Busi­ness gong for brew­ers

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Shan­non Smith

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.

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