Lady FWO and I have been to a few of the Swan Valley breweries in recent weeks and thought it time to go back to Homestead. We hadn’t been since Christmas, but had thought it the pick of them when we last went. Nothing has changed that opinion.
It is in a brilliant location, part of Mandoon Estate with its excellent restaurant and wine tasting facilities, looking out across the vines, and with the added benefit of the amazing grounds of the Estate – rolling lawns, playgrounds, live music, beer garden, outdoor settings, deli and outside bar, it has everything. The brewery area itself looks fantastic – polished concrete floors, comfortable chairs, lounge area, a long easily accessible bar, and a fine veranda to sit out and catch the breeze. And then of course there are the beers.
I decided on the tasting paddle of the five beers on tap while Lady FWO chose a glass of the excellent Mandoon Estate rosé- all of the wines produced are available in the brewery – of course the tasting room across the way allows you to try a good range of some of the best wines produced in WA.
The beers are presented in an aluminium paddle and on the day we were there the five were Brauhaus Lager, Kaisers Choice, No.1 Premier, Thunderbird, and Black Swan.
The Thunderbird, as it had on previous visits, proved my favourite – a classically styled American IPA, it has lifted floral and citrus aromas, with a wonderfully malty palate which finishes dry with a definite refreshing bitterness.
Black Swan, too, is excellent. Black in colour with quite a pine leaf aroma, but very smooth on the palate, it is a full flavoured and hoppy ale.
Premier No.1 had some yeasty notes on the nose, quite distinctive pepper tones on the mid palate and finished very dry. It is another smooth medium bodied beer.
The Brauhaus is a more mainstream lager; it has some nice spicy aromas, is soft and easy drinking, with a dryish finish. It is a good beer for a hot day.
The final beer I tried was Kaisers Choice. This is a classic wheat beer, with lifted warm bread aromas, followed by pronounced banana flavours on the palate, with hints of other spices.
We didn’t, on this occasion, eat at the brewery but have on previous visits and can vouch for the quality of the upmarket pub fare which changes regularly but always includes burgers, pizzas, and an array of tapas style dishes, all well cooked and reasonably priced. And did I mention that just next door is one of the best restaurants in the Valley?
Mandoon Estate has been developed into the best location in the Swan Valley with everything you could want for a great day out. The Homestead Brewery is a key component of that experience. It is highly recommended.