Innate Brewers

There could be no better name for the company.

For a start, Innate is a play on words that summarises the WA brewery’s foundations: it was launched by four couples, making the "8" or "eight" of the title. Yet, taken literally, the name also described Innate's ideology, with its owners keen that all of their beers come with an innate Fremantle feel.

“The owners are very much influenced by Fremantle; they all drink there, I live in Freo, and we deal with a lot of pubs in the area,” says brewer Joel Nash, who was brought in by the founders in 2016 to take control of their 1,000 litre brewery and turn out the beers they wanted to drink.

“So it is natural for us to have a Fremantle influence. I guess we’re innately Fremantle.”

You don't have to look far within the growing stable of Innate beers to find evidence of this: there's Freo Draft Pilsner, for example, and the Great Scott American Pale Ale. This collected a silver medal at the Perth Royal Beer Show in 2016 and pays homage to one of the port’s favourite (adopted) sons: AC/DC’s late but great Bon Scott.

Beyond that, Joel says being Freo means other things too: "We’re irreverent, unpretentious, there’s no wank and while we’re passionate about beer we don’t want to take ourselves too seriously.”

As for the eight who started the company, they were keen homebrewers who wanted to step up to commercial production. Since launching in 2015, their beers have appeared with increasing regularity on taps around Perth, with awards success encouraging upgrades and expansion of the brewhouse over time. The co-owners often help in the brewery too, which, despite being based in Spearwood, can still claim to be “Fremantle-inspired” since the suburb is a heartland of the greater port region.

The brewery is set up purely for production; indeed, there's no outward signage to suggest anything exciting is happening inside the industrial unit where former Matso's, Gage Roads, Colonial and Indian Ocean man Joel goes about his business. Well, no outward signage unless you count the Crab Shack banner, a leftover from a previous tenant that inspired Innate's Belgian Black India Pale Ale of the same name.

Having cut their teeth in the world of collaboration in creating a mandarin saison called Confucius Sais with the Belgian Beer Café in 2016, the plan is to explore this area further over time.

“We want to get others involved in our beers but we also want to do some unusual stuff," says Joel. "Throw it out there a bit in terms of style, and see what works.”

Ross Lewis

Name
Innate Brewers
Address

23/83 Mell Rd
Spearwood
WA 6163

Phone
0402 855 637
Website

Innate Brewers Regulars

Innate Brewers Pale As Bro KPA

Think Kiwi. Think passionfruit. The old Chinese Gooseberry tastes of passionfruit so even before the glass has touched the lips the taste buds can almost feel the hop influence. Maybe it takes the drinker further into Polynesia than the Shaky Isles but it wouldn’t be surprising to see a native New Zealander enjoying this beer in one hand with a Perky Nana in the other. There is a tropical punch vibe that conjures thoughts of dancing grass skirts on deserted islands. It has a very smooth mouthfeel… Read more
Style
NZ Pale Ale
Strength
4.8%
Bitterness
28 IBU

Innate Brewers Drinkstable IPA

Pine is one characteristic that separates the English and American versions of India Pale Ale. And there is no doubt on which side of the Atlantic this beer stands in style terms – albeit a lot closer to the Pacific Rim, with the Australian grown combination of Ella and Cascade giving Drinkstable its edge. Innate deliver the malt backbone, too, but for aficionados of the modern IPA this is a tongue pleaser. Almost every brewery has to have an IPA of some sort on its books these days and more are… Read more
Style
American IPA
Strength
6.2%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Innate Brewers Freo Draft Pilsner

If ever a beer captured Fremantle’s feel it is this Saaz-hopped drop. And it's also the one to give to friends visiting the port who have yet to make the journey towards craft beer. Forget the Koala key rings, the enjoyment of this Pilsner is the best souvenir they will take home. This example is easy and sessionable, so much like the Cappuccino Strip on a summer Sunday. This brew is an unfiltered take on the Czech style but might have a bit more taste than some of its predecessors. And it is… Read more
Style
Czech Pilsner
Strength
4.4%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Innate Brewers Specials

Innate Brewers Something's Awry

Tapped September 1st, 2016
Many moons ago, a common Perth taunt was: “You have the heart the size of a caraway seed.” That sledge can now be retired because the variety of cumin is now punching above its weight in one of Innate's special release offerings. The seeds impart a little spiciness which complements the rye in a red ale style that head brewer Joel was keen to try after seeing its growing popularity over the previous 12 months. He was so impressed with the result, you're likely to see Something's Awry return… Read more
Style
Rye Red Ale
Strength
6.2%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Innate Brewers & Clancy's Fish Pub Crab Shack

Tapped September 1st, 2016
There is a marine feel with this beer but it has nothing to do with Fremantle. Innate’s headquarters was formerly a crab manufacturing plant. Fortunately, the smell of shells has long gone, replaced by the malty smell from the brewhouse. The Crab Shack banner remains outside Innate’s base and now serves to turn the brewery into something of a secret beer-making hideaway. But Crab Shack the liquid has a role with seafood. Head brewer Joel reckons the Belgian yeast used in the beer makes it perfect… Read more
Style
Belgian Black IPA
Strength
6.8%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Innate Brewers Raging Rajah

Tapped June 1st, 2016
Star anise is such an interesting character. People tend to have a love or loathe type of relationship with the ingredient. Muck it up in the kitchen and there will be tears. Mistakes with beers can inflict the drinker with that hard to rid Galliano aftertaste. Yet Joel promised he wanted to go outside the square with his brewing. So why not mess with such a dangerous flavour? The result is one in which there's a good balancing act, bringing in anise, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla without having… Read more
Style
Spiced Porter
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Innate Brewers Great Scott

Tapped October 1st, 2016
If a Fremantle-orientated brewery was going to pay its respects to one of the town’s most revered characters, the pick would be obvious. The late Bon Scott has a statue right on the waterfront and his legend looms large throughout the old port streets. The local AFL team have adopted AC/DC songs into their game day entertainment. Yet Bon was more of a hard liquor man and it might be a touch surprising to produce an American pale ale in his name considering his Scottish roots. But, like Bon, the… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
5.2%
Bitterness
36 IBU
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