Winter beers in the Valley

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Published on 22 June 2021

by Mike Cridge 

Have you been to the Swan Valley lately? You will be pleased to hear there are many great Brew Pubs to visit. Sipping your way around the Swan Valley’s breweries is a great way to spend a winter afternoon. Discover local brews, enjoy some food and land on your favourite winter beers – make sure you nominate a designated driver.

Here are a few of the breweries I’ve recently visited and what they have on offer.

Feral Brewing in Baskerville is a firm favourite for beer lovers, a welcoming brewpub and restaurant. Their tap list of locally brewed beers is constantly changing so the best way to sample them is to get yourself a paddle! The current winter style beers on offer are:

Dark Matter (Dessert Porter) 6%abv – This is a robust porter brewed with roasted coffee beans from Laika coffee, vanilla and lactose. This creates a smooth, rich beer with plenty of cocoa and coffee flavours.

Smoked Porter (Dark Ale) 4.9%abv – This is one of Feral’s core range beers and has been a favourite winter beer of mine for some time. Brewed with smoked dark malts to create a savoury like flavour with some bitter chocolate.

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Next up is Swan Valley Brewery, located on Great Northern Highway, access opposite popular coffee spot Taylor’s. This brewery is brand new but has a rustic feel about it. The beers are focused on English and Irish Styles.

RedTale (Irish Red Ale) 5%abv – This beer is created with specialty malts and served off tap with nitrogen gas (Think Guinness) creating a very smooth beer. You get citrus, melon and berry flavours and is quite pleasant with the low bitterness.

Moorhead Stout (Irish Stout) 4.9%abv This is an Irish cream stout also served on nitrogen gas. This is a solid stout with some coffee and chocolate flavours and a strong bitterness.

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One of the newer additions to the Valley is Txoko Brewing (pronounced Cho-Ko!), just up the road from Feral Brewing on Haddrill Road. This is a family run brewery built on a vineyard with an open setting. The winter beers I tried were:

Humo Smoked Black Grodzisky (Smoked Dark Beer) 4.2%abv – This is a unique dark beer. Smoked flavours really come through. Brewed in collaboration with Impi Brewers it is a beer to be enjoyed around a smoky wintery BBQ.

Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee stout (Breakfast Stout) 7%abv – Brewed with fresh, locally sourced roasted coffee beans from Micrology Roasters. This beer is more like a cold brew coffee with fresh coffee aromas and flavours, thick body and subtle lactose-free sweetness.

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I have only touched on a few of the breweries in the Swan Valley in this blog. Other notable mentions are Bailey Brewing Co and Homestead Brewery offering a family friendly brewpub for good food, good beer and good times.

Make sure you head out to the Swan Valley this Winter to sample some of these delicious beers for yourself.

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