adventures in craft beer in Perth and beyond

5 Minutes with Josh from Mane Liquor

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

This edition of 5 minutes with features Josh Daley, one of the directors and all-round-nice-guy at Mane Liquor.

WA Beer Week is coming up fast … it all starts on Saturday so make sure you get your tickets booked to avoid disappointment. Old Faithful goes Feral, an event with Feral Brewing at Old Faithful Bar & BBQ just sold out late last week and as we get closer, more and more events will follow suit.

Mane Liquor, one of Perth’s best beer stores, is on Great Eastern Highway and even though there are no less than four liquor stores between my house and there, I will still drive to Mane. Why? Because the range of beer is amazing and because Josh, Elliot and all their staff are great people who are happy to chat all things booze. You could teach someone a lot about customer service if you spent an hour at Mane Liquor.

With such an impeccable reputation for beer it is unsurprising that Mane are heavily involved in WA Beer Week. They will be kicking off proceedings with the Mane Liquor Beer Spectacular on Saturday 25th October with an afternoon of beer, music by Perth’s radio station RTRFM and food by Beersine, Toastface Grillah and more.

On Tuesday 28th they’ll be hosting a degustation at The Trustee and on Thursday 30th they’ll be teaming up with Baby Mammoth for the We Want Sour! event, a six course evening looking at lambic beers.

I caught up with Josh, one of the directors at Mane Liqour, to chat about WA Beer Week and what beers are currently in his fridge …

Josh, Mane Liquor

There are a record number of events for WA Beer Week this year, why do you think this is?

Mane Liquor on Twitter

Craft beer has grown exponentially in the last few years and I think this has had a massive impact on the growing community and passionate followers of craft beer that have ensued. Social media plays a huge part in it and helps put good beer and events in more and more peoples faces.

Your event with Baby Mammoth – We Want Sour – has rated pretty high on a lot of peoples wish-list of events, what do you think has got people so excited?

I think the fact nothing like this has been done before in WA, or at least on this sort of scale. Sour beers have always been popular internationally but are only just becoming highly sought after in Australia (I guess us Aussies are usually a little late to the party) and I think this is peaking a lot of interest from the long time craft beer drinkers

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

I’m a bit of a foodie and I really like that section on WA Beer Weeks webpage. The lunch at Co-Op dining looks amazing and knowing how good the food is there, I think that is definitely one to add to the list. I like the looks of East vs West from a beer perspective. The Eagle Bay and 4 Pines guys really know how to put on a good show so that will definitely be worth going to as well. In all honesty, there are just too many great events to mention.

What advice would you offer to anyone going into their first WA Beer Week?

It’s only a week so try and go to as many events as possible! Nothing like this is going to come around again for another year!

What five beers are currently in your fridge at home?

  • Mikkeller George vs Brian Tequila barrel aged… this beer is just ridiculously good. I thought I died and went to heaven when I drank this so I had to replace the gap in my fridge with another one.
  • Eagle Bay Pale Ale – pretty much my go-to carton beer, always good, always fresh and well priced.
  • Bootleg Speakeasy IPA – one of my favourite IPA’s
  • Exit Milk Stout – for a 5.2% stout, this is billowing with flavour
  • Kaiju Cthulhu – love Black IPA’s and this is one of the best Aussie ones I have got my hands on. It’s always a toss up between this and their Behemoth but this having the lower ABV means I’m more likely to want to open this by myself.

Thanks Josh for your time for this interview!

Catch Josh during WA Beer Week at all three Mane Liquor events –

 

3 Responses to “5 Minutes with Josh from Mane Liquor”

  1. Crafty Taps

    I’m with you Pia! I’m a HUGE fan of Josh & the Mane crew! IMO Mane and Cellarbrations Carlisle have single handledly been responsible for getting inter-national/state craft beer onto the map in WA.

    Speaking of maps, pity you couldn’t make it over for Sydney Craft Beer Week as there’s a stack of awesomeness going down! That said, i’m sure you’ll have some treats for us from WA Craft Beer Week 😉

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  2. girl + beer

    Some of the best beers I’ve had have been recommendations from Mane or Cellarbrations Carlisle!

    Sydney Craft Beer Week looks fantastic, I would have loved to have been there but I kinda spent my quota of “beer/travel” money on GBW this year! Only 5 sleeps until WA Beer Week … woohoo!

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  3. Gusface Grillah

    Got massive love for Mane! I’ll definitely be down at the car park festival this weekend!

    WA beer week is bigger than ever and I think it must be because WA beer is absolutely killing it at the moment!

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