Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published February 15th 2014
Cheer for the beer
This beautifully located brewery offers something for everyone. It's a real winner amongst families, offering games in addition to a shaded playground and huge expanses of grass to run around in. And for those who are kiddie free, it's a great spot to kick back and relax and even catch some live entertainment at the weekend.
The Beers This is quality hand crafted beer at its best. Winning a range of medals at the international beer awards, you can't go far wrong with your choices, but if you're not sure on what to opt for just ask the helpful staff. They know their beer, and the staff are friendly too and very happy to help you with your selections. When we last visited there were 5 beers available and also a cider option. If you're still stuck for choice, go with a tasting plate ($15) to try them all. If you're not a beer fan, perhaps you'd enjoy a cider. The Prinsep cider is refreshingly dry and crisp to the taste. A pint of this smooth cider is just delicious on a hot afternoon.
If you've got kids with you, this is a great place for you to spread out and for the kids to burn off some energy. The playground is completely shaded, and there are adjacent picnic tables where you can sit and still keep an eye on kids. There is a beautiful large lake adjacent to the brewery, which is unfenced so parents should always know where there kids are to avoid any accidents.
Smaller kids will enjoy the shaded playground whereas bigger kids might enjoy playing some of the games dotted around such as giant stacking Jenga or bean bag tossing.
If you're eating here for lunch, I would definitely recommend that you go early as after 3pm there is only the 'arvo' menu on and this is extremely limited and a bit lacklustre. We've been after 3pm before and there were only 3-4 menu items (including chips and some over priced chicken wings), we opted for the Pickers Platter which at $44 for two persons was not great value at all, unless you like feasting on very oily antipasto.
For lunch time, the menu is much more expansive, with many tastes catered for. Choose from burgers, pies, fish and chips, curry, sandwiches and salads. Prices vary, but not the cheapest for pub type grub, a burger will set you back $25 and fish and chips $27. Kids main meal items cost $10 and are served with chips or salad.
This is not fine dining, but overall the food is hearty and nicely presented. Personally, I find the prices a little too high for what you are getting; $25 for a burger and chips, and not an exceptional meal at that is a bit steep. However, offset this with a great location, free weekend entertainment, and a playground for the kids, and you still have a great place for a lunch time outing. I wouldn't rush back for the food, but for the overall experience, I would still be happy to come again.
I would recommend this beautifully set brewery to beer fans first and foremost and to families who want an easy relaxed lunch venue. For those seeking a gastronomic feast, or for those on a budget, this is likely not the place for you. It's not bad food, but for the price you pay it's certainly not great either.