“We are a small brewery who thinks big.”
“We don’t dabble in the mundane. Everything we make may be unconventional, but never unsophisticated.”I came across The Sophisticated Beast at the Margaret River Farmers Market whilst I was down south earlier in the year. They had a stall set up with a sign advertising gluten free beer. So I thought I’d better wander over to give it a look-see. The Sophisticated Beast is a relatively new operation and opened their Vasse Cellar Door in July ’21. They brew some interesting Farmhouse and Sour Ales, lagers and cold brew coffee. But I was keen on trying their GF range. I tried the “George”, a cracking double dry hopped cream IPA which I’ll review soon. But the 4 pack I took away with me was the “Leonard”, a session NEIPA or New England style India Pale Ale.
“We don’t dabble in the mundane. Everything we make may be unconventional, but never unsophisticated.”
I sat down with a couple of my bestest buddies who love their beer for a taste test. In short, just like the George, it was good. Very good in fact. It has a great texture and oiliness from the hops and you can really smell the fruity Mosiac, El Dorado and Citra hops that are used. The beer itself is cloudy like a NEIPA should be, and the flavour holds in your mouth, which a lot of GF beers struggle to do. Coming in at 4.2% it’s a good casual drinking beer which won’t leave you cross-eyed after a couple. So yeah, really impressed with what they have managed to do. I look forward to trying what else they come up with in the future.
440ml | 4.2%
4pk – about $30 from memory
Unfortunately their beers are not available in bottle shops (yet), so you’ll have to make it down south for a try.
Where: Cellar door – 2/30 Burler Drive, Vasse, WA. Open Thursday – Sunday 1pm – 5pm for their full canned range and growler fills.
Margaret River Farmers Market every Saturday from 7.30-11.30 for a cheeky sample!
** IMPORTANT **
Coeliac disease is a serious condition. People have different tolerances to cross contamination and different allergens. So as always, please be vigilant and do your research before eating or drinking anywhere. The information on this website is accurate at the time of publication.