Cheers to craft brewery’s coveted awards success

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A craft brewery in Denmark producing single-batch ales continues to turn heads on the national beer stage.

With a recent gold medal at the Australian International Beer Awards, Artisan Brewing owners Julia and Brian Fitzgerald are starting to see the fruits of their labour.

They were also named the 2017 South West craft beer of the year in February for the same beer, Tripel Treating.

The pair, who moved to Denmark a decade ago to follow their dream of running their own brewery, take strong inspiration from Belgian-style beers.

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Mr Fitzgerald began home brewing 25 years ago.

He was Australia’s first cicerone and has a Diploma in Brewing Science, all helping Artisan achieve the highest-rated WA beer on the beer check-in app, Untappd.

Mrs Fitzgerald said the recent successes justified what they were doing.

“We couldn’t be prouder as this is our first year to be judged in these international beer competitions, by national craft beer journalists and regional beer festivals,” she said

“It vindicates the effort that we put into the beers and that’s really what it’s about.

“It’s making sure we’re brewing the most unique, high-quality and interesting beers.”

Typically producing a new batch each month, the craft brewer uses local and seasonal produce with a number of barrel-aged options.

Mr Fitzgerald said Artisan’s focus was always to remain creative and innovative.

“We’re the smallest big brewery that no one’s heard of,” he said.

“We’re small in size but we’re big in terms of our beers and the things we do.”

Currently using facilities at Boston Brewery, Mrs Fitzgerald said there was a mutual respect between the two brewers.

With Artisan beers available on tap across the Great Southern and Perth, Mrs Fitzgerald said managing their growth in a healthy manner was key.

“We can’t keep up with demand here — we’re realising that our challenge is how do you grow organically and maintain quality?” she said.

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