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STOCKADE REFRESHING ALE

25.11.19

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Stockade Brew Co. redesigned their core range in mid-2019, putting their beers into cans and bringing out this Refreshing Ale.

Stockade Refreshing Ale is simple. From the design of the can to the style of the beer. It’s clearly aiming for the summertime multi-pack purchase market, delivering an uncomplicated Aussie pale ale.

Modern Aussie Pale Ale

It’s probably closest to something like Coopers Pale Ale, Grifter Pale Ale or Wayward Everyday Ale but it also has one eye on the more hop-forward fruity beers like Stone & Wood Pacific Ale, and XPAs from the likes of Coopers, Philter and Balter.

Refreshing Ale pours solid gold like a typical Aussie pale ale. Likewise it’s topped with a rocky cap of froth that laces down the glass leaving a thin layer of white bubbles.

The can evokes images of the beach, of summers in Sydney. There’s yellow sand, a line of sea foam, and the rising blue of the sea. It would make a perfect beach beer.

Lifestyle Beer

It wasn’t long ago that I spoke to Anton Szpitalak, CEO of Tribe Breweries. There’s certainly a lifestyle element to the Stockade brand, and he has a definite focus on other segments such as craft soft-drinks.

This Refreshing Ale definitely seems part of that lifestyle market. It’s perfectly at home by the schooner or jug in a crafty pub beer garden, but it also seems made to be bought in six packs by casual beer drinkers that just want something simple but a bit different to take to a barbecue or to the beach.

This particular can also states that it was brewed and canned at the new Tribe Breweries facility in Goulburn. The site is a significant investment and a big part of the expansion plans for Tribe and for its Stockade brand.

Nice And Simple

All up, this beer does what it literally says on the tin. It’s refreshing. There are low-key hop notes including passionfruit and orange zest, and there’s a touch of cereal grain or biscuit to give it another dimension and a bit of body.

Stockade Refreshing Ale is simple and well executed.

https://sydneybeer.com.au/stockade-refreshing-ale/

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TIME OUT’S VISIT TO THE BARREL ROOM

14.10.19

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Whether it’s an easy pale ale from the core range or something with a bit of barrel age, you’ll find it at this Inner West brewery’s HQ.

You’ll find Stockade Barrel Room a stone’s throw from Marrickville institutions like the bowlo and the Red Rattler. It’s a refreshingly polished venue compared to its deeply industrial surrounds. Walls of wooden barrels break the room into sections and double as a warm contrast to the clean white subway tiles that line the tasting bar. Throw in a few indoor plants and a cinema board for a menu, and you’ve got the perfect industrial-chic setting to enjoy a beer directly from the source.

The brainchild of three out of four Szpitalaks brothers of strong brewing pedigree, Stockade boasts a set-up as impressive as its brews. As part of the Tribe Breweries collective – a beer co-op of sorts often utilised by independent breweries to keep up with demand – Stockade is the creative black sheep of the family, branching out to express themselves in some weird and wonderful ways. That said, the core range here is extremely approachable and familiar, with a mid-strength lager, a tried and tested pale ale, and the modern classic, an IPA all in the mix.

Where Stockade stands out, however, are the limited-run beers, often exclusive to the tasting bar. The Mountie Maple Stout, for instance, is an absolute cracker, taking home the People’s Choice award at the 2017 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (or GABS) awards. It’s sticky and sweet with a slightly woody finish and worth going out of your way for. For a more delicate touch, the Grapefruit XPA is something you could easily sit with all day. Hoppy and citrusy with a very slight pithy bitter finish, it’s the perfect foil for a greasy burger. Which is awfully convenient because all week you’ll find locally famous food truck Baby Rey’s serving up intense burgers like the ‘Cheesegasm’, hot dogs with the lot, and towering plates of crips. They also host a special steak night every Thursday if you’re feeling so inclined.

Not in the mood for a beer? Stockade have you covered. They’ve got a small list of house wines, as well as a handful of cocktails like espresso Martinis, the Marrickville Mules and mulled cider when the weather turns. A tasting paddle sets you back $15 for house beers, or $20 for limited runs and you can walk in from Wednesday through to Sunday, which gives you ample time to wet the whistle.

