Weekend Reading #61

For those lazy weekend mornings when you just want to stay in bed and catch up on a little reading – Weekend Reading is a weekly (ahem, usually) post with the articles I’ve enjoyed in the past seven days.

Ars Technica | Researchers are brewing up medicines from beer hops

My partner found this article and sent me the link and I’m very glad he did. It’s an interesting read because rather than being the usual ‘beer is good for you’ article that’s mostly fluff this one looks at recent scientific studies of compounds found in hops and what medicinal benefits could be found in them.

Good Beer Hunting | The History of Brasserie Dupont – Trailer

How fitting that I am drinking a Saison as I watched this trailer. The trailer is less than a minute but I can’t wait to see the whole thing. Three words rang out to me – spirit, simple and true. Maybe these are the words we should be using to measure or define craft beer.

The Crafty Pint | The Story Of: Boatrocker Ramjet

Ah, Ramjet. One of my absolute favourite beers from one of my favourite breweries.

Back in January of last year I interviewed Boatrocker owner and brewer, Matt Houghton, for my own look at this wonderful beer. This piece from Crafty Pint gives more insight into this beer, its history and its very, very bright future. If I had a teleport, I’d be at ‘Ramjet Day‘ for sure!

Draft Magazine | Why are beer people so outraged?

It is a question that occurs to me frequently, I get confused at why some people type awful things on social media because someone doesn’t like a beer they love or visa versa. Why do other people’s opinions on a beer get someone else so agitated? This article looks at this and more.

Their emotional response to beer comes from passion, they say. And if beer consumers are passionate, that emotional response will sometimes be negative.

Climate Council | A brewed awakening: Climate change threatens BEER

Often it can be hard to comprehend something that is so big, something with so much impact and with that in mind I think this is a wonderfully simple and direct way of communicating climate change. I’d love to taste this beer for myself but I doubt this will make it to WA, if anyone tries this and feels like commenting below please do, I’d love to know!

girl + Perth

A quick visit to Perth for a few Saturday night drinks and delighted to find that there was excellent beer at every corner.

Meelup Beach

It has been almost two years since my partner and I moved from Perth to the south west. Swapping a city for country lifestyle is easily one of the best decisions we have made.

We regularly return to Perth for quick overnight visits, see a few friends and family before heading home and wishing we had more time to see more people.

On this particular visit we went out for a few Saturday night drinks and was delighted to find that craft beer wasn’t at all hard to come by.

First Stop – Tan Po Po

Damn I have missed this place! Teriyaki Fish for under $7, love love love. Please if anyone knows of anywhere in the south west who’s not charging more than $12 for the same dish I’d love to know. Great food, amazing prices AND BYO. Happy days!

Liquor Barons Mt Lawley is just up the road and carries a great selection of craft beer. We decided a 6 pack of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale would do quite nicely with dinner.


Second Stop – Defectors

Upstairs at The Flying Scotsman with cosy couches and a balcony for people watching, Defectors is a nice little spot.

A good range of beers on tap and in bottle, I opted for a 330ml bottle of Saison Dupont. It had been far too long since I’d had one of my favourite beers. Spicy, musty, dry and a little fruitiness, I’ve missed you.

Third Stop – The Mechanics’ Institute

There has been an explosion of new bars opening in Perth in the last 18 months. Rather than tasking ourselves with the hangover inducing adventure of tackling them all we simply picked one. We chose The Mechanics’ Institute.

From what I’ve seen on their Facebook page they are mostly known for some fabulous cocktails but it was great to see a fine selection of bottled beer too. I spied Two Birds Sunset Ale, Burleigh 28 Pale Ale, Feral Hop Hog, Rogers’ and Brewdog Punk IPA cans. Happy Days!

Fourth Stop – 399 Bar

Time for a Campari …


Fifth Stop – The Brisbane Hotel

It’s not long ago that the craft beers on tap at The Brisbane were Beez Neez and Redback, both of which I have enjoyed many a pint of don’t get me wrong, but the word “craft” is debatable. Now you can find the likes of Little Creatures Single Batch on tap and a respectable bottled list with the likes of Two Birds, Brewdog, Holgate, Sierra Nevada and Mountain Goat. On this particular night we enjoyed a couple of glasses of Monteith’s Dopplebock Winter Ale. I’ve not really rated Monteith’s beers in the past but their Winter Ale is lovely – rich and with a drunken raisin sort of taste going on.

Craft beer is emerging, I guess we all knew that, but from what I saw finally more and more beer lists have had as much thought put into them as any other menu in the bar – Fantastic!