Home brew is a showstopper
WHAT started out as a way to save some money has turned into an ongoing pursuit of perfection for Redcliffe amateur beer brewer Lee Cooper.
Mr Cooper last week won the best amateur beer and best ale of the Perth Royal Beer Show for his black dog porter brew.
He was introduced to home brewing by his wife Lorna in 2009 before she stopped brewing and he took over in 2011.
“I’ve been doing it ever since on my own, building my brewery up and trying to brew better beers,” he said.
“I’m always expanding, making things bigger and better.”
His favourite varieties are porters and stouts, but he has also made some tasty pale ales and mead beers.
Mr Cooper said he first got interested in brewing because of the high cost of buying beer.
He said there had been a few learning experiences along the way.
“There has been lots of trial and error,” he said.
“My brews haven’t all been very good. There have been a number that have been very average and a couple have been tipped down the drain.”
The Perth Royal Beer Show achieved a milestone in its 10th year as a record 668 entries gave 35 judges the arduous task of determining the medal winners during the two-day event.
Home brewer Lee Cooper with a glass of his black dog porter beer.