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.
Queenslander 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.