What’s not to like about a week that includes the release of two premium Irish whiskeys, the latest Penfolds Grange, Coopers 2020 Vintage Ale and a new recipe for Little Creatures IPA?
Master Distiller Darryl McNally from The Dublin Liberties Distillery visited Australia this week to launch two new drops to the market: Oak Devil 5-Year-Old Irish Whiskey and Copper Alley 10-Year-Old Irish Whiskey.
SouthTrade International’s Jon Prew noted: “Following the great uptake of The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, we are thrilled to add these two new liquids to our diverse and growing portfolio of local and international Whiskies. These new drops are daring, full of a rich and rife story, deriving from an iconic location that is overflowing with unique heritage – creating liquid gold. Darryl’s visit to our shores shows how committed he is to helping us grow the Dublin Irish Whiskey sector here.”
Little Creatures IPA has been updated with a new US West Coast-inspired recipe.
Russ Gosling, Head Brewer at Little Creatures Fremantle said: “The new recipe is a modern take on the West Coast IPA style,” he said. “We’ve used lighter malts and a compilation of freshly imported US hops to produce delicious spicy, tropical, stone fruit and citrus flavours while still retaining Little Creatures’ signature and distinctive bitterness.”
The new Little Creatures IPA is available on tap at select venues nationally and in store from leading retailers around the country. RRP is $82/24-case and $28/6-pack.
Barley grown in the Murray Mallee of South Australia and a new combination of hops are key features of Coopers 2019 Vintage Ale.
Coopers Vintage Ales traditionally are strongly driven by hop selection, and the 2019 version continues this theme by highlighting Mosaic, an American hop variety that has become one of the favourites of the craft beer world since its release in 2012.
Like all Coopers ales, the 2019 Vintage Ale undergoes secondary fermentation and natural conditioning. Coopers 2019 Vintage Ale retains an alcohol level of 7.5% ABV.
Coopers 2019 Vintage Ale is priced from around $90 per carton, or around $30 per six pack of 355 ml bottles.
Penfolds has released its 2019 collection, including the 65th successive and latest bottling of Australia’s most famous wine Penfolds Grange.
The 2015 vintage used a blend of fruit from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Magill Estate vineyards and is priced at $900 a bottle.
Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago said: “This is an old-school Grange.
“Not old-school like the imposing, tannic wines from vintages like 75 or the 83, but still a wine built on the darker, broodier characters delivered by a great vintage like 2015. It’s Christian Bale’s Batman, not Adam West’s.”