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The Swan Valley used to be all about the wineries, but there is a lot more variety in the Swan Valley nowadays. Here is a summary of the best breweries to be found in the Swan Valley.
Feral Brewery Swan Valley
Feral Brewery is one of the original Swan Valley Breweries. You can find it on Haddrill Road in Baskerville. You can purchase their beers on tap in the pub or in various pack sizes to take away.
It has a restaurant with classic pub food and a spacious beer garden with a playground for the kids. They have live music and specials on Friday afternoons. You can check their website for more information.
Bailey Brewing Co
Just down the road from Mash is the Bailey Brewing Co who is a new kid on the block. This is a big one set on 9 acres and it boasts something for everyone.
There is a restaurant, beer garden, a big kids play area and a wedding venue. There is a good beer selection with a tasting paddle, and plenty of other drink options.
Book in advance if you want to go on a weekend. We wanted to drop in for lunch on a sunny Sunday afternoon and were confronted with a sign saying ‘We are Full’. I went up and had a chat with the guy who was guiding traffic at the gate and he was only letting in those with a booking.
Swan Valley Brewery
Swan Valley Brewery has a smaller range of beers available than some of the other breweries in the Swan Valley with beer focused on Irish and English styles.
They also offer lunch and dinner. They are located on Great Northern Highway.
The Henley Brook
The Henley Brook is a family friendly pub located on West Swan Road (not far from Mash and Bailey). There is a large grassed area for the kids to run around in the beer garden, with a rope swing and a couple of old truck tyres for them to climb over.
They have a pizza bar as well as traditional pub grub. They do not brew their own beer on site but do have a large selection of local beers from te Swan Valley and Perth region as well as other parts of Australia and the world.
The Duckstein is a German brewhouse and restaurant and is one of the long standing breweries in the Swan Valley, located next door to the Henley Brook on West Swan Road.
They brew beer in the German style and their restaurant is focused on German sausages, although they do have a few other options.
They have a range of specials and events happening regularly. Check out their website for more information.
Elmar’s in the Valley
Elmar’s is also a German style brewery and restaurant that is at the centre of Oktoberfest celebrations in the Swan Valley.
It has a large restaurant, beer garden and grassed area on West Swan Road. The restaurant meals and the beers are all in the German style. They also have a selection of smallgoods available for you to purchase and take home.
If you are planning on meeting a few friends, have a look at the shared platters that they offer. They need to be ordered in advance, but are the perfect accompaniment to a few afternoon drinks.
Ironbark Tavern is located on Benara Road in Caversham (in the same area as Funk Cider which I have included below). The party buses seem to frequent this area so it can be a bit messy in the afternoon (but they never seem to stay too long.)
It is smaller than some of the other breweries in this list and seems to attract more of the younger crowd rather than families.
This one is easy to drive past as it is set back off the road. It is a Belgian beer house with a great atmosphere and huge 500ml glasses.
They were very busy on the day we were there but did everything they could to accommodate us. El Enrique and his friends loved the novelty of the giant glasses and the food we had for lunch was delicious.
There is a very small play area for the kids (but it does its job) and a large grassed area for the kids to kick a ball around in. The seating is all under shade but the grass is not, so bring a hat.
It is also located on West Swan Road, pretty much next door to Elmars.
Funk Cider is next door to Ironbark, and although it is a Cidery, it also does beer on tap. It can have the same problem with messy party buses, but they are never there for too long.
It does have a small kids playground and offers meals which you can order at the counter.
Homestead Brewery is a part of Mandoon Estate which is one of the most popular venues in the Swan Valley.
It combines a winery with a brewery with a restaurant, gallery and pizza bar. There is even a hotel on site! The restaurant is huge, but the grassed outdoor area is even bigger.
It is popular with families and has a kids playground in the beer garden.
Mash Brewery is another oldie but a goodie. Located on West Swan Road, they have a large range of beers which are all brewed on site.
There is a sit down restaurant and they also take bookings for functions. Although they are open every day from 11am, they are big on the Sunday Sessions with live music from 3pm.
Tour the Swan Valley
If you would like to explore the Swan Valley without the hassle of driving there are plenty of tours available. Many include wine, beer and produce tasting, and you can choose from a half day tour or a full day tour.
If you want to stick to the beers though, this craft beer tour is your best option.
No matter which way you view the Swan Valley you are sure to enjoy yourself.