Freedom Ale to quench thirsts at Pridefest: PrideWA and Nowhereman Brewing team up to create boutique brew

Nowhereman founder Reece Wheadon, PrideWA's vice president Jeremy Wray, Perri Oxide, Ginava, head brewer Paul Wyman and PrideWA secretary Curtis Ward.
Nowhereman founder Reece Wheadon, PrideWA's vice president Jeremy Wray, Perri Oxide, Ginava, head brewer Paul Wyman and PrideWA secretary Curtis Ward.

PRIDEFEST has an official beer this year for the first time.

PrideWA and West Leederville’s Nowhereman Brewing collaborated to create Freedom Ale, name after this year’s Pride theme, which is inspired by a classic Belgian Witbier.

Nowhereman Brewing founder Reece Wheadon described the brew, which features native Australian fruit, as “drinking dry with a gentle bitterness”.

“Over the last week we’ve been making Australian native tea and playing around with it,” he said.

Head brewer Paul Wyman said the team spent the last two months working out the final product.

“There’s 100 ways to skin a cat when it comes to brewing everyone’s got their own nuances, but it’s gone pretty smoothly, we were all on the same page,” he said.

“It is a one off for now but if we could keep it going every year that would be cool; it depends how it goes and how it is received.

“That’s the great thing about beer; there’s so many different styles, if it is not someone’s cup of tea, we will find something that works.”

PrideWA’s vice president Jeremy Wray said he was thrilled that the beer, which would also be available during WA Beer Week November 17 to 26, would help spread the equality message further.

Perth drag queens Ginava and Perri Oxide, who got the first taste, said they had only encountered support during the same-sex marriage survey.

“My mum reposts my drag stuff on Facebook and recently there have been baby boomer and older people leaving messages of support and wishing good luck,” Perri Oxide said.

Ginava, who first rode a parade float in 2011, said she did not see eye-to-eye with all her customers, but they were respectful.

“I work in hairdressing and people have been respectful; I have clients that would vote no but it doesn’t stop them from coming to see me,” she said.

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