- Shelter Brewing Co has released German Wheat in collaboration with Line in the Sand and OzFish Geographe to help tackle destruction by feral goldfish
- Shelter German Wheat is a hefeweizen
- German Wheat is available from Shelter now and from participating south west breweries
Shelter Brewing Co has teamed up with Line in the Sand and OzFish Geographe to tackle invasive giant goldfish in south west waterways by making a speciality beer, German Wheat, with proceeds donated to the cause.
Line in the Sand is a not-for-profit dedicated to protecting and rehabilitating coastal areas in the south west.
OzFish Program Manager for WA, Steve Pursell, said that funds raised will help the local Geographe OzFish Chapter to set up a community led project to trap feral goldfish in the Vasse River and other local waterways.
“Goldfish might seem harmless but when released in waterways, they can grow as big as two kilograms, and they eat everything, the eggs of native fish and invertebrates as well as trawling along the bottom of waterways disrupting the sediment, which increases the nutrients in the water, increasing the likelihood of algal blooms,” Pursell said.
“Scientists have found feral goldfish in the Vasse River to be among the biggest and fastest growing in the world, it’s not something we want to be famous for.
“The last eradication program was a decade ago and we’re hoping to set up a way that community volunteers can get involved to do something positive that will complement the recent efforts from the City to tidy up the Vasse River.
“People might think they are doing the right thing by releasing their goldfish into the wild, but it’s the opposite, and it’s a significant a problem not just in Busselton but across WA, putting pressure on our native fish,” Pursell said.
Anyone interested in the project is invited to hear more at the next OzFish Geographe Chapter meet up at Shelter on Tuesday 24 January at 5pm.
Line in the Sand Chairperson Howard Cearns said that local business support was crucial to the funding success of the project.
“We're thrilled to be partnering with Shelter Brewing Co who have created a superb German Wheat beer to raise money for Line in the Sand - proceeds from keg sales will be directed to the important OzFish project to remove invasive introduced goldfish from native waterways in the Vasse River,” Cearns said.
“Line in the Sand was created to raise much needed funds for local projects which protect and preserve our precious coastal region. One of our key strategies is to work with local businesses who are as passionate about this as we are, and Shelter actively reached out to help.”
Brewed by Shelter, German Wheat beer kegs have been sold to local brewery friends in the south west, namely Rocky Ridge, Beerfarm, CBCo, Margaret River Brewhouse, Wild Hop and Eagle Bay Brewing Co who are supporting the cause.
Shelter head brewer Jason Credaro said Shelter is thrilled to work with Line in the Sand and OzFish to help rehabilitate and protect the environment.
“We live here, we work here, and we all love the water, so helping to protect the Vasse River and waterways is important to us and to our friends at other breweries,” Credaro said.
“Shelter’s German Wheat as a beer itself is a hefeweizen with notes of soft pear, banana and wine aromatics and a crisp lemony malt backbone – we love it.
“Drink more beer and help save the Vasse waterways from destruction,” the brewer said.
German Wheat is available only on tap from Shelter Brewing Co in Busselton and at participating south west breweries until sold out.
For more information on Line in the Sand, visit www.lineinthesand.org and for Ozfish, visit www.ozfish.org.au.
German Wheat is a made the hefeweizen style, unfiltered with more wheat than barley. On the nose, there’s white wine aromatics and on the palate, there’s notes of soft pear, subtle banana with a crisp lemon malt finish.
Pear – Wheat – Lemon - Malt