The BBQ is the cornerstone of Aussies culture. It’s the great leveler and a great place to check in on a mate with a sang in hand and some suds like this.
Origin – Myaree, Western Australia
Size- 375mL can
Style- Double IPA
It was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius just over half a century ago, as Baby Boomers in the prime of their life hit the road in their VW bugs with nothing but a tent and some hash cookies. They were bound for a festival which billed itself as three days of peace and music. Somewhere around half a million turned up to the remote dairy farm in upstate New York on August 15, 1969. Some made love, others made money, and together they made a little history. There was nothing to compare with Woodstock in Australia until the arrival of the Sunbury rock festival, held on a farm north of Melbourne in 1972. It was 72 hours of music and mayhem that would get things rolling for many of today's local jam jamborees such as Spender In The Grass.
Though plenty of grand plans have been hatched at such festivals over the years, few come to fruition once the 'induced inspiration' has worn off. Not so the idea concocted by Dave Chitty and James Legge, the two mates who decided to 'bottle this feeling’ at their own music festival a little more than three years ago and label it Otherside Brew. Since inception, Otherside has grown from a one-off beer brewed for a few music festivals to a brand with two breweries and a reputation for crafting some of the WA's most creative and experimental drops. But it's in their new digs, the 550 seat capacity concert hall and microbrewery, aptly named Freo.Social where head brewer Rhys Lopez has fulfilled Dave and James' original vision – a rotation of creative releases, experimentals and single batch beers brewed fresh every week for festival-goers.
It’s where you’ll find on tap the likes of the Grapefruit & Citrus Anthem and this Headliner IIPA. The perfect drop for taking in the soulful sounds of regular headliners such as Gomez or Alex Lloyd, this IIPA is far more mellow than the 8% ABV would suggest. Juicy rather than hazy, the hop combination of Citra, Mosaic, Idaho 7 and Strata delivers a blend of pine, passionfruit, citrus and mango that sits on a bedrock of dank. The sweet malt mouthfeel is balanced by a firm bitterness that never overpowers and a fine, drying carbonation.
With festival beers this good, who needs hash cookies!