5 minutes with Tom from Clancy’s Fish Pubs

Long before Petition Beer Corner, Caboose and Dutch Trading Co, long before tap takeovers were a weekly occurrence, Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle was pouring local craft beer. Tom Fisher from Clancy’s chats about memorable moments and how craft has changed over the years.

Long before Petition Beer Corner, Caboose and Dutch Trading Co, long before tap takeovers were a weekly occurrence, Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle was pouring local craft beer.

When I worked for Little Creatures, the story goes that Clancy’s Fremantle was the first place outside of the brewery to pour Little Creatures Pale Ale. Delivered on the back of Elsie, the Little Creatures truck (geddit? Elsie/LC) who now has a beer named after her, the kegs were driven from the Fremantle brewery and delivered to Clancy’s Freo to be tapped fresh.

The Fisher family opened Clancy’s Fremantle in 1996 and today there are three more Clancy’s Fish Pubs – Canning Bridge, City Beach and Dunsborough. Every Clancy’s continues in the footsteps of Fremantle, supporting local and independent craft beer in a huge way.

Tom Fisher works with all the Clancy’s venues, looking after entertainment, promotions and the overall brand communications. He’s also a musician and a super nice guy.


Right now Tom is promoting the launch of Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough Cape to Cape Tap List, that will see twelve of their 20-odd taps dedicated to south west breweries and cideries so drinkers can explore the beers and ciders of the south west under one roof.

“We can’t wait to show off the amazing beer from the region. The branding concept ties in with the legendary light-house to light-house hiking trail of the south.”

Tom Fisher, Clancy’s Fish Pub 

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On the other nine taps you’ll find even more craft beer from the rest of WA and, sometimes, further afar.

The Cape to Cape Tap List is less of a promotion and more of a commitment Clancy’s Dunsborough are making to drinkers that you’ll find these twelve breweries and cideries showcasing their stuff at the venue all the time.

29 June : Cape to Cape Tap List Launch at Clancy’s Dunsborough

To celebrate the Cape to Cape Tap List, I caught up with Tom for this edition of 5 minutes with …

What has been your most memorable day at Clancy’s Dunsborough so far?

Being involved with music side I’ve loved some of the concerts down there I’ve put on, like Fat Freddy’s Drop and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and one in particular, a Soul man from the USA called Lee Fields. No one really knew much about him but he just blew their minds. I watched side stage with an Eagle Bay Cacao Stout and was a very happy man.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Clancy’s Dunsborough in 2013

What was the last beer you bought?

Ha ha, between being a musician and working for pubs I don’t buy many I must admit but did take home a delicious Canimal of Feral’s Finn Diesel and Eagle Bay Autumn Brown from Clancy’s Freo. (Waiting for you to hook me up a bottle of Clout Stout too ha ha) [girl+beer – maybe … one day Tom!]

Read more about Clancy’s Fremantle canimals here: 5 minutes with Ryan from Clancy’s Fremantle


What beer style do you think is really under-rated?

I’ve been happy to see winter beers become more widely accepted in WA. The range of stouts and reds are some of my faves. So great to see these so prominent in WA pubs now.

What’s the most exciting thing about WA craft beer right now?

The number and choice is incredible. 12 years ago you’d be lucky to see three reps a week, now it’s more like three a day and quality is super consistent, particularly the WA brews. I think we are leading the way and it’s why Clancy’s has been dedicated to serving WA craft beers since the late 90’s.

Finish this sentence – The WA beer scene needs more …

Hmm…. MORE BEER TAPS! Would love to be pouring and supporting as many as humanly possible. Just love to see punters sipping a craft beer and pouring money back locally and throwing the Coronas in the bin.

Hear hear! Thanks heaps Tom for your time and can’t wait to get down to Clancy’s Dunsborough again soon!


Clancy’s + WA Beer Week

Whoops! Another post that managed to slip through the cracks! Anyway, let’s pretend it’s still WA Beer Week (yippee!) and here’s a little post on the Beer Fact Hunt held at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Dunsborough …

I’ve been working at Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough for the past couple of months and, like many great beer venues across the state, they celebrated WA Beer Week with a beery event – The  Beer Fact Hunt.

Yes, it’s a somewhat tricky title to negotiate without saying something rather offensive and yes, it’s deliberate.

The Beer Fact Hunt, hosted by the very funny DJ Chet Leonard, may not have drawn record numbers into the venue but I can guarantee those who were there will tell you that it was a lot of laughs with a lot of prizes.

Dave and Rhys from Little Creatures kicked off the evening by handing out free beer – that’s always a good start! They hoisted a firkin of Little Creatures Pale Ale onto a tall table, dry hopped with New Zealand Rakau hops, and started pouring. In the interests of beer education we (being Clancy’s staff) did a side-by-side tasting of normal Little Creatures Pale Ale and the dry hopped version. The dry hopping basically acted as a mega-boost of fruity fresh hop aromas – something I am always up for.

It was great to see other South West brewery folk at Clancy’s to support the event, such as Jeremy Good from Cowaramup Brewing and Nick and the crew from Eagle Bay Brewing.

One of the highlights of the night would have to have been when DJ Chet Leonard asked the crowd if anyone had any decent party tricks … the result was an amazing showing of the worm – always a party hit and certainly raised a lot of applause and cheers.

