Bailey Brewing Co

The scenic drive along West Swan Road in Swan Valley calms the mind. Grapes vines line both sides, dotted by cellar doors, orchards and a chocolate factory, all of which is less than thirty minutes from Perth’s CBD.

It’s exactly the kind of place you’d want to work after years of toil as a FIFO mining electrician, as is the case for brothers Steve and Daniel Bailey.

The career change was in part sparked by Steve’s long-time homebrewing efforts, with family discussions soon turning to: “Where could we open a family friendly brewery venue?”

A chance spotting of a “For Sale” on a ten acre prime location led to what’s now Bailey Brewing Co.

The near two-year process from then to opening, from idea to pouring the first drop, was peppered with challenges, not least a global pandemic. However, the brewery grounds now exude a relaxed calm; shaded by mature gum trees, they’re perfect for a lazy lunch, and in all likelihood staying a little longer than planned. 

Part of this ambience can be credited to Cross Design architects, whose previous work includes the Stables, Raffles Hotel and Steve’s Fine Wine and Food. They’ve helped give Bailey’s a modern homestead vibe, with the brewery and venue surrounded by open lawn, picnic tables of adult and child sizes, and a substantial, 850 square metre nature playground. The windmill logo references the vintage one left by the previous owners, and use of recycled brick contributes warmth throughout. 

With a 245-person capacity at time of writing, and the ability to scale to 700 people, the venue’s grounds are separated by green-sided walkways, while the northern side of the venue has larger functions in mind – from bands to weddings – and comes with its own separate amenities.

Bailey’s menu focuses on classic pub fare, including house made pizzas charred in the substantial oven, Parmigianas, chicken wings, burgers and an array of share platters for group meals; breakfast is available on weekends too. The Bailey family is even sourcing and roasting coffee onsite, and then there’s the seemingly endless selection of merch.

The 12 hectolitre brewhouse is ably supported by fermenter capacity to 25 hectolitres, a ratio which has scale in mind. Head brewer Damien Bussemaker arrives after stints at Elmar’s, Mash and Ogdens over the past decade, and is keenly supported by Steve and Dan.

His debut range features an American style pale ale, a summer ale, red ale and cider, with mid, hazy and IPA, plus a cider and ginger beer, next in line. These are available at the venue, with cans for takeaway purchase and Perth retailers on their way. One of the previous owners, Alton “Toppy” Geer, sold honey from the property for years and antique equipment from his old tool shed now features throughout Bailey Brewing Co. So, continuing the location’s legacy, the Baileys are back making honey, and plan to make a honey beer with his name.

It’s an approach – creating a very modern, family-friendly brewery venue with respect for the past and an eye on the future – that should see the Baileys set fair as they welcome all-comers to their relaxed Swan Valley home, underneath the gum trees.

Guy Southern

Name
Bailey Brewing Co
Address

9861 West Swan Road
Henley Brook
WA 6055

Phone
(08) 6192 1830
Open Hours

Tues to Fri: 11am to 10pm
Sat & Sun: 8am to 10pm

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Bailey Brewing Co Regulars

Bailey Brewing Hazy IPA & Draught

Tapped January 15, 2021
This duo greet the thousands that descend upon the Swan Valley brewery venue each week with a straightforwardness, and a knowledge there will be a beer on offer that’s a "beer" – there’s no fairy bread adjuncts here. And, while Hazy IPA remains on the lighter side of both yellow opacity and ABV, its broad appeal will likely see it become a venue best-seller. Running a tropi-citrus theme, driven by El Dorado’s pineapple / mango burst, peachy stonefruit, low bitterness, and a sense… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA & Aussie Lager
ABV
5.5% & 4.8%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

Bailey Brewing Summer Ale

Light bodied, and with relaxed, sessionable enjoyment in mind, Bailey’s Summer Ale is destined to be their best seller. The light cereal malt base supports citrus and peachy stone fruit, while soft carbonation and light bitterness keep the affair ever so genial. A summer ale for every season in the Swan Valley. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.5%

Bailey Brewing Red Ale

Head brewer Damien Bussemaker’s favourite from the lineup of debut beers, Bailey’s Red is lighter leaning for style. The easy-drinking, sub-5 percent ABV ale rolls with light toasted malt, caramel, a piney anchor and rising bitterness, although this never expresses itself boldly. Bailey’s Red is a second, or third pint beer, that’s crafted for casual supervision of the brewery’s lawn. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
Red Ale
ABV
4.9%

Bailey Brewing Pale Ale

Announcing itself with an exuberant booze heft when Bailey Brewing first opened their doors, this pale will likely settle in time to a more moderate ABV, but for now there’s plenty of fun to be had. The American-style pale leans towards the classic citrus / pine profile, with supporting caramel malt, in a package which will be welcomely familiar to many drinkers. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
6.0%
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