The size and scale of Shelter Brewing would be impressive anywhere, let alone on the Busselton foreshore at the foot of the jetty. A fully functional brewery with restaurant, function rooms and a 650-capacity, Shelter is a joint venture between two fourth-generation local families: brothers Matt, Jason, Mike and Chris Credaro and brothers Zeb and Asher Packard-Hair.
“The venue has been created by two locals families who have been there for over 100 years, so it’s a local venue by locals,” says General Manager Paul Maley. “This size or scale doesn’t come around often so we encourage everyone to visit, particularly if they haven’t been to Busselton for a while.”
The Shelter building is impressive, an imposing figure from far away and inside boasting 10 metre floor to ceiling windows and over 1,000 square metres of space on the ground floor. Construction began in August 2019, and the brewery opened on time and on budget despite COVID.
Employing 80 staff, it’s one of Busselton’s largest private employers.
Beer is all brewed on site, overseen by director and head brewer Jason Credaro who previously brewed for Little Creatures and also in North Korea and the Eastern states. Starting brews are five beers and a cider on tap: a mid-strength XPA, a 6.8% IPA, a summer sour, a lager and a red ale.
To complete the local focus of the brewery, all wine and spirits on the list are Western Australian. “We wanted to make sure we championed the region, and friends and mates in the industry down here,” says Maley.
The food offering centres around an imported Italian Marana Forni pizza oven which bakes a Roman style of pie. Other dishes – think chilli mussels, pork ribs and 12-hour slow cooked beef brisket – are designed for sharing and sit alongside a selection of smaller plates, burgers and salads. As you would expect given the location, the venue is family and pet friendly.
“We’ve got some great throwback items like a chip butty and choc bombs,” says Maley. “Things that conjure your childhood or holidays, nostalgia items. But obviously making sure they taste delicious and contemporary.”
The brewery’s in-house cafe, located on the north-east of the building, serves Margaret River Roasting Co. coffee and in-house baked cinnamon scrolls from 7am daily.
“The City of Busselton has worked really hard on the foreshore,” says Maley. “Those that haven’t visited for a while will be pleasantly surprised. In 2020, many Western Australians have rediscovered or visited places they haven’t been for a while and that’s been reflected in the people we’ve seen through the cafe.”
11 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280 (next to the jetty)
Mon – Sun 10am – 10pm (café from 7am)
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