The Boardwalk Beer Festival returns to The Mindarie Marina this October for another day of (free) beer tastings, live music, kids activities and eating.

More than 20 WA breweries are taking part in the festival – including Little Creatures and Eagle Bay Brewing Co – so beer enthusiasts can expect to taste a diverse range of brews. Here are five of the more unusual beverages we’re looking forward to trying on the day.

Fruitulus Lupulus
Made by Indian Ocean Brewing Company, this style of beer is known as a juicy IPA on account of the beer’s citrusy aroma and taste. The beer mimics the fruit flavours of everyone’s favourite childhood breakfast cereal and has hints of mango, papaya, nectarine, tangerine and grapefruit. The beer’s name comes from the scientific name for hops, Humulus lupulus. Heads up: this beer sold out quickly last year so is worth tasting earlier rather than later.

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Strawberry Gum Stout
From Metricup’s Beer Farm comes this Native Series Strawberry Gum Stout, a rich stout brewed with native strawberry gum leaf. Commonly seen in desserts, strawberry gum gives the beer a sweet and slightly medicinal flavour.

Splice of Heaven
Remember Splice ice-creams? Melbourne’s Moon Dog Brewing has reimagined the popular pineapple and lime ice-cream as a beer. Many Splice ice-creams were harmed in the making of this fruity beer, which is made with grain, hops, water, yeast and vanilla.

Atomic Beer Project
Team Gage Roads Brewing won a gold medal at the 2019 Australian International Beer awards for its Atomic Beer Project side project. This is a classic west coast IPA and full of citrus and pine aromas. The beer is hop-forward with balanced malt character and crisp bitterness.

Brookvale Union Vodka Ice Tea
For non-beer drinkers, 4 Pines Brewing Company is serving its punchy vodka and peach ice tea, with flavours of black tea, peach and lemon. Its creator says the beverage has been designed to offer “quality nonsense” and delivers exceptional taste.

The Boardwalk Beer Festival is at The Marina Mindarie (33 Oceans Falls Boulevard, Mindarie) from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday October 26. Entry and tastings are free with food available to purchase.