Froth Craft Bunbrewery, Bunbury

In early 2022, the bustling regional city of Bunbury welcomed a new player into its already vibrant hospitality arena. This came in the form of Froth Craft Bunbrewery (the boys never waste a punny opportunity), a southwest expansion for the trio that first started slinging beers up the coast in Exmouth.

With their original brewpub home already a success in its own right, much of the Froth Exmouth concept made its way to Bunbury, while allowing the team at venue number two to bring experience garnered to date to bear in the South West – adapting and evolving the concept for a new region of fans. As such, Froth Bunbury is not only a purpose built bigger “from the ground up” venue, but one that has service and experience dialled-in, ready and eager to serve.

As co-founder Pete Firth put it, they couldn’t believe Bunbury, WA’s second biggest city, didn’t already have a commercial brewery, ensuring the team was “frothing to bring one to the centre of town!”

It’s a move that’s also driven by a desire to expand the brand and venture into packaging and distribution, which Pete admits “is exceptionally hard to do somewhere as isolated as Exmouth... We felt that we’ve grown as much as we can in Exmouth, and the opportunities from a bigger venue, with a bigger brewery, in a bigger city, is just too good to not have a solid crack at!”

Their Bunbury home has a similar presence to their Exmouth location: enjoying prime real estate on the main street, the rustic, nautical theme is both strong and quirky, while an open, expansive and sunlit drinking, dining and entertainment space – live music and various entertainment feature on the regular – is entirely accommodating.

Recycled timber, repurposed brick paving and an overhead conservatory-style roof that visually connects the venue with Bunbury’s blue skies, plus Froth’s iconic "F" tower that adorns a pitched rooftop full of solar panels. These cleverly designed elements combine with high ceilings, indoor plants and relics dotting the walls and bar to provide plenty for punters to explore beyond the drinks and food. Then there’s the impressive boat hull acting as a central feature, which cleverly wraps the venue’s bar, itself adorned with some of the finest and most eclectic tap handles in Australia.

“The feature bar is a huge, repurposed wooden boat named Kybra, built just north of Bunbury in 1949,” Pete explains. “It’s definitely a talking point and a highlight for guests. All aboard!”

While Exmouth will remain as their home in the North West, the bulk of brewing now takes place here too. Their 25 hectolitre Spark brew kit is tasked with servicing 20 rotating taps, with a creative variety of styles and unique beer names inspired by Bunbury's history, culture and surrounds. Across the core and seasonal offerings, punters can expect the likes of pale and assorted lagers, a hazy pale ale, amber ale, mid-strength ales, fruited sours, hop forward humdingers, a dark lager, NEIPA, stout and more besides, mostly depending on the season and what drinks well in the climes. Their carefully crafted wine list showcases only South-Western WA wineries.

Overseeing brewing is Froth co-founder Tyler Little, who shares the head brewer role with Aaron Davy, who joined them after working at Gage Roads and Little Creatures, and is also the owner of nearby Preston Valley Hops. They're also hoping to release their first cans by April 2023 so they can push their beers into retail as well as offer thirsty punters the chance to take beers home and in to the wild.

When it comes to dining, you’ll find a simple but entirely effective fusion style seasonal menu available all-day and showcasing global influences while celebrating fresh, local produce. The variety of beers allow for innumerable pairings with popular items such as house-made pizza, chilli caramel pork belly, chilli mussels, spicy curries, steaks and fried chicken wings, and with both large and small plates at the ready for all appetites. Daily specials and weekly discounted gastro-themed nights bolster the wide offering, and experience suggests meals at Froth arrive both quickly and generously portioned.

Opening a second brewery more than 1500 kilometres away from their original home might seem ambitious, yet despite this distance they’ve managed to capture the essence and character of their colourful brand across both venues.

They’ve done so while retaining a community-minded ethos and a keen focus on producing quality craft beer within one of WA’s biggest port cities. As it adds its weight to the growing craft beer scene in Bunbury and WA’s wider South West, Froth is a welcome addition with plenty to offer locals and tourists alike.

