When mates get together to brew a beer, it often doesn't start with commercial ambitions, instead just being a way to catch up.
But, for the team behind Phat Brew Club, regular brew days and a passion for good beer have led to a canned and kegged release for sextet of Perth homebrewers who have been working together for the last six years.
In 2020, the co-op won the Margaret River Brewhouse Backyard Brewing competition with their Coffee Cream Porter; their prize included brewing their award-winning recipe on the MRB kit and having it poured at the venue. It was an opportunity that gave the ambitious garage brewers a push to take things further.
“The win gave us the confidence that our beers were good enough to be brewed at a commercial scale,” says Travis Moore, one of the six Phat Brew Club members.
“After having the opportunity to commercially brew Phat Porter with Margaret River Brewhouse, we set up the company and went about brewing our first release, a Fruit Salad Sour called Phatizzle.”
Since then, Phat Brew Club have shifted their focus into expanding their reach, launching version two of their coffee cream porter in cans and distributing to the masses, with the aim of boosting their presence in the booming Western Australian craft scene. In time, the group hopes to establish a cellar door and, of course, expand their canned and kegged offerings.
The team behind Phat Brew Club describe their ethos as being to create beers that “live on the edge” and bring people together, while brewing creatively without limits.
Having released their first couple of beers, we invited the club to tell us more as part of our Who Brews…? series.
Phat Brew Club
Who are you?
Phat Brew Club are a group of six homebrewers that have been backyard brewing together for the past six years. The PBC Crew released their first beer back in March which was a fruit salad sour, Phatizzle. The current release of Phat Porter is PBC’s first canned release.
The team are Travis Moore (head brewer), Terri Moore, Steve Booth, Tim Youngs, Robert Lockhart and Alex Hamilton. We are all still working full-time at the moment, however the plan is to open our own brewery within the next 12 months.
Where do you brew?
Currently, we are contract brewing at various breweries in Perth and Margaret River, as well as continuing to homebrew from our backyard brewery in Success, in Perth's south.
Why do you brew?
Brewing has long been a passion of ours and we really love to push boundaries and try new things when it comes to making beer. Our slogan is “Beers that live on the Edge”, and that’s really about us attempting to take a variety of styles to the limit – which, to be honest, is just so much fun.
Was there a beer or a moment that set you on the path to becoming a brewer?
It really was when we won the Margaret River Brewhouse backyard Brewing Competition in 2020. That moment gave us the confidence that our beers can stack up against the best and we really wanted to give more people the opportunity to try our beers.
What’s the inspiration behind the brewery name?
It comes from us being a bunch of mates that brew beer together and being a part of something where we are all so passionate about beer.
What beer in your lineup best represents you and why?
Phat Porter is the beer that started it all for us, the beer takes you on a real ride through bitter and sweet. It’s also a beer that we brewed with our great mates from Margaret River Brewhouse who have done so much for us in helping to get Phat Brew Club to where it is today.
When we think about beer, it really is about good times and mates, and this beer really means that for us.
If anyone drops in on brew day, what are they most likely to hear blasting from the speakers?
What beers are in your fridge right now?
Besides a few Phat Porters, we have Brewhouse Red IPA, Rocky Ridge Choc Coconut Porter and Seasonal Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. I am a massive fan of Margaret River Brewhouse Talus IPA and Rocky Ridge's Choc Coconut Porter is a belter as well.
Where can people find your beers?
Details of where you can find our beer in cans and on tap are on our Facebook page.
Where do you hope your brewery will be ten years from now?
We'd love to have been on the ride of our lives is creating our brewery within the Perth metro area, serving beers that anyone and everyone can enjoy.