Bangin' beer made in Margs

The Perth Royal Beer Awards is the premier beer competition in Western Australia (WA). The state’s pursuit of new and innovative ways of brewing is stronger than it has ever been, with 529 entries from large, medium and small craft breweries as far and wide as Esperance, Kalbarri, Margaret River, Busselton, Swan Valley and Perth.  

Margaret River Beer Co. enjoyed a trophy-filled night, taking home the HPA trophy for Best IPA (Packaged) for their flagship In The Pines as well as Best IPA (Draught) for River Dog. Born from three beer-loving couples who sought to create a venue that feels like home to locals and visitors alike, Margaret River Beer Co. has become an institution that captures the region’s laid back and inclusive feel. After a well-earned break, we got in touch with Head Brewer Ryan Allen to congratulate the team and ask a few questions about their shiny new brewery and the perfect Sunday session.

Q: Congrats on your recent success at the 2024 Perth Royal Beer Awards! We were thrilled to hand you the Best IPA (Packaged) trophy for your flagship In The Pines, which has been cleaning up at industry awards of late. What’s the secret to that pillowy mouthfeel supporting those vibrant fruity flavours?

A: Our main focus of getting In The Pines where we want it to be over the last 6 months has been with our water chemistry and protein content of the malt bill. Making sure we have the correct level of calcium and pH in the mash really lays the foundation for this beer.

Q: You were also awarded Best IPA (Draught) for River Dog, a beer Crafty Pint once described as “smooth and clean with impeccably balanced bitterness”. Was the beer name inspired by a particular furry friend of yours?  

A: Funny that. Even though we have a dog in the artwork, the name is actually inspired by the locals name for Rivermouth Beach.

Q: With the paint still drying on your shiny new brewery, which piece of equipment has made the biggest difference for you?

A: It’s more of a luxury, but I have to say the oversized heat exchanger. We’ve gone from taking an hour to knock out 1000L to 25 minutes for 2,500L. Definitely makes the end of the brew day a lot nicer!

Q: Plus, you’ve got some flash new can designs on the shelf. Who’s the talent behind the new artwork?

A: That would be the excellent Jarrod Fuller from Zendoke.

Q: What is it about the people of Margaret River that makes them so laid back, inclusive and welcoming?

A: I’m still relatively new to Margs, but I think the small town vibe combined with the beautiful landscape is just naturally relaxing. I’ve definitely felt very welcome and included in the community since moving here.

Q: Finally, describe the perfect WA Sunday session.

A: Can’t beat a swim in the morning, followed by a couple beers on the beach.

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