The quiz ended with lots of prizes, beers and happy smiling people – very much in the spirit of WA Beer Week.

Work + Last Drop

Ah, the benefits of working at a beer lovin’ bar … beer! Last week the new limited release from Last Drop Brewery – a 5% abv Oktoberfest Bier – landed at Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough where I have been working casual shifts in recent weeks.

Ah, the benefits of working at a beer lovin’ bar … beer!

Last week the new limited release from Last Drop Brewery –  a 5% abv Oktoberfest Bier – landed at Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough where I have been working casual shifts in recent weeks.

Last Drop Brewery, boasting traditional European style beers and food, lays claim on their website that “it feels like Oktoberfest every day of the year” so it seems very fitting that they release something special around this time every year.

From my reading it seems there isn’t a specific beer style for Oktoberfest though lately they tend to be sweeter malt driven ales. One thing that is set in stone is who can serve beer. Only large breweries from inside Munich’s city limits are allowed to deliver beer to Oktoberfest. That brings the breweries down to just six. Oh and for those of you who, like me, have wondered why Oktoberfest is held mostly over September here’s some trivia for you to bust out at pubs and quiz nights. Oktoberfest was moved forward in the 1870s due to the practical reasons such as the weather, up until then it was in fact held in early – mid October.

My own personal experience with Oktoberfest involves staying in pure luxury at the Sofitel Hotel Munich, being sick with the flu and wandering around the festival wishing I had functioning taste buds. That was back in 2010 and wasn’t really how I had envisaged my trip to the world’s biggest beer festival.

One of many great beer halls at Oktoberfest (2010)

Two year later I’ve been happily drinking the Last Drop Oktoberfest bier as my preferred staff drink (sorry Feral Hop Hog, I’ll be back soon). It is full of flavour and available only on tap at Last Drop Brewery and selected venues. Last Drop Oktoberfest Bier has dominant aromas of those banana lollies you had as a kid, you know the ones I’m talking about. The sweet flavours of the beer reminded me of the last piece of cheesecake crust. It’s biscuity, nutty and there are hints of caramel before a moderate bitter finish.

Last Drop Oktoberfest Bier
5% abv
Now Available at Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough

girl + clancys

Having found myself unexpectedly unemployed the guys at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Dunsborough suggested working a few shifts with them. It sounded like fun, it involved beer and it paid … that’s three pretty good boxes ticked right there.

Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough
1710 Caves Road, Dunsborough

Having found myself unexpectedly unemployed the guys at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Dunsborough suggested working a few shifts with them. It sounded like fun, it involved beer and it paid … that’s three pretty good boxes ticked right there.

It has been great to chat with customers about the range of beers available on tap, some of which they know and some they don’t. Thankfully most are happy to taste test and be subjected to my over enthusiastic rambling.

The current tap beer menu looks something like this:

  • Nail Ale Australian Pale Ale
  • Little Creatures Pale Ale
  • Rogers’
  • Colonial Kolsch
  • Cowaramup Pilsener
  • Eagle Bay Extra Special Bitter
  • Bootleg Sou’West Wheat
  • Coopers Vintage Ale
  • Coopers Vintage Stout
  • Feral Hop Hog
  • Pipsqueak Pear Cider
  • Stowford Press Apple Cider
  • White Rabbit Dark Ale
  • Mountain Goat Steam Ale
  • Moody Cow Simply Red Irish Ale
LC Pale Ale, Cowaramup Pilsener, Feral Hop Hog and Mountain Goat Steam Ale
Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough
Pipsqueak Pear Cider, Eagle Bay ESB and Bootleg Sou’West Wheat
Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough

Conversation is easily one of my favourite things about beer. I love chatting to people about the beers they like, tastes and aromas they find in a beer that they’ve never tried before, breweries they have visited or their favourite bar / bottle shop. I definitely get warm fuzzy feelings when a customer walks away from my bar with a pint of something they really enjoy, not just because it’s a hot day, but because it tastes amazing. Yup, I’m a sucker for a beer and a smile!

Over the weekend I chatted with a woman in her 50s who said she loved dark beer. I recommended Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout with the words “oh my god … it’s amazing”. She got one, tried it and agreed. Sam Smith’s Imperial Stout is, hands down, one of my favourite beers and everyone I’ve recommended it to (as I put it on the beer menu at Five Bar so I’ve been recommending it for a couple of years now) has fallen head over heels in love with it too. Roasty chocolatey wonderful goodness!

I found many people were totally unaware about Nail Ale and once they tried the Pale Ale for the first time they were coming back for more.

Nail Ale Australian Pale Ale
4.7% abv | Perth
Citrus, stone fruit and nice bitterness

A number of Pure Blonde and Carlton Dry drinkers discovered that their taste buds were rather fond of Mountain Goat Steam Ale and Colonial Kolsch. Of course, there was one customer who didn’t like anything I offered and was more than happy to voice his distaste for anything craft beer. He settled for a glass of squash. You win some, you lose some.

And best of all, I got to discover something new myself! I was introduced to Moody Cow Simply Red Irish Ale – lightly creamy and soft balanced bitterness. It reminded me that there are so many styles out there that I have barely scratched the surface of. I better make myself a shopping list!