Having now been to every single brewery in WA the following are my picks for WA's best breweries based on the following criteria:
Beer Taste The breweries with the best tasting beer/s Beer Range The breweries with a style to suit everyone, not just the most beers. Food The breweries with the best food menus Venue This covers atmosphere and setting of the breweries. Value The breweries with the best bang for your buck.
Each criteria has three breweries ranked from first to third, as well as a list of five other noteworthy mentions. Enjoy!
Best Beer Best Beers Feral Brewery Well, Feral's Hop Hog has swept national awards for the last five years, and I'm not about to argue with pretty much every craft beer critic in Australia.
Hop Hog isn't their only near perfect beer. Sly Fox, Tusk and a number of their seasonal or one-off releases regularly recieve high accolades.
Beaten Track Brewery
Kalgoorlie-Boulder is one of the last places you'd expect to find world class beer, but it's there, and it's slowly gaining notoriety in Australian craft beer circles.
Beaten Track Breweries Brewed Awakenings IPA is a hop heavy wonder that still manages to remain easy to drink for those who don't usually fancy hopped up ales. BTB is available at Mane Liqour and International Beer Shop if you don't fancy a seven hour drive.
Colonial Brewing Co.
Colonial breweries Kolsch started my love affair with craft beer and 380 beers later it remains one of my favourite. It's an easy-drinking yet full flavoured summer beer perfect for those warm West Aussie days.
The Colonial brewers pump out a number of tasty drops, including small ale, a mid-strength beer which - because of it's full strength taste - you wont have to break man law to drink.
Matso's Broome Brewery - Pearlers Pale Ale.
Nail Brewery - Dunn Brown.
Eagle Bay - Kolsch.
The Monk - IPA
Brew42 - Moorhead Stout
Best Range Bush Shack Brewery
Every time we do brewery tours we go to Bush Shack because it's a place non-beer drinkers can drink beer. Bush Shack has a whole host of very different beers including names such as Strawberry Blonde and Twisted Lemon Lager, both of which are great for those who aren't beer fans.
They do have a few normal beers as well of course, but as a true craft beer fan, you really have to try the unusual when it's offered.
Watermelon Warhead. Yes, Watermelon Warhead. It's a light sour beer that doesn't taste like beer... but it is beer. I've taken numerous non-beer drinking friends here and they've all loved it. If you say you don't like beer, have it, end of story.
Of course, Feral also has a huge range of regular and seasonal beers for craft beer lovers too. Sours, wheats, ryes, IPA's, stouts, ales, lagers... Feral really does have the lot.
Matso's Broome Brewery
Matso's is another one that is great a brewing beer for people who don't really like beer. They're famous for their Mango and Ginger beers however in recent years they've also added a Lychee beer and two fancy ciders to their repertoire.
On top of that you have the Chilli beer and Pearler's Pale Ale, completing Matso's relatively small but very well rounded drinks list.
Cheeky Monkey - Offers two ciders plus rotating seasonals.
Ironbark - Big range of unique and odd beers.
Mash - Plenty of different beers for the layman.
The Monk - Decent range of high quality "beer snob" beers.
Billabong - Good range of gluten free options.
Best Food Eagle Bay Brewery
Eagle Bay's food is just on another level. It may be one of the more pricey breweries, but it's well worth "forking" out for (pun intended).
From the simple things like bread and olive oil to the huge pizzas and tasting plates, Eagle Bay has a great range of food to share, which makes for a more fun experience for everyone.
Colonial Brewing Co.
Colonial have been very good at sticking in my head over the years, and the food is no different. Their tasting plate is to die for. Why? It has Persian Fetta. Yeah, Persian Fetta! Need I say more?
Colonial also grows all their vegetables on site so there's no brewery you'll get them fresher. The wings, the pizza, the pork chops... well it's all good really.
Elmar's In The Valley
German food is awesome, that is an indisputable fact. We're lucky in WA to have Elmar's, regularly rated has having some of the best German food outside of Germany.
Elmar's is first and foremost a butcher, so when they decided to invest in a brewery the results were always going to be fantastic for foodies and crafties alike. Great German food, good german beer, genius!
Bootleg - The best burgers and BBQ sauce in WA.
Duckstein - All men must try the Schwiensaxe in their life.
Cape Bouvard - A casual tasting platter to die for.
Matso's - Chilli crab pasta, and a world famous curry hut.
The Monk - Gourmet food expertly matched with their beer.
Best Venue Eagle Bay Brewery
Eagle Bay gets this one again. The building itself is just fantastic, it's modern, clean and artsy yet inviting and very casual. The outdoors section features sweeping views of farmland, forest and the ocean out on the horizon. Boston Brewery
Boston is great because it's so unexpected. You walk past the vineyards into a small little room and everything seems normal. You then go around the counter and BAM, there's this huge, cavernous dining area with various building materials colliding beautifully across the building.
Cape Bouvard Brewery
There's nothing fancy or unique about Cape Bouvard's set up. Instead, they do the simple things right. Sitting amongst the vines in a lush green garden on a warm summers day is hard to beat, add that tasting platter mentioned earlier and you'll struggle to find a more relaxing venue.
Duckstein (Margaret River) - The architecture here is incredible!
Bootleg - The best example of country hospitality.
Bush Shack - A very unique 'bush shack' style building.
Little Creatures - Cavernous interior right on the harbour.
Blacksalt - Laid back venue just a few steps from Port Beach.
Best Value Cheeky Monkey Brewery
When Cheeky Monkey opened the first thing we all noted was how well-priced the food is. You get similar sized servings as you would anywhere else, but it's all a few dollars cheaper without skimping on quality.
Old Coast Road Brewery
OCRB has this great little invention called a beer tower. You can purchase this long funnel which holds about four pints. It has taps down the bottom so you can take it to your table and drink at your own leisure. Genius!
Indian Ocean Brewery
Indian Ocean Brewery is the cheaper brewery in WA. $8 pints and excellent meal specials on every day of the week. Not only is it a cheap brewery, it's one of the cheapest places in WA to get a good feed!
Feral - $20 meal and drink lunches on Fridays.
Mash - Beer and light meals are very well priced.
Bootleg - Huge portions without the huge price tag.
Blacksalt - The food here is pretty well priced.
Last Drop - Cheap gourmet burgers!
What a great and informative article! You've got my favourites on there! I've found the food and service at Bootleg to have gone a bit downhill in recent times, it's a beautiful place but on my last visit I wished I'd passed on the food.