Waratah is our annual 100% NSW ingredient beer. Wholly native yeast (the culture for Waratah 2019 was foraged off hop flowers), Voyager Malt (Whitton, NSW) and Ryefield Hops (Bemboka, NSW). A collaboration between the hop farmers, grain farmers, maltsters and two breweries committed to agricultural beer, Batch Brewing Company and ourselves. Our release of the beer in 2017 year marked the first commercial release of a beer made entirely of NSW ingredients, the 2019 vintage marks the third. Small note, while both Amongst the Bines and Wattle Drops were both brewed with wholly native yeast and NSW grains, their hop bills included small measures of hops from outside the state.
It has a nose of marzipan and savoury oak to start. Candied orange citrus, toasted sourdough combine with hints of ripe lime/orange marmalade underneath. Structured palate, ripe stonefruit and pops of lime citrus. Vinous finish with decent length.
In many ways, Waratah epitomises our goals here at Wildflower. It is an agrarian beer, a product of the harvest conditions of each of the inputs. The recipe was built on what was grown here not on what we could order from international malthouses and hop fields.
It’s also a celebration of friendship, of the growth of an industry and the continuation of the good fight of buying, living and brewing local. Beer is a beverage made for social gatherings and to share with friends. It is not pretentious and coveted. We love beer's place in society and a beer like Waratah helps remind us that it is really just beer at the end of the day.
- New South Wales
- Sour/Wild Ale