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Matsos Broome Brewery

Location: 60 Hamersley Streets, Broome

The only brewery in Broome.

Craft Beer
In our brewery we combine the finest natural ingredients, traditional time honoured brewing techniques and modern technology, to produce a range of beer styles that -above all else- aim to deliver flavour.

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Description

The Kimberley lifestyle, climate and natural environment is unique and unfettered, and our objective is to create beers of individuality that will reflect the region. With the knowledge and wisdom of "Old World" brewing to draw from, and the imagination and innovation of "New World" brewers as our inspiration, we hope to contribute to the future of Australian beer.


Ginger Beer This brew has now become synonymous with Broome Brewery
Monsoonal Blonde Our ‘Monsoonal Blonde’ is a wheat ale based loosely on the style that has evolved in American microbreweries over the last 10 – 20 years.
Smokey Bishop Dark Lager A Munich style dark lager with very pronounced chocolate/coffee notes. Rich and hedonistic.

Matso History
Matsos Store started life as the Union Bank of Australia Ltd and was built in 1900. It stood in Sheba Lane, which ran down the edge of Kennedys Hill. The Union Bank was the first bank in Broome and was to be a vital part of the financial life of the town for over 40 years.

Sheba Lane was notorious as the Red Light district of Chinatown and was the centre of the Japanese community in Broome. Among the buildings there were opium dens, brothels and mah-jong palaces. Broome was a very open town, catering for the varied needs of hardworking divers throughout the region.

During 1942 the Union Bank branch in Broome found itself trading unprofitably and caught in a rationalization of the banking industry. The year since the depression had not been kind and the pearling industry itself was changing. Plastics were beginning to have an impact on the industry. Nationally, although ninth largest, the Union Bank hadn't been meeting expectations and was the target of a takeover. As a consequence the Union Bank was absorbed into the ANZ group.

In the late 1940s, a fire, which was thought to have been intentionally lit, either by a disgruntled client of the establishment or in response to the war in the Pacific, devastated Sheba Lane. The closeness of the buildings and poor services ensured little could survive and only a few buildings escaped destruction. One of those was Matsos Store. It remained unharmed amid the ruins and remained operating

Awards

Australian International Beer Awards
Congratulations to our brewers (Mal, Fiona & P.J.) for a successfull 2006 AIBA awards night. This years event was held in Melbourne and Matsos was awarded a trophy, 2 gold medals and 3 bronze medals for their efforts.

Smokey Bishop dark lager
- Trophy for Best in Class Section - dark lager
- Gold Medal Australasian Section - dark lager
- Gold Medal Small Brewery Section - dark lager

Monsoonal Blonde Spiced Wheat Beer
- Bronze Medal Specialty Section - herb & spiced beer

River Rocks Lager
- Bronze Medal Small Brewery Section - lager
- Bronze Medal Australasian Section - lager