Monk Brewery & Kitchen

Fremantle will forever deserve a place in the hearts of Australian craft beer lovers as it was here that the Sail & Anchor pub with its in-house Anchor Brewery first challenged the dominance of the big brewers and, subsequently, Matilda Bay and Little Creatures were born. Today, the coastal town is a must for any beer tourist, not only because it's a beautiful place to visit but because it's crammed with quality craft beer venues, including – since 2007 – the Monk Brewery & Kitchen.

The Monk's first beer left the brewery in January 2008 shortly after the restaurant opened; since then something of a who's who of WA brewers has made its way through The Monk, including Justin Fox and Paul Wyman who both followed successful stints in Freo by moving south to Colonial. In 2014, former Mountain Got brewer Craig Eulenstein headed back to his home state to take up the head brewer role and promptly followed in his predecessors' success by nabbing a couple of golds at the Australian International Beer Awards.

He also set about reworking the brewery's core range, slimming it down to a somewhat flexible foursome: Common, Reserved, Extra and Vintage that are distinctly different from each other, not tied too closely to a particular style and likely to evolve around the year. He's also been playing with barrels too. As ever, if you want to taste them, you pretty much have to travel to Freo as kegs very, very rarely appear outside the venue.

Craig's arrival hasn't been the only change since 2014. Former head brewer (and Crafty Pint's resident beer food guru) Mitch from Beersine has returned as head chef to the place that first inspired him to start exploring beer and food pairing and cooking with beer. And Matt Marinich has returned as venue manager after stints at The Quarie, the Sail & Anchor and Bob's Bar.

The new look sees the Monk decked out with lavish brown leather booths, open planned dining and repurposed 90 year-old wooden sleepers. Owners Tom Brooking and Janelle Mikulic are architect and interior designer and wanted to offer locals and tourists a warmer feel. Another new addition is The Barrel Room, which will house two long tables made from the sleepers as well as 30 barrels for the brewery's ageing and souring program.

Name
Monk Brewery & Kitchen
Address

33 South Terrace
Fremantle
WA

Phone
(08) 9336 7666
Website
Regular events

Late night 'Toasties and Ramen' on Fridays from 10pm to midnight

Hours

11.30am to late

Current Crafty Cabal offers

Two for One Tasting Paddles at The Monk

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The Regulars

The Monk Vintage

Tapped Tue Sep 1 2015
Brewer's notes: The Vintage Ale is a malt driven Scotch ale. Dominant caramel and toffee aromas give this beer the boldness that its name suggests. Naturally aged and conditioned in tank makes it a Vintage worth waiting for. ··· Read more
Style
Scotch Ale
Strength
5.2%
Bitterness
22 IBU

The Monk Reserved

Tapped Tue Sep 1 2015
Brewer's notes: The Reserved Ale is a mid-strength pale ale with plenty of citrus and pine hop character supported by a solid malt profile. A crisp bitterness help disguise the surprisingly Reserved alcohol level in this beer. ··· Read more

The Monk Extra IPA

Tapped Tue Sep 1 2015
Brewer's notes: The Extra IPA is an American style IPA with a big malt backbone of biscuit and caramel that holds up the freshly harvested American hop varieties that gives this beer the Extra kick for lovers of big beers. ··· Read more
Style
American IPA
Strength
6.3%
Bitterness
60 IBU

The Monk Common

Tapped Tue Sep 1 2015
Brewer's notes: The Common Ale is a refreshing ale, golden in colour with subtle hop characters of stone-fruit and a mild malt profile. Low bitterness and a clean dry finish makes this beer the Common Ale of choice. ··· Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
4.7%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Monk Kolsch – RETIRED

One of Germany's classic ales with origins in Cologne, it's light, easy-drinking style that's often a good introduction for people new to craft beer. As The Monk say: "this is an ale impersonating a lager", doing so with a delicate balance of light fruitiness and a slightly spicy German hop character. A good session beer and match for the Kitchen's seafood dishes. ··· Read more
Style
Kolsch
Strength
4.8%

Monk Wheat – RETIRED

Taking inspiration from the Belgian style of wheat beers - or witbiers - this is a pale coloured, medium bodied, unfiltered beer with a cloudy appearance. Typically of the style, it's fruity and spicy with hints of coriander, surprisingly potent and a refreshing option on a warm day. ··· Read more
Style
Witbier
Strength
6.0%

