Beer isn’t just what you drink when you go out with friends. Well, it is that, but for some people it’s a passion to which they devote their entire lives. There aren’t many beverages out there able to captivate people with their storied history and artistry—let alone through their exquisite flavour. Well, there are, but beer possesses an accessibility and room for opportunity to grow skills and imagine novel tastes that seem to ignite said passion. DEVILISH DEDICATION – THE THORNY DEVIL STORY Nobody is more familiar with beer’s inspiration and passion than Peter McAppion, a proud WA local and zealous beer nut. Frustrated with beers that seemed all head and no body, Pete decided to grab conventional brewing tactics by the thorns. Knowing he could harmonise his broad knowledge base, Pete realised it was time to transform his frustration into inspiration. Out of this dream, Thorny Devil was born. They say that doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results is a mark of insanity. Pete wasn’t exactly going insane, but he was becoming a bit disenchanted with his existing situation —one who couldn’t quench his obsession with finding new craft beers. Instead of setting off on a hero’s quest to capture a golden brew, he took matters into his own hands, synthesising his skills in chemistry and brewing to produce some unique beers and ciders to ignite the taste buds of discerning drinkers. Although Pete’s mates served as eager guinea pigs for these initial experiments, word got out that something different was a-brewin’. Positive feedback from thirsty guzzlers propelled him to begin honing his process. This turn of events signalled a sea change for Pete, who incrementally withdrew from the corporate grindstone as he worked to build a professional brewery in Mandurah’s local Cape Bouvard Vineyard. After peddling the aptly named Thorny Devil beers and ciders at local festivals, Pete gained a better understanding of exactly what it was that people loved about these drinks. With some steady refinements, Thorny Devil transformed into a true contender in the craft-beer world, winning numerous awards at the Australian International Beer Awards, Australian Craft Beer awards and Perth Royal Beer Show. These days, Thorny Devil is in a constant state of moving forward but remembering its roots, striving to unite perceptive beer drinkers with handcrafted brews in irresistible flavours that carry a little bit of Mandurah in every sip. Beer is all about experimenting, having fun, and exploring, which perfectly encapsulate the story of Thorny Devil. When Pete isn’t drinking, obsessing over, or making beer, you can find him hanging around Mandurah and Fremantle getting in a little surfing, 4WDing, diving, fishing, and camping. Mandurah has so much to offer, so who wouldn’t want to enjoy the iconic WA lifestyle? To get in touch with Pete to talk beer, the meaning of life, or anything else, summon him via phone, email, or social media here!
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Had a few beers down at the Fremantle beer festival a couple of weekends ago. Out of all the micro brewery beers there I found Thorny Devil to be the best there. And there were some very good beers there too. The pale ale I liked because to me it had the right mix of flavour without being too heavy, or strong. But over all. All the beers I tasted were very very good. Got to meet Pete and his crew. What a great bunch of people.