19th December, 2023

While most famous for its wine, the Swan Valley is home to its fair share of breweries and cideries too. From traditional European ales to modern styles with a unique twist, there’s a beer that will suit everyone at Swan Valley’s selection of brewpubs.

If you’re a keen beer drinker, the best way to explore the region’s breweries is with a tour. Let someone else do the driving, so you can do the drinking. Visit three breweries along the Swan Valley Ale & Cider trail on this private tour for 12 or more people. Cheers!

Pretend you’re in Europe at these traditional-style breweries

Swan Valley Brewery

One of the area’s oldest breweries, the Swan Valley Brewery has been quenching the thirsts of local beer lovers since 2005. Here you’ll find Irish and English style ales, brewed using the full mash-in process. Their unfiltered beers are brewed using only premium quality malts, hops and yeast. Visit from Friday – Sunday to try their traditional style beers and grab a hearty pub meal.

Duckstein

Duckstein
Duckstein. Image: Duckstein

With a name like Duckstein, we wouldn’t expect anything less than excellent German-style beers and food! The brewers at this popular brewhouse in the Swan Valley subscribe to the ancient German purity law of Reinheitsgebot, meaning only barley, water and hops can be used to make beer. The result? Four delicious German-style beers available to drink in their large biergarten.

To accompany the appetising ales is a menu of German favourites including pork knuckle, sausages and sauerkraut. Live music on the weekends adds to the fun vibes and they host annual Oktoberfest parties. Prost!

Keep the kids happy at these Swan Valley breweries with a playground

Txoko brewing

Keep the kids entertained while you sip beers and enjoy good times at Txoko Brewing. This family-friendly brewhouse located near Bells Rapids has a large playground and stacks of room outside for the kids to run around and play.

Adults meanwhile will appreciate the delicious food and drinks available in the large alfresco dining area overlooking picturesque vineyards. Enjoy their rotating range of beers, beer snacks, woodfired pizzas and classic main meals.

Bailey Brewing Co

Bailey Brewing
Bailey Brewing. Image: Bailey Brewing

The founders of Bailey Brewing Co wanted to build a brewery the whole family would be happy to visit, including the youngest members. So, there is great beer, simple food and easy parking for the adults. But there’s also an 850 square metre nature playground set in their 9.5-acre backyard for the kids.

Swan Valley’s new kid on the block

Valley Social

Valley Social
Valley Social. Image: Valley Social

Having taken over and transformed the venue that was formally Elmars, Valley Social began offering their craft hemp-infused beers in the Swan Valley in July 2022. There is plenty of space where you can eat, drink and relax with friends, including a huge outdoor area with picnic tables.

To eat, there are yummy Aussie classics with an American BBQ influence – think 12 hour smoked brisket and pork ribs. Besides their own in-house made hemp-infused beers and spirits, the drinks list at Valley Social features other local favourites including Funk Cider, Windy Creek and Pinelli Wines.

The best brewery to take your wine-loving friend

Homestead Brewery

Homestead Brewery
Homestead Brewery. Image: Tourism WA

Beer or wine? Why not have both? Homestead Brewery makes its home at Mandoon Estate, one of the Swan Valley’s most highly awarded wineries. Enjoy a tasting paddle to sample their core range of beers, or try out their seasonal range of limited release creations.

Homestead is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, serving up a menu of delicious homemade hearty meals and snacks. Check their website for mid-week specials or enjoy a relaxed afternoon on sunny weekends when they open the Llawn.

Bring your four-legged friend to these Swan Valley breweries that allow dogs

Baskerville Tavern

Baskerville Tavern
Baskerville Tavern. Image: Baskerville Tavern

The Swan Valley’s iconic Feral Brewpub has been reborn as the Baskerville Tavern. Housed in the same location and under the direction of one of Feral’s founders, the Baskerville Tavern retains the relaxed vibe of its predecessor. Try their own beers, brewed under the Slumdog Brewing banner, or a range of other WA produced wines and spirits.

Best of all, it’s a “drinking hole for humans and hounds” so you know your four-legged friend will be welcome.

Funk Cider

Funk Cider
Funk Cider. Image: Funk Cider

It’s cider, but not as you know it. Funk Cider produces natural, preservative free ciders from cold-pressed apple juice with experimental twists including fruit infusions, wild ferments and barrel aging. Grab one of their tasting paddles to see which one you like best!

There are two buzzing Funk venues in the Swan Valley, and your canine friend is welcome at both. Head to the original Funk Cider House or their newer edition Funk Brew House for your next casual catch up with mates.

Mash Brewing

Mash Brewing has been crafting exceptional beers in the Swan Valley since 2006. Witness the artistry of the brewers as they craft a constantly evolving array of naturally brewed beers using a 1200-litre brewing system right behind the bar. And there are plenty of sheltered areas outside where you can enjoy a beer with man’s best friend.

The restaurant offers a delightful range of uncomplicated, beer-friendly, modern Australian dishes that vary with the seasons. Tuck into tempting options like pork belly bites, tacos, bao buns, and lemon pepper squid.

The Swan Valley is home to several breweries crafting beers of various styles to suit all tastes. Explore them on a Swan Valley brewery tour with your mates or follow the Swan Valley Breweries map below!

Check out this easy map to plan your trip:

Swan Valley Breweries Map

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