Busselton is often overshadowed by the lures of shiny new cafes in Dunsborough and the wineries of Margaret River, but the brand new brewery Shelter Brewing Co is set to open up its doors in October and we reckon you might want to add it to your south-west bucket list.
The sustainably built brewery is sitting pretty on the Busselton foreshore with a 100-kilowatt solar panel system which should produce upwards of 80 per cent of the breweries energy requirements. The external walls are clad in Corten steel which is designed to rust over time to form a protective layer and add to the rustic appearance they're going for, while floor to ceiling windows provide loads of natural light while offering up some pretty epic views of Busselton's famous jetty and Geographe Bay. Thanks to this natural light, they've also been able to plant silver birch trees inside which will add some serious wow-factor when they start budding.
The best part though? The 650-person venue is built around the working brewery which is completely open so you can have a gander as you sip away at your craftie and appreciate where it came from.
Speaking of the beer, Head Brewer Jason Credaro worked his way up the ranks at Little Creatures before heading over to Victoria for a gig at Brick Lane Brewing Co. Most recently, he was the Associate Director of Craft Brewing Operations at AB InBev over in South Korea; so you know you're in good hands here.
General Manager Paul Maley says “Shelter is more than a craft brewery, it’s a place for locals to meet, families to get together and visitors to include in their itinerary of Busselton. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone in soon.”
While there's not an exact date yet, it's looking like late October is when you'll need to book that holiday house. Keep up to speed on their Facebook page.
Looking for something closer to home? Mary Street Bakery opens in Claremont next week.
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