Gage Roads Brewing Co will launch the iteration of its annual Backyard to Bottleshop homebrew challenge next Wednesday [August 26] at Clancy’s Fremantle.
The Backyard to Bottleshop homebrew challenge gives WA’s best amateur brewers the opportunity to have their recipes brewed on a commercial scale in collaboration with the team at Gage Roads, with the resulting beer distributed for sale across the country.
For 2015, Gage Roads set the challenge of brewing the perfect summer beer. After tasting a bevy of golden ales, wheat beers, and a few IPAs, it was Dale Carroll’s saison that shone bright like a late December sun.
The French word for season, saison is traditionally brewed at the end of harvest in agricultural France and Belgium. Carroll’s winning beer was a light and lively affair, with a complex mix of spice and fruit.
“We’d tasted a lot of beers by the time we got to Dale’s, but his was like a lightning rod”, said Gage Roads’ Aaron Heary, “I was immediately transported back to sunny summer days, feet dangling off the back of a boat, whiling the day away without a care in the world”, he continued.
For the launch event, Gage Roads will be bringing the backyard to the band room at Clancy’s, trucking in some quintessential “lost in the back shed” goods. Revellers can grab a perch on grandma’s old couch; brush the cobwebs off Uncle Gavin’s “lost” golf clubs; pump up a sun-bleached basketball, or pump some iron on a long-forgotten weight bench.
It wouldn’t be a Gage Roads event without a bit of theatre and (more importantly) a few prizes. A freshly-exhumed Hills Hoist will be used to play Hoist of Fortune, with a bevy of spot prizes for brewers and drinkers alike.
Venue: Clancy’s Fremantle
Ticketing information: Free event
For additional details see www.facebook.com/gageroads