BY: ELIZABETH MCDONALD

PHOTOGRAPH: KATJE FORD

Article source:
https://www.timeout.com/sydney/bars/stockade-barrel-room/

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THE CRAFTY PINT – STOCKADE BREW CO

10.10.19

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Stockade occupies a unique space in the Australian craft beer scene. To understand it you need to go back a few years to the time of Australian Independent Brewers (AIB). AIB was based in Smeaton Grange, around 60 kilometres southwest of Sydney, and was a large contract brewer before it fell into receivership and was eventually purchased in 2012 by the Szpitalak family. They renamed the business BrewPack and it has gone on to become one of the country’s busiest contract brewing facilities; dozens of small Aussie brewers now call on BrewPack to produce beer on their behalf, whether to supplement demand they’re unable to meet at their own breweries or, in other cases, acting as the primary producer for a brand. Whether you know it or not, BrewPack produces a considerable number of the craft beer brands you see regularly in bottleshops and bars across the country. But rather than simply brew beer for others, the Szpitalaks – at least, three of the four brothers who are active in daily life at the brewery – decided to add another string to their bow by launching their own range of beers. This was originally done under the Macarthur Grange Brewery name which, although not pushed too widely, claimed some significant successes with its pale ale and IPA both picking up gold medals at the Sydney Royal Beer Show. But in the latter stages of 2015 the Macarthur range was quietly retired to make way for what has become Stockade Brew Co. It’s a more adventurous brand than Macarthur in just about every way. Out went more traditional labels, replaced with striking works of graphic art. The core range of beers sticks with the tried and true formula used by many breweries – namely a lager, mid strength, pale ale and IPA, plus the more recent addition of an XPA – but the limited releases sent them hurtling into the heart of beer geek country and has won them attention in all quarters.

Their very first seasonal was a peach, salt and coriander infused gose and things have only escalated from there, from smoked jalapeño porter to juniper infused witbier to two year old whisky barrel-aged imperial stout. Along the way they’ve carved out some impressive accolades, racking up medals at many of Australia’s major beer shows, winning the title of “World’s Best Imperial Stout” at the UK-based World Beer Awards in 2015 and beating out more than a hundred other brewers to take out the coveted People’s Choice award at the 2017 GABS festival for The Mountie, their Maple Imperial Stout. In 2018, Stockade took up residence under the umbrella of a new company, Tribe Breweries, which has been set up as part of an ambitious plan that includes a brewing and packaging facility in Goulburn designed to rival that of the largest independent breweries in the Southern Hemisphere, and includes Mornington Peninsula Brewery and Wilde as fellow beer brands.

It’s still a brewery where the beers benefit from things many small brewers would look upon with envy. Along with substantial capacity and a packaging line which was significantly upgraded after the Szpitalaks took over – including the addition of a monstrously large dry hopper to better meet the demands of modern tastes (read: more hops) – they also have the luxury of a dedicated lab tasked with constantly monitoring and testing the quality of the beer at each point in the brewing process. As calls for increased quality and consistency in craft beer become louder, Stockade is already well down the road.

Having a foot in several camps – the production capability of a large brewer, the ability to behave like a small brewer and working closely with a lot of other brewers and retailers – put Stockade in a unique position and gave it a sound platform to spread its name far and wide. And they certainly wasted no time doing that with an increasing amount of beer exported to southeast Asia, often including collaborations with brewers and bars in those countries. As all the bits of the puzzle came together over the course of a few years, the one piece that was notably missing was a home that truly represented the brand. They always had the Smeaton Grange brewery, but being primarily a production facility it was never intended as a place where people could come to sit and enjoy a beer – not to mention its distance from the epicentre of Sydney’s beer scene, the Inner West. So you could argue that it was in 2018 that Stockade revealed its true face to the public when they rolled up the doors to a bar and brewery in Marrickville, the Stockade Barrel Room.

It’s a slick venue, as impressive for the indifferent beer drinker to walk into as it is for the enthusiast keen to sniff out whatever’s inside the towers of barrels piled up along the walls. They have a small brewery in here to keep those barrels filled while also ensuring the bar is always pouring something exclusive to the venue. The bar serves up the remainder of Stockade’s catalogue (not to mention keeping a well-stocked fridge for takeaways) and makes a point of concocting beer-based cocktails; try a Galaxy & Tonic or Mosaic Sour for a different kind of hop hit.

As of mid-2019, you’ll find the venue showcasing a new-look lineup too. Some of the original core beers were dropped in the reshuffle, other favourites got a refresh, and some beers appeared too. Having begun brewing life as an entity that operated almost entirely behind the scenes, Stockade has undergone an almost total transformation, hurtling into the consciousness of drinkers and becoming one of the most multifaceted of the country’s new crop of brewers.

Nick Oscilowski

https://craftypint.com/brewery/278/stockade-brew-co-tribe?fbclid=IwAR2ITd1fvlqmYAb4yUt9E290AL7ejtK7tNQzEhs4z_ce78y4TvQUI-6w8v0

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THE AWARD WINNING BREWERY IS MAKING WAVES FAR BEYOND ITS INNER SYDNEY BASE

02.10.19

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The number of independent breweries setting up shop in Australia has been growing at a fair pace over the past few years. But Sydney’s inner west – Marrickville in particular – has been busy building on its reputation as the craft beer capital of the nation. And it’s in the heart of this up-and-come suburb that Stockade Brew Co. was founded in 2015. During its four years in business, Stockade has rolled out an impressive roster of core and limited edition award-winning brews.

