We’ve had a real heatwave over the past week and, as most Aussies would agree, there’s no better way to cool off than by cracking open a few cold ones! With over 80 breweries in the state, and hundreds of unique and funky craft beers to try, WA is pumping out some of the best craft beers in Australia and the world. For all the hop heads out there, here’s a few choice breweries to visit this summer across Perth.
Little Island Brewing Co. – CBD
With incredible views of Swan River and the CBD skyline – Little Island Brewing Co. at Elizabeth Quay is a summer essential. Here, you can sample their selection of 6 crowd-pleasing beers brewed onsite and observe traditional brewing methods using the finest ingredients. Did we mention there’s a neighbouring pizzeria where you can grab a slice or two to help soak it all up? Little Island Brewing Co. is the perfect hot weather watering hole in the CBD, and with Friday afternoon happy hour, there is no excuse not to head in for a tipple before the weekend!
Blasta Brewing Co. – CBD
‘Blasta’ derives from Scottish Gaelic and translates to ‘delicious’ in English, something which is reinforced in the beer produced by the company. Inspired by their travels through Europe and Scotland, the team at Blasta use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients from all over the world. They seek to push the boundaries of beer manufacturing by designing and brewing beers that speak to their personal tastes – never boring, their beers are full of personality! With a massive, rustic beer hall in Burswood adorned with quirky wall art, it’s a great place to catch up with mates and try out something new like their Tangerine Dreams, a fruit infused German Hefeweizen that is sure to cool you down!
Northbridge Brewing Company – Northbridge
Since opening a couple of years ago at Northbridge Plaza, Beerland’s Northbridge Brewing Co. has become a lively meeting spot for after-work drinks. Split over three levels, their main room overlooks the city skyline, providing a great backdrop to your evening session. Pouring all the classics, Beerland was awarded Champion Australia Beer at the 2018 Australian International Beer Awards for their wheat beer. They also serve $5 pizza with any drink purchase every day of the week.
Nowhereman Brewing Co. – West Leederville
A neighbourhood brewery, Nowhereman Brewing Co. is ‘rambunctious, free and unjudging.’ Tucked away in a little pocket of West Leederville, fresh beers and lovingly prepared food await hungry and thirsty pilgrims at this edgy joint! With a commitment to fun times, great beer and supporting local, Nowhereman also showcases the best of WA’s best spirits and wines. As a proud small business, the team supports local clubs and regularly hosts community events including ‘The World’s Least Shit’ pub trivia every Thursday.
Indian Ocean Brewing Co. – Mindarie
One of WA’s first craft breweries, award-winning Indian Ocean Brewing Co. is located a 30km drive north of Perth at The Marina, Mindarie. With a spacious venue facing out towards the sea, locals and tourists alike can enjoy some freshly brewed craft beer made onsite, and tuck into a selection of Mediterranean influenced dishes and pizzas. On top of their core range of popular beers, the team at Indian Ocean release new experimental small batches every 8 – 10 weeks.
The Monk – Fremantle
As their name suggests, The Monk team are religious in their passion for the craft of brewing beer. They deliver award-winning, hand-crafted boutique beer and farmhouse cider straight out of their small batch brewery. Have a chat with the brewers themselves as you sample their beer, or sit back with a Monk feast – a partnering of beer with seasonal dishes prepared using local ingredients. If you’re unsure where to start, try the Monk Small Batch Beer Paddle, where you can taste the entire range for $22, and learn from the recipe cards and tasting notes as you drink. Their Monk Loft (first floor) overlooks Freo’s famous cappuccino strip, so you can relax, drink up and watch the world go by on a Sunday afternoon.
Little Creatures Brewing – Fremantle
No stranger to the spotlight, Little Creatures is a heavy hitter in the WA craft beer scene, started by a group of mates who aimed to brew the ultimate hoppy American Pale Ale. A former crocodile farm housed in a large shed on the water’s edge in Fremantle, the brewery first opened to the public in 2000. Guided tours run regularly for those wanting to get behind the scenes and see where the magic happens. If you want to try a bit of everything, grab one of their tasting paddles, which includes a little taster of 10 of their popular brews.
Otherside Brewing Co. – Myaree
Music festivals are magical places, where both good memories and ones you’d rather forget are forged; so, it should come as no surprise that Otherside was established at one. With a goal to ‘can the feeling’ you get at a festival, a group of music industry pals started the company. Born in in Freo, Otherside have a straightforward ethos of a preservative free schooner, made with the best ingredients. As they say: ‘beer without the BS.’ Head to the brewhouse this summer to relive those festival nights with the Festive Session Ale, or for the real beer aficionados, embark on a tour of the brewery from 12pm every Saturday and Sunday!
Elmar’s in the Valley – Swan Valley
There’s something to be said for German beer in a stein – a biblical moment for any beer lover that is savoured with each swig. Brewed in strict accordance with the 1516 German beer purity law (the oldest still in use food law in the world) it states nothing other than barley hops and water be used in the process, with yeast being added in the 1800s. Home to the largest micro-brewery in the Southern Hemisphere, Elmar’s produces a range of award-winning beers. While you’re there, be sure to browse the German small goods, including some mouth-watering German hams and bratwursts.
Feral Brewing Co. – Swan Valley
As their motto states, Feral ‘brew beer for beer’s sake’, and being the birthplace of one of Australia’s best craft beers, Hop Hog, it’s hard to disagree with them. Set amongst old vines, rusted utes and the red dirt of the Swan Valley is the brewpub, home to the experimental brewery, barrel ageing shed, laid-back restaurant and beer garden. Dog and child friendly, Feral is a local institution and a must-visit for any family heading out to the Valley for a day trip!
Mash Brewing – Swan Valley
Mash believe that beer is about enjoying life, and that bubbles through in their beer. Set in the historic and tranquil surrounds of the Swan Valley, the Mash Brewery and Brasserie is a great place to soak up both the sun and a pint or two. Check out the restaurant for some of the best meals in the valley, as you sample some great local beer straight from the source. They also have a second location in Bunbury, for those of you who fancy a bit of a road trip (just wait a while before driving back!).