Hop Nation & Footscray Historical Society The Patron


Back in the 19th century, well before Centrelink and the Australian Labor Party, the social welfare of the working class was rarely at the forefront of the government’s mind. In industrial suburbs like Footscray, it meant the wellbeing of the poor often fell into the hands of their employers. Though a quick glance over a Charles Dickens novel might lead to the assumption employers would do whatever they could to avoid spending their money on workers, it wasn’t always the case.

Drawing inspiration from James Cuming – farrier, fertiliser maker, politician and Footscray Football Club benefactor – The Patron looks to those capitalists who sought to give back to their community when they were down on their luck. The beer was brewed as a collaboration between the Footscray Historical Society and Hop Nation and is also the newest member of the brewery’s core range.

Like a jaundiced farrier from a century and a half ago, The Patron is a light and pale straw colour. At 3.5 percent ABV, it’s a beer with a lean malt body and a focus on tropical and fruity hop flavours that deliver some peach, honeydew melon and a light level of pine.

Will Ziebell

Published October 17, 2018

Hop Nation

Unit 6, 107/109 Whitehall Street Footscray
VIC 3011

Open Hours

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Friday: 12pm to 10pm
Saturday: 12pm to 10pm
Sunday: 12pm to 9pm

HCH 2024 B
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