The enduringly popular annual release ‘The Mountie’ won GABS (Great Australian Beer Spectapular) Consumer Choice in 2017: and ‘Splicer’ – a Grapefruit XPA won a Gold Medal at this year’s AIBAs (Australian International Beer Awards). Smooth, hoppy, easy, bitter, sour or rich, Stockade’s brewers believe that good beer  is not a formula – it’s personal. The Stockade motto is “All for Beer, Beer for All”, and that sums up the team’s approach to the amber liquid: their focus is simply to craft beer that quenches every thirst.

Stockade Refreshing Ale – 6x375ml $19.99

A light well-balanced and highly sessionable ale. Premium Australian malt and hops combine to produce a balanced, cool fermented ale, with crisp passionfruit notes and a subtle biscuit finish. It delivers total refreshment and a superior clean flavour.

Stockade Splicer XPA – 6x375ml $23.99

This full-flavoured beer is brewed using a perfect blend of Vic Secret, Ella and dry hopped Centennial. Grapefruit is added to the mix, creating a smashable thirst- quencher that allows the zesty flavours to show through every sip. A truly refreshing beer.

Stockade NEIPA 4x375ml $23.99

A hazy, juicy experience that will leave your taste buds in a state of continuous joy. Freshly squeezed, you’ll get a mix of citrus, pineapple, pear and passionfruit. With lingering tropical notes and a relatively low bitterness, it makes for very easy drinking.

Stockade I PA 8 Bit – 4x375ml $23.99

Brewed to balance a heavy malt base of pilsner and rye against bright cascade hops, 8 Bit has massive hop flavours and aromas. A big bitterness is delivered with a high hop flavour, balanced by a sweet malt character. This IPA is a refresher all year round.

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THUS LET US DRINK BEER – STOCKADE BREWING CO

28.09.19

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Stockade Brewing Co surprised me a bit as it seemed to have emerged out of nowhere.

Further research revealed that it evolved from the purchase of Australian Independent Brewers (AIB), which subsequently morphed into the contract craft beer brewing entity BrewPack, which then branched out into Macarthur Grange Brewery and eventually morphed into what is now known as Stockade Brew Co. On my never-ending quest for quality brews, the striking artwork and the much fabled about limited special batches caught my attention straight away and upon having a chance to sample it, exceeded the expectations I had. The merits of Stockade Brewing Co lie in their ability to channel the artisanal approach of a small brewery while pumping out quantities like a major player in the realm of beer retail.

With no shortage of public appreciation, Stockade’s accolade decorated portfolio includes four core beers: The excellent 8 Bit IPA, a Chop Shop pale ale, the Duel hoppy lager and the Hop Splicer XPA. The core range is complemented by experimental releases, the lion’s share of which I have yet to try myself and I cannot wait to get a hold of the Kentucky bourbon barrel-aged double IPA. Not usually being the most vocal advocate of XPA, the Hop Splicer hits the spot with its subtle nuances of grapefruit that pervade the dangerously drinkable brew. Things are taken up a notch via Mr Fruju, i.e. a New England IPA that puts a melange of hazy pineapple, pear and passionfruit flavours center stage and frames them with accentuated highlights of subdued bitterness. My favourite of the range, however, is Stockade’s 8 Bit IPA, which has become go-to as a boilermaker constituent with its hop heavy melange of well calibrated bitterness, citrussy notes and elongated finish that leaves one lusting for more of the malty caramel flavours.

The fact that some of Stockade Brewing’s emissions are exclusive to their tap room or can only by obtained directly from them should be incentive enough to make a deliberate effort to track them down.

The roof of your mouth will thank you for it.

 

SCENE POINT BLANC

https://www.scenepointblank.com/blog/thus-let-us-drink-beer-stockade-brewing-co/

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23.08.19

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Stockade packaging undergoes rebrand.  Stockade Brew Co. has changed its packaging approach, moving its beers from bottles into cans, with the can design undergoing wholesale transformation. Featuring the Stockade fence motif to hint a the flavour profiles of each beer, the canned range includes Refreshing Ale, 8 Bit IPA, Hop Splicer XPA, Flight Path Pale Ale and Mr Fruju NEIPA.

 

“At Stockade, we like to say we are a ‘serious beer that doesn’t take itself too seriously’,” says Josh Gaudry from Stockade. “The fresh new look, a few new brews and the shift into can format really brings that sentiment to life and we’re excited to roll it out across the country.

 

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