Tanglehead Brewing Company opens its doors this weekend in Albany as the first microbrewery to be established in the Great Southern Region and sees brewing return to Albany after an absence of 70 years.The microbrewery has been constructed in the newly renovated, historic building at 72 Stirling Terrace, which was formerly the White Star Hotel. Tanglehead Brewing Company overlooks Princess Royal Harbour and is in a prime position to benefit from the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the adjacent foreshore area.The hotel and brewery has been named "Tanglehead" after one of the first beers to be brewed in Western Australia soon after Albany's settlement in 1826. It features a 800 litre microbrewery, 130 seat restaurant, bar and lounge areas.Albany has a long tradition of brewing with up to seven local breweries operating at the end of the 19th Century. As befits Albany's long maritime and brewing heritage, a dramatic brand has been established for Tanglehead, which combines seafaring mythology with modern appeal.The logo depicts a dragon living at the edge of the world, locked in battle with a seafarer holding the maritime symbol of the trident. The interplay between the man's hair and the dragon's breath further visualises the term Tanglehead.Tanglehead's Managing Director and Brewer Allan Kelly says the company is fiercely proud of Albany's heritage status as Western Australia's most historic port and has incorporated it into all aspects of the microbrewery, including the beers themselves.Among the beers being brewed are Tanglehead Pale Ale, Breaksea Island Light, Deep Water Porter, Southern White Ale, and Lime Burner's Stout. The beer menu will also feature regular "brewhouse specials" produced in limited quantities."We believe there is a huge demand in Albany and throughout the Great Southern for a microbrewery and our hotel will be different from anything else on offer in the region" says Allan."As well as giving local residents an entire new venue in which to gather and socialise, it adds to the tourism infrastructure of the City and the region, and will act as a showcase for a wide variety of great local produce" says Allan."The success of microbreweries established in the South-West in recent years provides a good indication of how the Tanglehead Brewing Company will meet a demand for a similar venue from Albany residents and the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit each year."Tourists who are now interested in either beer or even wine can now follow an unbroken chain of top quality establishments stretching from Perth to Albany.""This is a huge benefit to Western Australia in terms of encouraging tourists to stay longer and travel further around our great State. In this way we believe Tanglehead Brewing Company can make a significant contribution to the local and regionaleconomy."The Tanglehead Brewing Company opens its doors this weekend.
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