On Friday the 22nd of December I visited Denmark Brew and Ales in Denmark, Western Australia. This brewery was started by Jason and Wendy Norton in 2009. Jason came from a home brewing background while living on a farm before he purchased the Southern End restaurant and function centre and decided he needed his own beers to sell. The beers are brewed offsite in Collie at Brew 42. They make predominantly Irish style beers and have a core range of five beers and a cider and ginger beer. All of the beers are naturally made and contain no preservatives.
The venue is beautiful with fantastic views down over Denmark and to the ocean beyond. It has a large restaurant area as well as the bar and also a function area that is popular for wedding receptions.
The beers that I sampled were:
1. Ocean Beach Bitter, 5.8% abv, this has a golden straw colour and a subtle malt aroma. It has a mild malt taste and a gentle bitterness on a crisp finish.
2. Busted Arz, 4.8% abv, this is an Irish Red Ale with an amber colour and a caramel malt aroma. It has a sweet malty taste with a gentle fruity bitter finish.
3. Apple Cider, 4.6% abv, this has a golden colour and a sweet apple aroma. It has a nice sweet apple flavour and then a dry tart finish.
4. Brew 42, Power House Pale Ale, this has a golden colour and a subtle malt aroma. It has a sweet malty flavour with a nice fruitiness on a mild bitter finish.
5. Brew 42, Blue Moon Lager, this has a golden colour and a sweet malt aroma. It has a sweet malt taste on a crisp dry finish.
The Denmark Brew and Ales also make a Stout that is very popular, an IPA, a Lager and a Berry Cider. All of the beers that I sampled were very easy drinking and should be well accepted by the mainstream beer drinkers.
I would like to thank Wendy for her hospitality when I visited.