It's the time of year you've all been waiting for — PASSIONISTA is making its annual comeback! To celebrate, we're throwing a big ol' BERLINER WEISSE WEEKENDER, filling our bar taps with all the sours you could ask for.
Our crowd-pleasing Passionfruit & Yuzu Berliner Weisse is a light, tart wheat beer that combines the bright, tropical notes of passionfruit with the clean citrus punch of yuzu. Juicy and zingy, it's the ultimate summer thirst quencher that we guarantee you won't want to share.
But don't worry, Passionista will be in venues and bottle shops all across Australia as of this Friday, 13 November. This beer flies off the shelves, though, so be sure to grab a few tinnies (or a few cases) while you can.
While our punters wait out these last few days before Passionista hits shelves, we sat down with Head Brewer Shaun Blissett to get you even more excited for its release. Here's all the nitty-gritty you need to know about this fan-favourite beer and the Taproom's upcoming Berliner Weisse Weekender (13-15 November).
How did you come up with the idea to blend passionfruit and yuzu, and what about that combo makes Passionista so bloody delicious? "When we first brewed our passionfruit berliner weisse, we felt something was missing. It didn’t quite bring enough of the tartness that we love in the raspberry core range version. That’s when I was introduced to the ingredient yuzu. I first had this Japanese citrus in a dessert at Babyface Kitchen — which is one of the best restaurants in Australia, in my opinion. Yuzu just adds this signature zing that perfectly complements the passionfruit. So our Passionfruit and Yuzu Berliner Weisse was born.
The reason we use fruit like raspberry or passionfruit is because they’re not super sweet. We're really just looking for fruit tannins and texture. And we only use natural fruit juice, which is why our berliner weisse has real fruit flavour."
What's the story behind how Passionista became one of Wayward's most loved limited releases?
"We first brewed Passionista (F.K.A Passion of the Puss) as a limited release for the Australian Hotel Beer Festival, back in 2016. The beer was extremely well received and we even made cocktails with it (which we’ll bring back this year for our Berliner Weisse Weekender). People kept asking for it, so the next year we decided to brew it again, and by then it had become a fan-favourite.
It’s a great summer alternative to our core range Raspberry Berliner Weisse. Punters really go crazy for it. It’ll be fun to bring back that cocktail as a kind of homage to Passionista's history too — it was a ripper."
Tell us more about this Passionista cocktail?
"I call it the Passionista Sunrise. It looks similar to a tequila sunrise, with an Aperol layer topped with a Passionfruit & Yuzu Berliner Weisse layer, all garnished with an orange slice and served in one of our Wayward wine glasses. It's really, really tasty."
Apart from the cocktail, what other sour flavours can we expect on tap for the Berliner Weisse Weekender?
"Our taps will be packed out with all different berliner weisse varieties, including: raspberry lassi, pineapple, blueberry, peach iced tea, cucumber and mango. A last keg of our Double Raspberry Berliner Weisse birthday beer will also be on tap, as will our new Jewel Box hopped sour. There'll just be one keg of each, though. Of course, Passionista will be on tap too and available for takeaway."
Apart from Passionista, the Berliner Weisse Weekender is a tradition of its own.
"That's right. We’ve been running our Berliner Weisse Weekender since 2016 too, and it’s always one of the best events of the year at the Wayward Taproom. We love to see our punters trying out all of the different sours. We've brewed hundreds of varieties over the past four years — Wayward actually brews more sour beers than anything else. The weekend is a fun excuse for the brewers to play with our berliner weisse base, which is amazing on its own — it has a peach and apricot flavour that just really lends itself to fruit."
That's it for now, folks. Don't miss Wayward's Berliner Weisse Weekender, coming up on 13-15 November. Head here for the details.
PASSIONISTA Passionfruit & Yuzu Berliner Weisse is a light, tart wheat beer that combines the bright, tropical notes of passionfruit with the clean citrus punch of yuzu. Juicy and zingy, it's the ultimate summer thirst quencher that we guarantee you won't want to share. But don't worry, Passionista will be in venues and bottle shops all across Australia this November — keep an eye out for the stockist list, coming soon.