Monk Rauch – RETIRED

Another beer in the Monk range that looks to Germany for inspiration, this one to the rauchbier - aka smoke beer - style. Described as "a robust, desert orange coloured ale displaying a strong smoked flavour balanced with a rounded malt fruitiness" it's a good match with hearty meat dishes or the Kitchen's rauch cheese. ··· Read more
Style
5.3%

Monk Pale – RETIRED

The Monk's Pale Ale uses 100% Aussie malt and hops to create an easy drinking beer with a smooth bitterness. Try it with their Pale Ale Prawns. ··· Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
Strength
5.0%

Monk Porter – RETIRED

The darkest of the Monk's regular range, this is a classic interpretation of the British porter, with a smooth chocolate nose, hints of roast coffee and a mild bitterness. ··· Read more
Style
Porter
Strength
4.6%

Monk Mild – RETIRED

The most successful of a highly successful bunch at the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards, the Monk Mild took home one of five trophies won by WA brewers. The Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer is a light golden lager with a fresh hop aroma from the use of class Saaz hops. Designed to be crisp and clean on the palate, it's the brewery's session beer for hot summer's days. ··· Read more
Style
Mid-strength Lager
Strength
3.5%

The Specials

The Monk Australian Kettle Sour & Summer McLovin'

Tapped Tue Jan 5 2016
Freo's Monk took out the Champion Small Australian Brewery title at last year's Craft Beer Awards and, while the brewer at the helm at the time, Craig Eulenstein, is heading off to to pastures new, he's continued producing new beers in the meantime. Among them is a beer in a style becoming increasingly popular with brewers across the country. The Australian Kettle Sour is a beer that was left to naturally sour in the kettle, a method that allows brewers to turn around a batch of sour beer in just ··· Read more
Style
Kettle Sour & Rye Lager
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
5 IBU & 28 IBU
Stockists

The Monk

The Monk Oakey Dokey Oaked IPA

Tapped Fri Jun 12 2015
OK. So we're going with Oaked IPA in the title of this beer listing so that it sits nicely within the page. But, according to the man behind it, it's technically an "Oak-aged-American-Belgo-Double-India-Pale-Ale". Breaking that down into its various parts, brewer Craig Eulenstein (pictured with an Oakey Dokey) tells us the beer features seven different malts, including Abbey malt and Belgian biscuit malt as well as a small portion of rye and smoke malt, that it was fermented with a Belgian ··· Read more
Style
Oaked Belgian IPA
Strength
8.5%
Stockists

The Monk

The Monk Humorous Humulus

Tapped Wed May 21 2014
Former Mountain Goat brewer, The Craig, returned to his home state of WA recently to take up his first head brewer role at The Monk in Freo. With a fine roster of brewers (most of whom are now at Colonial in Margaret River) having inhabited the brewhouse at The Monk before, he has much to live up to and now has his first new creation on the bar. The Humorous Humulus - not a Dr Seuss reference, apparently - is based on the Latin name for the hop flower, large amounts of which were used in this brew. ··· Read more
Style
Extra Pale Ale
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
30 IBU
Stockists

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The Monk Dark Hefe

Tapped Mon Jun 10 2013
Hot on the heels of becoming the only Aussie brewery to win a gold medal for an IPA at this year's Australian International Beer Awards (and picking up a swag of other medals too), The Monk has launched a cross breed of a beer. The Dark Hefe came about during the process of creating the collab beer The Monk brewed with Eagle Bay for this year's GABS. Head brewer Paul Wyman wanted to see how using dark roasted malts with the Hefeweizen yeast would combine and the result was a beer he says "pours ··· Read more
Style
Dark Hefeweizen
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
15 IBU
Stockists

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The Monk Dunkel

Tapped Mon Apr 22 2013
They've been hop happy at Freo's Monk in recent months, with many of their small batch releases high on lupulin love. Not that this is a bad thing, with versions of their Chief IPA and the Three Fires Imperial IPA doing rather well for themselves at the most recent Perth Royal Beer Show. But with Autumn upon us, it's been time for Monk brewer Paul Wyman to take a turn to the dark (and malty) side to create a Dunkel. Based on the Bavarian Dunkelweizen style, the beer, says Paul, "has a delicious ··· Read more
Style
Dunkelweizen
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
15 IBU
Stockists

