Blasta Brewing Co

The journey from a FIFO homebrewer to opening Blasta Brewing has been one of incredible speed and grace, not unlike the brewery’s unicorn logo – but more on that later.

It appears that owner/brewer Steven Russell doesn’t mind a challenge and, following some initial brewing success - best packaged IPA at the Perth Beer Awards 2017 for MyWay IPA is one of many his accolades to date - the thought of scaling up his beer aspirations in 2016 took flight in a light industrial section of Burswood, WA.

Steven had lived in the suburb since arriving from Scotland in 2007. It’s this heritage that informed the brewery’s name – it’s Gaelic for delicious – and the unicorn logo, inspired by Scotland’s national animal. It’s geometric rendering echoes his engineering career, not that many under the age of eight are going to be too concerned with that.

Officially opening in early 2018, Blasta’s vision was for a brewery that’s a community hub, serving coffee and breakfast early then lunch before moving on to the harder stuff. However, its proximity to the Perth Stadium has certainly delivered fans beyond the local neighbourhood - a one-minute train ride will do that for a brewery.

At the same time, it’s the local spirit that’s seen Blasta give back to its community through charity work with local schools, the Victoria Park Council charity, the Cancer Council and Youth Focus, a mental health support for young people that shares Goodwood Parade with the brewery.

Inside the expansive brewery, eight core beers flow from the 20 hectolitre system, including Blastweizen, the Tangerine Dreams citrus Hefeweizen, the Mosaic hop driven Grimster Rocks APA, Chainbreaker IPA and Myway Grapefruit IPA. These are delivered in globally sourced, Blasta Certified Pint glasses: a 650ml serve, as well as pressurised growlers to make sharing with the table a more enjoyable experience. Joining them is always a guest beer, usually showcasing another WA brewery.

Takeaway growler fills are also available including a morning "drop off" service via the café for collection later that day. The late 2018 addition of a ABE 35 canning line will also sate any take home requirements and get Blasta beers into more venues and retailers around WA.

Blasta’s supporters also get to take a hand in new product development. Each Tuesday, ten random punters are selected from Facebook and Instagram to try out test batches of new beers in a special tasting room. As these beers evolve, the punters are invited back to contribute more feedback before the test batch is scaled up into production. The staff know their stuff too, going through Cicerone trained server training and managers participating in the Certified Cicerone program.

While the café keeps things intimate, once inside, the cavernous 350 capacity space opens to long rows of shared tables below circular chandeliers. These are surrounded by booths, the bar area and the brewery itself.

Outside, a 230 square metre alfresco area provides ample additional room to drink, or spill one over yourself [Thanks for reminding me – Editor], and a kids' sandpit that’s frequently full, while live music every Sunday and Friday night over Summer, keep the vibes rolling.

Food wise, the Blasta café and kitchen operate from 7am, with service building towards the full lunchtime menu. Small share items include Haggis Spring Rolls (of course!), pizzas and larger classics to sate the masses on game days, while the grill offers much for the carnivorous.

Interestingly, the brewery’s home of Burswood was once known as Burrswood. The omission of the second "r" was apparently a signage mistake by a couple of 1890s painters at a local train station that stuck. Playing off this, Blasta released its “Where the Helles is Burrswood?” Helles Lager and features the story as part of the wall artwork inside the venue. This connection to place is a telling mark of owner Steve Russell’s years spent living in, and affection for, the area.

Guy Southern

Name
Blasta Brewing Co
Address

84-88 Goodwood Parade
Burswood
WA 6100

Phone
(08) 6102 4130
Website
Hours

Seven days: 7am to midnight

Tours

By Appointment

Blasta Brewing Co Regulars

Blasta Myway Grapefruit IPA

Perhaps Blasta’s most recognisable beer outside of the brewery and the beer that cemented Steven Russell on a path to opening his brewery, Myway IPA could almost be viewed as a statement of intent. The American style IPA is infused with ruby grapefruit and blood orange sourced from Chittering in the Perth Hills and ably delivers a punchy citrus hit atop caramel malts that leave some sweetness beneath the bitter finish. The citrus additions almost make Myway cost prohibitive – there’s 400 kilograms… Read more
Style
Grapefruit IPA
ABV
5.9%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Blasta Chainbreaker IPA

It might not be the biggest IPA by contemporary standards, but it's a fair step up in punch from Blasta's pale, with Chainbreaker a beer that makes its bitterness felt. The sweet malt body provides a light platform for the double dry hopping of Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo hops to work their magic. Tropical and citrus hops sit atop a subtle piney base and the near 6 percent ABV adds weight but remains at a responsible level in keeping with Blasta’s mandate of well made, drinkable beers. In short,… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
5.9%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Blasta Grimster Rocks Pale Ale

One of the Blasta’s best selling beers, Grimster Rocks delivers everything that you’d expect from a Mosaic focused pale – masses of stone fruit and tropical aromas – particularly passionfruit - that are supported by potent grapefruit and candied orange flavours, balanced by some sweet caramel malts, before wrapping up with a reasonably biting bitterness. The 5.4 percent ABV and 35 IBUs of bitterness make Grimster Rocks more of a serious contender without losing sessionablity, albeit one… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.4%
Bitterness
35 IBU
Awards

Champion Pale – Perth Royal Beer Awards 2018

Blasta Tangerine Dreams

When you’ve got a classic wheat beer pouring, the temptation would be leave it alone. Not Blasta. The addition of fresh tangerine juice and peel to the Blastaweizen has created some entirely new with, perhaps, even broader appeal to new beer drinkers. Banana, clove and spice from the original are evident however this is more than a case of adding a slice of citrus to the beer; here, there's a cocktail like citrus intensity, accentuated stonefruit characters and a greater perceived bitterness,… Read more
Style
Fruit Hefeweizen
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
11 IBU

Blasta Blastaweizen

The Reinheitsgebot is alive and in the inner east Perth... Using more than 50 percent wheat malt and a strain of yeast from Bavarian wheat beer meisters Weihenstephan, Blasta has carefully crafted an easy-drinking Hefe that stands proudly in the oversized, Blasta Certified Pint glasses. Classic notes of banana and clove abound with some light spice, a flash of lemon, restrained malt character and low bitterness in this respectful take on one of the world’s classic beer styles.… Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
11 IBU

Blasta Where The Helles Burrswood?

Riffing on a 1890s train station typo for its name, Where the “Helles” Burrswood showcases the traditional hallmarks of the lager style. Premium German malt and noble hops are melded to create light cereal characters and a pale straw colour in a beer that’s cold conditioned during its two month turnaround. Bitterness is soft and the overall appeal is of well made, slightly sweet but uncomplicated refreshment that’s perfect for game day.… Read more
Style
Munich Helles
ABV
4.7%
Bitterness
13 IBU

Blasta Brewing Co Specials

Blasta Unleash The Beast NEIPA

Tapped August 17th, 2018
The first limited release from Blasta Brewing dives straight into the murky world of NEIPAs. Informed by a trip Steven Russell took to the UK shortly before brew day, Unleash the Beast is the largest beer to date from the Burswood brewery and ably delivers the tropical breakfast juice vibe that drinkers have come to expect from the style. The name refers to the expansive ingredients for style – three yeasts, five grains and four hops – as well as the massive aroma that filled the venue side… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

On limited release from Blasta and select WA venues

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