Feral fight brewing in the valley

Peter WilliamsThe West Australian

A dispute between the owners of award-winning craft beer producer Feral Brewing is set to be played out in court.

Jeremy Carragher has launched legal action in the Supreme Court accusing fellow director Brendan Varis and his wife Gabrielle Varis of a breach of their duties to the company.

No further details were pub- licly available. Mr Carragher in the past few months is understood to have called in a forensic accountant to examine the books of the Swan Valley business.

Mr Varis is general manager and head brewer at Feral, which has been running for 10 years.

Ms Varis is the administration manager, according to a court document filed by Mr Carragher's solicitors.

Feral produces such beers as Hop Hog India pale ale and Feral White, while its microbrewery in Baskerville doubles as a hospitality venue that includes a restaurant.

Mr Varis hold a 55 per cent stake in the business and Mr Carragher 45 per cent. According to Mr Varis, Mr Carragher has been working at the restaurant as front-of-house manager.

Mr Carragher's solicitor declined to comment about the legal action. Mr Varis could not be contacted yesterday.

The general manager prev- iously described scrutiny of the accounts as "a couple of shareholders in a private company are looking at what they want to do with their shareholding and not too much else".

The row comes at a time of continued success. In May, Hop Hog was for the second time named the nation's top brew by critics of Beer Lovers Guide to Australia.

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