Quake beer off the scale

The West Australian - - NEWS - Kent Acott

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.

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