5 Minutes with Dave from Mountain Goat Beer

A quick interview with Dave Bonighton, co-founder and head brewer at Mountain Goat Beer, talking about WA Beer Week

5 minutes with … a 5 minute/5 question interview with great beer loving people …

This edition of 5 minutes with features Dave Bonighton, co-founder and head brewer at Victoria’s Mountain Goat Beer.

WA Beer Week is less than two weeks away so your excitement levels should be fast approaching the status of ‘pants-wetting’. With this in mind I’m hoping you’ll forgive the extension of the normal 5 questions!

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We are lucky to have so many exceptional brewers right in our own backyard and WA Beer Week will also bring brewers from across the country and even across the water including Jos from New Zealand’s Garage Project and Jayne from Two Birds Brewing.

Dave from Mountain Goat will also making the trip out west and he was kind enough to do this little interview.

Mountain Goat, for those unfamiliar, are one of the older Australian craft breweries. Their first beer, the Hightail Amber Ale, was released back in 1997 and they’ve been driving the industry and satisfying palates across the countries ever since. Whether it’s their original Hightail, their Rare Breeds (limited releases) or Cross Breeds (collaboration beers) or beer in a can, I’ve always found Mountain Goat beers to be consistently great.

Mountain Goat, Richmond

If you’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Dave I would strongly suggest to make plans to change this. If there was a ‘nicest brewer in Australia’ award I reckon he’d place in the top five for sure. Until then …

What do you enjoy most when visiting WA?

This is an easy one. The beer! There are so many great beers that we just don’t get to try over east, it’s great to get amongst it in its natural habitat.

Where did the idea to collaborate with The Monk Brewery & Kitchen come from?

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Craig, the Head Brewer at The Monk used to brew with us at Goat, so it seemed a pretty logical thing to do. It worked well in Melbourne – it should work pretty well in Freo!

What can you reveal about the beer itself?

It’s a lager. They’re often a forgotten style in the craft world, so we wanted to have a crack. It’s a full, 6.2% golden hued ‘new world’ lager with Australian Summer and Galaxy Hops. 25BU, 6 EBC. Built for special occasions, like WA Beer Week!

Will any of the beer make it back to Melbourne with you?

I hope so!

Any clues on what Goat beer will be at Bob’s Fest?

[Bob’s Fest – a WA Beer Week event happeing 30 October to 2 November at Bob’s Bar (upstairs at The Print Hall) featuring over 60 beers from over 30 breweries – only 1 keg of each beer and chance to meet the brewers! ]

It should be The Delmont West Coast IPA, our current ‘In-Breed’. It’s a 7% IPA brewed with Amarillo, Cascade, Citra, Centennial and Simcoe hops. Named after and conceived by our first On-Road-Goat, Tom Delmont.

What WA Beer Week events are you keen to check out?

I’m only in town for a 2 days, so its going to be tricky to get to everything I’d like to. Bob’s Fest should be fun, and I might head over to the Sail & Anchor after our event at The Monk for their barrel event [Night of the Barrels].

What can we expect to see from Goat this summer?

More of the same I reckon! Summer Ale in a can has been so much fun for us, we’ve got no intention of stopping that one. Something else should appear in a can early next year, as well as our next Cross Breed, which is shaping up nicely, but I can’t say too much more!

Catch Dave at at Bob’s Fest on Thursday 30 October at Bob’s Bar at Brookfield Place, Perth CBD and at The Monk and The Goat Collaboration BBQ on Friday 31 October at The Monk Brewery & Kitchen in Fremantle. 

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