Kalgoorlie-Boulder is one of the least likely places you'd expect to find gourmet produce, but right next to the famed super pit is one of WA's most unique craft breweries, and it's gaining rave reviews.
You'd be forgiven for never visiting Beaten Track Brewery. For starters, it's seven hours inland in the gold town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Even if you are in Kal, it's hard to find because from the outside it just looks like a simple backyard shed. Only the adventurous beer lovers set foot inside.
There is every reason to go inside too, because after going to every brewery in WA I can tell you with certainty that the beer at Beaten Track is up there with Feral and Nail in terms of quality.
Craft beer in Kalgoorlie-Boulder? You better believe it!
The great thing about the Beaten Track brewery is they're always mixing things up, every time you go back, or try to find some in store, there will be different styles on offer. Names like 'Gibb River Rye' and 'Brewed Awakenings IPA' have had many beer enthusiasts jumping recently, but the annual 'Estate Stout' really seems to get them chirping.
Back to the venue though, once you walk around the back you find the inside of the shed looks nothing like a shed but more like a man cave. Four polished wooden tables stretch out from one wall and a small bar with six taps occupies the other.
It's a very small venue so on a busy night you may struggle for personal space, but during the day it's a nice spot for a catch up with mates, even a work meeting or just a chat with the friendly head brewer. There's no food options yet but I'm told kitchen facilities are currently being installed.
Because Beaten Track doesn't serve food yet they're limited to serving 100mL glasses of beer. This has actually turned out to be pretty great for them though as, instead of buying one pint of beer for $10 to $12, at Beaten Track you get six different 100mL beers for $15, that's pretty excellent. Beside beer you can also buy locally made honeys and oils on site.
A chalkboard for the brewers musings at the front door.
Beaten Track is open from one to 6pm Monday through Saturday so it isn't a place you can have a 'big night'. Beaten Track is all about beer education, enjoying your drink rather than using it as a social lubricant. Outside of the Brewery Beaten Track beers are on tap at Paddy's in Kalgoorlie and in various places around Perth such as International Beer Shop and Mane Liquor in Fremantle.