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Much like yeast fermenting in a brewery tank, the craft beer scene in our South West is bubbling away happily, alive with activity. New breweries are opening every few months and they’re working alongside well established ones to make the overall local brewing scene more vibrant than ever. One of the pioneers of this scene is Cowaramup Brewing Company who will celebrate their tenth birthday in December. It’s a milestone that makes Cowaramup Brewing one of the oldest breweries in the South West.
Jeremy, owner and brewer of Cowaramup Brewing, welcomes all new breweries and that’s the thing about the craft beer community – they’re a really friendly bunch.
“There’s room for plenty more,” says Jeremy. Aside from the obvious benefit of more great beer Jeremy says that another big positive that comes with new breweries opening is the challenge he feels personally to continually improve his own beer.
Not that there’s anything needed to improve his beers, his Cowaramup Pilsner is generally regarded as one of the best in Australia, they’ve even got the trophy to prove it having won the Champion Lager Trophy at the International Beer Awards in 2011. Exploring past the Pilsner, there’s their Hefeweizen, Lightsign Summer Ale, Special Pale Ale, India Pale Ale and Porter. An impressive range of beers given that Jeremy is working on one of the smallest brewhouses in the south west but we all know it’s not about size. First and foremost Jeremy is dedicated to quality and you can taste it in every magical sip of his Cowaramup beers.
You may have noticed craft beer trending in the direction of beers overflowing with hop character, that magical plant that provides beer with its bitterness and can impart significant flavour and aroma. Local examples like Feral Hop Hog, Mash CopyCat and Bootleg Speakeasy IPA are great examples of big hoppy beers but don’t expect to find such hop bombs in Cowaramup’s ales.
Content courtesy of Your Margaret River Region.
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