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Feral Brewing

It was on separate trips along the West Coast of the US that schoolmates Al Carragher and Brendan Varis hatched their plan for a brewery on the West Coast of Australia. It took a number of years for the plan to come together, during which Brendan project managed brewery installations and start-ups across Australia while Al worked in beer sales and identified the future site, but since opening its doors in Swan Valley in October 2002, Feral has gained a reputation for its beers that places it at the very pinnacle of the Australian brewing industry.

With Al now in Melbourne running the Great Northern Hotel, the pub to first feature Feral on tap in the East, Brendan, his head brewer Will Irving and their growing team are intent on taking Aussie-brewed beer to new places. Since buying out his partners a few years back, Brendan's let his imagination run wild – literally – creating a number of sour beers, including those fermented with wild Swan Valley yeasts. They've also continued to experiment with hops, becoming one of the first breweries in Australia to create a beer with lupulin powder late in 2016: the beer called Hop Hogan.

There have been years of continued awards success too, be that Champion Exhibitor at the Australian International Beer Awards in 2009, when the brewery also picked up top gongs for its Hop Hog, Razorback barley wine and Feral White, a Belgian witbier that was the brewery's first release and remains its bestseller to this day. Or 2012, when Feral was named AIBA Champion Large Australian Brewery, or 2015 when its sour Berliner Weisse style beer Watermelon Warhead was named Champion Australian Craft Beer. And so on...

The original brewery's tucked in the corner of what's little more than an oversized wooden shed they built themselves. It's an unprepossessing home for such excellent beers, one that also houses a kitchen and bar pouring 16 Feral beers and local wines. Visit any time of year and you're likely to find their award-winners lined up alongside anything from Boris, the Russian Imperial Stout, to a farmhouse ale, double witbier or black IPA – plus of course new, experimental and frequently funky beers.

In June 2012, Feral moved to a 5,000 litre setup established with another WA brewery, Nail, leaving the original brewery to be used for small batch brews. Then, in late 2016, they moved a few hundred metres down the road to a larger facility that will allow them to increase production to six million litres a year – and saw them add a canning line too. Crafty Cabal members were among the first to tour the brewery they still share with Nail too.

Just a short trip from Perth, it's a criminal offence for anyone touring the region to miss out on a trip to the original brewpub. But, for anyone who can't make the trip, after years in which anyone outside WA was left with no choice other than to visit Feral's home state to taste their beers, these days it's increasingly easy to find Feral beers all over the country. Which is great for anyone who loves good beer in all its forms.

Name
Feral Brewing
Address

152 Haddrill Road
Baskerville
WA 6056

Phone
(08) 9296 4657
Website
Regular events

Tusk Day March and November

Hours

Sun to Thurs - 11am to 5pm
Fri and Sat - 11am to late
Public Holidays - 11am to 5pm
Open any other time for private events / functions

Current Crafty Cabal offers

Free Growler Filled With Feral!

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The Regulars

Feral Brewing Karma Citra

Tapped Fri Jul 10 2015
If you're someone who's been drinking craft beer for a while, cast your mind back. Back to when the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular was merely the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular. Back when it was a one-day event featuring 20 new Aussie beers brewed for events at The Local Taphouses in St Kilda and Darlinghurst. Back before it became the behemoth it is today. Among the beers brewed for the day was a black IPA, then a very new concept in Australia only attempted by one or two commercial brewers. ··· Read more
Style
India Black Ale
Strength
5.8%

Feral Sly Fox

It's the year of 4.7 per cent summer ales! OK, perhaps that's a little strong an assertion, but hot on the heels of Mountain Goat's 4.7 per cent Summer-in-a-can comes a Summer Ale from WA champs Feral. A year in development, it's going to be the latest addition to their permanent range (making it summer all year round) and is the first release to feature the new branding that will soon appear across all their beers. It's a golden, lightly filtered ale that has a low bitterness but retains the brewery's ··· Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
4.7%
Stockists

