Homestead Brewery

Western Australia is not only regarded as the birthplace of the modern craft beer scene in Australia, it is home to some of the most spectacular microbreweries in the country. From Little Creatures on the waterfront in Fremantle to many of the breweries that call the Margaret River region home, there are plenty where the experience of being there is as much part of the joy as the beer itself.

Joining the state’s lineup of majestic breweries is Homestead. Opened in late 2014, just a short drive outside Perth, on the sprawling site it shares with Mandoon Estate winery (and some of the oldest vines in Swan Valley), it’s a property where everything has been thought of and no expense has been spared. As well as the impressive wine tasting room and even more impressive adjacent brewery, there’s polished function rooms, a fine dining restaurant, a tree-shaded beer garden with kids area, plus onsite deli, planned accommodation, mooring on the river and, well, you get the message; if you’re a fan of sculpture, there’s that too.

It’s the dream turned reality of Croatian property developer Allan Erceg who wanted to give something back to the Swan Valley region where his parents brought him as a child, with his gift taking the shape of this multi-million dollar tourist destination. And at its heart is the Homestead Brewery, named after the original Swan Valley homestead around which this new attraction has been built.

As with all other aspects of the project, serious money and planning has been invested into the brewery. What could be the shiniest set of stainless steel in the country is also the Southern Hemisphere’s only microbrewery from Germany’s Kaspar Schulz, the world’s oldest brewery manufacturer – in operation since 1677. It’s a 20 hectolitre brewpub setup that fills half a dozen 40 hectolitre tanks from which beer is poured through the venue’s 48 taps.

The man initially brought in to fill those tanks is one that many in the beer world will know. Head brewer Ron Feruglio was the co-founder and head brewer at Victoria’s Temple Brewing before leaving after a change of ownership to seek new adventures. He used his gleaming new tools to concoct an array of fine beers and ciders, from a popular lager and fruity Belgian ale to a black IPA that will make those bemoaning the loss of the Midnight IPA at Temple when he left rather happy.

The beer that perhaps turned most beer geeks’ heads, however, is the Kaiser’s Choice. This Bavarian-inspired hefeweizen can make a strong claim to be the most traditional and best wheat beer in Australia; it’s brewed on a German system that allows for the triple decoction brew Bavarian brewers of the style favour and uses all German malts, hops and yeast.

Ron also experimented from the off, with experimentation involving much use of oak, before leaving Homestead in the Summer of 2016/16. His replacements have embarked on what's seemingly a favoured hobby among WA brewers: collaborating.

All in all, it’s a project in which the goal from the off has been to strive for quality, whatever the cost, and one with just the one slight drawback for Aussie beer lovers: the beer disappears so quickly at the brewery that you’re incredibly unlikely to find it pouring anywhere else ever.

Name
Homestead Brewery
Address

10 Harris Rd , Caversham
WA 6055

Phone
(08) 6279 0500
Website
Hours

Mon to Thurs: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 10am to late
Saturday: 7.30am to late
Sunday: 7.30am to 5pm

Homestead Brewery Regulars

Homestead Brewery Kaiser's Choice

Of all the beers you'd expect the WA beer cognoscenti to be getting excited about when Homestead opened, few would have put their money on it being a hefeweizen. The wheat beer with origins in Bavaria is very much a love-it-or-hate-it style of beer and, while a fair few are brewed in Australia, not many local versions or much chop, often too heavy handed with their candied bananas or lean to the point of insipid. Yet, when Homestead opened, it was the Kaiser's Choice that had people abuzz. Given… Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
Strength
5.0%

Homestead Brewery Black Swan

If there was any beer that made the beer geeks sit up more than any other in his time at Temple, it was his black IPA (closely followed by his Saison, we reckon). It was one of the very best takes on the style (if it is a style...) created Down Under, which meant one of the first questions we posed to Ron when he turned up at Homestead was: "Will there be a black IPA?" The answer was yes, with the Black Swan forming (the biggest and boldest) part of the core range at the brewery. Using… Read more
Style
Black IPA
Strength
7.0%

Homestead Brewery Apple Cider

If you're going to make a cider at an award-winning winery you'd best make sure it's good. So, with the Apple Cider being Ron's first ever attempt at a cider, he sought assistance, bringing winemaker Ryan Sudano in during the process for feedback on how it was developing. And it seems to have worked, with Ron declaring himself proud with the results. Created with apples from a local orchard, it's a pale, delicate, gently fruity but dry and acidic cider that shares characteristics with a light, sparkling… Read more
Style
Apple Cider

Homestead Brewery No 1 Premier

It wasn't supposed to be this way! The No 1 was Ron's test brew, the beer that he created to test out his shiny new toy when the brewery was opening. As such, it was one with plenty going on to see how the brewery would go: some specialty malts, lots of spicy hops and a Belgian yeast. However, the beer proved so popular with visitors to the brewery from the off – second only to the lager – that No 1 is a permanent pour. Three three elements – toasty, biscuity, slightly sweet malts, spicy hops… Read more
Style
Belgian Pale Ale
Strength
4.8%

Homestead Brewery Brauhaus Lager

If you're going to open a brewery in a popular tourist spot in Australia, you need to brew a lager. And if you're going to open one with the fanciest and most traditional of German brewers, you may as well make that lager as traditional a German style lager as you can. The finest lagers in the world come out of Munich and its surrounding region: delicate, balanced and subtle. Brewer Ron has put his Kaspar Schulz to work to try to recreate just that, ending up with a beer that allows the soft malt… Read more
Style
Munich Helles
Strength
4.8%

Homestead Brewery Thunderbird Pale Ale

If you grew up in the UK, hearing the name "Thunderbird" attached to an alcoholic beverages brings to mind a rather different drink to that you'll find at Homestead. Where many young Brits may have dabbled with the cheap, fortified wines of the name, anyone visiting the WA brewery will find something far more refined. Thunderbird here is the brewery's take on the popular American pale ale style. It comes laden with fruity, citrusy hops, a balancing malt sweetness and solid, drying bitterness,… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
5.2%

Homestead Brewery Specials

Homestead Brewery Cuvée Special Oak Aged Dark Ale

Tapped January 1st, 2015
If you've made Homestead brewer Ron Feruglio's acquaintance and got to know his beers over the years, you'll know what we mean when we describe this as the most Ron beer imaginable. Not only is he one of the best and tightest brewers in Australia, he's one that is happy to go to extraordinary lengths and into the finest detail when conceiving, constructing and brewing beers. If he's ever gone to greater lengths than with this beer, we'd be amazed. The Cuvée Special actually started out as three… Read more
Style
Oak Aged Dark Ale
Strength
6.5%
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