Thirsty for a cool craft beer or two?
Get ready now to visit venues in and around Perth during WA Beer Week! It's actually a very generous 'week', stretching to a 10-day celebration of beer and matching food, between 16 and 25 November.
Beer connoisseurs will find themselves in some unique, fascinating and mouth-watering restaurants, bars and breweries, showcasing venues you'll want to revisit in and beyond Perth when Beer Week is over.
With no less than 65 events around the state to choose from, we're extending a helping hand by giving you a sample of the experiences you can have throughout Beer Week in Perth, Fremantle and the Swan Valley.
Blasta Brewing Co Events
Blasta Brewing Co in Burswood is hosting some major events in Perth during Beer Week. This young brewery, built on sheer passion for creating quality tastes, places visitors right there next to it's stainless steel tanks. These beauties are complemented by long solid wooden tables, modern industrial decor and art. The al fresco area achieves the same balance of comfort and craft, dotted with greenery.
WA Beer Week Opening Party
Thursday 15 November, 6.30-10.30pm
With support from the WA Brewers Association, one of Perth's newest breweries will host an unmissable Opening Party.
Perth beer lovers have the chance to rub shoulders with beer industry experts at Blasta Brewing, while sampling a range of delicious brews in the Beer Hall. The entry fee includes a 4 hour beer tab! How can you turn that down?
Brewery Long Table Dinner with Petition Collab Beer Release
Saturday 17 November, 6.30-9.30pm
What better way to spend a Saturday night than enjoying a delicious 5 course dinner with matched beers in the Blasto Beer Hall? The venue's head chef and brewing team have put their skills together to create a menu that complements a range of award-winning beers, plus a glass of their latest brew.
The new release has been created collaboratively, especially for WA Beer Week, with Perth's Petition Beer Corner. Located in the famous State Buildings in Perth CBD, Petition is another excellent venue for your list.
Brewers Sunday Sesh with Cheatmeats BBQ Masters
Sunday 25 November, 1.00pm til late
Having hosted the Opening Party, Blasta Brewing Co gets to close off Beer Week in Perth as well - your last chance to mingle with brewers and other industry experts.
Guests are invited to kick back in the brewery's outdoor area for a Sunday afternoon session; enjoy live music and beer on tap from some of the top breweries in Perth and around the state.
Entry is free, food is barbecue style, and space is limited, so make sure you book asap.
Beer Week in Perth CBD
You don't have to mooch around for long to find a decent beer in Perth's small bars and pubs. To whet your appetite, here are just two of the Beer Week events in Perth CBD.
Sunday 18 November, 10.00am-12.00 noon
Petition Beer Corner, State Buildings
If you'll be experiencing the new release brew on Saturday 17th, created by Blasto Brewing Co and Petition Beer Corner, save some energy to visit Petition the following morning for a hair of the dog.
OK so you had a 5 course dinner last night, and this is a 5 course brunch, and yes, the 5 dishes are matched with 5 beers before noon. But remember, just like Christmas, Beer Week in Perth comes around only once a year.
This healthy, hearty brunch packed with fresh, local produce, will prepare you for the festivities of the week to come. If you need coffee first, there are cafes within the State Buildings too. Head to neighbouring Petition Kitchen or Post, all built within the beautifully refurbished heritage buildings on St Georges Terrace.
What It Takes To Make It
Thursday 22 November, 7.00-10.00pm
Old Faithful Bar & BBQ, King Street
Get serious about beer in Perth's Old Faithful in the artsy heritage enclave of King Street. In this degustation masterclass, you'll find out all you ever wanted to know about brewing quality craft beers.
Experts from Mash Brewing, Coopers Malt, Ellerslie Hops and White Labs will explain the ingredients and science behind the brewing process while you enjoy your 4 course dinner with matched beers. And there's a surprise activity at the end of the night that you're guaranteed to love!
While You're in the City
Drop into one of many other Perth pubs and bars to refuel on food and water or sample another quality craft beer.
Close to Old Faithful Bar are a collection of small bars clustered around the laneways. Look for the huge mural of a wolf and you'll know you're there.
Wolf Lane is one of those small quirky bars in Perth that are becoming so popular. The little back laneways create a nostalgic European feel that works perfectly on a Mediterranean evening.
Meanwhile, on the Swan River, you'll find one of Perth's favourite breweries for a sit-down brunch, lunch or dinner overlooking the water.
The historic Old Brewery has 270 degree views of the river and has been named WA's Best Steak Restaurant for good reason. While this is definitely a meat lover's haven, vegetarian and vegan dishes are available on request.
Alternatively make for the Old Brewery's Riverside Brewhouse to enjoy a casual drink in the bar and terrace area. Either way, you can enjoy brews straight from the microbrewery.
In & Around Fremantle
Like Perth, Fremantle's bar and brewery scene is growing along with the appreciation of quality craft beers.
This selection of Beer Week events in Perth's port city takes you into the town centre, down to Fishing Boat Harbour and along to the fabulous Leighton Beach shorefront development.
Bibs, Beers & Beach
Wednesday 21 November, 6.00-10.00pm
Bib & Tucker, Leighton Beach
Popular oceanfront cafe/restaurant Bib & Tucker will feed you some delicious food around shared tables, using fresh local produce, with beers from WA's Eagle Bay Brewing Co and Byron Bay's Stone & Wood.
