The Swan Valley is the oldest wine producing region in Australia, and we all know about the great fortified wines that come out of the area, but in recent years the Valley has seen a growth in craft breweries and locally produced ciders. With 9 different quality beer and cider producers on an easy to navigate loop, the City of Swan has launched the Swan Valley Cider and Ale Trail, and we’re well on board.
Take a look at the offerings that are right on our doorstep…
Whilst choosing your poison, check out the 1200 litre brewing system behind the bar. Conveniently situated right next door to Oasis Supa Golf, you can treat yourself to a pint after a round with the novelty ball.
FERAL BREWING COMPANY
Are Feral brewing the best beers in Australia right now? We think so! They are a family owned, independent brewery so they are free to experiment and it’s really working out for them. Their Swan Valley Brewpub is home to an experimental brewery, barrel ageing shed, market garden, restaurant and beer garden, and is a great place for lunch for the whole family.
Did you know that Ironbark brew over 20 beers and more than 10 ciders? Amazing! My favourite is the refreshing ginger beer. Both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions are made using dried ginger and chilli flakes for a little kick.
ELMAR’S IN THE VALLEY
Amongst the vast grounds of Elmar’s in the Valley you’ll find the largest micro-glass brewery in the southern hemisphere, along with a restaurant, bar and the all important smallgoods shop. Grab some treats to take home after a leisurely afternoon at Elmar’s.
Duckstein Brewery is a little taste of Germany that was set up back in 2000 – with German style beers and German fare on offer.
Found at Mandoon Estate, Homestead Brewery pump out a few ales and ciders brewed on the premises. The Estate has a large casual dining area both indoors and outdoors, as well as a gated playground for the kids.
From the siblings behind Michael Brothers Traditionally Pressed Juice Company, FUNK Cider was launched in 2016. All of the ciders are unpasteurised and do not contain any sulphites or preservatives. And they taste incredible! Real fruit infused ciders star – pineapple and mango are two of my favourites. A must visit when in the Swan Valley. You can also read our interview with FUNK Cider over here.
Fans of a classic apple cider will appreciate SideKick Cider, brewed on site at Oakover Grounds using all Western Australian apples.
FIG TREE ESTATE
A small, family owned and operated cidery, Fig Tree Estate take quality whole fruit which is crushed, pressed, fermented and bottled with no artificial sweeteners and turn it into characterful cider.
You can download the Swan Valley Cider and Ale Trail map here, and make a day of exploring a lesser known side of the Valley. To celebrate the launch of the Cider and Ale Trail, the City of Swan is also running a competition until 1 May 2017 giving one lucky person the chance to win a year’s worth of Swan Valley cider and beer. Enter here.