On draught in WA end of Sept

Draught nationwide from mid-October

Bottles following in November

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Feral Smoked Porter

Feral has had its Smoked Porter around for a while, a brewed-occasionally number you'd regularly find at the brewery in the Swan Valley and occasionally further afield. With the large new brewery now up to speed and plenty more beer to offer up to eager mouths, it's the beer that's been chosen as the fourth member of their permanent range. It's a beer in which the smoke is rather subtle, coming from the use of German malts smoked over Birchwood chips, for those who care for such details. It adds ··· Read more
Style
Smoked Porter
Strength
4.7%

Feral Dark Funk 2.0

Part of Feral's mission to introduce Aussie beer drinkers to the wonders of sour beer styles, the Dark Funk is a no-holds-barred mother that incorporates into its blend 20% of Feral's high alcohol Boris Imperial Stout that had spent 18 months being worked over by pediococcus. ··· Read more
Style
Dark Sour
Strength
5.3%

Feral Funky Junkie

A first in Australian commercial brewing, this beer uses as part of its blend a beer that was allowed to spontaneously ferment with microflora from the Swan Valley region. The resulting beer was rather too funky to be sold untouched, but blended with other Feral beers, it's helped create an intensely sour beer unlike any other. ··· Read more
Style
Australian Sour
Strength
4.7%

BFH (Barrel Fermented Hop Hog)

How do you improve on one of the best beers in the land? In the case of the Hop Hog, Brendan Varis stuck his award-winner into new French oak barriques for its primary fermentation before switching it to stainless steel for final processing and carbonation. He says: "Think of all the great pine needle and grapefruit you associate with Hop Hog with an added vanilla aroma and softened mouthfeel." We say, try it wherever you can find it - it's marvellous. ··· Read more
Style
Barrel Fermented IPA
Strength
5.8%

Feral Hop Hog

A beer that needs no introduction to lovers of Aussie craft beer. Champion Ale at the 2009 Australian International Beer Awards, the Hop Hog is a superb recreation of the IPAs that originate in the Pacific Northwest of the US. Massive pine needle and citrus aromas waft from its glowing copper-orange body, with the hops also supplying a seriously impressive bitterness, all kept in check by the perfect malt backbone. Finally put into bottles in 2010, it's becoming ever more widely available for Aussies ··· Read more
Style
US IPA
Strength
5.8%

Feral White

The brewery's first beer and still its best seller, the Feral White is a beautifully clean and balanced take on the Belgian witbier style. It's so established in WA that you're likely to find it on taps in places you'd never dream of finding a microbrewed beer. What's more, after issues with the brewery that was producing the bottled version of the beer, bottling is being moved in-house onto Feral's recently installed bottling line. As for the beer itself, it's made with 50% barley and 50% wheat ··· Read more
Style
Belgian witbier
Strength
4.6%

Feral's Runt

Taking the mantle of Australia's Champion Ale from its biggest brother, the Hop Hog, in 2010, this American Pale Ale showcases once more brewer Brendan Varis' skill at balancing big hop flavours with the perfect malt backbone. A more delicate, dry and lightly hopped version of the Hog, it won Brendan an invite to the UK to brew 100,000l of it in cask-conditioned form to be served across the country for the pub chain JP Wetherspoon's Real Ale Festival. Hopefully, he'll be bringing some casks back ··· Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
4.7%

The Specials

Feral Brewing Ace of Base

Tapped Thu Aug 25 2016
Feral's Brewpub Series sees them, on occasion, pluck a favourite beer from the many that have previously graced the taps at their Swan Valley brewpub (and often not too many other places). For winter 2016, they went back a little in time and opted for Ace of Base, a beer that, in typical Feral fashion, isn't the sort you might expect to see in the colder months and that, in typical Feral "styles be damned" fashion, they've tagged an "imperial India saison" for its bottle release. ··· Read more
Style
Imperial India Saison
Strength
8.3%
Stockists

