Denmark Chambers Business After Hours 

 

Business After Hours are organised by the Chamber monthly and hosted by businesses. The occasion is great way to promote your business, learn about other businesses and to network. All members are invited, if you are a non-member and would like to join us, please Contact Us at the office to organise your guest invitation.

Denmark Tavern and Artisan Brewing were the collaborative hosts for August Business After Hours gathering. A welcoming effort was made with simple, robust food to go with the range of locally produced beers on tap.

 

Julia and Brian Fitzgerald were inspired by their experiences of beer in Belgium and a visit to our Denmark community. The place and the process came together in 1999.  The Tavern has 4 of their beers on tap, with 13 for the BAH and following degustation function. Medals galore have been earnt, beginning at Perth Royal Beer Show with all seven entries winning medals and three of them gold!

 

The evening ‘s draw prize was from a batch that produced only  about 700 bottles and included 20 kilos of mangoes and raspberries. Other batches have been brewed with lemon myrtle & rosemary and even chocolate.  Even the co-owner of the brewery, Brian, popped his card in to be in the draw. It’s that good. Jody & Jeff Ovenden from Celestine Retreat were the lucky winners!

 

I asked the bar staff for a beer recommendation to go with mingling on a rainy & cold night. ‘Unforbidden’ was the one. It worked well. I noticed it was teamed with pork, plum & kim chi on the menu. Being the big late night shopping evening in Denmark I thought I might pick up some ingredients on my way home to replicate a version of the complementary food.

 

Chamber President, Beverley Ford, announced she is stepping down from her role at the September AGM. Making way for renewal that is important in all organisations. It wasn’t an easy year, she says, and this is a “huge opportunity to move forward”.

 

New members, Great Southern Grammar were represented by Claire and Julie. “Our school is a business”, says Claire.  Educating children is of course their core work, but in doing so they give back to the community as well as running a ‘school farm’ with cattle, a vineyard, tout and market gardens.

 

The Honourable Dr. Steve Thomas MLC  offered a political light and airy breeze. As Member for the Southwest and Shadow Minister for the Environment “We’re not here to choose sides, we’re happy with everybody”.  Could this be a new way forward? “Be prepared to see more (of him)”, he offered.

 

A follow up chat with those at the helm of The Tavern feels essential. Their story is absent yet was all around us, with well considered food, fabulous service and country atmosphere.

 

Donna Marie – Village Scribe


Julia Fitzgerald & Gwen Hyatt

Andrew Burton, Steve Thomas and Beverley Ford

Brian Fitzgerald and Helen Heydenrych


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