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Western Australia continues to produce the best beers in the country, with the state’s beer drinkers’ sophisticated palettes allowing brewers to continue to test tastyarticle-beer-420x0 award-winning concoctions.

Margaret River’s Colonial Brewing Co. last night won the Cryer Malt Perth Royal Beer Show best commercial beer prize for their Colonial Kolsch.

Colonial was the toast of the awards hosted by beer-loving dancer Paul Mercurio, also winning the Barrett Burston trophy for best ale draught and the Premier’s Trophy for best WA beer in the show.

Chief judge Brendan Varis, head brewer at Feral Brewing Company, said Colonial’s Kolsch “is a world-class example of a top-class beer”.

“The Kolsch beer is a difficult one to make because they are really light in flavour so any faults at all will show through really quickly. This was a technically perfect beer.”

He said the standard of beer being produced by WA brewers was moving forward.

He said the standard of beer being produced by WA brewers was moving forward.

“It’s also great to see iconic WA brands like Red Back picking up awards.

”WA beer drinkers should be grateful and happy to have beers of this quality available to them locally. It’s great to know we have this kind of beer in our own backyard.”

The Cryer Malt Perth Royal Beer Show attracted 300 entries from 65 brewers.

Tops for taste:

Henley Brook’s Mash Brewing best stout draught and best lager draught

Myaree’s Billabong Brewing best stout.

Matilda Bay Brewing Company won best wheat beer draught.

Mr Varis, whose Feral Brewing Company recently took out a slab of top prizes at the Australian International Beer Awards, said WA brewers were more likely to produce extreme beers than brewers from around the country.

The sophisticated tastes of the WA beer-loving public allowed brewers to test different beer styles. Beers featuring hibiscus and black wattle seed provided new flavours for beer.

The sophisticated tastes of the WA beer-loving public allowed brewers to test different beer styles. Beers featuring hibiscus and black wattle seed provided new flavours for beer.

“There were some interesting experimental beers entered this year,” Mr Varis said.

“They represent an opportunity for brewers to explore further over the next few years and their commercial potential could be most interesting.”

Gryphon Brewing Services won the amateur brewer prize, as well as the trophy for best amateur brewer and best ale.

“The exciting thing about this competition was that the best of the amateur beers were very comparable with the best of the commercial beers,” Mr Varis said.

“Those beers came from the people who are serious about making beer and they are doing a very good job of it.”

Source  :  www.watoday.com.au

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western_Australia_hotel_MapWESTERN Australia has the fastest growing population in Australia, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

WA’s population growth rate has hit 3.1 per cent for the year ending December 2008 – well ahead of every other state or territory.   

Next was Queensland, growing at 2.5 per cent, Northern Territory, 2.0 per cent, Victoria, 1.9 per cent, ACT, 1.7 per cent, New South Wales, 1.4 per cent, South Australia, 1.2 , and Tasmania, 1.0 per cent.

WA, along with Queensland, had the highest rate of intra-state migration, with WA attracting 6300 people from other states and territories and Queensland luring 21,200 interstaters.

At December 31, 2008, WA’s population was 2,204,000 — the fourth largest in Australia, with NSW the most populous state (7.04 million), followed by Victoria (5.36 million) and Queensland (4.35 million).

Nationally the population increased by 1.9 percent  from 2007 — the highest growth rate recorded since the 1950s and 1960s, which was boosted by post war migration and high birth rates. 

These rates compare with a 1.2 per cent growth rate recorded five years ago.

At the end of 2008 Australia’s population had swelled by 406,100 people to 21,644,000.

Of the 406,100 new Australians,  62 per cent, or  253,400, were overseas immigrants. The excess of births over deaths contributed 152,700. 

The states losing the most people to interstate migration were New South Wales (down 22,700), South Australia (down 5200) and Victoria (down 1000).

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cute-dogWEST Australian dog owners are getting busy grooming their four-legged friends as The Sunday Times and PerthNow search for the state’s best-looking canines.   towel-cute-dog-illusion

 

 

More than 200 entries have been emailed in so far for WA’s top dog categories.  

Two-year-old bernese mountain dog Borris, weighing in at 36kg, is in the running for honours as best-looking big dog. His owner has called him a “gentle giant”.

Mel Birch and her children Mikey, 13, Mason, 9 and Taylah, 7, of Helena Valley welcomed their second family shih tzu, Moshi, two years ago.

Moshi will be competing in the category of cutest small dog.

“His best qualities would be his super-long eyelashes and his ability to fly like Superman – his front legs just leap out when he jumps off ledges and it makes everyone laugh,” Ms Birch said.

“People think he’s a girl because of how long his eyelashes are, but he’s just a pretty boy.”

Long-haired miniature dachshund Piper is another heart-melter in the cutest small-dog category.

There are categories also for ugliest dog and the dog that looks most like its owner. ElwoodUglyDog

dogThe winner of each category will receive $100.

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Job creation and capital works projects will form the cornerstone of this year’s state budget, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says. 

The WA government on Thursday will deliver its first budget since elected last year.

“It will be responsible and I think you will see it supports maintaining  jobs and supports the future development of this state,” Mr Barnett said on Wednesday.

“And you will see not only that, but a number of measures designed to maintain jobs, particularly in the small- to medium-size business sector.”

The government is under pressure to maintain a surplus after Mr Barnett’s commitment to deliver surpluses in the next two budgets.

While seeking to maintain the state’s AAA credit rating, the government is also facing demands from WA’s peak business lobby to deliver on an election promise to cut taxes by $250 million.

Mr Barnett said the state’s budget and finances would need some “rejigging” to match a $263 million federal government commitment in Wednesday’s federal budget to put the Perth rail line and bus station underground.

“Yes, we will have to have some rejigging of the state budget and finances because we originally sought 50/50 funding just to sink the rail line,” Mr Barnett said.

“The commonwealth’s taken up the point. It was an issue I discussed with the prime minister in Perth about three weeks ago and I just made the point to him quite informally that if we’re going to sink the rail line it would actually be commonsense to sink the bus station too …

“He’s obviously taken it on board so we’re going to make sure that happens.”

The federal government also pledged $339 million for a deepwater port at Oakajee, in the state’s midwest, which will boost iron ore exports in the region.

The WA government had already spent about $20 million on Oakajee and private proponents were now spending $100 million on the design of the deepwater port and rail line, he said. Continued…

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