Cheers to a beer at the long bar

Wanneroo Times - - Opinion - Mark Don­ald­son

TALK about a key plank.

Hil­larys is to boast one of WA’s long­est bar tops, with enough bench space to line up about 260 pint glasses if you’re drink­ing from the 8cm-di­am­e­ter va­ri­ety.

The 22m ser­vice area is a ma­jor talk­ing point for Whit­fords Brew­ing Com­pany, which opens on Septem­ber 21 as part of the Whit­ford City re­de­vel­op­ment.

The craft brew­ery has at­tracted un­prece­dented in­ter­est from lo­cals, with own­ers Beer­land achiev­ing the big­gest re­sponse in com­pany his­tory when they put a call out for com­mu­nity sup­port dur­ing plan­ning.

The bar’s ini­tial batch of beer will be pre­pared at sis­ter venue, the North­bridge Brew­ing Com­pany.

Mas­ter brewer Ken Ar­row­smith, best known as the bearded face of the for­mer Emu Bit­ter logo, ex­pected 300 kegs on hand to cater for the 750-ca­pac­ity venue’s de­but.

“I’m just hop­ing that it will last long enough for us to fin­ish com­mis­sion­ing the new brew­ery and get some beer com­ing out of the pipes up there,” he said.

The pub’s first in-house brew is due to be­gin flow­ing dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

It is the only brew­ery be­tween Perth and Min­darie in the north­ern sub­urbs.

Beer swillers can ex­pect a core range of IPA, lager, wheat, pale ale and kolsch of­fer­ings to match that of the North­bridge venue. Special re­leases would fol­low.

“We’re go­ing to be look­ing at the more tra­di­tional English styles,” Mr Ar­row­smith said.

“If the de­mand’s there… I can eas­ily see an ESB (ex­tra special bit­ter) or an English mild be­com­ing part of the core range.”

He said Beer­land had been look­ing for ex­pan­sion op­tions since it opened its North­bridge venue in 2014.

The plans for Whit­fords had been about two years in the mak­ing.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult to find the com­bi­na­tion of the right lo­ca­tion, the right land­lord and the right premises,” he said.

In keep­ing with its theme of crafts­man­ship, the bar fea­tures wood re­cy­cled from Fre­man­tle Foundry, Perry Lakes Sta­dium and Dal­gety Wool Stores. Some of the tim­ber is more than 120 years old.

The venue has landed the ser­vices of Kevin Luke, for­merly of The Royal in East Perth, as its head chef.

A sky­deck which can hold about 160 peo­ple has views to the ocean.

The pub will be of­fer­ing open­ing spe­cials of $9 tast­ing pad­dles, $9 CANi­mals (1 litre take­away cans) and $20 pizza and pints. A 6-7pm happy hour will run ev­ery day un­til the end of the Queen’s Birth­day long week­end.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Head brewer Ken Ar­row­smith takes a break as work con­tin­ues on build­ing one of the long­est bars in WA.­mu­ni­

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