Event wrap-up: WA YWPs – Site Tour & Beer Tasting at Little Creatures Brewery
2 December 2016
Written by Halinka Lamparski
The WA Young Water Professionals (YWP) sub-committee celebrated the end of 2016 with a final social event incorporating beer, networking and water cycle knowledge of Little Creatures brewery in Fremantle on 2 December. Approximately 30 Australian Water Association members and non-members, including representation from the Australian Landscape Institute of Australia – Fresh (AILA equivalent of Young Water Professionals), came together to learn more about the making of beer and cider and its water and wastewater management at this iconic WA brewery.
The group was split into two groups to undertake a tasting of 10 beers and cider, and a trip around key locations of the brewery (before swapping), while the incredibly knowledgeable, energetic and quirky staff of Little Creatures taught attendees everything they could possibly desire regarding the history, grains/hops, engineering, water quality tasting, water conservation and wastewater management of the brew process.
Some interesting facts that were learnt:
- Beer is 90 - 95% water therefore water has a large influence on the beer. Famous brewing cities around the world have different types of water e.g., Pilsen in Czech Republic is famous Pilsner beer, which was developed as they have very soft water which creates a delicate drinkable beer
- Creatures brewery uses 7 litres of water to produce every litre of beer. Industry best is about 3-4 litres water per litre beer but due to Perth’s “hard” water they use more water due to the osmosis requirements.
- Most light beers are created via dilution (with water) of a high alcoholic batch of beer while creatures maintain the strong flavour of their light beer by altering the brew process to produce less alcohol.
Beer and cider was drunk, frites were eaten, networking was extensive, loud and boisterous, and all in all, everyone celebrated the end of the year in good spirits!
A big thank you must be given to Ishigaki Oceania for sponsoring and attending this event as they really made it possible.