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5 Minutes with Alex from The Alehouse Project

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

This edition of 5 minutes with features Alex Summers, director of Melbourne venue, The Alehouse Project – a dedicated craft beer venue who have been spreading the good beer word for over two years.

Over the coming weeks The Alehouse Project will be hosting tap takeovers for each state and they have kicked things off with the best – our very own WA! All week long they will be featuring breweries that we here in the west are lucky to have on our doorstep such as Swan Valley’s Feral, Mash and Homestead as well as south west’s Cheeky Monkey, Eagle Bay and Colonial Brewing.

Here’s Alex talking about The Alehouse Project and some of the exciting beers coming up this week …

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For those who haven’t been to The Alehouse project, how would you describe the venue?

We opened our doors in August 2012 with a pure focus on local and international craft beer and cider across 12 taps and a hand pump (in the cooler months) dedicated to showcasing a diverse range and heavy rotation of craft beers which are predominately only ever on tap once at a venue. We specialise in beer launches, event one-off beers and supporting as many new and upcoming Australian breweries that we can.

What was your inspiration behind this series of events?

With the large numbers and high quality of breweries throughout all states in Australia we decided it was time to add to our annual festival line up that includes our HopFest’s and Dark Side of Beer with state by state tap takeovers to showcase the premier breweries from each state and the best they have to offer.

Are there any beers coming over that haven’t been on tap in Melbourne before?

We have managed to pick up a great range of specialities from Cheeky Monkey, Colonial, Homestead, Mash and Monk that have never poured in Melbourne before.

Homestead's Munich Lager and Curvee

Homestead’s Munich Lager and Curvee

What will be the first beer you will have from the line up?

From the Monday [24 Nov] starting line up, I personally can’t wait to try Cheeky Monkey’s Margaret River collaboration ‘Too Many Cooks’ Spiced India Red Ale and Monk Brewery’s Double IPA and from Friday’s [28 Nov] line up Homestead’s Curvee Special Oak Aged Dark Ale, Cheeky Monkey’s Milk of the Hoppy IIPA and Monk’s The Bounty Coconut Porter.

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Colonial’s Gary Le Bron was this years GABS release

Cheeky Monkey’s Too Many Cooks is a collaboration between 8 south west breweries

Eagle Bay Steam Ale is the latest in their limited release range

Homestead Munich Lager has only been out for a couple of weeks

Here’s the full line up for the week – 

Monday 24th to Thursday 27th November:

Bootleg Brewery ‘Speakeasy’ IPA
Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery ‘Too Many Cooks’ Spiced IRA
Colonial Brewery ‘Gary LeBron’ Musk Saison
Eagle Bay Brewing Co ‘Steam Ale’
Feral Brewing Company ‘Hop Hog’ IPA
Feral Brewing Company ‘Nice Guy Dud Root’ English Brown
Homestead Brewery ‘Brauhaus’ Munich Lager
Little Creatures Brewing ‘Pipsqueak’ Apple Cider 
Little Creatures Brewing ‘Pale Ale’
Mash Brewing Co. ‘Rye Porter’
The Monk Brewery & Kitchen ‘Double IPA’
Nail Brewing Australia ‘Clayden Brew’ Imperial Porter 

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th November:

Bootleg Brewery ‘Raging Bull’ Porter
Cheeky Monkey Brewery ‘Milk of the Hoppy’ IIPA 
Colonial Brewery ‘LAGER than LIFE’ Munich Helles
Eagle Bay Brewing Co ‘ESB’
Feral Brewing Company ‘Land of Plenty’ Lager
Homestead Brewery ‘Cuvée Special’ Oak Aged Dark Ale
Homestead Brewery ‘Black Swan’ Black IPA
Little Creatures Brewing ‘Pipsqueak’ Apple Cider 
Little Creatures Brewing ‘Saison’ Single Batch
Mash Brewing Co. ‘Copycat’ American IPA
The Monk Brewery ‘The Bounty’ Coconut Stout 
Nail Brewing Australia ‘Hughe Dunn’ Imperial Brown Ale

Big thanks to Alex for his time and if you get down to The Alehouse Project I’d love to know what WA beer you loved most! Please comment below!

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