Borne of the basic concept that two blokes who love beer more than their 9-5 jobs should do something about it, Willie the Boatman is St Peters’ answer to the craft brewing scene. Started by thirsty dads Nick Newey and Pat McInerney, the brewery produces a broad range of tasty frothies, with flavour and refreshment both at the top of the priority list.
If taking on the daunting task of opening a commercial brewery without any experience other than some home brewing was hard then the pair have done a good job of hiding it. With no guidebook or roadmap, Pat and Nick have turned a pastime into a passion, and a passion into a business, now making huge amounts of beer for the masses, who seemingly can’t get enough.
The beers, which are named after some of their favourite locals (Albo’s Corn Ale is named after federal member Anthony Albanese, and Todd’s Trailer Ale is named after Todd, a bloke who lent them his trailer, to name a couple) are all on tap at their tasting bar, which is open for business Thursday to Sunday. Despite the semi-industrial location, the brewery is a hubbub of activity when it’s open, a favourite for the locals and visitors from afar who come to enjoy the delicious beer on offer.
We caught up with Pat to talk about his business.
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