Scarborough: Brewing focus at Sunset Wine and Brews

L-R: Audrey Isautier (Yummy Rhum), Emily Archibald (Bunker Wines), Shannon Mizen (Heroes and Villains) and Dennis Parker (Saracen Estates).  Sunset Wine and Brews event. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d490150
L-R: Audrey Isautier (Yummy Rhum), Emily Archibald (Bunker Wines), Shannon Mizen (Heroes and Villains) and Dennis Parker (Saracen Estates). Sunset Wine and Brews event. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d490150

WEST Leederville brewer Shannon Mizen will give punters at Sunset Wine and Brews a taste of his Heroes and Villains beers for the first time next month.

Heroes and Villains will join Yummy Rhum, Calneggia Family Vineyards’ Bunkers wines and Saracen Estates as new offerings at this year’s event that returns to Scarborough Beach Reserve.

Heroes and Villains owner and brewer Shannon Mizen

Mr Mizen started brewing in a space at Oakover Grounds a year ago after making his first beer – Beer of the New Age – at the Beer Farm in Metricup.

“That one came about from trying a new hops called Fortnight hops, which is a blend of five different hop plants together, and trying a new process of brewing at the time,” he said.

“I was listening to an album by my favourite band ‘Queens of the Stone Age’.

“It has a really nice rounded flavour and it’s nice and tropical so easy to drink.”

The father of two created the Heroes and Villains signature beer as a home brew before producing commercial quantities of the recipe.

It’s a process Mr Mizen has used for most of his creations, except the villains like the Gingerbread beer that he takes a punt on by producing 1000lt at a time.

He used different hops and yeast to Beer of the New Age for the Christmas beer.

“The base of this one is a French style yeast and I added spices that you get in a gingerbread man to give it that extra flavour,” Mr Mizen said.

Heroes and Villains will debut another villain at Sunset Wine and Brews that is perfect in the lead up to Valentine’s Day.

“A bone of contention in my house is the amount of times I’ve told my wife I almost bought her flowers so I made a red IPA which I called ‘I Almost Bought You Flowers’,” Mr Mizen said.

“It’s got a nice earthy hops to it and a nice red colour for the flowers we should have bought each other.”

There will be about 40 exhibitors at Sunset Wine and Brews an Richard Campbell from CMS Events, which operates the two-day festival, said there would be a greater focus on brewing this year.

“There will still be a very strong emphasis on wine but this year we’re expecting around 10 breweries and cideries to join us,” Mr Campbell said.

“There will also be a number of local spirit makers and of course, a great range of tapas style food.”

WHAT: Sunset Wine and Brews

WHEN, February 9 and 10 from 2-8pm

TICKETS: https://www.wineandfood.com.au