Beer Tour Of Fremantle
A few days ago, we posted a guide for 24 hours in Fremantle. Now in this guide, we did mention that there would also be the possibility to go on a whirlwind beer tour of Fremantle as well. But as you will see, the amount of fantastic breweries in Fremantle demanded their own separate post.
So here you have it : A beer tour of Fremantle
Sail and Anchor
The Sail and Anchor brew pub is just across the street from the Fremantle Markets, making it a great first stop after filling up on some goodies at the market.
A tasting paddle will cost you $14 which includes six tasting of their beers. Now, Sail and Anchor features way more than 6 varieties of beer – so the best way to sample the greatest variety is to go with a friend, and have them get 6 different varieties. This is exactly what Lauren and I did.
Now, given the sheer amount of varieties on offer at Sail and Anchor, it will be impossible for us to review all the varieties of the beer available. So we will just review a selection of our favourites. Of course, your taste may differ from us, so don’t read it like a beer bible.
My two favourites were clear from the moment I took my first sip. I think my first words when tasting the Sail and Anchor IPA were “Oh my god…. I want to date this beer and take it home to meet the parents.” It tasted like drinking cookies, and with an aroma of caramel malts, and a flavour of biscuits and stone fruit, how could you not want to start a long term relationship with this beer? This beer was a 5/5 for both Lauren and I.
Coming in only slightly lower than the Sail and Anchor IPA with 4.5/5 from me, and 4/5 from Lauren, the Last Drop Hefe also blew our socks off. Have you ever tasted a beer that tasted like bananas? Well, I sure havn’t, and from the moment we tried this beer our eyes lit up and we may have broken into a certain Gwen Stefani song. (This happens to me after a few drinks). The aroma was of banana and clove, with flavours of banana and bubblegum.
Lauren’s hands down favourite was the Dry Dock Super Dry Lager. However, although she gave it a 5/5, I only gave it a 0.5/5. The beer was very clean, with zero bitterness, and a slight taste of chillis and spice.
The Monk Brewery
The Monk Brewery is located on the street across from the Sail and Anchor, and has a great ambience and atmosphere making it a great place to sit in the courtyard and people watch. The Monk also features great food and platters, and is a nicer place to sit and hang out than the Sail and Anchor. Although, in my opinion, Sail and Anchor had a better variety of beer. This makes the Monk a great place to go during lunch.
At the Monk you can get a taster tray of 8 beers, along with tasting notes for all the beer as well. The beers, although very good, just don’t have some of the quirky characteristics of some of the beer at Sail and Anchor. However, some gems are the Rauch and the Seasonal.
The Rauch is a rich ale with strong smoked flavours along with a good balance of fruitness and bitterness. The Seasonal changes based on the season – so make sure you ask the bartender for the details on this once in a lifetime offering.
The little creatures brewery and pub is located on the Fremantle waterfront, making it a great stop after your fish and chips, or if you are not in the mood for fish and chips, you also have the opportunity to enjoy a wood fired pizza at Little Creatures.
Little Creatures is a pretty famous brewery in Australia. The beers are outstanding, and are widely distributed, meaning that you can find them in pretty much any liquor store or pub. The tastings at Little Creatures are free of charge, and the bartender will give you a full run down of the beers characteristics as he serves it to you.
There are 6 beers that you can try at Little Creatures, although they do have some special brews which they feature from time to time. When we were there, they were featuring a limited edition brew called the Little Rabbit – which was absolutely outstanding. But then again, your tastes may be different, so the best way is to just go and try a little bit of everything.
Brewery Tour Of Fremantle
By this time, you will probably be worn out from your all day beer experience. Now is the time to wander around Fremantle, check out the waterfront, the galleries, and the boutique shops, or simply just go back to your budget hostel and have a rest – until you are ready for a bit more beer that is.