Seasonal Brewing Co

Just a ten minute drive from the Perth CBD, the Seasonal Brewing Co has brought beer appeal to a vibrant neighbourhood that had previously been somewhat barren on the good booze front. Their Maylands home was once named one of Australia’s coolest suburbs by Lonely Planet, yet there was scant opportunity to enjoy a locally crafted beer.

This had long played on the minds of its owners, Nick Southwell and partner Emily ten Raa, especially during the four-year process they went through to bring Seasonal to life. The long-time homebrewer and Maylands locals wanted to create somewhere they would want to go within walking distance of their home. So they teamed up with Michael Cheang, owner of the gin-focused Northbridge bar Frisk and subterranean crafty CBD pizza bar Alfred’s, with the renovations alone taking the best part of a year to complete.

Now, after opening in spring 2019, the hundred-year-old former mechanics building fills with light through its two rooms, the second of which is designed to host functions and even weddings of up to 120 people. There’s off street parking behind the venue, multiple bus stops immediately in front and Maylands train station just a two-minute walk way; all of which means getting to and from Seasonal couldn’t be easier.

Local artwork features strongly throughout, some of which is available for purchase. This approach is in part due to the high density of artists in the area but also thanks to Emily’s career in that field, one that now finds her curating the walls and spaces of the brewery venue. The artworks range from installations to framed pieces; the intention is that patrons can enjoy professional artwork in a more relaxed environment, thus allowing artists to connect strongly with the natural environment and cultural heritage of the local area. One of the pieces commissioned for the launch is by Kyle Hughes-Odgers, no stranger to the WA beer world thanks to his work on numerous beer labels, and overlooks the shaded, grassed courtyard, which also features a children’s sandpit.

The main bar, clad in stunningly nuanced, high feature WA wood, delivers the goods from 18 taps with scope for more to be added. At time of writing, a dozen featured the Seasonal range with guest taps turned over to a local cider and craft cocktails. These are complemented by a full bar including natural wine, Australian wine varietals and craft spirits – more than enough to satisfy thirsty locals and those visiting from further afield.

Leading beer production is Brody Watts, whose CV prior to assuming the head brewer role includes Homestead, Indian Ocean, the Dutch Trading Co, Bright Tank and Blasta. His beers are crafted on a 15 hectolitre Spark system with three 15 hectolitre fermenters and two 30 hectolitre fermenters. While initially available as draught only, takeaway growlers fills are available on Seasonal beers and a small barrel program was part of early discussions among the brewery team.

Seasonal’s name refers to the rotating flow of beer and food options; however, these aren’t exclusively linked to a traditional Gregorian alignment, more reflective of change throughout the year. With more than a dozen taps to play with, punters should expect a flavour arc from crisp lagers – there’s more than one – to NEIPAs, saisons or a Baltic porter, with plenty of room for a sessionable pale ale along the way.

While the debutants were playfully dubbed “commissioning strength” for their exuberant booze levels, the intention with Seasonal’s range is, for the most part, to create beers that can be enjoyed over a few glasses.

In the kitchen, the menu fits the “feasting venue” brief, roaming from generous share plates to “Tuck Shop” items, including house made pies that use Seasonal wort, and from rib eye to a very popular Sunday roast. However, as the name suggests, there are weekly rotating dishes that draw from local and sustainable produce as well as a considered kids menu.

For now, Seasonal’s concise trading hours may warrant checking before heading to the brewery, but these are likely to evolve as council approvals become more progressive, much like the rest of the brewery’s mantra for change.

Guy Southern

Name
Seasonal Brewing Co
Address

175 Guildford Road
Maylands
WA 6051

Open Hours

Mon & Wed to Fri: 5pm to 10pm
Sat & Sun: midday to 10pm

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Seasonal Brewing Co Regulars

Seasonal Brewing Co Mild Regrets

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Tasting Seasonal’s grisette makes the drinker wonder why this low alcohol style isn’t more prominent in Australia. The more approachable yet ironically lesser known cousin of saison is made for warm weather drinking and food pairing, particularly the sort of share options that have dominated Australian menus in the past two decades. In the case of Mild Regrets, its clean, spritzy and light body is tickled with just enough light banana and clove to show its style origins without overwhelming… Read more
Style
Grisette
ABV
4.4%

Seasonal Brewing Co Runaway Forklift

Tapped October 30th, 2019
On debut, Seasonal's pale ale drinks bigger than many of its local peers; however, it’s indebted to a number of modern Australian classics. Much of this has to do with the Cascade hop and Crystal malt expression, which has become pervasive on taps nationwide and which head brewer Brody Watts references through a textural chewiness, caramel, tropical fruit and ephemeral floral touches. Or, put simply, a modern Australian take on the classic American pale ale. … Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
6.1%

Seasonal Brewing Co Malicious Compliance

Tapped October 30th, 2019
A sign of the style's pervasive appeal as the 2010s close is the decision to launch a new brewery with a New England IPA in your core range. Seasonal’s low bitterness, juicy offering is driven by El Dorado, early harvest Amarillo and Idaho 7 hops that explode out of the glass in the manner of Starburst-like overripe pineapple and stonefruit. The palate remains smooth with none of the chalkiness found in many NEIPAs, while a slight booze weight provides deft ballast. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
7.3%

Seasonal Brewing Co Otis

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Named after owner Nick Southwell’s son, Otis pours with a lighter hue than is typical for the red IPA style, yet bold citrus and pine soon bring the beer back into more familiar territory. Caramel maltiness is balanced by a tight, dry finish which feels almost West Coast IPA-leaning, something that's likely to evolve over future batches, as Otis – both boy and beer – matures. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
7.4%

Seasonal Brewing Co Conflict Of Interest

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Launching with an imperial IPA may seem almost passé in today's climate yet there’d be few that would have been brave enough to even consider it a few short years ago. As an early showcase of the Seasonal Brewing Co’s breadth, this high ABV hop monster firmly asserts itself both within the Maylands brewery's opening range and the wider WA beer landscape. A bittersweet tango dances throughout the lengthy palate, while the hoppy trio of Azacca, Centennial and Columbus showcase citrus marmalade… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
8.1%

Seasonal Brewing Co Midnight

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Straight outta the 18th century Baltic States and into Perth’s inner northeast comes Midnight, giving their opening salvo of beers a big, bold end point. The lager yeast fermentation gives the beer a clean profile, one that's given a little character thanks to a touch of rye. Coffee and dark chocolate are soon joined by raisin, plum and assorted dark fruit, plus a booze-derived warmth that lifts the palate while touches of liquorice and dusty Dutch chocolate appear too. It's a combination that… Read more
Style
Baltic Porter
ABV
8.0%

Seasonal Brewing Co No.9

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Seasonal’s Franco-Belgian farm party kicks off with pear and apple on the nose, which open to white pepper, banana and estery notes. Combine these with playful effervescence, substantial booze and a lengthy dryness and this is a beer in which Seasonal get to show off their swagger. If that’s not enough, discussions are already underway for a Brett version which will add further complexity to No.9. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
7.8%

Seasonal Brewing Co Late Lunch

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Seasonal's head brewer Brody Watts describes Late Lunch with nostalgic affection as a beer that reminds him of his uni days: a classic Australian-style lager with an uncomplicated refreshment that keeps things simple. Fittingly, Australian Pride of Ringwood hops – so off trend these days yet good enough for Coopers Pale among many others – deliver earthy and herbal notes but nothing too fussy or flashy. Instead, Late Lunch is a liquid ode to keeping it simple and it would seem plenty of Seasonal… Read more
Style
Australian Lager
ABV
5.5%
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