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WA is home to an incredible selection of local breweries thanks to the natural resources of our great state. The West Aussie spirit and passion for quality and tasty craft beers have seen a surge in local artisan breweries popping up all over West Australia (and Australia in general).
Liquor Barons has always been committed to supporting local so it was a no-brainer to collaborate with the Western Australian Brewers Association (WABA) to produce this Drink West Drink Best beer pack that we know you’ll all froth over!
A Liquor Barons exclusive, the pack includes 16 beers from some of the top 16 breweries in WA, including a range of brews to cater to all taste buds.
This beer pack is produced by locals for locals with local brews… Brewtiful! Read on to discover more about the tins in this pack that can only be purchased at your local Barons!
Drink West Drink Best
Brew: Cherry Tart
Tasting notes: Tart cherry, subtle spice, balanced acidity. Light malt body. Fruity yet dry & refreshing. Medium length.
About the brewery: Once operating as a gypsy brewery and now based in Denmark, Artisan Brewing was established in 2014 by husband and wife team, Brian and Julia Fitzgerald. Their aim? To produce exemplary Belgian-style ales and lagers. Last year, they won Small Brewery of the Year at the 2022 Perth Royal Show and Brian is Australia’s first Cicerone or Beer Sommelier, so you could say they know what they’re doing!
Bailey Brewing Co.
Tasting notes: A classic Aussie/German lager. Very refreshing and drinkable. Crisp and clean lager characteristics with firm bitterness and medium hop character. Straw to gold in colour. True German style of beer uses ‘noble’ hops. Extremely popular lager beer.
About the brewery: Meet the Baileys. A Dad and his two sons who wanted to create a proudly family friendly brewery in the Swan Valley. Starting the 2019, the family philosophy was always to brew simple, sessionable beers that taste great. A gaggle of awards under their belt and there’s no stopping these boys now!
Tasting notes: The beer the brewers make for their own selfish pleasure. Brilliantly pale and sparkling with only the faintest maltiness. A crisp bitterness, fermented cold and lagered for weeks this is a classic beer style at its finest. Celebrating the vibrant stone fruit and tropical fruit flavours and aromas of American hop varieties.
About the brewery: Beerfarm was formed in 2015, when five mates stumbled upon their little slice of heaven in Metricup, Western Australia. Once an old dairy farm, to an award-winning brewery, the boys are committed to delivering everything from smashable lagers to complex IPA’s, sours and ciders packed full of rescued fruit supporting Aussie farmers.
Beerland Brewing Co
Brew: James Street Juice (New England Pale Ale)
Tasting notes: Pouring a thick golden haze with pineapple, passionfruit, orange and mango on the nose. A silky mouthfeel from oats and torrified wheat lend to a surprisingly dry finish with just enough bitterness to let you know it is still beer.
About the brewery: Beerland opened Northbridge Brewing Co by Beerland brewpub as part of Marlin Group hospitality back in August of 2014. The brewing team at Beerland have won AIBA champion Australian Beer twice, 2018 for Beerland Wheat Beer and 2022 for Blueberry Clouds, the first and one of only two breweries to do so. They must know what they’re doing!
Black Brewing Co
Tasting notes: Classic German style, with light malts and medium bitterness. Our Lager is brewed with patience and dedication, delivering a beer that is bright, clean and crisp. A true Lager that you can count on for any occasion. Nice match for stir fry, salads or a weekend BBQ.
Awards: Gold Medalist at Royal Queensland and Indies Beer Awards.
About the brewery: This small local team have won awards for every single beer in their can fam this year. Made down in Margaret River, these guys are “in love with the art of brewing” and it shows! They also have an incredible venue that has something for everybody.
Heroes and Villains
Brew: Architect (European Lager)
Tasting notes: Architect is a classic style Czech Pilsner made for the WA climate. Bready malts and yeast support the classic, lightly spiced Noble hops. The bittering from NZ hops presents a gentle crisp citrus. Classically refreshing! We replicated the water profile of Prague, stayed true to the Pilsner malt base with a little specialty grain to add breadiness to the flavour. To add a modern flair we bitter with New Zealand hops, which gives a fresh bitterness, then a light noble hop addition after fermentation to add that spice that a good Pilsner should have.
About the brewery: Heroes and Villains is the story of friends and family who joined together to build a dream. From humble beginnings in 2018 in a small 100m2 space in the back of a shed at Oakover winery to a 350m2 brewery and tap room in Osborne Park, developing award winning beers.
Brew: Kaspar Fest (90 Day Pilsner)
Tasting notes: Made for spring celebrations and warmer days, this keller beer has been nurturing for 90+ days in tank to bring true refinement. Ereclea Pilsner malt creates an ultra-pale, crisp cracker base while 100% Styrian Wolf additions throughout adds notes of elderflower and mandarin while delivering a bite of bitterness.
About the brewery: Homestead Brewery is also home to award winning winery Mandoon Estate. Led by highly regarded and much awarded head brewers, Homestead Brewery is unique and no expenses have been spared to produce quality craft beers. It is the only brewery in Australia to be fitted out with German brewing equipment, Kaspar Schulz, the oldest brewing equipment in the world!
Tasting notes: An easy-drinking Australian Lager, featuring Australian hops & malts. Crisp, clean, and crushable with just enough bitterness to make you say ‘ahhhh.’ A perfect thirst quencher for a hot summer’s day.
About the brewery: Mash Brewing is an award-winning family-owned craft brewery located in Perth’s beautiful Swan Valley. Since Mash’s inception in 2006, not content with resting on their laurels, Mash after 17 years and many awards, continues to strive to improve and push the boundaries of modern brewing, proudly brewing some of WA’s finest beer.
Brew: Quokka Export Lil’ Hop
Tasting notes: As uncomplicated as beer gets, in reality this Lager is drinking a dream: one of unfettered timelines, BBQ’d sausages, and crays for days.
About the brewery: Started in ’94 with an at home brew kit. Nail Brewing, which owns Quokka Brewing, has become one of Australia’s most awarded independent breweries, and founder, John Stallwood, is also the founding president founded the West Australia Brewers Association and the Perth Royal Beer Show. Through injuries, setbacks and the ever-changing landscape of craft beer, since long before craft was craft, Quokka has been producing bloody good beer loved by locals.
Otherside Brewing Co
Brew: Lo Fi Mid Ale
Tasting notes: Lo-Fi is a crisp, American-style wheat beer. Dry-hopped with US hops and infused with orange and grapefruit for a refreshing finish. The citrus flavours from the hops and fruit combine seamlessly and complement each other. The wheat gives the beer body without adding sweetness, and the bitterness makes Lo-Fi a moreish, thirst-quenching beer.
About the brewery: Inspired by the love of festival season, and born, bred and brewed in Freo, these WA locals are committed to supporting local. So much so that they contribute a percentage of all sales to local artists and love to collaborate with WA institutions. You’ll be seeing the Otherside Brew lounge at Perth Airport this year so you can fly away feeling happy.
Rocky Ridge Brewing Co
Brew: Pilsner (Unfiltered Lager)
Tasting notes: Clean, crisp and refreshing, our Pilsner is a nod to the classic king of lagers. A lean body of cracker malts is complemented by herbaceous noble hops that deliver notes of freshly cut hay. Finishing with a firm, cleansing bitterness, this no-nonsense beer is guaranteed to please Lager fans (and win over some new ones along the way).
About the brewery: Proud to be a small, independent, family-owned business. Rocky Ridge are proudly 100% Carbon Neutral for all our scope 1, 2 & 3 greenhouse gas emissions, and are a Certified Sustainable Operation – The only brewery in Australia to achieve both. Started in 2016, in Jindong, WA, this award-winning brewery continues to go from strength to strength!
Shelter Brewing Co
Tasting notes: The XPA (by any other name) in Shelter’s lineup is also the mid-strength in their permanent lineup. Pouring a burnt orange hue, it leads off with tropical fruit aromas, is underpinned by a gentle bitterness, and has a lasting finish of fruity and herbaceous hops. Very sessionable – and the standout offering for the Crafty writer who called in pre-opening.
About the brewery: An incredible brewery in the perfect location, Shelter Brewery is a Busselton institution. Erected during the pandemic, the family-owned brewery is committed to their community and educating people on craft beer. It’s no wonder they’ve won award after award for everything from best packaging to best draught.
Spinifex Brewing Co
Brew: Cable Beach Sunset Ale
Tasting notes: A Kimberley inspired malt driven ale utilising 100% Victoria hop from Preston Valley Hops. Featuring locally grown Victoria hops offers a delightful blend of floral and citrus notes with hints of stone fruit, all balanced by a subtle level of bitterness. The result is a harmonious and aromatic brew with a touch of spiciness and earthiness, making it a refreshing choice for beer enthusiasts and easy drinking beer lovers.
About the brewery: Created by proud West Aussies in 2019, Spinifex produce unique beers inspired and infused with the remarkable flavours of Western Australia to create sophisticated and flavoursome craft beers. They also provide funds for Aussie Veterans who suffer with their mental health and support indigenous farming. They want to take the taste of Australia around the world and celebrate the indigenous lands.
Tall Timbers Brewing Co
Tasting notes: Tall Timbers Lager is brewed to deliver plenty of flavour while leaving you thirsty for more. Pale malts balance with delicate noble hops to make an easy-drinking European Style lager. Cold fermented and matured for up to six weeks the taste is subtle and refreshing.
About the brewery: Resurrecting a largely abandoned hotel built in 1912, into a brewery turned out to be a stroke of genius by Manjimup town locals. Their solid core range is fresh, technically flawless and sessionable. The team are extremely passionate about supporting local farming communities and using it to craft unique flavours.
Brew: Local Lager
Tasting notes: Brewed in Mandurah from pure rainwater, they’ve taken the finest Australian Malts and combined them with the freshest hops to produce an easy drinking, Australian-style lager designed to quench any thirst.
About the brewery: Award winning beer that is brewed here in WA, Thorny Devil was started by ex-pharmacist Peter McAppion. From humble beginnings of Pete’s mates being his guinea pigs, Thorny Devil has transformed into a true contender in the craft-beer world, winning numerous awards at the Australian International Beer Awards, Australian Craft Beer awards and Perth Royal Beer Show.
White Lakes Brewing
Brew: 100 Day Pilsner
Tasting notes: Balanced with a malty bitterness creating a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus & pine. Developing subtle tropical fruit notes with extended maturation.
About the brewery: Launched in 2016, the brewery headed by Sean Symons is describes the mantra behind his beer design as the “second beer theory”, in that Whitelakes’ drinkers are ready to have a second beer without feeling they’ve been hit with a hammer by the first. It’s an idea he eloquently sums up as being “part of the Australian fabric of sessionability”.
Not only is this pack supporting local breweries but it also supports Workpower, an organisation who offer employment opportunities for people with disabilities, to pack the Drink West Drink Best brew pack. Yet another reason to get your grubs on this epic beer pack that’ll have you set up with craft brews just in time for the warmer weather.
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