Jono Outred

Name
Froth Craft Bunbrewery, Bunbury
Address

12 Victoria Street
Bunbury
WA 6230

Phone
0407 718 751
Open Hours

Mon to Friday: midday to late
Sat & Sun: 11am to late

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Froth Craft Bunbrewery, Bunbury Regulars

Froth Craft Brewery Gimme MO Stout

Froth’s darkest core range offering, this stout leans towards the world of porter with a inky black colour but a surprising lightness, with dusty cocoa, espresso and malt-derived caramel flavour all present. Oats offer up some texture and body, carrying coffee and chocolate character into a lingering finish. Available year round, this modest stout is makes for an easy-going all-seasons offering. Jono Outred… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
5.9%

Froth Craft Brewery You're Drivin' IPA

One of Froth’s most sizeable offerings, You’re Drivin’ is a bold, American-leaning IPA that features dank, resinous hop characters of pineapple, melon, grapefruit, and sticky pine. The 6.5 percent ABV is well-suited to the generous malt presence in which light caramel, breadiness and some residual sweetness all feature, leading into a long, persistent finish. The 57 IBUs of bitterness hang around after each sip along with some sweet fruit characters. If you’re having a few of these, remember… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
57 IBU

Froth Craft Brewery Stone Over Hazy Pale

Froth’s Hazy IPA lands on the lighter side of the hazy spectrum, pouring with a light but vibrant yellow, turbid tinge. On smelling, overripe stonefruit, citrus and pine are prominent, thanks to El Dorado, Galaxy, Mosaic and Azacca hops, all boosted by the popular Verdant yeast strain. A lighter malt profile allows hops to shine while still creating some body before the dry, clean finish in what's a very drinkable 5.5 percenter. Jono Outred… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
5.5%

Froth Craft Brewery Nor'Esther

Nor’Esther – a pale ale named after a close friend of the Froth team and paying homage to the founders' Australian and American heritage – uses Aussie malt and American hops to yield a well-rounded, crowd-pleasing ale. Cascade, Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe are the hops of choice and together form a resinous, piney profile with citrus and grassiness also featuring. A solid malt character is backed by firm but integrated bitterness and a smooth, medium body. One of Froth’s most popular brews,… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.3%

Froth Craft Brewery Hopmouth XPA

Froth’s XPA play’s to the strengths of both the pale ale and IPA that inspired it. Vibrant, tropical fruit character is prominent upfront where citrus, pine and stone fruit also feature. Malt influence is minimal, but a moderate body carries the 40 IBUs and layers of fruity hop character well into the finish. The big US players of Mosaic, Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo Citra make up the hop bill and a balanced bitterness, while the 4.7 percent ABV makes this very approachable. Jono Outred… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.7%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Froth Craft Brewery Little Phete

A style not so often explored these days, Froth have paid homage to the little-seen mid-strength amber ale with a very sessionable offering. Much like another iconic mid-strength amber from WA, this 3.5 percent ABV, malt forward beer has layers of malt character to the tune of nuttiness, biscuit and light caramel, while some grassy hop character and a firm bitterness come courtesy of Centennial and Williamette hops. Refreshing to finish with just enough body and bitterness, Little Phete is no slouch… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Amber Ale
ABV
3.5%
Bitterness
28 IBU

Froth Craft Brewery Don't Be Draught

One for the punters, Don’t Be Draught is a classicly-styled Australian lager that is entirely quaffable. Australian hops and a light malt profile combine for drinkability with gentle citrus and grassy hop character gently featuring in the background. Sessionable with a very clean finish, this draught is modest in both its 4.7 percent ABV and 16 IBU, making it most repeatable. Jono Outred… Read more
Style
Aussie Draught
ABV
4.7%

Froth Craft Brewery Captain Bunbury

Froth’s Captain Bunbury lager is a lager that errs on the side of light, with a profile similar to that of a Czech style pilsner. Pouring crystal clear with a light, pillowy white head, it emits noble hop aromatics, a touch of biscuit and some very gentle fruity yeast esters. Honey and citrus also feature. It’s light and quaffable, perfectly suited to sitting among Froth’s nautical stylings while taking in the sounds of live music and the sights of busy Victoria street. Jono Outred… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.0%