Best Breweries in Perth

Updated 2 weeks ago


Perth is awash with excellent local beer. But while other major Australian cities have more independent breweries, Perth has the great distinction of being ground zero for “craft beer” in Australia – long before the term came into vogue.

The watershed moment came in ’84, when Fremantle pub the Sail and Anchor grew its in-house brewing operation into Matilda Bay Brewing Company. Then Little Creatures came along in ’99, which set the benchmark for hoppy, American-style ales that were relatively unknown in Australia at the time.

Those breweries are now two of the country’s biggest names in beer – but Perth and Freo continue to be hotbeds for young brewing talent, which is proudly on display at taprooms across the city.

Whether you’re after a vast seaside warehouse with a fire-powered menu, or a no-frills brewpub where you can BYO food, these are the best breweries in Perth to lose an afternoon at.

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  • Phase one of the Adelaide Brewery’s west coast expansion includes a steakhouse-style restaurant, private dining rooms, plus an open brewhouse where punters can get up close to the action.

  • Cool off at this cavernous seaside warehouse with thirst-quenching ales, seasonal one-offs and spirits made on site. Throw in a globetrotting menu packed with zesty coastal flavours, and you’re left with one of the slickest breweries in the state.

  • The husband-and-wife duo behind this brewery specialises in brewing hop-driven craft beers. Go for all-stars like a hazy pale ale, hazy IPA and a traditional lager. Plus, order share-friendly plates of woodfired meat and veg, skillet-roasted seafood, ceviche and gooey burrata from Brown Street Grill.

  • The WA brewery’s first venue in the state is set within the iconic A Shed on the Walyalup waterfront. Stop in for brewery exclusives, rotating guest taps and a coastal-inspired menu of lobster rolls, swordfish schnitzel and grilled kingfish tacos.

  • Go behind the scenes at this no-frills brewery, where you can drink among the vats where your beer is made. Try its tropical hazy pale ale, Euro lager, or something from the experimental Villains range. Plus, you can BYO food or order in.

  • Soak up one of WA’s most iconic breweries (and one of Australia’s most loved pale ales) at this former crocodile farm. Enjoy its signature beers alongside woodfired pizza and share plates. Or drop into the brewhouse next door for a tour and some cans to take home.

  • The younger sibling to the Denmark-born brewery of the same name. Go for New England IPA, a session pale ale or a nut-brown ale, plus other experiments and one-offs. There’s also elevated pub fare and a healthy edit of veg options.

  • A family- and pet-friendly brewery with elevated pub fare (including a separate vegan and vegetarian menu). With 16 taps, 300 seats and a big outdoor area, it caters for any group or occasion.

  • This brewery nods to one of WA’s soft drink pioneers. Yet you’ll find a much wider range here. Go for a hazy mid-strength, a classic lager and an award-winning porter. Order by the pint, paddle or in tinnies to go. Also on the menu: share-friendly plates with Southeast and South Asian flavours.

  • A brewery from the pioneer behind one of WA’s most iconic beers. (He came out of retirement just to help set it up.) Sip on approachable varieties like pale ale, wheat, lager and mild, plus the rotating seasonal beer. There’s also a tight menu of pizzas, burgers, steak and small share plates.

  • Come for brewery-fresh beer including draught, hazy IPA, XPA and pale ale. Stay for pizzas made with local flour and toppings, popcorn cauliflower bites and hulking burgers.

  • Bright Tank Brewing's in-house restaurant has a woodfired kitchen and a veteran chef wielding the tongs. Forget about that side of chips – the food here is just as enticing as the beer.

  • Hit up this laid-back industrial brewery for its easy-drinking beers, casual American-leaning fare – which comes served from a food truck – and good times.

  • Found Lab is a suburban brew house with decades of WA brewing experience behind it. Come for its crisp IPAs, pilsners, pale ales and more. Also on the menu: souped-up pub food and waterfront views.