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Two Ex­mouth brew­eries are adding to the rep­u­ta­tion of the North West af­ter mak­ing waves at a se­ries of beer and food fes­ti­vals in the south of the State. Pic­tured are Froth Craft Brew­ery staff mem­bers Pete Firth, Luke Mur­ray and Alba Aguirre with happy pun­ters Mon­ica An­der­son and Danny Duane at the Mar­garet River Gourmet Escape.

Beer-lovers down south can now try the best brews from Ex­mouth af­ter Froth Craft Brew­ery and Whale­bone Brew­ing Com­pany met with a good re­sponse at fes­ti­vals a few weeks ago.

Both brew­eries were at Fre­man­tle BeerFest from Novem­ber 9-11 and Froth Craft con­tin­ued south to the Mar­garet River Gourmet Escape the fol­low­ing week­end.

Hav­ing left Ex­mouth with 31 kegs, Froth Craft wrapped up the Gourmet Escape with only three re­main­ing and chose to leave them with Swings and Round­abouts Win­ery to go on tap.

Di­rec­tor Pete Firth said the brew­ery al­ready had a good re­la­tion­ship with the win­ery be­fore the fes­ti­val.

“Swings and Round­abouts are a well-known win­ery down south and we’ve stocked their sparkling since we opened,” he said.

“We’re re­ally happy to as­so­ciate our­selves with them and their buzzing place right on the main street.”

Whale­bone brought 18 kegs to BeerFest and after­wards sent three left­overs to The Lo­cal Ho­tel in Fre­man­tle.

Brew­ery owner Paul Min­niear said it was proof that brewer Justin Fuery was mak­ing re­ally re­mark­able beers.

“It’s re­ally pos­i­tive for him to have peo­ple com­ing back for sec­onds and thirds and it’s a great boost to our con­fi­dence af­ter only a year in busi­ness,” he said.

Whale­bone was also told by Ca­ble Beach Club that it was the best mi­cro­brew­ery in the whole fes­ti­val.

“It’s re­ally great to meet all those other in­dus­try peo­ple, test their prod­ucts and make con­nec­tions,” Mr Min­niear said. Hav­ing fin­ished fifth in the peo­ple’s choice award at BeerFest, Mr Firth said the ex­pe­ri­ence was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing and feed­back was bet­ter than ex­pected.

“It’s re­ally mo­ti­va­tional to keep brew­ing and get more peo­ple up to our lit­tle cor­ner of the world,” he said. “We need to get more beers on tap. Our head brewer Tyler has a whole range of beers he wants to try and it doesn’t look like there’s any end to peo­ple want­ing to try dif­fer­ent Froth brews.”

Pic­ture: Kelsi Sam­son

Paul Min­niear and Justin Fuery from Whale­bone Brew­ing Com­pany at Beer Fest in Fre­man­tle.

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