After 15 months of construction, Shelter Brewing Co opens its doors on Thursday, November 12. Sitting right on the Busselton Foreshore, the incredible two-storey venue features an open-plan central brewery with incredible ocean views towards the jetty.
Licensed for 650 people and sitting on a whopping 1,850m site beside the Busselton Visitors Centre, the brewery offers lounge area, function rooms, viewing gallery and a kids’ playground complete with a custom-built wooden retro caravan. There’s also a café serving house baked cinnamon scrolls and bagels every morning from 7am.
From 10am to 10pm, Shelter will be serving its own beer range, namely, Shelter Extra Pale Ale, Shelter India Pale Ale, Shelter Summer Sour and Shelter Lager, along with a large selection of local wines and a food menu that focuses on simple food done well, including delicious oven-baked pizzas made using their Italian-imported Marana Forni pizza oven.
Their pizzas are made with dough that’s been rested for 48 hours for an extra crisp base and topped with fresh, local ingredients. Besides pizza, the menu offers dishes designed for sharing including chilli mussels, sweetcorn poppers, hand-cut chips, 12-hour slow cooked beef brisket and gluten-free dark chocolate brownie.
For the real craft beer nerds out there, the brewery will also be sharing its knowledge through brewery tours that include meeting the brewers, tasting freshly brewed beer straight out of the tanks, and tasting paddles of the beers on tap.
Director and head brewer Jason Credaro hinted that in time, he would be playing around with different hops and add seasonal brews to the current range.
Maley said that Shelter is more than a craft brewery.
“Shelter is a place for locals to meet, families to get together and visitors to include in their itinerary of Busselton, whether they stop in for a quick coldie or stay for a long session,” Maley said.
There are 80 people employed at Shelter Brewing Co making it one of the largest private employers in Busselton.
“The construction project has been colossal, and the end result is something that we hope everyone will be proud of, like we are,” Maley said.
Shelter’s architecture is centred around the working state-of-the-art brewery which is open and forms part of the venue in the Main Hall. With construction commencing in August of 2019, the venue was designed with an emphasis on sustainability that includes 100-kilowatt solar panel system on the twin-gabled roof that aims to produce 80 per cent of the brewery’s power requirements.
The venue features Corten steel cladding, an incredible beer-inspired mural by artist Andrew Frazer on the back wall, and 10.6m floor-to-ceiling windows designed to maximise the stunning view of the jetty and Geographe Bay. The 120-person function room offers the best views, and features a stunning beach-inspired canvas by artist Frans Bisschops.
Shelter Brewing Co is a joint venture between two fourth-generation local families: brothers Matt, Jason, Mike and Chris Credaro and brothers Zeb and Asher Packard-Hair.
For more information and to make a booking, visit Shelter Brewing Co’s website here.