It started with a group of mates. All hailing from the beer scene, these guys wanted to brew an awesome, hop-driven American Pale Ale with a distinctive aroma and delicious flavour.
A huge shed (and former crocodile farm) on the water’s edge in Fremantle was to become the home of this beer and the birthplace of Little Creatures Brewing. Work began in 1999 and we swung the doors open in late 2000.
This is a brewery built on Pale Ale – so much so in fact, that it was designed specifically to brew it the right way. Slowly, gently and patiently, our Pale takes nearly six weeks to brew, ferment, bottle and condition.
We brought in the best hops we could find from the United States and started crafting a beer to startle the tastebuds of Aussie beer-drinkers and create a merry gang of flavour hounds.
Early in the piece we asked a couple of true gentlemen of the industry to help out with the construction of the brewery and the recipe design of the beers.
Both hailing from Old Blighty, Roger Bailey and Roger Bussell helped us develop our second beer, an Amber Ale. Named after these two legends, the beer features the hop flavour we were becoming known for, plus a clever mix of specialty malts and a slightly lower than average alcohol content.
By 2005, people were getting the hang of the Pale Ale thing and we’d started bringing new drinkers into the craft market, not just at home in WA, but on the East Coast too. We needed to expand our little operation so we spread our wings next door and opened a new brewhouse.
It was the perfect time to step out of our home and take our love of hoppy beer further around the country.
With momentum growing on the eastside of the land, we knew we needed a place for our new friends to hang out and taste our beers. Although we weren’t quite ready to open another brewery yet (that was to come later), we found a sweet little space in Fitzroy and opened Little Creatures Dining Hall in 2008.
We pumped out the beers and good times in Fitzroy until early 2016 when we decided to focus on our new brewery in Geelong (more on that to come…).
By 2013 when knew it was time to get brewing on the East Coast to ensure our mates on the other side of the country were getting their hands on the freshest (and therefore, tastiest) beer possible. Purchased back in 2011, but officially opening a couple of years later, our Geelong home was originally constructed way back in 1923. Starting out as a wool mill, we couldn’t wait to breathe new life into this awesome old site.
We wanted to keep all the character in the buildings, whilst creating a place for the Surf Coast community to hang out, taste beers and get a similar brewery experience to our spiritual home in Freo. We mashed in the first Geelong-brewed Pale Ale in October 2013 and we haven’t looked back since. We’re pretty obsessive types, so whether we’re brewing in Freo or Geelong, the recipe, ingredients, processes and serious quality assurance are identical.
In similar fashion to us, our sister brewery White Rabbit outgrew its home in Healesville, Victoria and decided to join our brewery village in Geelong in 2016.
Featuring an epic barrel hall for ageing beers, a pretty special food offering and an awesome Providore, we’re chuffed to be sharing Geelong with the Rabbits.
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