South West Beer Trek

The South West Beer Trek is the ultimate Western Australian road trip focusing on the South West quadrant of the state where the majority of breweries reside.

If you have ever dreamed of hitting the road for a couple of weeks and experiencing some of the best coastline in the world, this trip is the one. We have provided a recommended itinerary, but ultimately you can choose your own adventure and time frame. Take it in stages or cover it all in one clean sweep, you can't go wrong.

By completing the trip, you will experience more than 30 of WA's breweries, and over 2000 kms of road. Covering places like the surf breaks of Margaret River, the white-sand beaches of Esperance and the super-pit gold mine in Kalgoorlie; the perfect combination of food, beer and adventure.

The Brief

Day ONE - PERTH - Blasta Brewing Co / Nowhereman Brewing Co / Northbridge Brewing Co

Day TWO - FREMANTLE - Otherside Brewing Co / The Monk / Sail and Anchor / Little Creatures Brewery

Day THREE - MANDURAH - King Road Brewing Co / White Lakes Brewing / Thorny Devil

Day FOUR - BUNBURY - Old Coast Road Brewery / Moody Cow / Mash Brewing

Day FIVE - BUSSELTON - Blue Mile Brewing / Eagle Bay Brewing Co / Bush Shack Brewery

Day SIX - MARGARET RIVER - Beer Farm / Cowaramup Brewing Co / Colonial Brewing Co / Brewhouse

Day SEVEN - MARGARET RIVER - Bootleg Brewery / Black Brewing Co / Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Day EIGHT - BRIDGETOWN / PEMBERTON - The Cidery / Jarrah Jacks

Day NINE - DENMARK / ALBANY - Boston Brewing Co / Wilson Brewing Co

Day TEN & ELEVEN - ESPERANCE - Lucky Bay Brewing

Day TWELVE - KALGOORLIE - Beaten Track Brewery

Day THIRTEEN & FOURTEEN - PERTH - Feral Brewing / Duckstein / Homestead / Indian Ocean Brewing Co

The Trek

The Details

This is a general guide only and will not be suitable for everyone. Drink more, drink less. Go farther, stay near. Do it in a month, break it into multiple trips. Whatever. Just enjoy this awesome state and the beers it has to offer. Cheers!

 

ONE

Starting in the capital of this glorious state, there are a few regions to choose from with micro-breweries, but for the purpose of this trip, we'll start closer to the city and surrounding suburbs.

The first visit of the trip will take you to Blasta Brewing Company in Burswood, just south of the city across the river. This place is industrial chic, with a cool beer garden and a range of beers that you will struggle to find anywhere else. We recommend a fresh bagel and a pint of their grapefruit infused IPA to get you going.

From here, it's easy to hop on the train and head towards Nowhereman Brewing Co. Another relative newcomer, this place is just north of the city and specialises in lagers of all kinds and their pizzas are pretty special. The perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon brew.

One last train trip for the day will take you to the centre of town. Feel free to explore the sights before you get too boozy, and maybe stop off at Petition Beer Corner on the way to Elizabeth Quay. Our final destination though will put you at the Northbridge Brewing Company. After sampling their award winning beers and having a feed, you're in the perfect spot to see the night through. 

TWO

After going a little too hard on your first night, you might be ready for a lay day, but if you're a seasoned veteran it's time to head to Perth's historical town of Fremantle; the birthplace of Little Creatures brewing.

From the city, jump on the freeway south and along Leach Highway. Soon enough you'll arrive at Otherside Brewing Company. Situated amongst a light industrial area, this place is a hidden gem. Have a couple of games of ping pong while sampling their solid range.

Keep trucking along Leach Highway and in no time you'll be in Fremantle. Jump out and explore the cappuccino strip and stop off at The Monk for a few. Once you're done, walk down the road to The Sail and Anchor. This landmark was established in 1854 and is a mecca for craft beer. You're sure to find a few unique WA beers here that you won't find anywhere else.

 

As the Sun begins to set, it's a great time to head towards the water and enter Little Creatures Brewery. Credited with starting the craft beer movement in WA more than a decade ago, this place is a must do. If you're after a more chill vibe, Creatures Next Door offers much the same beers and food, but with sofas, board games and better views.

THREE

It's now time to leave the Perth metropolitan area and head south. Roughly 40 mins from Perth will see you reach King Road Brewing Co nestled amongst some lovely farmland and pasture. A favourite amongst locals, they generally feature a few guest beers and a couple of their own.

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