Beer lovers in a froth over lo­cally made brews

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

There’s some­thing brew­ing in Ex­mouth which should have lovers of lo­cal food and craft beers sali­vat­ing. With an open­ing date in sight, Phil Gray, Tyler Lit­tle and Pete Firth hope to bring a slice of the South West up north.

Beer lovers will have more rea­son to visit the Nin­ga­loo Coast soon with a lo­cal trio set to open a restau­rant dish­ing up mod­ern Aus­tralian cui­sine and beers brewed in-house in Ex­mouth.

Pete Firth, Phil Gray and Tyler Lit­tle are aim­ing to have a soft open­ing for Froth Craft restau­rant on Fe­bru­ary 23 at the old 5 Kennedy Street premises in the shop­ping mall.

Mr Firth said the trio were fol­low­ing their pas­sion to cre­ate a “pint of dif­fer­ence” in the mar­ket not avail­able else­where in the North West.

“We think there’s a large mar­ket here and cer­tainly a niche to be filled,” he said.

“Pair­ing great lo­cal pro­duce with ar­ti­san craft beers is yet to be seen in the Pil­bara (and Gas­coyne) area.

“Hope­fully, we can cre­ate a pump­ing venue that can en­tice peo­ple to re­turn and ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery­thing Ex­mouth has to of­fer.”

The restau­rant has been decked out with six tonnes of Mar­garet River jar­rah, re­stored fur­ni­ture and fence posts which Mr Firth said should cre­ate a rus­tic vibe.

The party piece will be at the point of sale in­side.

Froth Craft beers will flow through a drift­wood struc­ture, dubbed draught­wood, above the bar.

Mr Lit­tle, who has taken on the role as head brewer, said he ex­pected easy drink­ing styles such as kolsch to go down well in the North West heat.

“I have been brew­ing for more than 10 years do­ing a bit of work down in Ea­gle Bay and Boot­leg, but it has al­ways been a dream to start our own brew­ery up here,” he said.

“Be­ing Cana­dian, I def­i­nitely have more of a North Amer­i­can hops in­flu­ence to my brew­ing, but we want to stick to tra­di­tional styles to start off.”

Once es­tab­lished, Mr Lit­tle said he would like to get more ex­per­i­men­tal with sea­sonal re­leases and some of his own per­sonal projects.

“My favourite is def­i­nitely pale ales, or what I con­sider a west coast pale ale,” he said.

“It is quite fruity and hoppy, so hope­fully ev­ery­one else will like it too. “I’ve been slowly over the last few years us­ing my friends to taste test.”

Mr Firth said he hoped the venue would be­come a so­cial hub for res­i­dents and tourists.

Ini­tially, Froth Craft will be run­ning on a restau­rant li­cence with a liquor without a meal ex­tended trad­ing per­mit.

Pic­ture: Es­ther McDon­ald

Pic­ture: Es­ther McDon­ald

Froth Craft own­ers Pete Firth, Tyler Lit­tle and Phil Gray.

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