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MATSO’S BROOME BREWERY brings people together to enjoy Craft Beer, Great Food and Fine Wine.
Matso’s is the Kimberley’s award winning microbrewery and is a true Broome treasure. The owners of Matso’s Broome Brewery (Martin & Kim Peirson-Jones) are committed to the Kimberley region and the Western Australian tourism industry with an investment in accommodation throughout the region.
At the helm of Matso’s Broome Brewery we are fortunate to have the services of Marcus Muller, a Master Brewer who has over 16 years brewing experience around the world. Marcus combines the finest natural ingredients, traditional time honoured brewing techniques and modern technology, to produce a range of beer styles that -above all else- aim to deliver flavour.
Choose from our great range of award winning beers which include Smokey Bishop dark lager, Hit The Toad mid-strength, Pearler’s Pale Ale, Mango Beer or Matso’s famous alcoholic Ginger Beer PLUS there are many more to choose from. Matso’s has also released two craft ciders using authentic Australian Desert Limes from the outback: Mango and Desert Lime Cider and the Desert Lime & Wild Ginger Cider. Stop by the Brewery and try the Matso’s range of seasonal beers also on offer.
The Kimberley lifestyle, climate and natural environment is unique and unfettered, and our objective is to create beers of individuality that will reflect the region. With the knowledge and wisdom of ‘Old World’ brewing to draw from, and the imagination and innovation of ‘New World’ brewers as our inspiration, we hope to contribute to the future of Australian beer.
Matso’s Broome Brewery is the ideal function venue. We can cater for stand up cocktails, a Kimberley BBQ or a lavish sit down meal. Please contact us for more details.
Matsos Store started life as the Union Bank of Australia Ltd and was built in 1910. It stood in Sheba Lane, which ran down the edge of Kennedys Hill. The Union Bank was the first bank in Broome and was to be a vital part of the financial life of the town for over 40 years.
Sheba Lane was notorious as the Red Light district of Chinatown and was the centre of the Japanese community in Broome. Among the buildings there were opium dens, brothels and mah-jong palaces. Broome was a very open town, catering for the varied needs of hardworking divers throughout the region.
During 1942 the Union Bank branch in Broome found itself trading unprofitably and caught in a rationalization of the banking industry. The year since the depression had not been kind and the pearling industry itself was changing. Plastics were beginning to have an impact on the industry. Nationally, although ninth largest, the Union Bank hadn’t been meeting expectations and was the target of a takeover. As a consequence the Union Bank was absorbed into the ANZ group.
In the late 1940s, a fire, which was thought to have been intentionally lit, either by a disgruntled client of the establishment or in response to the war in the Pacific, devastated Sheba Lane. The closeness of the buildings and poor services ensured little could survive and only a few buildings escaped destruction. One of those was Matsos Store. It remained unharmed amid the ruins and remained operating. The building was sold with the redevelopment of Sheba Lane and the ANZ found new premises in Carnarvon Street.
Matsos Store was then purchased by Streeter and Male and relocated to the corner of Anne and Walcott Streets. It became known as the Number 2 Store, a name many locals still recall. When the building became surplus to the requirements of Streeter and Male, the building was transformed into a general store by the Matsumoto family and renamed Matsos Store a name which endures today. Matsos Store was eventually purchased by Lord McAlpine and once again moved to where it stands today on Hamersley Street.
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Outback travel can be a very exciting adventure but it also can be very hazardous especially off road and in remote and isolated areas.
Your Outback trip should only be undertaken after lengthy and careful planning, plus having plenty of water, fuel, food, working communication devices etc
Understand the distances between fuel stops by ringing ahead and checking with the roadhouses, cattle stations and visitor centres - that what you want is at the next stop.
Understand what is the best time of year to travel and what is not, understand your vehicle and its capabilities and how to repair it plus have spare tyres (Min 2 extra)
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