Com­pe­ti­tion brew­ing at Beer Show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

JUDGES sipped their way through 570 en­tries in the Royal Perth Beer Show last month.

At the show, in its ninth year, judges as­sessed 110 am­a­teur and 49 com­mer­cial brew­ers on ap­pear­ance, aroma, flavour, style and tech­ni­cal qual­i­ties in more than 70 cat­e­gories.

The Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety an­nounced win­ners at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on July 31, where Mash Brew­ing in Hen­ley Brook won tro­phies for Best WA Beer, Best WA Brew­ery and Best Re­duced Al­co­hol (Pack­aged).

Mash Brew­ing head brewer Char­lie Hodg­son said he was “over the moon” about the wins.

“It’s huge; we’ve had a very good 18 months, es­pe­cially win­ning Best WA Brew­ery two years in a row,” he said.

In­dian Ocean Brew­ing Com­pany brew man­ager Mal Se­courable said it was his sev­enth year judg­ing and the in­dus­try had ex­panded “in­cre­men­tally”.

“This is the most judges I’ve ever seen in six or seven years,” Mr Se­courable said.

He said judges drank plenty of wa­ter and ate crack­ers and cheese to cleanse their palates be­tween tast­ings.

The Monk Brew­ery Oper­a­tions man­ager Matt Marinich said he en­joyed his third year judg­ing the Beer Show.

“I think there are a lot of blokes at work, jeal­ous, who’d rather be here to­day,” he said.

Sour, stout, pil­sner, wheat beer, lagers and dark ale were among the dozens of beer types en­tered to the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Se­courable said there was a greater so­phis­ti­ca­tion in the brew­ing in­dus­try that was driv­ing the skill set of brew­ers.

Ryan Lu­cas won Best Am­a­teur Beer in show. He will be able to brew a batch of beer at Feral Brew­ery to be stocked at Ur­ban Or­chard in North­bridge.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d441208

Matt Marinich and Mal Se­courable judg­ing at the Royal Perth Beer Show.

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