Monday 20 November 2017

Thirsty townsfolk face 200-mile trek for beer

Bonnie Malkin in Sydney

THIRSTY residents of one of Australia's hottest towns face a 400-mile round trip to get a beer after they drank their local pub dry.

Last weekend, The Ironclad Hotel, the only pub in Marble Bar, Western Australia, closed its doors for good. The town, with a population of just 300, is barely a dot on the map of the vast Pilbara region, and has no dedicated off-licence.

Temperatures in the town regularly top 113F (45C), so thirsty residents in search of a cold beer are forced to drive more than an hour to Nullagine. But now that pub is running low on supplies.

The manager of Nullagine's only pub said he expects to run out of beer before his next delivery.

If that happens, the beer lovers of Marble Bar will have to drive an extra 125 miles further south to the town of Newman. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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