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True Brew: Margaret River Brewhouse plot enlargement with former Lion brewer Simon Hanley

Aiming to take WA beer to the world because it opens a brand new manufacturing facility, Margaret River Brewhouse has appointed former Lion brewing and beverage supervisor Simon Hanley as head brewer.

Raised in Perth however with deep household roots in Margaret River, Hanley has 30 years expertise within the beer and wine industries, having labored in numerous roles with main WA wineries, together with Happs, Howard Park, Leeuwin Property and Houghton earlier than becoming a member of Lion greater than a decade in the past

At Lion, he created Australia’s first gluten free all-rice lager, Hahn Extremely Crisp, and developed new merchandise for top-selling manufacturers comparable to Tooheys, Little Creatures, White Rabbit, XXXX and James Squire whereas working between Sydney and Auckland.

Digicam IconHead brewer Simon Hanley, and brewers Magda Bustos Hevia, Caitlin Ellis and Joe Grieg . Credit score: Jodie Berry/Studio Berry

Hanley has been a decide and steward at wine, beer and cider reveals throughout Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Returning residence to Margaret River in a much more hands-on function, the brewer is happy to proceed his lifelong ardour for fermentation which started with fermented teas together with his grandparents as a child.

“I’m obsessed with experimenting with flavour,” he advised True Brew. “This has been a cornerstone of my ardour for all issues fermented for a few years.

“Brewing is inventive and exploratory whereas having a strong foundation in science,” Hanley added.

I’m obsessed with experimenting with flavour.

“I like that there are numerous types of beer. . . from barley wines, sours, darkish beers, and every part in between.

“This offers the producer and, extra importantly, the client an limitless quantity of taste profiles to discover.”

Whereas his 12 years at Lion was arguably targeted on amount and consistency, Hanley says he is by no means strayed from the sharp finish of brewing.

“I’ve all the time been near craft beer in my earlier roles, from innovation and manufacturing by means of to judging and mentoring,” he mentioned.

“The craft beer business is an thrilling and dynamic place to work. There may be an abundance of vitality within the business with so many passionate folks.

“Returning residence to Margaret River and significantly MRB, I’m excited to be concerned in a way more hands-on method and have interaction with all the opposite unbelievable brewers on the market.”

Margaret River Brewhouse co-owner Iliya Hastings.
Digicam IconMargaret River Brewhouse supervisor Iliya Hastings. Credit score: provided

Director Iliya Hastings mentioned Margaret River Brewhouse was attempting to find a head brewer who may preserve a excessive degree of high quality and variety however at larger volumes of their new brewery anticipated to start out manufacturing in spring 2023.

“We wanted a talent set that balanced the artwork versus science dynamic that makes nice craft beer with having the ability to replicate it to a wider viewers,” he mentioned.

“Simon approaching board gives us with the vitality and expertise that marries our objectives to take Margaret River beer to the huge world.

“It is thrilling instances.”

Pickle Beer
Digicam IconStorage Challenge’s Pickle Beer. Credit score: provided


Right this moment Vic Park beer mecca Dutch Buying and selling Co. celebrates Storage Challenge’s unlikely success story—Pickle Beer, a 4.3 per cent cucumber dill pickle bitter.

The pickle celebration is free from noon till there is no extra pickles. The menu will characteristic beer battered pickles, a double smash pickle burger, plate o’ pickles and extra.

Margaret River Brewhouse and King Road Brewery's Close Encounters.
Digicam IconMargaret River Brewhouse and King Highway Brewery’s Shut Encounters. Credit score: provided

DTC can be pouring Pickle Beer plus no less than 5 different Storage Challenge brews. There can be giveaways and even a life-size pickle cut-out for superfans of the Kiwi behemoth’s uncommon beer.

You get the pickle, I imply, image.



Margaret River Brewhouse and King Highway Brewing flip their shared obsession with Strata hops right into a mesmerizing trendy west coast IPA.

Shut Encounters threatens to abduct beer lovers with a 7.8 per cent ABV and possesses extra bitterness than a hardcore conspiracy theorist.

Clear, copper-hued and resinous, this dream crew beer is excellent. The proof is on the market. 92/100


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