For the love of beer

In little over 12 months, White Bay Beer Co has made a splash on the local beer scene. Darling sat down with the creatives behind this much-loved local brew, Jess and Dennis, to talk all things beer.

 

The local beer scene is booming, what’s the fascination with beer (apart from the fact that it’s delicious)?
Beer is fascinating because of the near infinite flavour combinations you can come up with when making it. Unlike wine, which largely derives all its character from a single base ingredient (grapes), beer is comprised of four base ingredients (yeast, malt, hops and water) all of which have different types, flavours, and chemistry. Each ingredient adds a unique flavour and character to the finished beer.

What do you enjoy most about your role as brewers?
As a relatively small brewery we work directly with producers and growers. To be able to translate their passion for their agricultural produce into a consumable beverage is a privilege.

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You’ve released some crazy flavours, where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere outside of work really. From our travels, food, other brewers, pop culture and crazy dreams. Inspiration can strike at any time!

How long does it take to develop a new beer, and what’s the process?
To be honest, it’s not long. We’re generally pretty comfortable with the base beer we’re brewing. With some of the more unique ingredients we may do some research or phone a brewer mate for advice, but a lot of it is just shooting from the hip. In little over 12 months, White Bay Beer Co has made a splash on the local beer scene. Darling sat down with the creatives behind this much-loved local brew, Jess and Dennis, to talk all things beer. For the love of beer

Has there been a flavour combination that didn’t make the cut?
We really strive to not waste beer. The batches that haven’t made the cut are usually Sunny, our hazy Australian pale ale, due to strange fermentation issues as opposed to strange ingredient use. We pride ourselves on our ability to correct ‘issues’. If we’ve added too much of a single flavour, we’ll add another ingredient to bring things back into balance.

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You not only brew together, you’re also a couple. How do you manage that?
Like in any relationship there are good days and bad, but for the most part it’s very enjoyable. Our work ethic and values are very much aligned. It’s comforting to know that there’s someone on your team who always has your back and shares you passion and dedication to the craft. We pull some long hours in the brewery, and our biggest relationship challenge is who’s cooking dinner at the end of a long day. It generally ends up being a local restaurant or pub.

“The lowest circle in hell is reserved for those who waste good beer!”
Dennis, Head Brewer

What’s your favourite White Bay beer and why?
Our Lager, formerly known as Union Lager. It’s a European style brewed with German malt, hops and yeast. It’s the most difficult beer for us to brew and spends ages in the tank conditioning. Everything about the beer speaks to process and patience which is something we take a lot of pride in. In an area that’s flooded with large scale draught taps, Lager stands out as a beacon of hope for a style that’s been done an injustice by decades of accountant-run-breweries and hostile corporate takeovers.

WHITE BAY BEER CO
26C Mansfield St,
Rozelle
whitebay.beer

BNSW 2021 Awards Reg Winner State Finalist White

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which this business operates, the Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora nation, and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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