Earlier this week, one of WA’s most iconic beer brands regained its independence. Perth’s Nail Brewing and investors have acquired Feral Brewing Co from Coca-Cola Europacific Partners. The move comes just shy of seven years since Feral Brewing Co founder Brendan Varis sold the label to CCEP (then Coca-Cola Amatil).

Feral Brewing Co’s head of marketing Jack Davidson tells Broadsheet it will be business as usual for the team.

“We’re excited to be independent again, with exciting owners who care about WA craft beer. Nothing is changing with how we operate.”

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Davidson says the beers that have become brand staples – Biggie Juice, Hop Hog, Perth Local Lager and Runt – will all remain in production.

For Nail Brewing Co, this step is the latest in a long and fruitful relationship with Feral. The two brands shared Brewcorp – Feral’s 50-hectolitre production facility in Bassendean – between 2012 and 2017.

“There’s lots on our plate at the moment, and the beer industry is clearly down – there’s a lot of breweries in survival mode. We’ve got hard work ahead, but I can see the industry is steadying,” Nail’s John Stallwood tells Broadsheet.

“We’re really happy to get Feral back into independence,” he adds. “It’s really good for WA brewing.”

While Feral’s brand, staff and intellectual property are now under Nail, the aforementioned Brewcorp has been snapped up by Beerfarm in Margaret River. Beerfarm will use the facility to expand its production, and contract brew all of Nail and Feral’s products for the domestic market.

The sale isn’t just a win for Perth’s craft beer scene. It runs a counter to a decade-long trend of large multinationals buying small but profitable independent breweries – and a more recent one that’s seen some of the country’s best loved breweries fold.

WA has seen several expansions, consolidations and new brewing ventures over the past 12 months, including Found Lab’s newly opened taproom in Maylands; a first WA outpost for Tasmanian-born brewery Fox Fridays; and the 2023 merger of Otherside and Nowhereman breweries, bolstering their position in the market.