Summer Beers in the Valley

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Published on 01 December 2021

By Mike Cridge

Summer is finally here! This means the vines in the Swan Valley are looking green and the beer gardens seem to be calling your name. There is plenty to see and do in the Valley including markets, long table feasts, festivals and family friendly concerts. I recently went for a drive throughout the Valley to take in a sample of what the breweries have on offer for the warmer months.

One of the newer additions in the Swan Valley is Txoko Brewing (pronounced Cho-Ko!). This is a family run brewery built on a vineyard with an open setting. The summer beers I tried were:

Aqua De Jamaica! 3.8%abv– This is a Hibiscus Berliner Weisse (sour beer). Think hibiscus-rosella flowers cold seeped in a kettle-soured Pilsner base giving a vibrant red colour and a refreshingly tart finish. Perfect thirst-quenching beer for summer.

Mama Ping Cold IPA 7%abv – A new popular beer trend is the “Cold IPA”. This is basically an IPA that is fermented at colder temperatures using a lager yeast giving you a clean, crisp finish. Watch out for the abv on this one though. Dangerous!

Boomer Lager 4.5%abv – A clean, fresh lager for those looking for an easy drinker on a hot summer day.

Txoko has plenty of beers on tap and available in cans as well. They have a couple of additional sours including a Kettle Sour Mead. Enjoy a paddle in the beer garden overlooking the vines with a woodfired pizza.

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Next up was Funk 2.0. This is the new Funk venue (not to be confused with the original in Caversham) located on Swan Street in Henley Brook.

This is described as a “Fermentation Playground” so you can imagine the unique range of beverages they have available on the 18 taps.

Honey Lager 4.8%abv – A unique hybrid using Swan Valley honey in a lager base giving a refreshing sweet/dry finish to a thirst-quenching lager.

Verdelho Lager 5.5%abv – One of the standout varieties of grapes in the Valley co-fermented with a lager base to produce a slightly tropical, fruity and refreshing beer.

Raspberry Saison 4.9%abv – Think a light Belgian style Saison base with refreshing tang from the raspberries. This is very well balanced and a delight to drink.

There are too many ciders on the list to mention and many other beers including XPA, hazy pale and west coast IPA. 

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Last but by no means least is Mash Brewing. This brewery has had an upgrade in recent years and now includes a kid-friendly beer garden.

Wham! Bam! Thank You Jam! Fruited Sour 4.8%abv – raspberries and blackberries come to the party in this playful sour. Nice balance of acidity and sweetness.

Cool Cat 2021 #Trending IPA 6.5% - If it’s hoppy goodness you are after then this is the beer you are looking for. Seasonal trending IPA.

Rye Can’t we be friends? Rye-IPL 4.5%abv - If you like a little bit of Rye spice in your lager than this is the beer for you. Still nice and refreshing and something a little different to cleanse the palate.

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I have only touched on a few of the breweries in the Swan Valley in this blog. Other notable mentions are Bailey Brewing Co, Swan Valley Brewery and Elmar’s (for all your German Lagers), offering a family friendly brewpub for good food, good beer and good times.

A full guide to the region’s breweries and cideries can be found on the Swan Valley Cider and Ale Trail.

*ABV stands for alcohol by volume

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