lager with an amplified, Imperial IPA-ish hit of stone-fruit, citrus and even herbal hop characters. Malt is restrained but alcohol provides a touch of sweetness, while an addition of rye malt delivers a delicious spiciness that lingers beyond the beer’s firm bitterness; seriously smart brewing that’s both bold and refined. Welcome back!

$42.99 4pk


Pirate Life Brewing Co.
Black Ale (5.8% abv)

The Black India Pale Ale style has been a craft-brewing contradiction from the start - a beer that’s both ‘Black’ and ‘Pale’?! Obviously not. Instead, these are brews that combine a solid foundation of dark malts with the serious hopping regimes of new-world IPA’s; a dynamic integration of aromas and flavours that Pirate Life has totally nailed with its Black Ale. Malty cocoa, caramel and chocolate is interwoven with hoppy citrus and resin on the nose, uniting to deliver notes of chocolate-orange, coffee-roast and toasty bitterness on the palate. A beer so smart it even sidesteps its own oxymorons.

$26.99 6pk


Boston Brewing Co.
Shark Eye Stout (5.6% abv)

Another very approachable winter beer, this one coming from those quiet achievers at Boston Brewing - located just outside Denmark on WA’s south coast. At 5.6% abv, Shark Eye is a medium-bodied oatmeal stout that puts roasted barley front-and-centre; pouring jet black and boasting assertive espresso-coffee aromatics, with dark chocolate malt appearing in a supporting role and a hint of liquorice bite. Those cockle-warming characters continue onto the oatmeal-infused palate, accompanied by a vanillin note acquired from time in oak and a firm bitterness to balance all those malts. It’s just a damn good beer.

$26.99 6pk


Colonial Brewing Co.
Robust Porter (6.0% abv)

Colonial’s winter seasonal is an ideal gateway brew for the Porter novice, delivering its bounty of dark-and-roasted malts with smooth, beautifully-balanced aplomb. The beer pours a deep mahoganybrown and offers up the style’s trademark aromas of nuts, dark chocolate, caramel and coffee, along with a twist of tropical fruit from Australian-grown Ella hops. Those sweet malt characters roll onto the palate but are softened by the creamy presence of rolled oats, before classic old-world - Hallertau and Hersbrucker - hops deliver the vital counterpoint of bitterness and a hint of spice. Robust, refined and utterly approachable.

$24.99 6pk

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 #3 runs from 1 July to 31 August 2019.
While stocks last. Pictures for Illustration purposes only.
Prices may vary in country areas. Some products available only at selected stores.