And good beer stockists where you find Feral beers

Feral Brewing War Hog

Tapped Tue Nov 24 2015
A beer that is something of an evolution of Feral's all-conquering Hop Hog, via some hop driven internecine warfare with Swan Valley neighbours Mash Brewing and the odd name change. Essentially, it's the beer that has been pouring at Feral's brewpub and, on occasion, at the country's better beer venues as Feral Cat, but tweaked and packaged under the new name of War Hog. It's pitched as an American IPA yet clocks in at 8 percent ABV, perhaps a future-proofing nod to the fact that, over time, the ··· Read more
Style
(Double) IPA
Strength
8.0%
Stockists

At good beer stockists nationwide

Feral Knuckles & Milky Johnson & Houblon Voyage & Jackal

Tapped Fri Jul 31 2015
Given the scale of the tap takeovers they've been embarking upon – 32 beers at Forester's; 33 in the forthcoming event at Keg & Brew – there's been much in the way of new beer coming out of WA's Feral. Indeed, there are four new, draught-only beers available now at said takeovers and wherever else they're requested. And, being Feral, they're all rather different. Knuckles is a collaboration with Freo coffee roasters Darkstar: an American style pale ale infused with their beans. We're told ··· Read more
Style
Various
Strength
5.2% / 5.2% / 6.0% / 3.0%
Bitterness
40 / 30 / 50 / 8 IBU
Stockists

Feral Brewery

Others TBC

Feral Brewpub Series Hopfen Fahrt (bottles & kegs)

Tapped Mon Jul 7 2014
Hopfen Fahrt first saw the light of day as part of Feral's Brewpub Series of limited releases in draught form. It's a beer that uses a bunch of new wave German hops just arrived in small amounts Down Under. It's unusual hop character made it "one of the most divisive beers we have produced," according to the brewery - very much a love it or hate it beer for drinkers. So, being Feral, they decided they should brew loads more of it and unleash it again in bottle form across the land. It's ··· Read more
Style
German IPA
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
52 IBU
Stockists

Bottles and kegs to WA venues from July 7

East Cost from July 14

Actual venues TBC

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Feral Karma Chameleon

Tapped Fri Jun 20 2014
The Crafty Pint's younger brother was born while Karma Chameleon was number one in the British charts and here at Crafty Towers we tend to enjoy hoppy dark ales. And now Feral has released a hoppy dark ale - a massive one at that - called Karma Chameleon. Spooky! What can it mean? That our dreams will be red, gold and green? That we'll develop a smack habit, move to New York, become a Hari Krishna then undergo a transformation into a moderately talented but popular-on-the-house-circuit DJ? Or that ··· Read more
Style
Imperial India Black Ale
Strength
10.0%
Bitterness
84IBU
Stockists

On keg going to each of:

Sail & Anchor

Old Faithful - WA

The Pour House - WA

The Alehouse Project

The Terminus

[Grain Store](/beer/bar/grain-store/

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Feral / CUB / 2 Brothers Land of Plenty

Tapped Thu May 22 2014
It's not too often you see brewing behemoths like CUB becoming involved in collaborations. OK, so its craft beer arm Matilda Bay has been brewing the Abbey Collabbey for Good Beer Week for the past four years, but this time around it's the mothership getting involved. Last year's Australian International Beer Awards saw the Champion Australian Brewery trophies split into Small, Medium and Large, which meant this year's AIBA Collaborator would include brewers from all three. That saw brewers Andrew ··· Read more
Style
Unfiltered Lager
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

At select craft beer stockists nationwide

Feral

2 Brothers

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Feral Brewpub Series: Kelis

Tapped Wed May 7 2014
So, the accompanying artwork features a leggy black lady in leotard, complete with wild boar's head sat atop a tankard of beer that appears to have a dollop of ice cream in the top. Why, that must mean it's a Saisonâ?¦ Ummm... No, we weren't sure why either, but the good chaps at Feral have explained the thinking behind naming their latest draught-only Brewpub Series release after the singer who brought the world Milkshake. Apparently, just as her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard, so ··· Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
52 IBU
Stockists

Initially, on tap at the Feral brewpub.

