It's no secret we enjoy our beer in Western Australia. We drink it by the pint-full while the other side of the country sips it through schooners. WA is beer drinking country with our penchant brought on by many things, such as the consistently good drinking-weather. Add this to a relaxed lifestyle, kilometers of beaches up and down the coast, an infatuation with AFL and other sports and the classic aussie barbeque. You don't need much more to 'feel a thirst coming on'.
One of our favourite ways to sample the offerings is right from the source, the brewery itself. We like to imagine the beer at the pinnacle of its fermentation being poured fresh into the glass we now grasp.
Perth brews a descent range of its own beers. Some get sent countrywide so the rest know what they are missing out on, others make it only as far as you are willing to carry it from the brew site.
Little Creatures would have to be one of the most renowned breweries in Perth, if not the most. It has been a boldly stamped feature on the Fremantle seaside for a dozen years now. There is a lot to like about it. Even in peak hour on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, you may have a short wait, but the beer is tasty and the food makes you realise that you're not just there for the beer. The place is open and airy and has a big sun deck to enjoy at the back.
Feral Brewery sits out in the Swan Valley and is always worth the trip. You may just need to think about transport ahead of time if no one opts to be the driver home. Feral boasts a great selection of brews on an ever changing list. The sampling tray is a very good start if you're struggling to choose between the ones that sound too tempting. Food here is also especially good and the mains are hearty portions.
The Old Brewery (some know it as 'The Old Swan Brewery') does still make beer in a boutique fashion, even though the Swan Brewery Co left in 1979. The food and surroundings here are not what you might expect at your usual brewery. The Old Brewery surpasses pub grub and takes dining to a fine level with its steakhouse. It's not quite as affordable but could be a great choice if you're trying to impress someone or looking for a function venue. It has ample seating in the sun with a unique view of Perth's water.
Canning Vales' The Last Drop may be a bit off the track for some, although this Tudor styled drinking/eating spot is well worth the mention. Like any real brewery, it does have a beer garden and a good selection of brew to choose from. The Bavarian Wheat is easily recommended.
There are obviously more scattered through our region, each having something that makes them better than the last. So we'd like to know what you regard as the best Brewery in Perth and what makes it so good!