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Liquid Gold: A Taste of WA Brewing History

Liquid Gold: A Taste of WA Brewing History

Explore WA’s rough and tumble relationship with beer. Discover the people who’ve made it and the fascinating objects, recipes, photographs and treasures they’ve left behind.

Liquid Gold showcases treasures from the State Library’s collection, as well as newly filmed oral histories revealing the emergence of craft brewing in WA from the 1980s to today.

From pre-colonial fermentation and the earliest homebrews to the mighty Swan Brewery taking on the world, the exhibition charts entrepreneurialism, activism, bitter rivalries and social change. Pull up a barstool and consider what goes into a pint. 

Visitors are advised that this exhibition is alcohol-themed and intended for an adult audience.
Brewing partner: Otherside Brewing Co.
As part of the development of this exhibition, we invited WA-brewer Otherside Brewing Co. into our archives. Inspired by some of the earliest ales and brewing histories in the State Library's collections, they developed Gilded Ale, a contemporary interpretation of recipes from as early as 1913.
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    Event Showings

    17 Feb – 2 Jun

    Mon - Thu | 9am – 8pm
    Fri | 9am – 5:30pm
    Sat & Sun | 10am – 5:30pm

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    Free event

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    State Library of WA

    Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street

    Perth WA 6000

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