I must confess I’m not a beer lover. There I said it. I may be a failure at the Australian tradition of a downing a coldie, but after a tasting at Eagle Bay Brewery, I didn’t mind it. In fact, I even finished my sample of the German style Kolsch. Drank as a lager and likened to the crowd pleasing Little Creatures Pilsner, my Kolsch (note how I’ve already become a little possessive of it) was downed with the rare smoked kangaroo, spiced nectarine , cashew nut chutney and coriander salad. How very patriotic!
My ambivalence to beer will go unnoticed this weekend as Western Australia’s South West hosts the Craft Beer Festival 2012. There will be award-winning beers galore as 12 craft brewers hop to it with a line-up which includes Bootleg, Bush Shack, Cape Bouvard, Colonial, Cowaramup, Duckstein, Eagle Bay, Margaret River Ale, Moody Cow, Occy’s, and Old Coast Rd Breweries, as well as the Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery, and The Cidery. Beer will be swilled all in one location at 3 Oceans Palandri Estate, and non-aficionados will be apples with the ciders.
No need to wait until Oktoberfest as the South West Craft Beer Festival runs 25-26 February.
While you’re down there, you might catch surfing legend Kelly Slater competing in the Telstra Drug Aware Pro surfing competition at Surfers Point, Prevelly 19-26 February.
I was a guest of Eagle Bay Brewery and Tourism WA.