Wild Hop Brewing Co

When Wild Hop began their journey in WA’s South West in 2019, the brewery enjoyed a rapid and climactic launch that put the ambitious start-up among the cream of the crop of the state’s brewery venues. Their inaugural beers, primarily New World-inspired and hop-driven, caused excitement among punters eager to explore the ever-rotating tap lineup of wittily named and saporous offerings.

The story started out with a sprawling Yallingup property, flanked by towering trees and adjoined by well-grazed pastures. Initially a home for the Scott-Malcolm family, including Wild Hop proprietors Ali and Matt, the expansive property was reconfigured to house a 12 hectolitre brewery, state of the art kitchen, hop yard and lush vegetable garden, all of which combine to create a modern and sustainably-minded take on the brewpub and beer garden model at which the beer lineup comes paired with a tantalising share style menu.

Wild Hop’s food offering is partly inspired by the lengthy list of beers but is also designed in parallel with the changing seasons. The kitchen’s raging wood-grill plays a big part in determining what’s on offer, with everything from meat and fish to bread and vegetables getting a basting of fire and smoke before landing on tables along with condiments, sides and sauces – and that’s before mentioning the deep fried pickles, which warrant praise all of their own!

As for beers, hop-driven and malt-heavy are central to the wordy beer list, although you’re as likely to find everything from fruited sours and imperial stouts to light lagers featuring. The Wild Hop brewers have complete freedom in the brewhouse, which has seen them embark upon an extensive barrel-ageing program, trialing experimental hops, and collaborating with myriad brewers, events, charities, restaurants and local producers.

The MO is balance and drinkability; being a tourist destination in regional Australia means all manner of beer drinkers, from macro-swillers to elitist lambic-sippers, need to be catered for. As such, a constant supply of their popular Short Shorts Czech Pilsner is paramount but more challenging styles encompassing barleywine and the Blood Plum Kettle Sour aren’t likely to find themselves bumped from the tap list anytime soon either.

Like many breweries, the team at Wild Hop want you to try a little bit of everything so offer their beers in pints, middies, on tasting paddles and in specialty glassware for specialty beers; a nice touch for those who have a fondness for beer serving etiquette.

Talking of nice touches, if there’s a brewery venue in the country where they’ve thought through the design ethos to a finer detail, we’d love to see it. Natural light floods two aspects, the fireplace roars in winter, while the extensive deck area overlooking the farm dam is shaded in summer by mature trees. And let's also not forget the children's playground and lawn, both of which are ripe with laughter from open to close.

The marvellous Wild Hop logo – equal parts eye-catching and cheeky (and worn by a great many beer lovers) – is found throughout the stunning venue, first catching your eye from ground level as you make your way from the car park and adorning everything from merch to tasting paddles.

Ali, Matt and the Wild Hop team strive to do it all on the hospo front, and have a reputation that’s grown steadily since they opened, with visitors appreciating fresh beer, creative cooking, expeditious service and a setting that’s both easy on the eye and family (and dog) friendly.

It can be a hard task finding the right balance in oscillating tourist-driven regions, but it’s one achieved within a short space of time at their cleverly designed brewery and restaurant in idyllic Yallingup. Come for the Short Shorts Pils, stay for the beer-battered pickles and playground.

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Name
Wild Hop Brewing Co
Address

1301 Wildwood Road
Yallingup
WA 6282

Phone
0488 990 154
Open Hours

All week: 10.45am to 6pm
Winter hours:
Mon to Thurs: 11am to 5pm
Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day & Boxing Day


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Wild Hop Brewing Co Regulars

Wild Hop Short Shorts Pilsner

Wild Hop’s beer list is scattered with an array of raucously named barrel-aged beers, fruited sours, DDH NEIPAs and other creative New World joys, but proudly sitting amongst all of those is the humble and considerately brewed Short Shorts Pilsner. A beer of pride for the Wild Hop brewers, it was one they were eager to get right and cement as a benchmark from day one. Ask punters and you'll find the brewers achieved their aim as Short Shorts ticks all the boxes, and has visitors voting with their… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.6%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Wild Hop Lazy Answers Pale Ale

Between Wild Hops' more adventurous beers sits Lazy Answers, ready to be guzzled by anyone who likes their beers hoppy but without the haze or oats, or for those who like good old-fashioned hop cones over experimental hops and bittering extracts. It's an ode to the OG American pale ale with the addition of Australian grown hops Brewed with Citra and Galaxy, Lazy Answers displays bold notes of citrus, mandarin and passionfruit thanks to a generous dry hop. A fruit bowl of flavours on the palate is… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Wild Hop Human Music Session NEIPA

If big, high alcohol beers aren’t your thing or you pulled the short straw and have to man the wheel on the drive home, you can be thankful a visit to Yallingup’s Wild Hop Brewery remains very much on the cards. Alongside the 6 percent-plus IPAs and stouts sits Human Music, a delectably hazy IPA that lands at a very modest 3.5 percent ABV. Brimming with melon and vibrant citrus thanks to generous additions of Citra and Cashmere hops, the robust hop character is bolstered and carried by a luscious,… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength NEIPA
ABV
3.5%

Wild Hop Brewing Co Specials

Wild Hop New Releases – November 2020

Tapped November 1, 2020
Since launching in 2019, Wild Hop have treated guests to an ever-changing beer lineup that could well be on its way to featuring every recognisable style of beer on the planet. At any one time, their list features eleven original (in style and name) Wild Hop beers and one locally made cider, available for in-house consumption and takeaway growler fills. October and November 2020 saw hops well represented among the newcomers: Somersault Red IPA (5.5 percent ABV) has a malty disposition with notes… Read more
Style
Various styles

Wild Hop 2 Plums 4 1 Sour

Sours make regular appearances on the Wild Hop chalk board, from hop-driven and barrel-aged styles to simpler kettle and fruited sours. 2 Plums 4 1 fits into the latter, being a strikingly tart kettle sour packed with locally grown blood plums. A crowd favourite, the beer has appeared on the no-core-range Wild Hop tap list several times over, finding its way into punters' glasses with a few tweaks with each reiteration. Big plum character and refreshing acid are constants for the Berliner Weisse… Read more
Style
Plum Sour
ABV
4.0%
Bitterness
10 IBU
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