Cowaramup Brewing Company
This family-owned microbrewery, based in the Margaret River wine-producing belt, first fired up in December 2006. Cowaramup can be tricky to pronounce for some visitors (correctly: Ca-rara-mup) and the locals often refer to it as ‘Cowtown’; you drive through it on the Bussell Highway on the way to the Margaret River township. Husband and wife Jeremy Good and Claire Parker are behind the venture, which they developed on the property owned by Claire’s parents. The impressive brewery/restaurant building is made from rammed-earth slabs, which is a popular local building material. The microbrewery is an 8-hectolitre Canadian-built unit, mainly geared towards producing tap beers for the family-friendly venue (there’s a playground and bouncy castle outside for the kids). The couple live in a cottage at the front of the property and while Good is the brewer and Parker looks after administration, they both work shifts and even clean the place themselves. The most popular house brews are the pilsener and hefeweizen, while Good wants to eventually serve the special pale ale and India pale ale by hand-pump, as well as on normal beer taps. Cowaramup Dry Stout was brewed as a winter seasonal but has become a regular. They are also growing nine different varieties of hops in a trellised area beside the complex, and Good utilises the aroma varieties like Golding, Willamette, Tettnang and Hallertau as late hops in the brewing process, as well as dry-hopping the Special Pale Ale. The couple have also launched their own range of hop soap (Cowaramup Hops Into Bed Soap) and hop oil ointment (Cowaramup Hops Into Bed Sleeping Potion), which are made from their estate-grown hops and sold through the venue.
The styles range from a highly approachable pilsener through to more complex English-inspired ales, plus a flavoursome dry stout.
Cowaramup Special Pale Ale
Behind the Label
The central logo features a pair of Cowara parrots who may be performing some sort of mating dance above a nest, which is made out of hop leaves and flowers, plus some ears of barley. Whether or not the graphic designer quite intended it, the birds’ wings and tails form a six-pointed star of sorts, which was an ancient symbol for both alchemy and brewing (the twin dark arts were at one point seen to be connected). The town of Cowaramup is said to be named after the Aboriginal word for the local parrot, which is also known as the purple-crowned lorikeet.
North Treeton Road, Cowaramup 6284 Tours by appointment; bar; restaurant; takeaway salescomments powered by Disqus