Perth: Swan Valley Breweries Guide

Perth’s Swan Valley has been famous for its wines for many years however over the past decade the number of Swan Valley breweries has increased, resulting in a situation where there’s just as much reason to visit the region for its beer as well as its wine. Western Australia is where Australia’s craft beer scene began and its craft beers are still regarded as some of the best in the country. From familiar favourites to new experimental beers, there’s really something for every beer drinker in the Swan Valley. If you ever find yourself in Perth, here’s a run-down of what’s on offer.

Feral Brewing Company

perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide

The family owned and run Feral Brewing Company is the most famous of the Swan Valley breweries, having built quite the reputation Australia-wide since launching in 2002. Their Hop Hog has won many awards over the past years and for good reason – it’s a refreshing hoppy beer that is perfect for those crossing over into the world of craft beer who want something more flavoursome and exciting than they’re used to but aren’t yet ready to jump into the deep end.

As well as Feral’s standard beers, there are always a range of interesting beers on tap including creations such as the Watermelon Warhead (a Berliner Weiss infused with fresh watermelons), the Fantapants (an Imperial Red IPA that actually tastes like Fanta) and various seasonal releases and “one-off” brewpub releases too. Feral aren’t afraid to try new things and if you’re keen to expand your craft beer palate and discover something new, this is the place to visit.

Be warned, this place can get very busy but the beers are well worth any wait at the bar.

Feral Brewing Company

152 Haddrill Road
Baskerville
Western Australia 6056
Australia

Telephone: (08) 9296 4657
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.feralbrewing.com.au/

Open
Mon – Thu: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to late
Sun: 11:00am to 8:00pm

Feral Brewing Company on Urbanspoon

Homestead Brewery

perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide
Homestead Brewery is the new kid on the block, and is by far the most visually impressive of the Swan Valley breweries. Built as part of Mandoon Estate winery, no expense has been spared with the large, family friendly space containing high ceilings, sleek, modern finishes, and lots of shiny new German-manufactured Schulz brewing equipment in plain sight. Head brewer Ron Feruglio was co-founder and head brewer at Melbourne’s Temple Brewing Company and has a lot of experience behind him. At the moment he’s working on getting the core beers just right and what I’ve read about future plans at Homestead indicate that there are some exciting experimental beers to come.

I didn’t eat at Homestead Brewery but, unlike some of the other breweries in the area, a glance at the menu and the food on the tables around me indicated that the food coming out of head chef Michael Hartnell’s kitchen was anything but an afterthought. For wine lovers, the cellar door is located directly next door to the brewery.

Homestead Brewery undoubtedly sets a new standard for breweries in the Swan Valley, and if this is the future of the region, there are very good times ahead.

Homestead Brewery

10 Harris Road
Caversham
Western Australia 6055
Australia

Telephone: (08) 6279 0500
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.mandoonestate.com.au/homestead/

Open
Mon – Thu: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Fri: 10:00am to late
Sat: 7:30am to late
Sun: 7:30am to 5:00pm

Homestead Brewery on Urbanspoon

Mash Brewing

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perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide

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Mash Brewing is another well regarded Swan Valley brewery that’s been around for a while now. Its beers can be found across Australia these days, with a a core range of beers complimented by seasonal and more experimental releases.

The 1200 litre brewing systems is in full view behind the bar and it’s a spot that’s quite popular with families with its down to earth, casual atmosphere. The food is passable pub grub, but the real reason to visit Mash is the beer – in my opinion their core range is one of the best on offer in the Swan Valley.

Mash Brewing

10250 West Swan Road
Henley Brook
Western Australia 6055
Australia

Telephone: (08) 9296 5588
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.mashbrewing.com/

Open
Mon – Tue: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Wed – Thu: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sun: 11:00am to 9:00pm

Mash Brewing & Brasserie on Urbanspoon

Duckstein Brewery

perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide

Duckstein Brewery is another stalwart of the Swan Valley and takes a different tact to the aforementioned breweries. The focus here isn’t on experimental beers, but rather a core range of German beers such as Hefeweiss, Pilsner, Dunkel and Altbier, which compliment the German food on offer. The beers stick to Reinheitsgebot (the German Purity Law of 1516) and use only barley, hops, water and yeast in their production. Come Oktoberfest, a few special beers are made available and the venue takes on even more of a German vibe. Prost!

Duckstein Brewery

10250 West Swan Road
Henley Brook
Western Australia 6055
Australia

Telephone: (08) 9296 0620
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.duckstein.com.au/

Open
Sun – Thu: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 9:00pm

Duckstein Brewery on Urbanspoon

Ironbark Brewery

perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide

Ironbark Brewery offer a range of craft beers and ciders, along with a pub-style menu that specialises in wood fired pizza. Along with the core range of beers, there are a range of seasonal beers on offer such as cherry ale, mango beer and dessert lime lager.

I haven’t actually drank or eaten here before, but when I popped my head in the place was quite lively with live music outside and a number of groups enjoying themselves.

Ironbark Brewery

55 Benara Road
Caversham
Western Australia 6055
Australia

Telephone: (08) 9377 4400
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://ironbarkbrewery.com.au/

Open
Wed – Thu: 10:30am to 5:30am
Fri – Sun: 10:30pm to 6:00pm

Ironbark Brewery on Urbanspoon

Elmar’s In The Valley

perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide

perth swan valley breweries guide

Elmar’s In The Valley is Swan Valley brewery that’s been around since 2005, and like Duckstein the beer here is not experimental, but rather a core German range produced according to Reinheitsgebot. Pilsner, weissbier, bock and rauch are some of the styles that can be found on the taps at Elmars and, while none of the beers are particularly unique, they are very tasty, being exactly what you’d expect from a good example of each style.

Food wise it’s German favourites that come out of the kitchen of German chefs Steffen Hoeer and Sebastian Kaiser.

Elmar’s In The Valley

8731 West Swan Road
Henley Brook
Western Australia 6055
Australia

Telephone: (08) 9296 6354
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.elmars.com.au/

Open
Wed – Thu: 11:00am to 4:00am
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sun: 11:00am to 8:30pm

Elmar's in the Valley on Urbanspoon

 

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