Mash Brewing Company
The simply named Mash Brewing Company debuted in April 2006, adding to the significant cluster of craft breweries operating out of the Swan Valley. Inspired by the Little Creatures model, the brewery is positioned directly behind the main bar and the open working area allows punters a great view of brewing day activities. Mash is certainly one place where you can get up close and personal with all the colour, movement and aromas of the beer-making process, while enjoying the fruits of the brewers’ efforts. The shiny stainless tanks and 12-hectolitre brewhouse are also an intrinsic feature of the airy restaurant – aptly named Mash Brasserie, the latter being French for ‘brewery’, which hints at the true origin of such eateries. The brasserie is the venue for regular beer dinners and the menu includes suggested matches with the various house brews. A spin-off venture, Mash Bunbury, was opened in mid-2008 and is basically a scaled-down version of the Swan Valley operation, including a 100-litre showpiece microbrewery that produces seasonal beers for the venue, served on tap alongside the full Mash range from the parent brewery. One or two additional ‘mini’ Mash outlets are planned for the near future. As with the brewery’s name, the house beers are simply tagged, with Mex (a mildly hopped Mexican lager, inspired – doubtlessly – by Corona); Black (a coffeeish dark lager); Haze (a hefeweizen); Pale (a pale ale in the US style); Honey Pils (a pilsener brewed with two additions of local wildflower honey); and a range of seasonal brews. A house cider called Crush is a reasonably recent addition and is fermented from local apple juice.
The flavour spectrum begins with the entry-level Mex, then moves through to more complex regular house brews and right up to a potent Belgian tripel.
Behind the Label
Mashing is the process of mixing grist and hot water, and holding the mixture (or ‘mash’) for a period at certain temperatures, which causes the grain to release fermentable sugars that the brewer can then turn into beer. Apart from a couple of operators who make beer from malt extract, most Australian craft brewers mash their grains but the Mash Brewing Company is the first to emphasis this part of the brewing process in its name. Their flagship Mash Mex is as easy to order as it is to drink and is a craft beer unashamedly pitched at Corona drinkers.
10250 West Swan Road, Henley Brook 6055 Tours by appointment; bar; restaurantcomments powered by Disqus