White Lies Brewing – taking taps without deceit


October 23, 2014 by 250 Beers

Deception is an awful trait. It’s not terribly nice to tell fibs or be fibbed to. Nobody likes a liar, liar pants on fire.

What about little white lies? They’re ok once in a while aren’t they? It depends who you ask I suppose. My response would be in the affirmative because I’d assume you’d be talking about a different kind of ‘little white lies’. Perhaps you’d be alluding to that small brewery out Pullenvale way – White Lies Brewing Company.

White lies brewingQueenslander Lee McAlister-Smiley – having brewed beer at home for the past 12 years – has secured a commercial licence for his rather awesome 2.8hl home set-up and is now realising a dream. Lee’s White Lies Hefeweizen (4.8%) and Amber (4.8%) have been regulars on tap at Seven Stones restaurant in Enoggera for some time with Moda in Brisbane’s CBD also jumping on board by stocking the Hefe in 750ml bottles.

Lee was kind enough to welcome me into his brewery recently which doubles as the most magnificent man-cave I’ve ever seen complete with leather sofa and suspended flat screen tv…plus a separate cool room. That’s not a typo. I didn’t mean pool room. Lee has a large purpose-built cool room at home for his kegs. It was from one of those kegs that I sampled the never-been-seen-before American IPA (6.5%).

Previous tasters of the Hefe and the Amber proved that Lee is every bit worthy of his Graduate Certificate in Brewing. Both were superb and I started to understand why White Lies has been a permanent fixture at Seven Stones. The Amber in particular stood out with notes of bitter mandarin balanced exceptionally well with sweet characteristics synonymous with crystal malt.

The IPA? It simply blew me away. I enjoy hoppy American IPAs as much as the next guy and Lee’s creation fulfilled my craving for bitter and beyond. Hopped with Citra and Cascade and dry-hopped with Galaxy and Cascade, the IPA provides huge hits of passionfruit and lemon grass up front with that lingering bitterness that I find myself on the hunt for so frequently.

My visit was complete after trying the White Lies Chocolate Stout (5.0%) which is bursting with roasted chocolate. It’s sweetness is subtle and the beer is not too dry. There’s a light smokiness to it too which accentuates every other aspect. ‘Decadent’ says the bottle labels and decadent it is.

For the first time in the short history of White Lies Brewing, Lee will see his living dream evolve one step further tomorrow evening as White Lies takes the taps at The Retro Bar in Kenmore. All four of the core range will feature and entry is free.

No plans tomorrow? Go check ’em out from 7.30pm.

The Retro Bar, 2071 Moggill Road, Kenmore.


4 thoughts on “White Lies Brewing – taking taps without deceit

  1. […] up too releasing their first in hopefully a long list of beers to come. Howdy to Croft Brewing, White Lies Brewing and Black Hops […]

  2. […] launching his White Lies Brewing Company in Kenmore’s Retro Bar last October, Lee McAlister-Smiley along with his core range of beers […]

  3. Alan Milligan says:

    Which bottle shop stock it? I live in Pullenvale and would like to sample and purchase…. Alan

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to receive instant notifications of new 250 Beers posts.

250 Beers beer tally


4 Hearts 4 Pines 8 Wired AIBA All Inn Brewing Co Amager Bryghus Anchor Brewing April Fool Archive Bar Armakeggon Australian Beer Connoisseurs Bacchus Beer Bloggers Series Bacchus Brewing Baird Brewing Banyo Beard and Brau Bear Republic Beer Advent Calendar Beer Camp Beer Fest Beer Glass Beer Here Beer InCider Beer InCider Social Club Beer Mail Beer of Origin Belgian Bitter Suite Black Hops Brewing Brewbake Brewcult Brewhouse Brisbane Brewski Brewsvegas Brewtal Brewers Bridge Road Brisbane Brisbane Brewhouse Brisbane Brewing Co. Burleigh Brewing Co BWS Calibre Craft Beer Trading Cardigan Bar Cartel Bar Cavalier CBIA Chilli Beer Christmas Coles Coopers Craft Beer Rising Craft Red Hill Dragonhead Ekim Embassy Craft Beer Bar Feral Brewing Five Flavours Fortitude Brewing Co. Fortitude Valley Founders GABS Gage Roads Gluten Free Beer Good Beer Week Good Food & Wine Show Grand Central Cellars Green Beacon Green Flash Brewing Co Grifter Hair Of The Blog Hawthorn Brewing Co Hipwood Brewery Holgate Brewhouse Hoo Ha Bar Hop-X IPA Ipswich James Squire Kerbside Kooinda Lager Lambic Lion Little Creatures Lowenbrau Mad Brewers Mantle Group Matilda Bay Matso's McLaren Vale Melbourne Mikkeller Milton Monteith's Moo Brew Moon Dog Mornington Peninsula Mountain Goat Movember MT Brewery Mt Tamborine Murray's Nail Brewing Co Newstead Brewing Nogne O Noisy Minor Brewing Co. North Coast Brewing Co NOvemBEER O'Brien Orkney Brewery Pale Ale Pig 'n' Whistle Platform Bar Porter Pumpyard Bar & Brewery QLD Beer Week Queensland Queensland Rail Rare Breed Red Hill Riverlife Rogue Sail & Anchor Sierra Nevada Single Batch Sniff & Sip Spiegelau Spring Hill Statler & Waldorf Steamrail Brewing Co. Stone & Wood Stout Sunshine Coast Brewery Temple Brewing Theakston's The Burrow The Charming Squire The Gold Digger The Mill On Constance The Scratch The Session Tippler's Tap Tomahawk Bar Tooheys Toybox Brewery Tuatara Two Birds Brewing Untappd XXXX Yeastie Boys


%d bloggers like this: