Gage Roads – a history
Gage Roads Brewing Co is one of the country’s leading independent brewers, but it’s a company with humble beginnings.
Gage Roads was established in 2004 by two brothers, John and Bill Hoedemaker, with the original brewery cobbled together and created with salvaged second-hand equipment and squeezed into a former margarine factory. While that original kit has now been replaced with state-of-the-art German equipment, Gage Roads still calls that former margarine factory in Perth’s south home.
Gage Roads has always been local and had a deep connection to place, named after the stretch of water that separates Fremantle and Rottnest Island, with a love of the lifestyle that comes with it.
And it’s core range of ales reflect that, designed with sessionability and flavour in mind. Single Fin (summer ale) is refreshing and light bodied, but full of aromatic Galaxy and Enigma hops. Little Dove (new world pale ale) has a huge tropical nectar aroma, and was crowned champion Australian Beer at the Australian International Beer Awards. Atomic (pale ale) is a big US-style pale with piny-citrus hop notes and caramel malts, balanced by a refreshing bitterness. And Hello Sunshine cider was created out of a collaboration with WA’s iconic Fringe World Festival. It’s a juicy apple flavour that’s not too sweet, with a light and easy-drinking body and a super refreshing finish.
In 2017, Gage Roads launched ALBY, a lager made with 100% West Australian barley. The name tips its hat to the Albion, the state’s first brewery (1837).
And recently Gage Roads won pouring rights for Perth’s Optus and NIB stadiums, as well as inking deals with Cricket Victoria, Rugby Australian and the Western Force.
Did you know
The backbone of all Gage Roads beers comes from local, West Australian barley. We reckon it’s the best in the world!