Will update if / when it appears elsewhere...

Feral Brewpub Series: Barrique O'Karma

Tapped Fri Apr 11 2014
Fresh kegs of the latest batch of Feral's Barrique O'Karma have been hitting taps around Australia for a couple of weeks now. However, with one of the brewery's staff telling us the bottled version ' the latest beer in their occasional Brewpub Series ' is the best beer they had ever put into a bottle, we thought we should wait until we could get our hands on a stubby. Well, now we have, and... First, a recap of the beer. Initially brewed for last year's Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, Barrique ··· Read more
Style
Oaked India Black Ale
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

At good bottleshops and craft beer bars nationwide

Feral Beral

Tapped Tue Apr 1 2014
The current craze for craft brewers to put their product into cans continues unabated. Latest to get involved is the reigning Champion Medium Brewery of Australia, Feral. The arrival of their first can has come almost unheralded and, most surprising of all, it is also their first cider. Feral Beral is launched following extensive research by the Swan Valley brewer which showed that, while Feral's core beer products appealed to discerning drinkers of both genders, they where missing out on a significant ··· Read more
Style
Extra Sweet Cider
Strength
5.0%
Stockists

Nationwide at good bottleshops

Feral Brewing Nan's Driving

Tapped Mon Mar 24 2014
It's all go out Feral at the moment, it seems. No sooner had a fresh batch of Watermelon Warhead made its way from the Swan Valley brewery than the German IPA Hopfen Fahrt followed, and now this limited release too. Nan's Driving is a tea-infused Amber Ale that we are told has "a slightly sweet malt body and an easy going bitter finish." The tea comes into play at the end of fermentation when the brewers add jasmine and green tea leaves to the fermenter, leaving the beer with an earthiness ··· Read more
Style
Amber Ale
Strength
3.2%
Bitterness
26IBU
Stockists

Feral

The Wheaty

Others TBC

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Feral Brewing Hopfen Fahrt

Tapped Thu Mar 20 2014
As the popularity of New World hop varieties has grown, there has been less love around for the Old World. But, just as Australia's main grower, Hop Products Australia, has changed direction in recent years to wind down production of Pride of Ringwood and its ilk in favour of new stars such as Galaxy, Ella and Vic Secret, so have breeders in Europe. Recent times have seen the traditional hop growing regions of Germany endeavouring to create flamboyant and expressive aroma and flavour hops to rival ··· Read more
Style
German IPA
Strength
6.4%
Bitterness
52 IBU

Feral Brewing Watermelon Warhead

Tapped Fri Mar 7 2014
The rise of sour beers in Australia hasn't been as rapid as many might have expected. It is understandable; when you're playing with bugs and barrels and wild beasties ' and something that, like love for Phil Collins, can't be hurried ' you're in a different ballpark than the relatively simple water, hops, malt and yeast scenario. However, the sour that has caused most excitement over the past couple of years is back. Watermelon Warhead made its bow at the 2012 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular, ··· Read more
Style
Berliner-Weisse
Strength
2.9%

Feral Brewpub Series: Boris

Tapped Thu Jun 20 2013
It seems the brewing maestros at Feral are genre-benders. Hop Hog IPA has made a habit of winning the Pale Ale trophy at the Australian International Beer Awards and now Boris has picked up the trophy for Best Porter despite being tagged as a Russian Imperial Stout. If anything, it shows that the brewers there know their beers inside out and just where they're going to fit within judging style guides. Semantics aside, any beer that wins a trophy is likely to be a cracker. And, as anyone who's come ··· Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
Strength
9.1%
Stockists

Feral

Australia wide at good bottleshops such as these

Feral Tusk

Tapped Fri Apr 26 2013
When The Crafty Pint was over in the US in March, there was plenty of hype around Stone Brewing's Enjoy By Double IPA, a new release from the Californians that is sent out as fresh as possible with the date before which it must be drunk emblazoned across it. The result is an impeccably fresh hop bomb of a beer in which the hop characteristics don't have time to taper off. The day before returning, we had another IPA - Maine's Lunch - recommended to us that, again, comes with a tight best before date ··· Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
9.8%
Stockists

