Matilda Bay Brewing Company was originally created in 1984. It established itself in the craft of specialty brewing in Fremantle, WA at the same time there was a similar phenomenon happening in the USA. Using locally grown Cascade hops, the region’s craft brewers developed a truly distinctive and unique beer style, the Northwest Pale Ale. Although based on traditional India Pale Ales, the Northwest style has its own unique character - one driven mostly by an assertive bitterness and a distinctive fruit and citrus aroma from the locally grown hops. We perfected it and launched Alpha Pale Ale which became an immediate success, an Australian classic, winning many awards along the way.
On the back of the success they decided to create an easier drinking beer in the traditional North American Pale Ale style to engage the masses. In 2008, ‘Little Alpha’ produced the goods and Fat Yak was born. Fat Yak was a big and hairy beast, a serious, credible Pale Ale which also happened to be relatively easy to throw down. Fat Yak grew quickly soon becoming the country’s leading craft beer as voted by the public year on year, featuring in over 2,000 venues across Australia selling over 1 million cases a year.
Early 2015 saw Yak Ales release a new member of the herd, Lazy Yak. An easy going American Pale Ale with a light citrus and summer fruit flavour. A highly refreshing beast, it took the market by storm becoming our most successful craft launch to date selling over 420,000 cases in the first year...
2016 saw a refreshing fruity tropical Pacific Ale inspired by the south seas also join the herd in Wild Yak. The new brew went on to become the fastest selling craft beer in Australian history delighting drinkers with its blend of new world hops and tropical aromas.
Over the years, we have made our name using our brewing expertise to create an iconic range of beers that Australians have come to know and love, but we have a talented team who know how to make other beverages too. So listening to what you guys are looking for these days, we created some characters that don’t just ’sit in the box’, that are perfect for when you don’t feel like something a little different. 2018 saw the arrival of Lumber Yak. A chip off the old block in terms of refreshment, our mountain cider is brewed at a lower temperature for a crisp and dry flavour, using 100% local apples and marked a new chapter on the Yak Ales journey. Hot on its heels, Rusty Yak also joined the family in early 2019, bringing a refreshing Ginger Beer packed with an aromatic punch and ginger sweetness.
The future? Well, we don’t have a crystal ball but what we can tell you is that we will continue brewing drinks that you love. So stay tuned for the next chapter in the life of Yak Ales…