Pirate Life Cantraband

Pirate Life brewers/founders Jack and Red of our own W.A have very impressive CVs when it comes to making beer. Both started at a Swanbourne Cellars’ favourite ‘Brew Dog’ of Scotland before Red started work as head brewer at Cheeky Monkey in Margaret River and Jack took on a role at Little Creatures. Both young men are now taking up residence in Adelaide with a brand spanking new brewery in which to work their magic.

The magic of Pirate Life currently consists of 3 core range canned beers with a promise of some specialty brews to compliment these in the future. The choice of purchasing a canning line as opposed to the normal bottling line is a hard pill to swallow from some of our loyal customers. The value, however, of cans in the beer world is enormous. The lighter weight and surface area makes it great for transport but the results on the product for the consumer make it a fantastic option. Cans cool quickly and hold in valuable hop character due to the lack of exposure to light, a perfect combo for Pirate Life’s floral hop forward brews.

The three ‘PL’ beers to keep an eye out for in Swanbourne Cellars beer fridge are:

‘Throwback IPA’ 3.5% ABV, 35 IBU, $5 each or $22 6pk. Pouring a hazy golden colour the first thing that hits you is the aroma of fresh hops pouring out of the glass. Light bodied with a lovely carbonation, this mid strength IPA certainly holds nothing back on flavour. Look for a citrus/piney hit of fresh hops on the palate with a light malt backing and slight bitterness. Ideal for that Sunday BBQ.

‘Pale Ale’ 5.4% ABV, 50 IBU, $5 each or $25 6pk. Possibly the best value American style pale around at the minute. Pours a lovely amber with a foamy white head. Once again, loads of fruit up front including lime, grapefruit and grass. Much firmer bitterness here which lingers and melds with a perfectly balanced caramel malt. This beer has amazing length and complexity of flavour. A must try.

‘Double IPA’ 8.8% ABV, 120 IBU, $12 each 500ml Can or $42 4pk. This beer is a monster in all areas. Big aromas of pine, grapefruit, citrus and toffee. Looks like a big ipa should- amber, thin white head medium carb. Mouthfeel is resiny/sticky with puckeringly tasty bitterness. Flavours of grapefruit, hop resin, lime peel, mango, some earth and grass followed by sticky toffee. Most definitely my favourite beer for the year so far. Best served into two glasses and shared as this packs a punch. I’m tipping some big things for this beer at next week’s Aussie Beer Awards.