West End is definitely getting its score of drinking and eating haunts. Chief among them is a brewery!
I was thrilled to get an invite to Catchment Brewing Co’s Family and Friends event on Saturday 21 November. Of course I RSVP’d faster than a hornet with ‘roid rage, predominately because I wanted to support my good friend, Catchment’s Bar Manager Russell Laing, and also because I am a huge supporter of local craft beer establishments.
Walking up to the front of the brewery’s new premises one would think it was a construction site. Indeed, it was abuzz with construction men several days prior (insert pondering pause)… but I digress. The entry was clad with a makeshift wood front covered in plastic when I arrived, so I wondered what progress had been made in the days leading up to the event behind the sheath.
Well, wasn’t I surprised! Walking through the construction door and being greeted by Catchment’s Directors, I was immediately hit with the cool lick of Air Con. I was immediately impressed! It was a bloody hot day. Straight ahead was the bar, and to the right was a staircase with its wall covered in wine barrel tops from the Napa Valley; fancy! I walked through the entry and was struck by fit out; wood, exposed brick, restored pressed metal ceilings, a sealed concrete bar and warm lighting. It looked fantastic!
The space boasts three main areas; the main bar downstairs, a bar upstairs which will be used for events and overflow, and a deck out the back with seating, but out back is where all the exciting stuff happens; the brewery. You can enjoy a brew or 2 whilst sitting around the brewery gear. It has a similar feel to Brisbane Brew Co’s set up. Nice.
Brew Master Mick Jontef will be working his magic over the next weeks to produce Catchment’s first brew.; I’m not sure what will be brewed but there’s word that one will be a Pale Ale and another will be a Golden Ale. Rest assured, there will be some big, creative exciting brews to follow!
They also have a decent list of draught and bottled beers that should tickle everyone’s fancy:
- BrewCult – Spoiler Alert
- Feral – Karma Citra
- Killer Sprocket – Rye IPA
- La Sirene – Wild Saison
- Two Birds – Sunset Ale
- Blanche de Nemur
- Founders – Porter
- Garage Project – Hapi Daze
- Newtowner – Hipster Ale
- Green Beacon – 3 Bolt
- Mornington Lager
- Noisy Minor – ANZUS
- Batlow Cloudy Cider
- Burleigh Brewing – Duke Hells
- Panhead – Whitewall
- Akasha – Freshwater Pale Ale
- Green Beacon – Windjammer
- Mornington Brown Ale
In addition to the brews, they have a fantastic Sparkling, White, Amber, Rosé, and Red wine selection by the bottle and glass. I tried the 2014 – 83 Rosé Provence; it was beautiful! (I made sure the Rosé was tasty for you Graham Schnaars and Jillian Clapp)
The menu looks incredibly fresh and approachable. Filled with modern pub food options as well as seafood options. If the food they served on the evening is anything to hang my hat on, it will be a very pleasing menu indeed!
Owners Katie and Nick Jorss, and Allana Ivanovic and husband Chris Robinson will be officially opening The Catchment Brewing Co at 150 Boundary Street, West End for business very soon.