Arnold Schwarzenegger once said that ‘milk is for babies, when you grow up you have to drink beer.’ Very wise words indeed. And because I always follow Arnie's advice, I have spent the better part of my adult life sampling all the beer that WA has to offer—which is a lot.
If you'd like to join me on this journey, here are all of the breweries you need to visit in WA. Think of it as your beer bucket list (or your beer-ket list).
Perth And Fremantle
Northbridge Brewing Company
The Northbridge Brewing Company offers a tasty range of Beerland Brewing beers and delicious bar food in a welcoming two storey brewery which has some pretty decent views of the Northbridge Piazza. Quench your thirst with a tasting paddle while you relax and do a spot of people watching—Northbridge does have the most colourful characters after all.
Housed in an old warehouse, the atmosphere at Nowhereman is laid back, the brews are epic and the food is not to be missed. With the head chef hailing from Restaurant Amuse and Wildflower, the menu is simple but delicious and it goes perfectly with their brews.
Little Creatures Brewery
As a beer loving Perth girl, Little Creatures beer probably makes up 5% of my DNA at all times. Nothing beats hanging out at the Little Creatures Brewery on a sunny afternoon drinking satisfying hoppy beers served by quirky staff, all while munching on some good pub grub.
Feral Brewing Company
Sometimes you just need to escape from domesticity for a while and embrace the wild. Feral Brewery is a family owned independent brewery that uses instinct to brew delicious old-fashioned honest beer like Feral White, Sly Fox and Hop Hog. The brewery also serves good hearty meals and has a lovely green beer garden to prowl about in.
Homestead Brewery At Mandoon Estate
The Homestead Brewery at Mandoon Estate brews some delightful beers that can be enjoyed in their shady outdoor beer garden. Sip on beers from a tasting paddle and munch on some appetising treats while soaking up the serenity.
Iron Bark Brewery
The Iron Bark Brewery has a lovely informal rustic beer garden in the grounds of an old winery where you can sample a wide range of beers and enjoy a woodfired pizza. Sample some unique brews like the Cherry Ale, Mango Chic and Bounty Ale.
What better way is there to spend a day out than going for a putt at Supa Golf followed by well earned beers and a nourishing meal at Mash Brewery? For a spiritual experience, try Australia’s only certified Abbey Ale which is brewed in collaboration with the monks from New Norcia.
Blackwood Valley Brewing Company
If elves and goblins did exist, I’m pretty sure they’d live in Bridgetown and drink beer or cider brewed by the Blackwood Valley Brewing Company at the cidery. Sip on the multi-award winning Blackwood Stout Porter and enjoy some food in the beer garden under the shade of the river gums. Keep an eye out for goblins running past!
Eagle Bay Brewing Company
The family owned and run Eagle Bay Brewing Company has struck the perfect balance between good beers, delicious food and a lovely spacious beer garden overlooking farmland and bushland to the ocean. Purchase a growler or bring your own along and fill it up with two litres of super fresh handcrafted beer happiness.
Bush Shack Brewery
The relaxed and rustic Bush Shack Brewery is about as Aussie as you can get. I once saw two kangaroos boxing in the bush close to the brewery—true story. They have a range of scrumptious brews to suit everyone including unusual flavours such as chilli beer, chocolate beer and strawberry blonde beer.
Bootleg Brewery offers naturally brewed beer and good food in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Treat yourself to beers like the multi-award winning Raging Bull beer while enjoying the spacious beer garden that overlooks a lake and the estate.
Black Brewing Company
Black Brewing Company on Caves Road was created and is run by a couple of mates passionate about beer. Enjoy a delightful view over a lake while sampling brews such as the Rice Raaager which is described as being smoother than a 1998 Toyota Supra sequential twin turbo 3.0-liter straight-six. Taste some of the Asian inspired share plates and then opt for a happy ending—one of their desserts.
Cowaramup Brewing Company
So it turns out that there is more to Cowaramup than just cows and fudge. Visit the picturesque Cowaramup Brewing Company and sample their fine brews and meals on the deck or in the beer garden. Bring along your two litre growler or purchase one there to take some beer for the road.
Cheeky Monkey Brewery And Cidery
Cider and beer brings you good cheer. Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery has good cheer in abundance with their brews of both beer and cider. Enjoy a tasty beverage and some food while sitting in the lovely beer garden overlooking a lake and vineyard. Continue along that spiritual path by tasting the Travelling Monk session red ale.
Colonial Brewing Company
Colonial Brewing Company likes to keep things uncomplicated. They have a good range of beers including the unique Furious Five IPA which was created by five brewers selecting five hops, with 5kg of each in the brewhouse and 5kg of each in the fermenter. Soak up the open beer garden and try some of their delicious food to accompany the fine beverages.
Three local families had a vision for a microbrewery that was in walking distance for Margaret River townsfolk, and subsequently created the Brewhouse in 2016. Enjoy a range of flavoursome beers and fresh honest meals on the bank of the Margaret River amongst the Karri forest. The beers are made using only four ingredients—rainwater, hops, yeast and malt—and include brews such as the Bastard Brown Ale and Undies Oatmeal Stout.
Jarrah Jacks Brewery
Jarrah Jacks Brewery is a great place to sample beers, dine on some seasonal food and take in the gorgeous view of a vineyard and dam from the beer garden. Some of the beers pay homage to the town’s logging history such as the Lumberjack Ale and Swinging Axe Ale.
Beer and wine makes you feel fine. You can combine the two here as the Boston Brewery is located under the same roof as the Willoughby Park Winery. The Boston Brewery has eight beers on tap and some decent meals with a large outdoor dining area overlooking a lovely vineyard.
Albany Brewing Company
The Albany Brewing Company has taken residence at the White Star Hotel in the city centre and produces great tasting preservative free beer. Enjoy live music on the weekends and some good wholesome hearty meals to go with your brews.
Lucky Bay Brewing
The folks at Lucky Bay Brewery are all about the beer. For some down to earth plain old beer drinking, pop by their shed and casual beer garden and sample some of their lovingly made brews such as the Cyclops Indian Pale Ale and the Tanker Dark Ale.
Matso’s Broome Brewery
Matso’s Broome Brewery is the epitome of Broome—a laidback brewery serving great beer and food with views over Roebuck Bay. Kick back by sampling the famous ginger beer, mango beer, lychee beer and chilli beer and check out some Broome history via old photographs on the walls.
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Little Creatures | Image credit: Louise Coghill