Craft brewery to be a tourism drawcard for Karratha

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Jack Heales and Dan Scott are set to open North West Brewing Co. in September.
Camera IconJack Heales and Dan Scott are set to open North West Brewing Co. in September. Credit: Shannon Beattie

Karratha will soon join the likes of Broome and Exmouth by spawning its very own craft brewery offering everything from fine home-blended ales to one-of-a-kind wheat beers.

North West Brewing Co., the brainchild of local businessmen Dan Scott and Jack Heales, will open its doors in the light industrial area in September and is set to be a drawcard for tourists to the Pilbara.

The family-friendly venue will be licensed for 300 people and include an alfresco area with a playground for the little children and a games room for the bigger ones.

Mr Scott said a brewery is something Karratha has been missing for a while and when you’re a growing town, these are the sort of cool things you get.

“When it comes to tourism, the issue we have is that the North West Coastal Highway runs directly past Karratha and tourists have to make the decision to turn left and drive into town,” he said.

“You’ll find a lot of people don’t tend to turn left, but if they have got more things to do and a brewery is added to the list, it’s a great excuse for someone to say ‘let’s stop for a day’.”

“We’re hoping that a brewery will, at a minimum, add an extra night’s stay for every visitor that comes in.”

Dan Scott and Jack Heales are set to open North West Brewing Co. in September.
Camera IconDan Scott and Jack Heales are set to open North West Brewing Co. in September. Credit: Shannon Beattie

To begin with, North West Brewing Co. will have six beers available including three to four staple varieties, plus a couple of taps that will be rotated and do seasonal beers to allow for some funky flavours.

“I want to try and use some of the bush foods around the area,” Mr Scott said.

“If we can get those flavours in to beer, it might take a bit of time, but once we nail it, it could be a really great beer that’s unique to the region.”

The brewery will also have a small kitchen that can knock out simple but good food such as pizza, hot wings and chips, as well as a courtesy bus to take people back in to town at the end of a good night.

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