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Liberte and Wilsons share shipboard seafood and craft beer
Albany's beautiful replica of the brig Amity will be all spit and polish for the first formal event to have been held on the ship.

Amy Hamilton from Liberte and Matt Wilson from Wilson Brewing are joining forces for a Wish You Were Beer sundowner on the Amity on March 9.

Brig Amity, Wish You Were Beer, Taste Great Southern, Amy Hamilton, Liberte, Mat Wilson, Wilson Brewing
The Brig Amity in Albany. Image: Tourism Western Australia

The Amity is a full-size replica of the brig which left Sydney in 1826 under the command of Major Edmund Lockyer with orders to establish a settlement at King George Sound. It was built to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the brig's arrival.

For Wish You Were Beer, Matt will be brewing a speciality release beer, working closely with Amy on the recipe which will be based around a Citrus Wheat Beer with a key local bush-tucker ingredient.

Amy Hamilton, Amity, Wish You Were Beer, Liberte, Wilson Brewing, Taste Great Southern
Amy Hamilton from Liberte will be preparing seafood for guests on board the Brig Amity. Picture supplied

Amy says she and Matt are aiming to create a relaxed sundowner vibe on board the Amity, showcasing simple sustainable seafood dishes that can be easily eaten whilst people mingle on deck.

"This is the first formal event to be held on the Amity and I think it's going to be pretty special," Amy says.

"Imagine, looking out over the harbour at sunset with friends, beer in one hand, seafood in the other. Awesome."

Amy says guests can expect exceptional quality seafood snacks that are simply prepared, pack a punch and taste great with Matt's beers.

Taste Great Southern, Liberte, Brig Amity, Wish You Were Beer, Wilson Brewing, Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson from Wilson Brewing. Image supplied

Cooking will take place on the landing in front of the ship, with food and beer served on the deck.

"As with any Liberte event, we want people to feel relaxed, have fun and just soak in the night's unique venue. There will also be some great entertainment," Amy says.

"Both Matty and I don't like to take ourselves too seriously. We just want you to enjoy yourself with friends, we're just providing you with a pretty awesome excuse to pretend you're a pirate and at the same time wash it all down with some great local food and brew."

Sales and Marketing Manager for Wilson Brewing, Rob Quayle, says beer is a great palette cleanser when paired with seafood.

"Beer is as versatile as it is diverse, providing both complementary and contrasting experiences when paired with food," he says.

"I think taste is very subjective and what works for one person might not work for another, but if it tastes good to you, then go for it.

"As a general rule I think if you keep the lighter beers with more delicate flavoured seafood and amp it up on the hops with a more robust heavier seafood dish.

"You can't go past a beautiful crisp Pilsner style beer with the classic fish and chips. Our Figurehead Blonde Ale 4.9 per cent is perfect for a dish like this.

"Even incorporating the beer into the food recipe like making a delicious beer batter is another reason why beer and seafood pair really well.

"There are so many fantastic local Australian beers out there, the fun is experimenting with the flavours," Rob says.

Tickets for the event which will run from 5pm to 9pm cost $150.
For more event information contact Liberte on or 08 9847 4797.

For more information on ticketing or Taste Great Southern, please contact CMS Events on 08 9228 9166
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Why? The first official function aboard the brig Amity with Liberte's fabulous seafood and a special Wilson Brewing beer.
When: 5pm to 9pm
Phone: (08) 9847 4797 (Liberte)
Where: Princess Royal Drive, Albany WA
Cost: $150 per person
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