They were far from the first WA retailer to get in on the act of collaboration, but since starting the team at Copper & Oak have proven to be among the most eager. Here, they enlisted the help of cross-river pals Otherside to bring punters a vivacious, imperial spin on a classic Euro pilsner.
Landing somewhere between a standard pils and a Belgian tripel in terms of demeanour, Primo Pils is a beer centred almost entirely around malt and yeasty esters: clean and creamy on the palate, with a big ester profile that's apt for the borderline decadent malt character. All the classic pilsner malt offerings are turned up to ten here – breadiness, biscuit and sweet, gritty malt – which is pretty much a necessity against the persistent sweetness. The hop character is subdued but all the better for showcasing the yeast-derived pepper, anise and fruity compounds. The 8.2 percent ABV is sizeable, but the MO is slow sipping.
It makes Primo Pils an interesting and distinctive take on the pilsner category: on the one hand entirely familiar, while also original within the same tin.
The Myaree brewers have also been busy with an Oaked Sabro IPA, one plush with Sabro-coco and quercus vanilla and enough bitterness to remain in the more classic hoppy realm. Although lesser seen, the oaked IPA offers a delicious twist on a classic style.
But it is the festive season, and this year Otherside’s annual Season’s Greetings release gets an all-Citra makeover in collaboration with Mane Liquor. Pouring opaque yellow gold, SG is all juicebox orange and mango, with a balanced yet slightly sweet profile.
Published December 15, 2022 2022-12-15 00:00:00