For many years, a multitude of drinking delights lay inside the unlikely setting of an old suburban milk bar in the Perth suburb of West Leederville. There, the worn, creaking floor boards supported the craft beer faithful who flocked to one of the only West Australian venues selling a broad range of local and international craft beer.
Filling its shelves and fridges were beers that ranged from the rare and highly desired to those that might be considered passé by today’s more adventurous drinkers, making the International Beer Shop an icon of the Perth beer scene.
While squeezing around the tight space with an armful of liquid gold was always a fun challenge, in 2014 it was time for a move. Today, you'll find the International Beer Shop – complete with bold red exterior – in Oxford Street, Leederville, and find it much expanded and rejuvenated too. The new location features just as impressive a lineup of quality beers (more than 1,000, in fact) but also offers visitors a Growler station, a large range of glassware, a growing selection of hot sauces and whiskies, also often sourced from small and crafty producers the world over.
The International Beer Shop store has done more than support the craftier beer drinkers of Perth – it has helped the careers of many that have gone on to work at the likes of Feral Brewing, Mash, 3 Ravens and other breweries overseas. The long list of alumni is a credit to the store’s belief in better beer ever since opening in 2001.
The store's new location isn't just bigger but more convenient too, with its inner city address meaning tradies rub shoulders with suits united in the search for refreshment and hard to find beer. They can expect to find beer from the finest modern American breweries through to a massive European selection, ranging from those on the cutting edge to unimpeachable classics such as Weihenstephan. That said, while it's an "International" beer store, the growing Australian contingent is well supported.
With occasional events completing the picture, it makes the International Beer Store an essential haunt for beer loving locals and one to add to the hit list for any travelling to Perth.