The craft beer scene in Perth has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, and there are now close to 80 craft breweries scattered throughout WA. You can find more than 50 on Scoop’s brewery guide.
Although venues are currently closed, a lot of local breweries are offering growler fills so you can enjoy draft craft beer at home.
The standard growler contains about two litres of beer, or just over four schooners’ worth, and are best enjoyed in one sitting with friends (or alone) as they tend to loose flavour and go flat. Most breweries will charge by the litre, so if two litres is too much, you can go for a one litre ‘squealer’ or bring your own vessel and they’ll fill it up. Some have even got a ‘CANimal’ machine set up, which means you can get 500ml of tap beer canned to go.
Several craft breweries will produce a special brew each year for the Great Australian Beer Spectacular (known in the industry as GABS). With this year’s festival being postponed, some of these brews have been released straight to market, so you know you’re getting something special if you get your hands on one of these.
Check out some of Perth’s best local breweries and craft beer halls offering growlers to go.
The Seasonal Brewing Co.
One of the newest craft beer venues on the scene, The Seasonal Brewing Co. opened up only last year in Maylands. With a rotating list of up to 12 beers at once, they come out with a new beer release every Friday, so keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what’s new to tap.
Head brewer Brody Watts’ pick of the moment is Modern Rustic, which was Seasonal Brewing’s entry into GABS. A red ale with lots of depth and complexity, the dominant flavours are pineapple and red berries, with pear, guava and spice characters. Or, look out for their Baltic Porter to keep you cosy on those colder, rainy nights!
Beer is sold by the litre, and you are welcome to bring in your own vessel or pick from their range. For those that just want to try before committing to a full jug, they will soon be canning of some of their most popular brews to go.
Open all weekend 12pm – 8pm. Delivery on Wednesday to Sunday in and around Maylands. Order here: https://seasonalbrewingorders.company.site/
Inspired by The Beatles song of the same name, Nowhereman is the project of founder Reece Wheadon, a key figure in the WA beer industry. For the first time since opening their doors in 2017, you can now get a growler fill from their taps, although you’ll have to bring your own as they don’t sell them in-house. This is a rare opportunity to take a growler of Nowhereman draft home, as they don’t usually offer this to punters.
If you like your sours, two popular ones to try are their Party Sour, a passionfruit and pineapple sour, and Berries on Parade, a zingy mixed berry sour. They’ll soon have a CANimal machine set up, so you can grab a couple of 500ml cans if you want to try a few different beers.
Whilst they are delivering tins Wednesday through Friday from 4 – 7pm, you’ll have to go in for a growler re-fill in person. See their beer selection here: https://www.nowhereman.com.au/beer
Founded by husband and wife team Mathew Moore and Gemma Sampson, Bright Tank is a microbrewery, bar and restaurant located in the historic Boans precinct of East Perth near Claisebrook station. They constantly release a variety of small batch seasonal beers and during normal time, host regular quiz and social nights.
To ensure beer-lovers can still enjoy their brews at home, they are offering growler and squealer refills every Friday from noon – 6pm. They do ask that you bring your own vessel, as they don’t make their own in house just yet. Alternatively, you can opt for 500ml can. With a broad range of beers on tap, most popular sellers include their Honey Saison, which packs a honeyed punch at 7.5% ABV, or their spicy Ginger Beer.
They deliver Friday, Saturday and Sunday after 3pm from Joondalup to Rockingham with a minimum spend of $30. Details here: https://www.brighttankbrewing.com.au/beer-delivery
Blasta Brewing Company
Gaelic for ‘tasty’, Blasta is the result of Steve Russell, and his years spent gallivanting around Europe and Scotland sampling beers. Russell opened up the Blasta beer hall in Burswood in March of 2018, and it has become a popular social hub for the local community
The team have just released a brand new beer called Exploratory Oatcream Beast IPA (6.5%), which is available for home delivery in 1.9L stainless steel growlers. If you already have your own, you can pop into the brewery for a refill to go.
Orders can be placed up until 8pm Sunday to Thursday and till 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. They will deliver within a 15km radius. Order through their website: www.blastabrewing.com
Dutch Trading Co.
Much-loved by beer nerds and quizmasters alike for their weekly quiz nights and ever-rotating craft beer taps, DTC was named Australia’s Best Beer Venue in 2018 by Beer & Brewer Magazine and for good reason! They have an impressive 26 taps, all of which are available for growler fill. Plus, they’ve got a great selection of funky beers available for purchase in their beer fridge, so pop on down and see what’s new.
They are currently open for trading Tuesday to Saturday, 3pm – 9pm. Taps change by the day, see what’s pouring here: http://thedutchtradingco.com.au/perth-craft-beer/
Pirate Life Pop-Up at The Flour Factory
Although brewed in South Australia, Pirate Life has a big following here in Perth. Ahead of Pirate Life’s new three-storey venue opening in Perth scheduled for later in the year, Pirate Life will be taking over The Flour Factory offering both takeaway cans and growlers of their brews. These can be ordered to go alongside food from The Flour Factory’s newly launched takeaway menu.
Beers available include their Pirate Life Easy Ale, Sour Mosaic IPA and Strate Amarillo IPA. Punters will also be the first in WA to taste their latest release, a Kakadu plum and lemon myrtle pale ale made in collaboration with hospitality group Sneakers & Jeans
The Pirate Life pop-up at The Flour Factory will be open for growler fills and food from Monday to Friday, noon – 6pm. Newly appointed head brewer Jackson Purser will be making special appearances, so look out for him!
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