The first time I made beer, I used it as a hair product, it tasted so bad. (It’s great for fine hair!)
My second batch exploded in the middle of the night, sending us scrambling for cover, thinking someone had broken in.
I haven’t gotten to my third attempt yet, instead opting to leave the beer brewing to the pros like Dave Brough, the head brewer at Indian Ocean Brewery.
Earlier in March, Indian Ocean Brewery opened its doors to the public. It’s free, but bookings were essential, as they give you a tour of their brewery and tasters. It makes for a fascinating day. This wasn’t my first time visiting Mindarie Marina, where Indian Ocean Brewing Co is located, since it’s actually my ‘watering hole’ and where I usually go for a Sunday brunch.
It was, though, my first time tasting the beers Indian Ocean make. The White Cap, a gold winner at the 2013 Perth Royal Beer Awards, is my favourite. While I can appreciate most beers, at the end of the day, I prefer beers with minimal bitterness. You’ll find something you’ll enjoy since they have a nice variety to choose from including Indi Pils, Indian Ocean Lager, Big Red and a Vanilla Milk Stout. It was as good as the name sounds!
Our tasting of the beers was followed with a tour of where the beer is brewed. Dave talked us through the process, let us sniff and nibble on malt (the grain that’s used to make beer) then let us bombard him with questions.
The several food bloggers and lovers that came finished off having lunch together, so I’ll leave you with some delicious photos to drool over. Their food is just as good as their beers!
Pork Stir Fry
Jambalaya | “South American prawn & chorizo rice dish”
Lamb Gnocchi | “Shredded lamb shoulder, potato dumplings, eggplant, spinach & toasted almonds”
Want to go check out Indian Ocean Brewing Co?
Visit them at 33 Ocean Falls Blvd, Mindarie WA 6030
They’re open 7 days a week, 11am-late