The Beer Farm on Gale Road in Metricup is one of the most recent breweries to open in the Margaret River region in the last couple of years and this edition of ‘5 Minutes with’ is with Josh Thomas, brewer or, according to his email signature, “beer farmer”.
Trey, Karridale Cottages and Hop Farm (left) with Josh (right) selecting wet hops for a brew. You can read more about Karridale Cottages and Hop Farm and the beer they made with Josh here.
Photo Credit: Karridale Cottages and Hop Farm Facebook page
The Beer Farm was once a dairy farm and for the first few months of its life as a brewery there weren’t any walls or roof on the brew house.
The place is delightfully carefree and relaxed; Mocha the brewery dog is often around, the kids can fly down the homemade water slide and though there isn’t a kitchen you’ll find a local food truck on site.
What was your epiphany beer?
To be honest I could never pick a certain beer, for me it’s all about the experience beer creates that brings out the best epiphanies. To me sitting down with a stout next to a fire when it’s pouring with rain outside during the winter is one of the favourites.
What appealed to you most about being a brewer?
Good question. It’s hard to pick one certain aspect of being a brewer that is appealing, I love it all. When I was given the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade, it wasn’t long before I grew an enormous passion for the job. Always learning and progressing. The variety each day throws at you is probably what I love the most.
Every day is a new challenge. How could you not be into that?
What do you think is the biggest obstacle for WA craft beer growth right now?
I think the growth of WA craft beer and breweries has really taken off in the past couple of years, it’s hard to see it slowing down. I can only see one obstacle and that’s competing in the market. The ‘big guys’ have really started to push into the craft market and breweries over east have really cemented themselves on WA soil which is great, also keeps everyone on their toes and that eventually brings out the greats (exceptionally good beers).
What do you look for when you are looking at a beer label / can design?
It has to be timeless and not fade in and out with a trend.
If you could only drink one beer per day forever, what would that beer be?
You have asked all good questions but I think this one is too hard for me to answer. There are way too many! I don’t think I would survive on this earth with just one beer a day. Thinking, thinking….. Nope can’t decide.