Perth peeps love a good brewery, and it doesn’t get much better than a family-run operation that is brewing great beer, dishing up epic feeds and paying homage to the history of the massive property it's set on; which is exactly what Bailey Brewing Co in the Swan Valley is doing.
Founded by brothers Steven and Daniel and their father Geoff, the trio were homebrewing for a few years before nabbing the 10-acre property which is sitting pretty on the corner of Park and West Swan Road, but they’ve brought in a total pro to run the brewing process. The brewery, which has a 200,000 litre capacity, will be headed up by Damien Bussemaker who has spent the past eight years honing his craft at Elmar’s in the Valley, Mash and most recently, Ogdens in South Perth; so he knows his stuff.
Damien, Steven and Daniel have begun developing their core brews and you can expect to see a pale ale, lager, IPA, NEIPA as well as a midstrength and a cider to round things out. Of course, there will be seasonal and experimental varieties coming out, with talk of a honey beer which will pay homage to one of the property’s past owners, Toppy Geer, who was a beekeeper. But don’t expect things to get too crazy.
“Our philosophy has always been to brew simple, sessionable beers that taste great. There are some inventive breweries out there experimenting with flavours and funny beer types like milkshake IPAs which is great but that’s not what we want to do. We want to brew good, classic beer that a guy like Toppy could have enjoyed after a long day tending to his bees,” said the brothers.
They’ll also be decking out the massive brewery with a range of Toppy’s old knick knacks which were found in one of the sheds on site, so expect Toppy’s old car in the nature playground, vintage beekeeping equipment throughout the brewery and plenty of other bits and bobs.
When it comes to food, they’ll be heroing local ingredients. The menu is still being developed, but expect fresh, seasonal pub feeds that will go perfectly with your beer.
The brewery is well underway and the open date is set for spring, but watch this space to keep up to date.
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