Who are South Fremantle Brewing?
In short, a group of mates having a crack at getting a brewery off the ground and letting you watch and taste along the way.
It probably sounds like the start of a terrible dad joke; what do you get when you take a Project Manager, a Chemical Process Engineer, a guy who fixes submarines (still no idea what that’s called), two Native Land Care Officers and a Clean Room Validation Specialist, all with a taste for good beer and a passion for making it?
I guess that’s a rhetorical question as the answer is in the heading, however that is the list of day jobs of Brewers Mark, Graham, Peter, Matt, Matt and Eamonn. Also known as South Fremantle Brewing.
In various forms and guises over the last few years we have all been homebrewers to some degree.
Since its first year, brewers Matt and Matt have been heavily involved in running the bar as a part of Camp Koasis’ efforts at securing its status as the number one party camp at the Blazing Swan Festival. Not only have the two boys served the beer but brewed every drop of it, including for some of the legendary all weekend fundraiser parties, and nearly every Fremantle house party recently.
Like we have said in the past, if you’ve partied in Fremantle, you’ve already drunk our beer!
As with most great stories a little home brew idea started off over a few beers in Fremantle one night. It went a little something like this; Hey let’s get 10 of us together in a collective, all chuck in some money and brew a batch of beer every weekend. If we have a weekend off for Christmas and to spend time with our partners and families that will give us 51 different new beers to drink in a year! Ok sounds like a plan was the general consensus.
As most people are fully aware, the majority of great plans formed in this fashion barely raise a mention the following day. Not in this case. Come Monday afternoon brewer Peter had fashioned a CAD drawn Process Flow Chart, a costing Spread sheet and created a Whatsapp group for the collective, henceforth known as the descriptively titled Sunset Castle Brewing Co.
Within 2 weeks the first 10 guys to commit to this idea all scrapped whatever brewing gear we had together and met one Friday night after work for our first collective brew. Word spread quickly around our other mates of a brewing “party” and from what should have been a nice afternoon brew turned into a boozy late nighter, (early morning) producing one of the worst pale ales we’ve ever tasted. Lesson one learned the hard way, pay attention to the brew!
From then on things have flown on a little more smoothly with a lot of learning, mistakes and beers made in between. Beers made for various parties and events, one of which was titled “Spa and Spit” party. A hired Spa in the front yard, whole lamb on the spit and four different beers on tap. This party came about a few weeks after things started to get a little more serious for what was to become South Fremantle Brewing and gave us the opportunity to run the idea past our friends. An overwhelming “yeh these beers are good” gave us the confidence to push on with this venture.