If you’re heading down to Beerfest Asia this weekend, you may find young Leimin Duong helping out behind one of the booths at the festival. But don’t mistake her for a booth babe; Duong is the brewer and brains behind Zeven Lemon Beerworks, a very young beer company operating out of Sydney, Australia.
Zeven Lemon Beerworks so far makes just one beer, the 4% ABV fruit-flavoured Zeven Lemon Strawberry Blonde that was first introduced late 2013. The easy-drinking strawberry-flavoured beer is brewed from malted barley, wheat, hops, yeast, water and 100% strawberry juice, and does not contain any essences or artificial flavourings.
26-year old Australian-born Chinese Duong came about the idea for a strawberry beer as she wanted to change perceptions about how a beer should taste amidst an industry that was undergoing rapid change. Avid beer drinker Duong first learnt how to brew by reading reference books and by briefly interning at St Peter’s Brewery in Sydney. After two development batches at St Peter’s experimenting with hops, grains and various strawberry ingredients, she finally took the plunge and brewed the third batch to be commercially available at a much larger facility.
“Our beers are brewed at a commercial brewing and bottling facility in Western Sydney,” shares Duong, who personally oversees every stage of production from the mash-in to the final bottling, pasteurisation and packaging.
But the one-person Zeven Lemon Beerworks operation is potentially more than just a little Australian beer company – it’s also Australia’s second 100% female-owned and -run beer company. It hopes to release a new flavour in early 2015.
Duong will be on hand at Beerfest Asia on Saturday and Sunday at the Rogue Merchants booth (B1) for a chat, where a limited number of Zeven Lemon Strawberry Blonde will be made available for sampling to trial its potential in the Singapore market.