Spotlight on Sauce Brewing
About Sauce Brewing
Sauce Brewing Company is on track to become one of Australians largest independent craft beer breweries. Now how did that all come about? Well this is a result of a wife, innocently introducing her husband to her hobby of beer brewing. The simple stovetop set up soon began to sprawl across (and out of) the garage with multiple vessels, four taps and 6 fridges. The system soon prompted a house change to accommodate the setup, before Mike Clarke finally decided to give up his day job of 20 years and pursue his passion of beer full time. Now there are two ways to tackle the world of craft beer, one is to set up a small brewpub and cater for locals, the other is to set up a large-scale production brewery to distribute beer nationally. Mike went for both! Starting with an empty warehouse he went to work for over a year to create the Marrickville Brewery, capable of large-scale beer production and a brewpub. But this brewpub is not just any brewpub, it comes with its own beer garden where well behaved kids and all the dogs are allowed, has its own beer taps, just in case you can’t make the journey inside, fake green grass to compliment the real blue sky and rotating food trucks so you will never have to leave.
Sauce Brewing co. is lucky to have two beer fanatics at the helm, creating a full range of beer styles to satisfy just about anyone. Mikes personal preference is for hop forward styles as seen in their core range of beers, Hop Sauce Pale Ale, Extra Hop Sauce a classic American West-coast style IPA, and Extra Extra Hop, a West Coast Double IPA and even a Pilsner with a hoppy twist, Saucy Pils. To top off the list is the aptly named Piss Weak Sauce for those who can’t handle the heat, which took out 1st place in the Crafty Pints blind tastings, 2018. Head brew master and experienced production brewer, Brodie French has been brewing up a storm from barrel aged stouts to mango infused Weisse beers, which literally contains a barrel of mango. I guess it’s a good way to get your daily 5 fruit a veg? Mike is also responsible for the English style Mid Ales and the New England style IPA’s, which have become somewhat of a house specialty. The Bubble & Squeak NEIPA is consistently rated as one of Australia’s best New England IPA’s, taking out Gold at the INDIES, best of independent brewing 2019 and is overloaded with a late whirlpool and dry hops, creating a truly unique tropical fruit bomb. So popular it even comes in a 375ml or big 500ml can.
Idaho 7 is a staple hop at Sauce Brewing, especially in their ongoing series of duel-hop, double dry-hopped juicy IPA’s. Their current and fourth edition to this series takes on two of the biggest hop varieties, the Idaho 7 and the elusive Vic Secret. Unable to get their hands on this famous hops until now, they decided to use up their entire allocation in one big bang. The Idaho Secret DDH Juicy IPA 8% sports a massive 26g/L of hops and is one to help you get on the “Sauce”. Did we mention that’s where the name comes from? Dave took a shining to the Aussie slang term one night after having a few beers…. or more.