The event has been timed to ensure a panoramic view of the sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Creatures 18th Birthday Weekend
Friday 23 November, 6.00pm, to Sunday 25 November, 8.00pm
Little Creatures Brewing, Fremantle
Little Creatures is coming of age this year! Since settling on the boardwalks of Fishing Boat Harbour 18 years ago, Little Creatures Brewing has become a Fremantle icon. Not only does the brewery produce some of the most popular beers in Perth, but it has won international awards too.
Over the whole final weekend of Beer Week in Perth and Fremantle, Little Creatures will be celebrating its 18th birthday with a party on the Friday evening featuring live music and DJs; roving entertainment and more live music for the whole family on the Saturday; and a back yard Sunday session.
Little Creatures is know for serving tasty snacks with its brews, and will have plenty to chomp on right throughout the celebrations.
The Brewer’s Brunch
Saturday 24 November, 11.00am-3.00pm
Strange Company, Fremantle
Before you head to the closing party, fuel up with lunch at Strange Company - a delightful, spacious cafe bar tucked away inconspicuously on Nairn Street.
Brewers and supporters of the craft beer industry in WA will gather to chew over the events of the previous 10 days, the new brews they have discovered and the stand-out breweries on Perth's doorstep.
The entry ticket includes lunch, beers and snacks.
While You're in Fremantle
Visit The Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen on South Terrace to dry their fine brews and farmhouse ciders. The hearty menu ranges from Monk burgers to Krishna dahl, apple and goat cheese salad to Angus fillet steak.
The Sail and Anchor, also on the Terrace, is among the best Fremantle and Perth pubs for craft beers, and Clancy's on Cantonment Street is proud of being the first pub to sell Little Creatures beers outside the brewery itself.
Suburban Perth Pubs & Breweries
This year's WA Beer Week festivities are spread right around the city's satellite suburbs. Put these two events on your calendar and note the venues for future Perth craft beer nights out.
East & West: Brewers Party
Wednesday 21 November, 6.00pm til late
Nowhereman Brewing Co, West Leederville
Two Queensland craft beer experts will join head brewer Eddie Still at Perth brewery Nowhereman to share their best flavours.
Head brewers from Helios Brewing and Ballistic will bring three beers each all the way from Queensland for you to try, alongside Nowhereman's top brews. Entry is free, and home-made pizza will be on hand to soak up the beer.
Modus Tap Showcase
Friday 23 November, 6.00pm til late
Dutch Trading Company, Victoria Park
Another brewery sending beers over especially for WA Beer Week in Perth is Modus Operandi in Sydney. Owner Grant Wearin will bring experts from his team and some of their award-winning brews to the Dutch Trading Company (DTC), winner of Australia's Best Beer Venue 2018.
Enjoy a relaxing evening of beer and food, comparing the Queensland brews with others from DTC's impressive range of local, national and international craft beers. This venue is definitely one to return to.
Feral Brewing in the Swan Valley
Friday 16 November, 11.00am-6.00pm
Feral Brewing Co Brewpub, Swan Valley, + 12 Mystery Venues
Feral Brewing Co's own pub in Perth's Swan Valley, along with 12 other venues, will be serving up the final batch of its popular Tusk IIPA during Beer Week.
This brew is made to be consumed within hours of arrival at each venue to retain its hallmark freshness. Don't miss this window of opportunity to sample the American Imperial IPA, believed to be a first in Australia.
Before kicking on to the Rosemount Hotel for the Hog Hop birthday party (below), this is a chance to visit Feral's home in the beautiful Swan Valley wine region, which has become known more recently for its craft breweries too.
The Brewpub's restaurant and beer garden will be serving food among the vines - a wonderful way to relax at the end of the week.
Hop Hog’s 10th Birthday Party
Friday 16 November, 6.00-11.30pm
Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
This is the coming together of one of Perth's best breweries with a favourite North Perth pub. Feral Brewing Co is celebrating the 10th birthday of its famous Hop Hog pale ale at the Rosemount Hotel.
The entry fee includes a schooner of Hop Hog, a sample of Tusk and pizza. There will be plenty of other brews available and DJ sounds supported by RTR FM.
Feral Brewing Co’s Ultimate IPA Showcase
Saturday 24 November, 2.00pm-12.00 midnight
Caboose, Mount Lawley
After getting hooked by your trip to the Swan Valley, here's yet another chance to sample Feral Brewing Co's fine beers in Perth. The popular brewery will be bringing a range of IPA favourites to Caboose in Mount Lawley, brewed especially for this event on the final Saturday of Beer Week - plus a new release you have to try.
While You're in the Swan Valley
Breweries and pubs in Perth's Swan Valley include the quaint and quirky Rose and Crown pub in Guildford, and the historic Guildford Hotel, which is a great choice for a family lunch.
Mandoon Estate, known for its award-winning wines, is also home to the Homestead Brewery, which serves up hearty food and full-flavoured brews in a stunning setting on the banks of the Swan River. Ask for a beer tasting to decide which brew to order, and settle in for a relaxing afternoon.
Further up the river are two German breweries, Elmar's in the Valley and Duckstein German Brewery and Restaurant.
Elmar's serves up the traditional German combination of beers and fine foods. Boasting the largest glass microbrewery kettle in the southern hemisphere, the brewery's range is influenced by classic German flavours. Stay on to try some schnitzel or German sausage in their restaurant.
Duckstein also specialises in German beer and food, accompanied by live music most weekends.
Finally, for a full tour of Swan Valley breweries and cideries, appoint a designated driver and head off along the self-drive Swan Valley Cider and Ale Trail. Just download a guide from the website and away you go!