For the first time in history Pride FEST has its own official beer
By Geraldine Alphonse Pabon
PERTH’S biggest gay and lesbian celebration will have its own official beer for the first time.
Nowhereman Brewing and The Sparkke Change beverage company have partnered with Pride WA to create “Freedom Ale”, a beer that will be launched in November 24 and served during the Pride Parade on November 25.
The beer’s name reflects this year’s pride theme ” Freedom” and the taste was inspired from Belgian Witbier, which is fruity and spiced.
Nowhereman Brewing founder Reece Wheadon said the concept had attracted support of many venues in Perth.
“It’s been really rewarding to work with Pride, to make sure we showcase beer and we showcase that beer is not necessarily for any particular demographic, is for everyone,” said Mr Reece Wheadon.
Strawberry gum, rosella, cinnamon myrtle and aniseed myrtle are among the ingredients, adding a liquorice aroma and spice to the palette.
A Karma keg will operate at Nowherman Brewing Co. and drinkers will be asked to donate whatever they think the beer is worth, with proceeds going to the Living Proud Organisation. The beer will also be served at the WA Beer Week on their last two days from the 25 and 26 of November.
Living Proud Organisation vice president Jeremy Wray told The Bounce it could be the start of a new era for the annual street event.
“It would be great to continue with this tradition moving forward, and having a different beer next year with collaboration with Nowhereman Brewing,” Mr Wray said.
Pride WA, which has also collaborated with Runamuk Cider Co. in Bunbury, will be celebrating its 27th street party with 70 groups and 1500 people parading to encourage diversity and acceptance in our community.
Festivities began from the 27 of October and run till the 25 of November with the Pride Parade at Northbridge.