Jeremy Good came to Western Australia from the UK as a 21-year-old on a year's working visa. Nearly three decades later, he's still there, much to the delight of the beer drinkers of the Margaret River. Having fallen in love with his new country, he decided to abandon a career in IT in 2006 to focus on his real passion: brewing. It was something he'd always done in his spare time, beavering away to create the classic British ale styles he'd grown up drinking, and which he's now doing commercially with some aplomb if the Champion Lager trophy for his Pilsner at the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards is anything to go by.
Located on farmland owned by his in-laws on which he and wife Claire grow a few hop varieties, Cowaramup Brewery is a small, family-run business dedicated to serving its local community and sends only a very small number of kegs to an even smaller number of venues in the region. Established with the help of Brendan Varis, from Feral, where Jeremy used to help out on weekends before striking out on his own, it maintains a traditional approach to its beers; while some microbreweries are chasing ever weirder creations, the aim at Cowaramup is to perfect their existing range of beers, with just the very occasional seasonal release to bolster the lineup.
As for the brewery itself, it's a family-friendly set up with an 800l brewhouse in one of the Margaret River region's quieter spots. The bar and restaurant area boasts great views over the surrounding countryside, while there's a large beer garden and kids' play area. The kitchen knocks out food designed to go well with beer: pizzas, beer-battered fish and chips, ploughman's and so on.
Since opening, Jeremy's won over the locals, helped keep the large British expat community in WA happy with his traditional British styles and is attracting growing numbers of tourists. What's more, following the Champion Trophy, he's even had to give in and agree to send his beers interstate.