Rocky Ridge & Friends Retro Beer Fest Collabs

Various Styles As Indicated
8.5% & 7.0% & 6.5% & 5.0% & 8.0%

Retro Beer Fest went down as one of the greats within the 2022 Australian craft beer calendar – a festival where the brewers not on colluded to produce a great time at Rocky Ridge HQ, but also on the creation of five collab beers, including an all-in, cross-border, 18 brewery effort.

That beer is Herding Cats, a triple dry-hopped DIPA featuring a shopping list of hops including Wakatu, Strata, Meridian, Zamba, Sativa, NZH 101, NZH 107 & Lorien atop a medium body. Rich, fragrant hop character dominates alongside a firm bitterness and overripe stonefruits.

Continuing in the hoppy realm is Staved and Confused, a seldom-seen oaked WCIPA with classic stylings. A persistent bitterness presents as warming against sweet oak that also yields sweet vanilla, light spice and fresh cut wood. A pale disposition keeps things approachable, while the 7 percent ABV and some sweetness lingers after each sip.

Party Of Five is one for hotheads rather than hopheads: a mango, lime and habanero sour in which a medium body carries sweet and sour tropical fruits, citrus, and a gently-building heat. New Zealand pils Crispy Concords also features in the quintet, landing at a modest 5 percent ABV and featuring organic Motueka hops, German specialty malts, and a clean lager yeast. It dabbles in the world of IPA with its vibrant hop character, delivered in combination with a clean but piercing bitterness.

Finishing large and we have Big Bobby Beedus, a dense chocolate and coffee breakfast stout that features a stack of specialty malts providing layers of malty complexity, plus a kick of chocolate from fresh cocoa husks and freshly-cracked coffee beans. Dense and with a thick body, this "breakfast of champions" celebrates opulence with chocolate, coffee and sweetness all shining as one.

Retro Beer Fest was a hit with punters in WA, particularly those of the South West, and now beer fans from further afield can get a taste of the fun too.

Jono Outred

Published December 20, 2022

Rocky Ridge Brewing Co

10 Marine Terrace
WA 6280

Open Hours

Mon to Thurs: 11am to 7pm
Fri & Sat: 11am to 8pm
Sunday: 11am to 7pm

Fermentis SafLager E-30

More from Rocky Ridge Brewing Co

Rocky Ridge & Friends Seven Deadly Tins
Various Styles As Indicated
ABVs As Indicated
Rocky Ridge x ShockOne OA
West Coast IPA
Rocky Ridge Seeing Purple
Hazy Double IPA
Rocky Ridge Sh*t Show Supervisor & Oh, Behave!
Hazy IIPA & Fruited Sour
8.5% & 5.5%
Rocky Ridge Karlvana Pacific Northwest IPA
Pacific Northwest IPA
Rocky Ridge Pine Time Forest Floor IPA
West Coast IPA
Rocky Ridge Rock Juice V12
Imperial IPA
Rocky Ridge Chunky Dates, DB '23 & Razzmatazz
Various Stouts As Indicated
12.5% & 10.0% & 5.5%
Rocky Ridge's June 2023 Sextet
Various Styles As Indicated
Various ABVs As Indicated
Rocky Ridge's Stouty, Hoppy, Harvesty Sextet
Various Styles As Indicated
11.0% & 5.5% & 8.0% & 4.4% & 8.5% & 6.0%
Rocky Ridge X Mr West West & Wester IPAs
West Coast IPA & West Coast DIPA
6.0% & 8.0%
Rocky Ridge Polskie Pivo, Ra Ra Raspberry, Tropicale & Ice Ranga
Various Styles As Indicated
4.5% & 8.5% & 3.5% & 5.2%
Rocky Ridge's Latest Septet
Styles As Indicated
ABVS As Indicated
Rocky Ridge Rock Juice v11
Triple IPA
Rocky Ridge's January 2023 Quintet
Various Styles As Indicated
6.5% & 4.5% & 12.0% & 5.55 & 6.4%
Rocky Ridge Rock Candy
Fruit Sour
Rocky Ridge's November 2022 Quartet
Pineapple Gose & Session IPA, West Coast IPA & Triple IPA
4.5% & 4.5% & 5.8% & 10.5%
Rocky Ridge's October 2022 Quartet
Various Styles As Indicated
6.0% & 4.0% & 7.0% & 4.5%
Rocky Ridge California Stars & Holy Sh*t I'm A Dad Again
California IPA & Witbier
7.0% & 4.2%
Rocky Ridge's Froth Town 2022 Six
Various Styles
As Indicated