Pirate Life Mosaic IPA

Some of you may have noticed that Pirate Life has a sneaky habit of releasing new beers in a flurry. It's been a while since the Pirate Life IPA, Hopco NZ Pale and Golden Era Golden Ale hit shelves last year and this week we have two more for you. First cab off the rank: Pirate Life Mosaic IPA…

The genesis of the Mosaic IPA can be traced back to late 2014, before Pirate Life had even brewed its first batch of beer. After a day of jack hammering drains in the warehouse that eventually became our brewery, Red dropped into the Wheatsheaf Hotel for a sneaky pint before heading home. On tap that day was a single hop Mosaic Pale Ale; Chasing Freshies, brewed by Deschutes. The initial recipe for the Pirate Life Pale Ale had us using Cascade and Simcoe in equal parts, but after pondering Chasing Freshies, Red called Jack and told him that we had to sub Simcoe out for her daughter - Mosaic.

The Pirate Life Pale Ale turned out to be a hit with punters, and its trademark tropical punch is all thanks to the Mosaic. Early this year for our second birthday, we decided to brew a homage to the most delicious of hops. The plan was pretty straight forward: use a simple malt bill and let the Mosaic do the talking. The resulting beer is as the name implies; a kaleidoscopic journey through tropical flavours. Somehow, Mosaic finds a way to impart every delicious flavour you ask of hops, all on its own. Backed by a clean, light malt bill it's the beer equivalent of a fruit punch juice box.

Mosaic IPA was an instant hit at the birthday. Once some kegs hit taps around the country, people started demanding that we stick it into cans. We listened. The Pirate Life Mosaic IPA will be hitting shelves of quality liquor stores around Australia this week!

Introducing the Pirate Life Mosaic IPA.



CBC, GABS and Some New Beers

The weeks have turned into months here at Pirate Life and once again more has happened than you could poke a veritable stick at. Since we last caught up we have flown across the Pacific, jumped out of a plane, managed to put all things delicious into our GABS beer and had a few hundred solar panels bolted to the roof to help us through next summer’s inevitable power shortages.

But its what is coming at your mouth hole that will probably have the most people talking. Some new packaged releases and a collaboration brew with one of America’s finest craft breweries - Ballast Point.

The 2017 Craft Beer Conference was held in Washington DC this year and while we did our best to attend the sessions it was hard not to get distracted by the general shenaniganry that goes hand in hand with packing 13,000 craft brewers into one epic city. Plenty of Beer Baseball (it’s a thing and its epic) later we were bound for the sunny shores of San Diego to catch up with our mates at Stone Brewing and check out how last years Imperial Oatmeal, Molasses, Coffee Baltic Porter is tasting after a year in rum barrels. The answer is pretty tastey. We also managed to find our way to Ballast Point and check out their impressive facilities in Miramar.

From the states it was virtually straight back to Melbourne for GABS 2017. For the the third in the company’s history we decided to once again brew a variation of IPA. This time there were a few extra ingredients on the brewsheet. Aptly named the Vanilla Malt Thickshake IPA - We brewed this one with Lactose, Rolled Oats, Apple Puree and Vanilla which combine to give the beer a viscous, fruity sweetness through which a liberal dose of Mosaic hops shines through. Poured of Nitro it drinks as the name implies, thick, creamy and delicious. It went off in Melbourne and Sydney and we are looking forward to sending a few kegs of it off around the country in the not too distant future.

Speaking of beer hitting the market we are stoked to announce that our Mosaic IPA and Stout will find their way into cans in the not too distant future. This will be closely followed by a collaboration with our mates at Ballast Point, the details of which will be revealed very soon. Big thanks to Colby and Chris for dropping by earlier this week to design and brew a beer that we are very excited to be involved in.

So that’s the update. More to come on the new beer releases very soon.


PLB Crew

Frothingtons and Skateboarding

Skate and beer fans alike have a reason to get excited this Saturday 1st of April as the temporary skate park on Wakefield Street in the city plays host the Turnt Up at the Temp - Best Trick Skate Jam. From 12 noon you’ll be able to enjoy some epic skateboarding and thanks to our mates at TJ’s Bar and Grill some epic beers. The bus bar will be parked up alongside the skate park serving a bunch of goodness including FAF Mosaic IPA. So come join us on the top deck of the bus bar, sip a couple of froths in the sun and watch some of Australia’s finest skaters throw down on the park.

If you can’t make it to the park Saturday catch us down at the brewery. Our store is open from 12 noon - 6pm Tuesday to Friday and 11am - 4pm Saturday serving up tasters of the core range, tinnies to sip on, take away beers, good coffee and brewery tours every day at 2pm.

We also have the full range of merch available in the front room if you feel like kitting yourself out with some new threads. Chances are you’ll run into a couple of the brewery crew and get to see us in full swing brewing up a storm. The store has stepped up its game since opening and just keeps getting better, so come say gday to Ed, talk beer, drink beer and check out whats going on down at 89 South Road.


PLB Crew