Business gong for brewers
Artisan Brewing has taken out the Small Business Development Corporation microbusiness award at the 2017 Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry Great Southern Business Awards.
With fewer than five employees, husband-and-wife team Julia and Brian Fitzgerald began brewing the flavoured artisanal beers in Denmark under an innovative business model known as “gypsy brewing”.
With this model, handcrafted beers are created by using the facilities of their host brewery Boston Brewery Co, also in Denmark.
Not short on brewing expertise, Mr Fitzgerald became Australia’s first certified cicerone, or beer professional, and has experience as a professional beer judge. The couple explored international brewing techniques and styles before settling in Denmark, where they create their very own Belgian-inspired fine ales.
Their ales are specially designed to be paired with fine food and use local seasonal produce in their flavours such as mango, raspberry, lemon myrtle, honey, figs, coffee and chocolate.
The brewery is big in beer style but small in batch size and production, which is perhaps why venue manager at The Raffles Hotel Casey Mills said it was one of the State’s best small breweries.
“With their extensive range of exciting small batch brews that always seem to impress, they’ve developed a real cult following among WA’s craft beer lovers,” he said.
Julia and Brian Fitzgerald from Artisan Brewing receive their award at the 2017 ACCI Great Southern Business Awards.