Take a surprising detour off the tourist trails into the light industrial area for two terrific craft beer experiences.
Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co’s production facility has a secret taphouse for those in the know to sample their latest releases and core range while sitting amongst the vast vats, barrels and bottling lines. The Cheeky Monkey HQ Taphouse opens Thursday to Sunday from 4pm to 7pm also providing pizzas and snacks.
A stone’s throw down the road is WA’s smallest commercial brewery The Sophisticated Beast. It’s a one-man show but what it lacks in size it makes up for in the huge passion of owner Ryan White for his Farmhouse-style beer production. Ryan describes his brewery as a ‘fancy home brew set up’ and says visitors enjoy seeing the brewery in action and having the opportunity to talk to him about their shared love of brewing.
Ryan studied viticulture in Margaret River and after working a vintage in Sonoma, California and seeing its flourishing craft beer movement, he transferred his love of the science of fermentation to beer, appreciating the ability to experiment and have fun.
Pop in to taste the Beast’s core range – Margot, George, Leonard, Franco and Jack – and discover their unique personalities.