Before it was the name of a likeable bar in Northbridge, The Dominion League was a movement formed in 1930 to protest against WA sending its riches to Canberra. This parochial spirit will be in full flight this weekend when the bar hosts 15 local alcohol and food producers at the inaugural WA Takeover Sunday Session.
“We’ve seen massive leaps forward over the last five years,” says the bar’s general manager Brett Robinson of the state’s alcohol industry. “What they’re doing with boutique wineries has started to cross over into distilleries and breweries. It’s not just about doing new things, but also taking pride in WA produce.”
The brewery line-up reads like a WA brewing best-of. Nail, Feral, Gage Roads, Custard & Co., Colonial and Eagle Bay will be taking over the bar’s taps, with many brewers bringing special-release and single-run kegs for the day. Among the beers to look forward to is Gage Roads’ Little Dove, the New World pale ale that was named Champion Australian Beer at the recent Australian International Beer Awards.
The spirit showcase includes The West Winds, Hippocampus, Limeburners, Whipper Snapper and Old Young’s. While food will be available from the kitchen, the event also includes producers Postcode Honey, Sue Lewis Chocolatier and Jars by Jessica, a condiment range from MasterChef alumnus Jessica Arnott. DJ Billy Black will be behind the decks.
The WA Tap Takeover starts at 3pm on Sunday June 5 at The Dominion League, 84 Beaufort Street, Northbridge. Tickets are $10, available online and on the door, and include tastings from all 15 producers.