Much as it has been for literally thousands of years, beer is big business in 2019, and so it’s no wonder Perth has seen it’s fair share of top-shelf breweries pop up over the years. And with craft beer becoming more popular than ever, we’re fortunate to have a raft of new brewhouses popping up in recent years to cater to beer lovers big and small.
In typically well-researched fashion, here’s a slew of our favourite brewpubs old, new, north and south (note: we’ve skipped straight breweries – for now):
Blasta Brewing Company
Blasta Brewing Company in Burswood is open from 6.30am everyday (although we suggest you just nab a delicious Blasta Coffee at that time), only a short walk from Burswood Traino and Optus Stadium. With a huge beer hall, cruisy outdoor area, cool af wall art and well-matched food, you can put some serious time in here over spring/summer. With regards to their beer selection, well “blasta” is Scottish for delicious, so go forth and taste young braveheart!
Photo by @luke_gallagher_93
Nowhereman Brewing Co.
Nestled amidst the getting cooler-by-the-day surrounds of West Leederville, Nowhereman Brewing has been getting it done since 2017. With four golden staples and a murderers’ row of exceptional limited releases, it’s more than worth the short walk from central Leederville. Half-price jugs with pizza on Wednesdays and shitty pub trivia on Thursdays only sweeten the deal.
Photo by @peasantsparadice
If you’re looking for a good reason to head down to Elizabeth Quay then The Island has a little something for everyone. From The Island Brewhouse and Island Brew Garden to Florence’s Pizzeria and the Island Kiosk, you can’t really go wrong. Their microbrewery is host to six different flavours courtesy of head brewer and chemical engineer, Geoff Munday.
Photo by @rhonze
Otherside Brewing Co. / Freo.Social
If you’ve been to a summer music festival the past couple of years there’s a good chance you’ve imbibed in a tasty Otherside tinny. A relatively new addition to Freo’s healthy brew scene, their Myaree Brewhouse rocks and rolls from Thursday to Sundays, with tours and tunes on the weekends. They’ve also got a Brew Shed at their sister venue Freo.Social, offering up a new flavour every Friday.
Photo via @otherside_co
Bright Tank Brewing Co.
Bright Tank in East Perth is the brainchild of husband/wife team Mathew Moore and Gemma Sampson, who together with head chef Michael Gay have crafted the perfect hangout space. With monthly Beergustations to guide you through their six-strong selection, Bright Tank is fast-becoming the place to be on Brown Street.
Photo by @l.stubberfield
Northbridge & Whitfords Brewing Co. by Beerland
Taking over the heart of Northbridge and Whitford City’s new food precinct, Northbridge Brewing Co. and Whitfords Brewing Co. bring pure pub vibes to both venues. Master brewer Ken Arrowsmith has crafted an epic selection to suite all tastes at both venues, and once you combine it with cruisy modern pub fare it’s just a choice of which you prefer: Northbridge people watching or Indian Ocean Views on the Whitfords Skydeck.
Photo by @_mikemorgan_
Shy John Brewery & Yum Cha
Who knew beer and dumplings would go together so well? Well, okay perhaps you did, but Shy John Brewery in Yagan Square brings them together pretty bloody well. Their modern take on dim sum is as enticing as their craft beer selection, and we highly recommend going toe-to-toe with their signature dragon tasting place.
Photo by @ohkelly
While we’ll forever miss the old crocodile park that used to be there, Little Creatures in Fremantle has established itself as a WA must-do since opening a couple of decades (!) ago. It understandably gets pretty rowdy on the weekends, but with the quality of food on offer, combined with some of WA’s best hops and a family friendly atmosphere, it’s an institution for a reason.
Photo by @reganoneillart
The Generous Squire
This CBD staple has the full range of James Squire beers and ciders on tap to go with regular limited release drops. Open every day til late, they have some cracking meal deals during the week, and also offer beer master classes for the budding microbrewers out there.
Photo via @thegeneroussquire
Sail & Anchor
The other Fremantle brewing icon, the heritage-listed Sail & Anchor Pub has been a local and visitor favourite for decades. No wonder, with 40 taps featuring a host of in-house brews, small batch releases and old faves, the Sail is home to some of the finest drops from around the world. Head upstairs on the weekend to catch the street performers out front of the Freo Markets below.
Photo via @keen_team
While we’ve tried to keep this list as metro as possible, it’d be remiss of us not to mention the good folks at Mash, Feral, Elmars and Homestead in and around the Swan Valley – make sure you stop in on your next wine tour, or better yet just make it a full brewers bash!
Did we miss a place that should be on here? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Header photo via City Of Perth.