BREWERIES // Perth on Australia's west coast is a long way from anywhere so people there have a pretty DIY attitude. It's the most remote city of its size on Earth being closer to Jakarta than the east coast Australian centres that are nearer New Zealand than Perth. So it's no surprise that the region was the birthplace of good beer in Australia with breweries such as Little Creatures (now owned by Kirin) opening up over 20 years ago. Otherside started life with a one-off beer contract brewed for a music festival. Co-Founder David Chitty comes from a music festival background and a colourful festival vibe runs through their beers with the core range being perfectly honed sessionable quaffers and their limited seasonal 'Experimental' range being where the freaky stuff happens. Their Fremantle brewery was formerly a convict garden (I'm not sure I want to know what that was) and their brewery bar sounds like an awesome place to spend an afternoon in the sunshine.
BEER // It's not easy to brew a beer like this. Anyone can chuck some coffee and tonka beans into a stout and create something delicious but a clean, flavoursome, low-ish alcohol beer is a real brewing challenge. Their Festive Ale (geddit?) was Otherside's inaugural release and does exactly what they intended - it's a well crafted beer that becomes part of an experience rather than the focus of conversation. It's a beer than could be drunk throughout an afternoon without you getting bored. It's got a medium body with some lovely tropical citrus hop character and a clean finish.
We have a few Otherside beers in stock that are moving quickly as we make room for imminent imports over the coming weeks. Grab a bargain HERE.
BREWERIES // Otherside
BEER // Festive Ale
STYLE // Session Ale
ORIGIN // Fremantle, WA
ABV // 4.2%
TEMPERATURE // Cold
FOOD MATCH // Chips. Deep Fried Cookie dough balls coated in waffle batter. Fried mozzarella sticks. Bao Buns
VESSEL // Lager Glass. The Can. Whatever