The Beer Pilgrim

West Coast Beer Trail 002 : Perth and The Swan Valley

Perth to me is a Sunday afternoon in the sun drinking a delicious local beer chatting away happily with the friendly locals. It’s a great, welcoming city and I always love visiting! I am a big fan of Fremantle’s beer scene as you probably noticed by my last instalment : West Coast Beer Trail, Fremantle.

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And while Fremantle is an incredible spot to start your Perth experience, there are still plenty of great spots for a brew or two around the rest of this beautiful city, and here they are!


Perth #7 - Publican Bar and Cafe

Location: 774 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park

Opening Times: Tues-Fri : 11am-late / Sat : 3pm-late / Sun 12pm-late (however the adjoining café is open from 8am on Sunday)

Popular Food:Seared Scallops, celeriac puree, braised kale, crispy pancetta, pickled red cabbage. Duck Breast served w sweet potato mash, pan fried swiss chard, seared scallops, chorizo crumble.

Beer Options: The Publican brews it’s own range of beers according to the German Beer Purity Law. You can find a West Coast Lager, a Midstrength Pilsner, Mexican Pilsner, Czech Pils, Belgian Lager, Brown Ale, Irish Ale, Pale Ale, London Bitter, Ginger Beer, Belgian Spicy Wheat, an I.P.A, Tokyo Super Dry and a Golden Ale.

Phone Number: (08) 9470 5818



Perth #6 - Ezra Pound

Location: 189 William Street Arcade, Northbridge

Opening Times: Mon-Sat : 1pm-12am / Sun : 1pm-10pm

Popular Food: Meatball subs.

Beer Options: This bar is definitely focused on it’s cocktail list rather than it’s somewhat limited beer department. So why did I include this joint in my ‘Beer’ Guide to Perth you say?? How often do you get to sit in an alleyway and drink a longneck out of a brown paper bag in a socially acceptable environment outside of Melbourne?

Phone Number: 0415 757 666



Perth #5 - The Bird

Location: 181 William St, Northbridge

Opening Times: Mon-Sat : 12pm-12am / 12pm-10pm

Popular Food: Depends which catering company they have working in the courtyard. You could find yourself munching down on anything from cheese toasties and hamburgers to soft shell crab tacos with wasabi mayo!

Beer Options: A good selection of beer from across the board. White Rabbit, Feral Hop Hog, Little Creatures, Carlton Draught, Tiger. It’s a mixed bag!

Phone Number: (08) 6142 3513



Perth #4 - The Generous Squire

Location: 397 Murray St, Perth

Opening Times: Mon-Thu : 11am-12am / Fri-Sat : 11am-1am / Sunday: 11am-10pm

Popular Food: Aged butterfield scotch fillet, hand cut chips, slaw, bernaise. Lamb salad, rocket, fresh figs, walnut, honey, blue cheese dressing.   

Beer Options: The entire James Squire range.

Phone Number: (08) 6311 7071



Perth #3 - Northbridge Brewing Co

Location: 44 Lake St, Northbridge WA 6003

Opening Times: Wed-Sat : 8am-12am /Sun-Tues : 8am-10pm

Popular Food: Bratwurst mini-dogs with house-curried ketchup. 350g scotch steak.  

Beer Options: Lager, Pale Ale, Wheat, Mild. All brewed fresh onsite.

Phone Number: (08) 6151 6481



Perth #2 - The Cott Hotel

Location: 104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe

Opening Times: Mon-Sun : 12pm-late

Popular Food:Grilled fish with warm Balinese spiced kai lan & coconut salad. House cured salmon pastrami, apple salad, mustard crème fraiche.

Beer Options: Good selection of beer options ranging from Matilda Bay and Little Creatures Options to Feral Brewery and other local drops.

Phone Number: (08) 9383 1100



Perth #1 - Five Bar

Location: 560 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley WA 6050

Opening Times: Mon-Sat : 12pm-12am / Sun : 12pm-10pm

Popular Food:Margaret River Wagyu Rump Steak. House Made Sausage Rolls.

Beer Options: A great selection of craft beer ranging from Little Creatures and James Squire options down to some of the most obscure top shelf beers. Also boasts a great local selection of WA micro brewery beers.

Phone Number: 0467 534 267




Just half an hour east of Perth you will find yourself in a region called ‘The Swan Valley’. It is here where you can find some of Australia’s best breweries, some of them having won Australia’s most prestigious beer awards (more than once). And that, in my book is worth every reason to pay the region a visit for a day or two!

You have to check these places out:


Swan Valley #4 - Iron Bark Brewery

Location: 55 Benara Road, Caversham WA

Opening Times: Wed-Thurs : 10.30am-5.30pm / Fri-Sat : 10.30am-6pm / Sunday : 10.30am-6pm.

Popular Food: Triple decker scotch fillet steak sandwich with egg, salad and the lot. Stockman’s Grilled Corned Beef Baguette.

Beer Options: All Iron Bark’s beer range; a wide selection of brews that really step outside the box – everything from Golden wheat and Aussie Pils beers down to cherry ales and ‘dessert lime’ native fruit beer!

Phone Number: (08) 9377 4400



Swan Valley #3 - Homestead Brewery

Location: 10 Harris Road, Caversham

Opening Times: Mon-Thurs : 10am-5pm / Fri : 10am-late / Sat : 7:30am-late / Sun : 7:30am-5pm.

Popular Food:Chargrilled cuttlefish, quinoa, samphire, kohl rabi, citrus tapioca. Slow roasted lamb shoulder, lamb rack, crushed kipflers, capers, mint gel.

Beer Options: Homestead Range – Black IPA, Belgian Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Hefeweizen.

Phone Number: 08 6279 0500



Swan Valley #2 - Mash Brewery

Location: 10250 W Swan Rd, Henley Brook

Opening Times: Mon-Tues : 11am-5pm / Wed-Thurs : 11am-8pm / Fri-Sat : 11am-9pm / Sun : 11am-8pm

Popular Food: 250g Sirloin oven roasted with porcini and port butter served with colcannon mash and roasted baby carrots. Sesame crusted Atlantic Salmon with herb infused gourmet potatoes, grilled asparagus, preserved lemon and zucchini salad.

Beer Options: The entire ‘Mash’ range.

Phone Number: (08) 9296 5588



Swan Valley #1 - Feral Breweries

Location: 152 Haddrill Road, Baskerville (Swan Valley) 

Opening Times: Sun-Thurs : 11am-5pm
 / Fri-Sat : 11am-late

Popular Food: Char-grilled watermelon stacked with steamed asparagus, dukkah-crusted feta, fried basil leaves, white balsamic glaze and pistachio praline. Slow-cooked Asian-style pork belly served on a crisp crunchy salad with a honey-soy glaze.

Beer Options: The entire ‘Feral’ range.

Phone Number: (08) 9296 4657


If there are any places I’ve missed out be sure to let me know,

Happy Beering!

Up Next: West Coast Beer Trail 003 : Margaret River region