By Tam Allenby, Assistant Editor Beer & Brewer
Feral Brewing Company’s latest Brewpub Series release – its 7.5 per cent Imperial Red IPA called Fantapants – will now be bottled and available in select independent liquor stores and venues across Australia from early March.
Feral’s nationwide IPA showcase is a tribute to the growing demand for IPA’s in the Australian craft beer market, as evidenced in the recent GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beer Poll in which 24 of the beers were IPA’s.
“Who would have thought we would have venues knocking down our door to showcase 16+ of our IPA’s on tap at one time,” says Feral’s National Sales Manager, Steve Finney. “The consumer is far more adventurous than five or even two years ago.
“Hop Hog has morphed into what we now consider a big American style Pale Ale. 90 per cent of consumers still consider Hop Hog to be a very challenging beer, but with time and the evolution of our consumer’s palates, we are now able to brew, release and sell bolder, hoppier, dryer, higher ABV IPA’s.”
Feral’s IPA showcase begins on February 23 in WA, and in the eastern states a week later on March 2.
The Brewpub Series bottles and brings some of Feral’s unique and small batch brews (which might usually be available only at their flagship Swan Valley brewery and a few of Australia’s top beer venues) into the hand of the consumer.
Stockists and dates for the wider release of Fantapants (available in 330ml glass bottles) will be announced on Feral’s website
The Feral IPA Showcase Tap Takeover Venues are:
Thursday February 23
- WA – Caboose, Mt Lawley
Thursday 2nd March
- SA – NOLA Bar, Adelaide
- SA – Westside Massive, Semaphore
- VIC – Carwyn Cellars, Thornbury
- NSW – Royal Albert Hotel, Surry Hills
- TAS – The Winston, Hobart
- TAS – New Sydney Hotel, Hobart
- QLD – Brewhouse Brisbane, Woolloongabba