Our resident beer writer (best job in the world, right?!) has sipped his way through everything from Emu Export to Barrel-Aged Imperial Porters.
Trying out this week’s sip, Simon Collins gives his verdict on the Tinnie of the Week and whether it’s worth cracking one with a mate.
Tropical Disco Sour
WHERE’S IT FROM?
Feral Brewing Co. in Bassendean.
Tropical Disco Sour is the WA stalwart’s first seasonal release for 2022. In fact, it’s labelled as part of their Brewpub Series.
Which is interesting, because Feral no longer has a brewpub after not renewing the lease on their former Swan Valley venue after 19 years last October.
Last drinks in Baskerville coincided with the announcement that owners Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Australia will cease making and flogging beer and apple cider in this country.
Coming exactly four years after Coke bought Feral in 2017, this decision meant Feral was for sale. Yep, this little Biggie went to market.
While there’s no word on potential new owners — fancy a brewery, Twiggy? Gina? — the gang at Feral are getting on with what they do best.
That’s making beer. And this is a fun one.
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT IT?
Do you like pina coladas?
Tropical Disco Sour comes with a QR code linking to a Spotify disco playlist straight out of the 1970s, mostly.
Hot Chocolate, the Bee Gees and KC and the Sunshine Band get the dance floor started before relative newcomers Little Dragon and Ace of Base crash the party. That ain’t no disco.
Thankfully the beer, which does the hustle from kegs to cans on January 17, is a far groovier experience.
Tropical Disco Sour pours thick and juicy with 100 per cent Australian mango, passionfruit and guava to spin a tart, slightly salty and refreshing finish.
This 4.2 per cent sour features eye-catching can art from Joel Ebsworth.
Like Dirk Diggler from Boogie Nights, this really is the full package.
SHOULD I SHARE IT?
This is practically a craft mid-strength and very easy-drinking. Maybe split a four-pack with your party people, otherwise — to borrow a slogan from Coca-Cola circa 2000 — enjoy.
WHAT’S THE DAMAGE?
Despite the moderate ABV, sours generally cost around the same as their stronger, hopped-up cousins — pale ales and IPAs.
Thus Tropical Disco Sour sashays out of a bottle shop for around $6.50 a single tin and under $22 a four-pack.
Four tins out of 5. That’s the way, a-ha, a-ha, I like it.
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