Who doesn’t love beer? The glorious golden liquid that warms our hearts (but can sometimes hurt our heads in the morning).
Some of the best beer is being produced in our westerly most state in local craft breweries that generally don’t get the publicity they deserve.
In correlation with Beer Cartel’s 2018 awards, here are Hunter and Bligh’s Best Craft Beer Breweries in Western Australia.
Feral Brewing Company
Feral Brewing Company is here to embrace the wild side of brewing. The beer for beer lovers, and pronounced as unapologetically simple beer brewers. To make it clear, the Feral Brewing Company do not brew craft beers, they brew beers without the ‘craft’ label. Based in the Swan Valley, this brewing company has its own Brewpub and restaurant – you are going to want to make sure to visit.
Serving up some of the most interesting beers in the country, Beerfarm, based in Metricup in the Margaret River region is a brewery for the authentic beer lover. Their beers range from traditional West Coast Lager’s to the exciting Berliner Weisse style beer called The Pineapple. Although their beer range is extensive and cater’s for every taste imaginable it is worth noting their slogan, ‘established for the future’, displaying their attitudes and practices towards sustainability in their brew processes and the farm in which the brewery resides. The Beerfarm is a brewery that not only produces brilliant beers, but has a desire to look after the environment and deliver brilliant experiences in the process.
Little Creatures - Fremantle Brewery
The original Little Creatures Brewery on the West Coast in Fremantle was established in 1999, and a small move in 2005 led them to be positioned in their current brewery. The vision was to produce an American Pale Ale, and boy did they succeed. The hugely popular beer can be bought across the country, and a visit to the Fremantle Brewery is a must for any beer lover. The Little Creatures Brewery changed the traditional brewery style and created an open and welcoming place to see how a beer is really made, with brilliant tours and a gorgeous venue to eat and drink.
Colonial Brewing Co - Margaret River
Representative of life in Margaret River, the Colonial Brewing Company craft beers in a completely uncomplicated way. They produce a wide range of beers, with their Margaret River brewery being one of the first breweries to open on the West Coast. The gorgeous venue hosts a range of events, and is home to brilliant food and good vibes. Ideal to enjoy some of the best beer in Western Australia.
Eagle Bay Brewing Co
The Eagle Bay Brewing co has a Brewery, Restaurant and Vineyard all running in conjunction, producing some of the best eating experiences around – paired with some brilliant home-brewed beers. The beers are brewed using the German Purity Laws, and as a result are a fresh and high quality beer with no nasties. Be sure to get to the restaurant to enjoy some tasty Australian cuisine paired with a beer that is as fresh as they come.
Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery
Based in Margaret River, Cheeky Monkey is producing some of the freshest craft beers and ciders around. Positioned on the beautiful Caves Road, the location is to die for and visiting the brewery for a few cold ones and a meal is a treat. This brewery also specialises in ciders, with an Apple Cider that uses only apples from the region, and is also home to the 2017 Lager winner in the Perth Royal Beer awards.
Otherside Brewing Co
What seems from the exterior to be a normal brewery is in fact one of the most creative and festive breweries on the West Coast. With the brewery half of the building on McCoy Street, and the Brewhouse on the opposite side on Blaikie Street, the beers are made fresh in house and are ready to be enjoyed in an exciting and festival themed bar. Where better to enjoy the beers crafted in a brewery than a brewhouse that backs on to it? First created for a festival, and canned not long after, Otherside Brewing Co attempts to bring people together through beer, and they sure do succeed.
Boston Brewing Co
Situated in the country town of Denmark, four and a half hours south of Perth, the Boston Brewing Co is community minded and unapologetically inspired by it’s hometown. The Boston Brewing Co Brewpub serves local produce paired with their freshly brewed beers to create a brilliant experience for its visitors. Situated between unpopulated coastlines and untouched forests, the Boston Brewing Co is truly a brilliant destination to stop for a quality locally brewed beer.
Black Brewery Co
Run with the moniker of ‘Generous, Bold and Wild at heart’, Black Brewery Co create beers inspired by the Margaret River region. One third of the Caves Road Brewing Collective, the brewery uses only local ingredients and all of the freshly brewed beers and ciders are available in the Caves Road Collective Restaurant. The restaurant is a collaboration between Black Brewery Co, Ground to Cloud Winery and Dune Distillery Co, and is a beautiful destination for a drink or a meal while driving along Caves Road.
The word ‘Blasta’ derives from the Scottish Gaelic language and means ‘tasty’ in English, and this word is what the Blasta Brewery prides itself on. The first Blasta beers were brewed on Christmas 2015, and from there the brewery was born. In March 2018, the brewery opened its beer hall, and is a worthy stop for any craft beer lover. The beer hall serves the beers brewed by Blasta and has a brilliant, dynamic menu to compliment its beers. With a gorgeous setting and some incredibly ‘Blasta’ beer, what are you waiting for? Take a trip to Burswood to visit a great brewery.