WHILE beer quality is generally a discussion reserved for pub banter and personal opinion, choosing the best brews in the State is an actual responsibility bestowed to some lucky beverage lovers.
Some of the nation’s best beer brains have just finished judging 700 entrants from commercial, mid- and small-sized breweries, microbrewers and home brewers as part of the annual Perth Royal Food Awards – and it turns out that several of the 18 winners are from right here in Perth.
How’s this for a list to sample:
An amateur brewer from Tuart Hill, Mr Tearne was named best amateur brewer for the second year in a row. One of his drops also took the title of best amateur beer so you know what they say – “You know I’d like to have a beer with Benny.”
Hopped Up Wangara
Hopped Up, which has only been on the scene three years, won best new exhibitor – probably because they make a distinct effort to stick to traditional recipes using quality ingredients.
Blasta Brewery in Burswood
Blasta has the best pale ale draught, called the Grimster Rocks Pale Ale. They say this mosaic hoppy American Pale Ale is designed to represent all the best bits of living by the Swan River.
Innate Brewers in Spearwood
At a hearty 6.8 per cent, their Bullet Proof Black IPA sounds perfect for these cold Perth winter nights. It won best dark ale draught.
Nail Brewing Australia’s Nail MVP
The Bassendean brewers mid-strength offering, an Indian Session Ale, took out best reduced alcohol (packaged). Try it – it offers a firm bitterness that most mid-strengths do not.
Their Sour Cherry Ale was a standout for best reduced alcohol draught. You could imagine the view on offer at the Old Swan Brewery makes the sour go down even better.
Keen to try any of these? Plenty of the competition beers will be on offer at the Perth Royal Beer Awards Carnival at Claremont Showground this Saturday, July 14.