Stay safe, stay local and support WA
Most of us are not allowed to leave WA due to the current pandemic but we couldn’t think of a better place to be ‘stuck.’ We have some of the most beautiful beaches, weather and popular local wineries & breweries in this state.
With all of us staying in WA (at least until the border restrictions are lifted) there couldn’t be a better time or reason to support local. Many of these local businesses are finding it tough with the social distancing measures particularly as less consumers can visit their breweries and cellar doors. They have worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to build their businesses producing the beers, wines and spirits that many of us enjoy.
At Liquor Barons, we are all about supporting local especially as Liquor Barons is 100% independently owned and operated by WA families. The family at Swanny Cellars is made up of a team who have worked in the industry for decades. We are proud to know many of our local customers by first name and their top favourites, which says it all.
WA Day Sale
To celebrate all things WA, we have our WA Day Catalogue Sale with offers valid until 31 May. And for all Liquor Barons Advantage Club Members, there is the chance to win $2,500 a week for the next four weeks, until 14th June. All you need to do is swipe your Barons Advantage Club card when you buy any carton or block of Little Creatures Rogers, Elsie or Pale Ale, Emu Export or Swanny D. S It’s easy, quick and free to join the Barons Advantage Club at Swanny Cellars.
The story of Vasse Felix, located in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, started in 1966. It was after Tom Cullity read a report written in local Margaret River newspaper by Dr John Gladstones that described that the Margaret River cape having similar climatic conditions to Bordeaux. The first vineyard was planted in 1967 with the first vintage in 1971. To date the winery has won numerous awards. At Swanny Cellars we have some great offers on the Vasse Felix Classic Dry Red and White, Filius, Premier, Heytesbury and Tom Cullity until the 31st May.
Established in 1970, Cape Mentelle is one of Margaret River’s ‘founding five’ wineries. It was David Hohnen and his brothers Mark and Giles who established the Cape Mentelle Vineyards in 1970. There followed many awards including the highly prised Jimmy Watson Memorial Award for the best one year old dry red wine in 1983. We have a selection of the range on offer until the 31st May in the Catalogue.
We love the set up at the Beerfarm brewery Metricup in Margaret River with its huge tasting room on what is an old dairy farm and hayshed. Overlooking a lake at the bottom of a hill there is plenty of space inside and out at the brewery. The pin ball machines, the bright posters and funky décor make this a fun and vibrant place to hang out. But until the social distancing laws are relaxed, we are pleased there are plenty of tasty Beerfarm beers on offer in the WA Sale Catalogue. We agree with Beerfarm’s description that they make beers for all occasions; “smashable lagers your mum and dad would drink to complex IPAs and sours packed full of rescued fruit supporting Aussie farmers.” Why would we go to any other state?
Closer to Perth we have enjoyed the set up at Feral Brewing in the Swan Valley. There is plenty of outdoor space and tasty food on offer. It is a family owned and operated hand-crafted microbrewery. The team at Feral describe themselves as a brewery, not a craft brewery because they don’t brew craft beer, but beer with the aim for all of us to enjoy it and “because it tastes damn good.”
Just down the road from Swanny Cellars is Otherside Brewery and the Brewhouse. The brewery was set up by a group of like-minded music friends who, as they state “love good beer without the BS.” Their motto is simple and resonates with us, “we make beers we want to drink and then we share them with the world.”
The West Winds
In the nine years since The West Winds was established, the number of awards for their gins is remarkable and impressive. The gins are all distilled and produced in Margaret River. Each includes a high proportion of Australian native and locally grown ingredients. Anthony Reynolds, who you may have seen working at the Swanny Cellars up until Christmas last year, is now the distiller at The West Winds.
Margaret River Distilling Company makes Giniversity Gin. We can appreciate their focus on local and wanting to reflect the flavours of Australia’s South West by working with native botanicals when possible. The name ‘Giniversity’ originates from Margaret River Distilling Company offering gin enthusiasts the option to learn the art of distilling and make their very own signature gin at this ‘university’.
WA Day Sale 2020
There are other local beers, wines and spirits featured in the WA as well as those from elsewhere that we also enjoy. Read the catalogue here on the Liquor Barons site.
Stay safe, stay in WA and buy local.