Festival Season 16/01/17

Hey Beer Fans,

My name is Sabhan Rizzi, taking over the blog this month for Andrew. I’m the cellar man at the Northbridge Brewing Company, duties which include ordering of stock, helping to find new products for our fridges and taps, bar shifts over the weekend and numerous other bits and pieces around the venue. One of the big highlights of my role included the running of our stall at some of Perth’s biggest beer festivals during the months of October and November last year.

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One other major highlight of working at NBC came half way through 2016 when Andrew and I got to create our own recipe, ‘In the Rye of the Beholder’, a red rye IPA, which turned out to be rather delicious if I do say so myself. This experience really kicked off my enthusiasm for home brewing, creating my own recipes at home to suit the flavors I love the most in beer, or even just to experiment with different malts, hops and yeast to better understand where the flavors come from.

Something I have always really enjoyed about working at NBC is the opportunity to learn so much about beer and getting the chance to share what I learn from Ken and Andrew, through beer talks with groups of people that come through the venue, or even just general conversation with punters over the bar. This is something that the festivals are really great at catering for, the amount of knowledge getting around is incredible, making it extremely difficult to leave at the end of the day without knowing a few new facts and information about some of our favorite brands or styles of beer. For home brewers like myself, maybe just another way of approaching certain things when trying to perfect our craft in the garage at home.

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The first festival of the season was the Beauvine Food and Wine Festival, which ran from Friday 21st October through to Sunday 23rd October. This was the first year for this particular festival and in my opinion, was set out really well and the stall spaces they had on offer looked really sharp. The beer we brought along to our stall for the weekend were our Beerland Pale Ale, IPA, Wheat and our single batch release, which at the time was the Beerland Marzen – an Oktoberfest style Amber Lager. This went down particularly well with patrons coming back for more than one.

Second on the list of festivals and kicking off the start of the Perth Good Beer Week, was the Bar Pop Perth Craft Beer Fest situated in the Urban Orchard, with great views of the city and the weekend pumping out a 37 degree day on the Saturday! Perth Craft Beer Fest ended up being another great addition to the beer festival calendar. This festival was great in the way that we could showcase all six beers we had on at the brewery at the time – Pale Ale, Lager, Wheat, Kolsch, IPA and Marzen. We were also able to take along our canning machine and sell our 1 litre Canimals. I really enjoyed rubbing shoulders with not only local breweries from WA, but also the few breweries that attended from out of state, like Stone and Wood, Mountain Goat, Young Henrys and Pirate Life to name a few.

Barpop 1The third and final festival and my personal favorite of the lot was of course the Fremantle BeerFest. With plenty of interesting collaboration brews, special releases and beer master classes running all weekend, it’s a beer lover’s wonderland. As well as having our Beerland Pale Ale, IPA and Marzen, this festival was also chosen as the date for us to re-release the Beerland Mango Wheat Beer. Much to the delight to many of our local and regular customers that come to the brewery. Just like the year before, the Mango Wheat turned out to be our most popular of the weekend being perfect for those long hot days.

I hope you have all enjoyed my little insight into the festivals we here at NBC have been a part of, and if you ever see me around the brewery, please don’t hesitate to pull me aside for a chat about beer.

On a side note, be sure to keep an eye out for us in the Barrels and Brews section of the Hyde Park Community Fair on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th of March.

Cheers and Beers,
Sabhan Rizzi

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