Sec­ond brew­ery for Ex­mouth

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Ex­mouth’s craft beer scene is set for a boost as a sec­ond brew­ery pre­pares to open with a view to one day fol­low in Matso’s foot­steps and sup­ply WA with beer brewed in our neck of the woods.

Whale­bone Brew­ery is un­der con­struc­tion in a shed out the back of the south side of town.

The first trial batch of beer has al­ready been brewed and the own­ers are hop­ing to open later this year, pos­si­bly in Septem­ber.

Co-owner Justin Fuery said the brew­ery site, an in­dus­trial shed, suited Ex­mouth to a tee.

“We love the raw as­pect of the steel, the vats — we think it is well suited to an in­dus­trial set­ting,” he said.

“Peo­ple like to be among the equip­ment so you can see where what you are drink­ing is com­ing from.

“Ex­mouth is a touristy town and peo­ple like talk­ing, so wouldn’t it be great to have a hol­i­day in Ex­mouth then go back to your pub or bot­tleshop in Perth and you see this Whale­bone beer you drank.”

Mr Fuery said he had so many ideas for beer, the brew­ery ran the risk of run­ning out of tap space.

It has been a break­out year for craft beer in Ex­mouth, with Whale­bone join­ing Froth Craft which opened three months ago in the shop­ping mall.

To date Froth has been bring­ing in craft beers from across Aus­tralia but its own beers, a kolsch to start off, are set to hit the taps soon.

Froth Craft di­rec­tor Pete Firth said the North West was ready to latch onto the craft beer trend which had taken hold across the rest of Aus­tralia.

“Matso’s has done in­cred­i­bly well through a lot of mar­ket­ing in bring­ing a range of in­cred­i­bly fruity beers, which weren’t the Broome stan­dard, out,” he said.

“The craft beer scene is ex­plod­ing around the coun­try and if you can do it in a pris­tine, re­mote lo­ca­tion, well, that is just a big bonus.

“We’re cer­tainly ex­cited about (Whale­bone), we want some­where to go and en­joy craft beer when we’re not work­ing here so we see it as com­ple­men­tary.”

Mr Firth said hav­ing two brew­eries in town would give Ex­mouth’s brew­ers the chance to bounce ideas off each other and try a wider range of styles.

Beer aside, Froth and Whale­bone share sim­i­lar de­sign fea­tures in the wood­work.

This was no mis­take, with both venues us­ing Vik­ing Con­cepts owner Eryk Teasdale’s “gifted” car­pen­try skills.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Whale­bone Brew­ery co-own­ers Paul Min­niear and Justin Fuery.

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