If you want to know what it's like to experience the beer version of Santa's Grotto, you would do well to call in to Perth's Mane Liquor. The bottleshop located between the city and its main airport has, ever since its owners decided to try out this thing called craft beer five years after opening, amassed one of the most spectacular collections of quality beer you'll find anywhere.
When The Crafty Pint called in for a first visit, sometime in 2011, the amount of fridge, shelf and floor space dedicated to beer was already impressive. When we returned for a third time in 2016, while the wine, cider and spirits selection was still mighty fine, it was fighting to hold onto its enclave at the rear of the store.
For the most part, Mane Liquor is about beer: good beer from all parts of the globe. You'll find it in fridges lining several of the walls. You'll find it piled high in cases. And you'll find aisle after aisle of the stuff arranged by provenance.
You'll also find it pouring fresh from taps into growlers that you can either have filled on the spot or pick from a pre-prepared selection in one of the fridges. Chances are there will be something with the store's bosses, Elliot and Josh, fingerprints all over it too as they've been collaborating with many of the state's brewers on some pretty cool beers over the years too. The pair also bring some of their favourite brands into WA and distribute them around the state.
Taken together, this vast array of beer served by a team of people at least as passionate about it as you are, makes for one of the best bottleshop experiences you'll find anywhere in Australia. Don't just take our word for it either; at time of writing, Mane Liquor had been voted Best in Australia by Ratebeer contributors in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
You can read our interview with Elliot and Josh to mark their tenth anniversary here.