Located near the Fremantle esplanade and waterfront with its picturesque harbour and popular seafood eateries like Kailis' and Cicerello's is a must-visit Western Australian institution if you're in Freo.
Little Creatures dreamed up by 3 beer enthusiasts who wanted to create the perfect pale ale has come a long way since 1997. It is held under Perth-based Little World Beverages (LWB), which also owns the White Rabbit brewery in Healesville, Victoria. It is establishing a third brewing and packing plant in Geelong.
Today, it is part of the Japanese-owned Lion Group who is continuing to keep the distinctive Little Creatures brand and popular brewery cum Freo tourist destination alive.
The Little Creatures Brewery is a colossal cavern-like venue of 3 two-storey warehouse sections with front yard, indoor dining and drinking areas and waterfont backyard complete with bistro dishing out delicious grub and onsite brewery dispensing beers straight from the tanks. Stainless steel tanks, tubes and pipes are the dominant feature.
LWB has created an ideal space for enjoying a pint of beer, snacking or a complete meal with friends and family throughout the day. I particularly enjoyed watching the sunset over the Freo waterfront from the backyard.
The main event are the award-wining beers.The original pale ale is an American Pale Ale and other beers were introduced include a golden ale or Bright Ale, an amber ale or Rogers and a Pilsner. To supplement their stable of four beer brands, they also offer a White Rabbit Dark Ale and White Rabbit White Ale and the Pipsqueak Cider.
I enjoyed the flavour from the Belgain yeast and fruity hops that create the White Rabbit White Ale. My other favourite was the Bright Ale with its filtered golden clarity and clean, soft and easy flavours from the malts and use of aromatic hops from New Zealand and USA.
I didn't get the chance to try the bistro food except for a bowl of wedges, which turned out to be an excellently prepared and served accompaniment to the beer.
It will probably be some time before I next visit the Freo brewery but with a dining and beer hall in Brunswick Street of the City of Yarra, the hoppy nectar of the little cherubs is just a tram ride away.