Keeper’s Mead and Brewing Co claim prize for unique brewing invention

Breanna RedheadBusselton Dunsborough Times
Keepers’ head brewer Andy Mitchell and managing director Simon Green with the prize-winning brews.
Camera IconKeepers’ head brewer Andy Mitchell and managing director Simon Green with the prize-winning brews. Credit: supplied

Victory tastes sweet for the team at Keepers Mead and Brewing Co who took out the top two places on the podium in the Beekeeping Industry Council Western Australia Honey Month Competition.

The Metricup Brewery took home gold for their Ginger Mead, a sweet ginger number with a balanced sweetness, and silver was awarded for their Rosie, a delicately spicy payment with hints of aromatics with a drier finish.

Managing director Simon Green described the accolades as a “pleasant surprise”.

“This is something we’ve been working towards for a while now and it’s be recognised and the get the word out about our meads,” he said.

“We’ve been running for 12 years now and have been recognised for our honey a few times but this is the first time any of our meads have won.”

Keepers’ unique take on mead has been applauded by receiving the highest of awards within the industry for this ancient beverage, the oldest known alcoholic drink made from just honey, water and yeast.

However, the introduction of their own onsite brewing facilities at the beginning of the year has seen a whole new range of meads being launched including a Braggot — half mead and half beer, and a short mead — a cidery type drink created before the mead gets to its full fermentation which won the aforementioned prizes.

Each month the team also puts out a special “Brewers’ Choice“ — a limited-edition flavour from the brains of head brewer Andy Mitchell, exploring the collaboration of mead with other taste profiles, as recommended by customers.

Mr Green said this experimental process is the whole reason the unique brews began.

“Honey is such a diverse product and we just want to show what it can do and see where we can take it,” he said.

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