The Monk

The Monk Chief Superhop Edition

Tapped Wed Jan 23 2013
In recent years, a number of hops have grown so popular that they have become unavailable to many brewers. This was the case for the guys at The Monk, whose American IPA, the Chief, used Citra. But rather than crawl up in a corner and cry into each other's arms, the brewers decided they'd create the Chief 'Superhopâ? editions. In other words, take the same basic recipe and try brewing it with all manner of other hops while they waited for Citra to become available again. It all worked out rather ··· Read more
Style
American IPA
Stockists

The Monk

The Monk Bandito

Tapped Wed Jan 23 2013
Tall and hairy - as fair a description as one could give of the brewing team at The Monk Brewery and Kitchen. Well, except it's no longer a team, after one half of the hirsute pair departed at the end of 2012 to chase his brewing dream in the States. However, before Steve Brockman departed, he worked with former partner in crime Paul Wyman to create this "reinvention of the Mexican Lager". According to Paul: "When most think of Mexican lagers, they think of pale straw coloured beers, ··· Read more
Style
Mexican Vienna Lager
Strength
5.7%
Stockists

The Monk

The Monk Three Fires IIPA

Tapped Fri Nov 9 2012
The beer brewed by the masters of facial topiary at The Monk in Freo for the brewery's 250th batch was released on the first day of this year's WA Beer Week. It promptly won a gold medal at the Perth Royal Beer Show the very same day, suggesting it was worthy of marking not one but two occasions. The brewers sent us the story behind the beer, which you can read in full here. Alternatively, know that the three fires refer to Buddhist philosophy and are the huge IBUs (250), massive alcohol content ··· Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
8.6%
Bitterness
250 IBU
Stockists

The Monk

The Monk Chief "Superhop" Editions

Tapped Mon Oct 15 2012
Few Aussie craft brewers need encouragement to experiment. Yet in this case, the guys at The Monk have been playing around out of necessity. Their normal Chief (and American IPA) uses the uber-popular American Citra hops. Such is the variety's uber-popularity that they, like many others, have been struggling to get their hands on any. So, rather than crawl up in a corner and cry into each other's arms, Steve and Paul decided they'd create the Chief "Superhop" editions. In other words, take ··· Read more
Style
American IPA
Stockists

The Monk

The Monk Bounty

Tapped Tue Oct 9 2012
This Coconut Stout was the first seasonal concocted by the current brewing team at The Monk, Steve Brockman and Paul Wyman, just a month after they took up the reins in 2011. It has since picked up a silver at the Australian International Beer Awards and achieved instant popularity with punters in Freo, encouraging the brewers to push their creativity, and has also gone on to win praise from visiting brewers, particularly Christian from Denmark's Beer Here when he was in Oz. As a result, it became ··· Read more
Style
Coconut Stout
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
55 IBU
Stockists

The Monk

The Monk Marzen

Tapped Sat Sep 22 2012
Brewed every year for the Freo brewpub's Oktoberfest, this is their attempt to brew a beer as true to German traditions as they possibly can. Anyone who's visited The Monk will be aware that tank space is limited, hence they rarely brew lagers that require extra time in the tank. This beer, along with their trophy-winning Mild, is the exception, given a full two months cold conditioning in tank followed by another month of cold maturation. The result, say the brewers, "is a smooth, clean amber/orange ··· Read more
Style
Marzen
Strength
5.4%
Stockists

The Monk

The Monk Amber

Tapped Tue Dec 27 2011
The latest seasonal from The Monk has the brewers behind it excited. It's "fantastic", apparently, a single hop showcase, no less: an American amber ale bittered and dry hopped with NZ Nelson Sauvin. "We thought we'd use the rockstar hop-of-the-moment in this offering, and we've deliberately left it unfiltered to keep the good stuff in," says brewer Steve. Blending roasted malts with said hops, it's a fruit and nut affair with some caramel and passionfruit flavours in there too. ··· Read more
Style
American Amber
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

The Monk

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