Food & Wine

WA whisky crowned best in the world

Great Southern Distilling Company has been awarded the title of Best International Craft Whisky in the World by the American Distillers Institute for the second time, this year for its Limeburners Heavy Peat.

End of the line for Flying Scotsman

Beaufort Street pub The Flying Scotsman is likely to keep its doors closed permanently in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, revealing on social media today the venue's landlord had opted not to renew the lease.

Hospitality sector plans for uncertainty

Hospitality businesses are making difficult decisions about whether to stay open and offer takeaway options or close.

Foodie fights the viral downturn

Regulars at Rachael Torre’s cafe and convenience store Wholefood Circus would notice the differences as the hospitality entrepreneur adapts to the new environment, simultaneously seeking to save her business and “feed half of the Western suburbs".

Gage Roads increases packaged beer production

Gage Roads Brewing Company has increased its weekly production of packaged products by 80 per cent to meet a recent surge in demand but has cut production of draught beer and withdrawn its earnings guidance because of the uncertain outlook.

Alcohol restrictions considered, hospitality sector shuts down

Volume restrictions on alcohol sales will be required to ensure staff safety and avoid public panic buying, according to Australian Hotels Association WA chief executive Bradley Woods.

Entertainment venues hit by new rules

A growing number of hospitality venues are either closing or revising their operations, after the Prime Minister announced the ban of all non-essential gatherings of 100 plus people. The ban is effective immediately and will impact religious services.

Northbirdge lands in Northbridge

The owner of Northbridge bars Ezra Pound and The Bird, Kabir Ramasary, has added another two hospitality venues to his portfolio with the opening of Northbirdge Dining Room and Northbirdge Wine Bar last month.

Hospitality sector to take stronger precautions

The Australian Hotels Association WA has made a number of recommendations for the state’s hospitality sector to reduce the spreading of COVID-19, with Crown Resorts in Perth extending its social distancing measures to Perth.

Freo’s FOMO a good fit for Varsity

Varsity Group is preparing to open its sixth venue as the food and beverage anchor to Sirona Capital’s $220 million FOMO precinct in Fremantle.

Vic Park Hotel refurb signals AVC Perth push

Australian Venue Co has plans to undertake $2 million of renovations for the Victoria Park Hotel, which it bought last year as part of a $200 million purchase of Coles’ portfolio of pubs and restaurants.

Gage Roads takes earnings hit on sales shortfall

Gage Roads Brewing Co has taken a half-year profit hit after sales of its Good Drinks brands at national chains dipped by 25 per cent, but the Palmyra-based brewer says the sales shortfall is a temporary issue.

Tech takes on hospitality

For all the advances and disruptive opportunities available via everyday tech such as smartphones, Pubster founder Adam Mastey still sees opportunities in the hospitality sector.

SeaLink to stock Spinifex beers on Rottnest ferries

Spinifex Brewing Co’s range of infused beers using native ingredients will soon be available for travellers heading to Rottnest and cruising the Swan River, with SeaLink Travel Group’s Captain Cook Cruises division becoming the Aboriginal-owned brewery’s first stockist.

Besk's niche offering comes with broad appeal

Besk co-owners Elliot Moore and Ben Braham are committed to delivering a dynamically different hospitality experience in West Leederville.

Diverse offering fits the bill in Freo

Almost 10 months after it opened, Freo.Social has expanded its range to include a dining option with the addition of Beer.Kitchen, the venue’s new 22-item dining offering launched in mid-December.

Plans for Bravo to go international

The Manjimup-bred burgundy apple Bravo is closer to being sold internationally, after businesses in Europe and South Africa signed an MOU to progress plans for its commercialisation.

Yukich family tops taste test

A series of recent acquisitions has the Yukich family poised to become one of the state’s biggest players in hospitality, fine food and wine.

Canon, Scorchers, meat in the middle

A new sponsorship deal between Canon Foods and Perth Scorchers women’s cricket team ticked a number of boxes for Canon principal Arthur Abrahams.

Kailis senses market movement

There’s a seismic shift happening in hospitality and Perth has an opportunity to become a culinary destination, according to George Kailis.

Chocolate artisan builds the brand

Coolbellup-based Nakamura Chocolates is aiming to triple Western Australian sales after a successful entry into the Japanese market.