September 2013 release venues

Five Bar

Sail & Anchor

Clancy's City Beach

Norfolk Hotel

SA

The Wheaty

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Feral Brewpub Series: Raging Flem

Tapped Mon Mar 25 2013
In their 10-plus years of brewing, Feral has accumulated such a long and wildly varied list of beers on its roster that you rarely see one-off, limited releases from them. Instead, it's more a case of waiting until the next batch of Boris/Fantapants/Watermelon Warhead/Razorback (delete as appropriate) appears on tap or travelling to the brewery's home venue in the Swan Valley to sample them year round. In fact, whenever a new release does appear, chances are it's going to become a permanent fixture ··· Read more
Style
Belgian IPA
Strength
7.4%
Stockists

Feral

Australia wide at good bottleshops such as these

Feral White Hog

Tapped Thu Oct 18 2012
The most successful brewery in recent Aussie history turned ten this year and decided to mark the occasion with a new beer. How to mark the occasion appropriately? Why not combine their first and historically best-selling beer - the White Ale - with their most successful - the Hop Hog. The result is the White Hog (well, they did tell us recently they don't put much thought into their beer names!). According to the brewers, the beer displays "all the bitter hoppiness of the Hog and the smooth ··· Read more
Style
Belgian White IPA?
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
52 IBU
Stockists

Feral

The Alehouse Project

Other good beer bars tbc

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Feral Watermelon Warhead

Tapped Mon Sep 17 2012
Named after the sour kids' lollies, this was originally the Swan Valley brewery's entry for the 2012 Great Australasian Beer Spectapular. When asked to nominate a style, Feral said it was along the lines of a Berliner Weisse, although that their main aim was to create something akin to said kids' lollies. The beer itself went down so well at the Spectapular and then everywhere else that it appeared, both in Australia and overseas at Beervana NZ, that it's now being brewed regularly. It's a fine, ··· Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Strength
2.9%
Stockists

Feral

Feral King Brown

Tapped Sun Oct 16 2011
Of all the beers that were put on the lineup for the Festival of the Frothy, few had people more excited than this, a cognac barrel-aged Imperial Brown from Feral. Perhaps it was because it was a new beer from Feral, perhaps it was because the brewer Brendan Varis had called it the "most luscious" beer they'd ever created which, given the output from their Swan Valley base, is quite a claim. The result is a deeply dark brown beer and one that lives very much in the darker realms of flavour ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown
Stockists

Feral

Beer DeLuxe

Feral Boris (2011)

Tapped Fri Aug 5 2011
One of the first Aussie beers to go really big when it was first brewed, Feral's Russian Imperial Stout weighs in at nigh on 12%. A big, bold, jet black, take-no-prisoners kind of a beer, a new batch has just been unleased by the Swan Valley brewers and started appearing on a handful of taps around the country. We've yet to get our smackers around the latest incarnation so are handing over tasting note duties to Al, who runs the Great Northern Hotel and has just taken delivery of a couple of kegs. ··· Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
Strength
11.5%

Feral Golden Ace

Tapped Wed Apr 27 2011
In the ongoing quest to create new beers and serve up new flavours, brewers are often on the lookout for an ingredient that can add something different. Late last year, a new hop variety arrived in Australia - the Sorachi Ace developed by Japanese brewery Sapporo. A couple of Victorian brewers played with it - each thinking they'd brewed the first commercial Sorachi Ace beer in Oz, only for Crafty to discover the guys at Feral in WA had beaten them to the punch. Feral 983 was the beer in question ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Golden Ale
Strength
5.6%
Stockists

Feral - Now

Perth bars - Now

Perth bottlesops - From May 2

The Local Taphouse St Kilda - May 3

The Local Taphouse Darlo - May 3

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