BUSSELTON | Shelter Brewing Co is one of the most ambitious hospitality openings in the South West. It opened in late 2020 overlooking the Busselton foreshore, on what was formerly and open air car park. It’s a joint venture between two fourth-generation local families: brothers Matt, Jason, Mike and Chris Credaro and brothers Zeb and Asher Packard-Hair.
The space is very impressive. A 25 hectolitre brewery, 1,505 square metres of indoor space over two levels, and a capacity of 650 people. The building features a slew of environmentally friendly initiatives (80% of the brewery’s energy comes from rootop solar panels), and makes the most of its location. Floor to ceiling windows provide expansive views of the Busselton Jetty across Geographe Bay.
The aim of the two families is to capture the laid back, beach loving, family friendly atmosphere of Busselton. A space that visitors and locals alike can enjoy. Indeed, it’s a very family friendly venue, with a park out the front and children’s playground incorporated into the venue.
Jason, who is not just an owner but also the head brewer, brewed at Little Creatures, Brick Lane Brewing, and in South Korea before moving back home. The core range of beers focuses on the accessible end of the craft beer scale. The crisp and refreshing 4.0% ABV Summer Sour gose is a highlight.
There’s only been three limited beers so far (I enjoyed the squid ink-infused XXPA), and Jason has plans to brew more experimental brews as the brewery matures. If you want to try a few things, you can grab a tasting paddle. If you’re not a beer drinker, there’s also cider, wine, and spirits.
For food, the focus is the same as it is with the beers, accessible food with an emphasis on fresh, local produce. It’s favourites like wood-fired Roman style pizza, burgers, seafood, and sides. In the morning, the cafe section is open, serving pastries including house-baked cinnamon scrolls, and coffee from Margaret River Roasting Co.
Rocky Ridge Brewing Co
11 Foreshore Parade
Western Australia 6280
Sun – Sat: 7:00am to 10:00pm