Lo­cal en­gi­neers are on the hop

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park’s Como En­gi­neer­ing will move into the for­mer Matilda Bay Brew­ery, left va­cant apart from oc­ca­sional use since 2007, in North Fre­man­tle.

“It took a while to get rid of the pi­geon poo; five days and seven bird car­casses later,” Como En­gi­neer­ing spe­cial equip­ment man­ager Sean Galvin said.

Mr Galvin said he found a 1920s-era worker’s shoe but no beer while help­ing clean the old ware­house re­cently.

The min­ing en­gi­neer­ing firm will move its 40 ad­min­is­tra­tion and ware­house staff from nearby McCabe Street, Mos­man Park to the Stir­ling High­way brew­ery in about three weeks.

The brew­ery was a dis­used Ford car fac­tory be­fore Matilda Bay moved in and in­stalled Bel­gian cop­per brew­ing ket­tles in 1989, ex­pand­ing from Fre­man­tle’s Sail and An­chor pub, where the brew­ers started craft beer mak­ing in Aus­tralia in 1984.

Mr Galvin said the ket­tles would even­tu­ally be pol­ished to their for­mer glory as a mark of re­spect to pre­vi­ous uses of the brew­ery, which was shut by Fosters eight years ago, after the Mel­bourne-based gi­ant bought Matilda Bay in 1990.

Como En­gi­neer­ing has a sixyear lease com­pris­ing two-year com­po­nents on the brew­ery, where a scaf­fold­ing company and Pil­bara Min­er­als also rent small sec­tions.

The brew­ery was sold by Cottes­loe prop­erty in­vestor Alan McGil­livray to Perth-based own­ers last year.

Como En­gi­neer­ing’s Sean Galvin has con­ducted a test pol­ish of the brew­ery’s cop­per ket­tles.

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