Quake beer off the scale
A special beer has been brewed to commemorate tomorrow’s 50th anniversary of the Meckering earthquake.
About 1700 bottles and 12 kegs of Richter Ale has been made by the Lucky Bay Brewing company in Esperance, using barley from a Meckering farm.
It will be sold during a day of commemoration in the town, 130km east of Perth, that will include a host of events and activities.
The magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit at 10.39am on October 14, 1968.
Commemoration event co-ordinator Rebekah Burges said the idea for the beer came to her during a trip to Vietnam. It was supported by the Meckering Sporting Club and a competition was conducted to choose the barley.
It was won by the Snooke family, whose home was destroyed by the earthquake and remains a pile of rubble 50 years later.
Information about tomorrow’s event is available at meckering50yrson.com.au
Rebekah Burges with the beer.