Perth Cider Tour - From Hill to Valley
No tastings in venues, bars set to re-open but only serving alcohol ancillary to a meal - it's a cider the times!
We bring you our final ISO tour as restrictions thaw in WA and we can start to move around more freely.
This one is all about them apples - as we travel through the Perth Hills to the Swan Valley and meet the orchardists, cider-makers and owners of Perth's cider houses.
Chris Buckee from Chris Buckee Reviews Beer joins us again to chat cider and offer a local perspective as a long time Perth Hills resident.
We kick it of in the infinitely 'grammable Raeburn Orchards - the birthplace of Roleystone Brewing Co as we talk to Adam, 3rd generation orchardist and director of Roleystone Brewing Co.
Raeburn Orchards & Roleystone Brewing Co
It is the PERFECT time to visit Raeburn Orchards if you want to see the gorgeous persimmon trees turn orange.
They also grow pomegranate, apples, pears, stone fruits and citrus on this and their two other properties...but back to the cider!
Adam met us under this orange canopy of leaves to chat about the history of the Roleystone Brewing Co. We walk through the crunchy leaves and jump on the buggy to head up the hill to the lawn where you can picnic, attend an event (when they are allowed to happen again) or hire to host your wedding!
We meet Chris in the very busy fruit shop where we chat the two varieties of cider that Roleystone Brewing Co make, and how they're low sugar and minimal additives mean the fruit really shines through.
Next off, we get naked. Erm, I mean - we visit Naked Apple Cider.
Naked Apple Cider
It wouldn't be a trip to the Perth Hills without some internet issues...and we did have some connectivity concerns at Karragullen. But it's so beautiful there, and cosy by the fire with the mulled cider that we didn't mind too much!
We met Will by the fire to chat mulled cider, walked through the gorgeous grounds to meet Holly who chats weddings with us, and then back to Will and Chris for a run through of the cider range and the feature ciders.
You can pick them up at the venue in growlers, but unfortunately you have to also order food - well, it's not really unfortunate at all, because their food is apple-solutely delicious!
Next up we head over to Core Cider House and go backstage to the production area!
Core Cider House
John, Justin and Ryan take us through the history of the venue, how the cider is made and we go through the range of tasty ciders from this stunning venue overlooking the orchards.
See how the apples are crushed in the production area with Justin, then walk through with us past the original apple truck with owner and 4th generation orchardist, John and then meet Ryan at the cellar door where we walk out onto the verandah to chat ciders with Justin and Chris.
We can't wait for their incredible line-up of events to get up and running again once it's safe to do so!
You can grab their ciders online here or visit the cellar door to pick them up for yourself.
Next we mosey down to Carmel Cider Co!
Carmel Cider Co
Here we see Monique (our director of Merriment) don a Carmel Cider Co beanie and introduce us to Libby - who's grandfather started the apple love on the property all those years ago!
Libby explains the history of her family and the venue (they're the same) and we go to Andrew who shows Chris through the range, their awards and mixes up a tasty cocktail!
Some of these ciders are made methode traditionelle which is the same way you make champagne.
We say goodbye to Libby, Andrew and Coconut the cider dog and leave the Perth Hills for the Swan Valley and the funky Funk Cider!
We meet Martin, one of the founding brothers of Funk Cider who tells us his cider philosophy and takes us on a tour through the production area - high vis and all!
Martin and Chris chat all things cider and the correlation to cider and craft beers. It's a gorgeous sunny day in the valley and the grassed area we film from would normally be heaving with thirsty guests, getting into the apple juice.
But it's not just apples here - the brothers also use passionfruit, pineapples and more to make their signature ciders in those eye-catching black cans.
You can get them delivered (by the owners, in their funky shorts) here, pick some up for yourself at the cellar door, or get them at select bottleshops.
That's where we leave the final ISO Tour. We've visited 22 producers in 4 weeks across wine, gin, beer and cider and toured their facilities, talking to the people behind the booze. It's been an incredible ride, and so rewarding to do something to keep you all entertained and to keep sales coming through the tills of some of Perth's best producers.
We'd love it if you'd shop local next time you're buying drinks, and to book an IRL (in real life) tour with us once we get the go ahead that we can do so safely.
Thanks for joining us - we couldn't have done this without you all and it was great to see you tuning in from across the globe, sharing your photos, asking questions and generally supporting us and the local people who bring you the bevvies.
We Tour Perth Breweries - ISO Style
One of our very popular tours is our Perth Brewery Tour, and since we can't take you physically, we re-created the experience of being on tour with us - and this time we brought friends!
Chris Buckee from Chris Buckee Reviews Beer, and Daniel Rootman from Daniel Loves Beer are two beer enthusiasts who post regular beer tastings, thoughts and opinions on beer to their social media channels.
They joined the chat with brewers, owners and managers from some of Perth's best breweries in a huge day of beer-y fun!
If you missed it, here's where you can catch up.
Nowhereman Brewing Company
Our first stop was at the Nowhererman Brewing Company in West Leederville where we chatted to Pia (a certified Cicerone) and Luke about brewing, their beers and their philosophy.
To taste these lovely local brews keep an eye peeled for them at your local bottleshop that specialises in craft beers, pick them up from the brewery or order them (and some merch) online here.
Next we crossed the tracks to East Perth's Bright Tank Brewing Co.
Bright Tank Brewing Co.
We arrive with BBQ in full swing out the front and within minutes all the food is sold out.
Matt the owner meets us and tells us a bit of the backstory of the brewery - including how it was all due to his lovely wife, Gemma, and then takes us inside to the brewery/bar/restaurant.
Here we meet brewer Tim who chats about the brews and goes through a 'tasting' with Chris and Daniel.
You can get the Bright Tank brews from the brewery or order online here.
Next up we head to Maylands for a peek at Seasonal Brewing Company.
Seasonal Brewing Company
At Seasonal, we meet owner Nick out the front in the sunny beer garden and chat to him before heading inside to the brewery to meet brewer Brody. Brody chatted through the feature beers with Chris and Daniel.
The viewers were very excited to see Seasonal's brand new cans and loved the design!
You can taste these brews in growlers, squealers or cans from the brewery, grab them in select bottleshops, or order them onlinehere.
Next up we drive to Blasta Brewing Company in Burswood for the final stop of the tour.
Blasta Brewing Company
We meet Josh out the front of Blasta Brewing Company in Burswood under the unicorn mural - did you know that the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland?
"BLASTA", is a Scottish Gaelic-English adjective for tasty or delicious, and they stand by their philosophy to make sure each beer they produce is BLASTA.
Inside we meet Grant (former Feral) who shows us his cans, er - canning machine...and then it's onto the feature beers with brewer Hugh and the beer boys - Daniel and Chris.
You can get the beers on site or online here, and while you're at it pick up some merch, the glasses are awesome with the geometric unicorn logo.
So that's it for the ISO brewery tour. It's so strange to see these urban Perth breweries that are normally PACKED to the rafters - but these are tough times we're in.
That's why it's SO important to make sure you support your favourite local breweries by purchasing their beer, merchandise, or even grabbing some takeaway food or gift vouchers.
Don't forget we can take you on this behind the scenes brewery tour in real life once restrictions are lifted so make sure you stay in touch, sign up to our newsletter, or book a gift voucher for your beer-loving loved ones.
Itching for an adventure but stuck isolating indoors?
There’s no doubt most of us are missing our favourite Perth watering holes. A place where we can catch up with friends and family over an ice-cold beer, tipple or cider while debating the problems of the world.
Get excited because right now you can take a virtual tour of your favourite West Australian breweries, wineries, cider houses and distilleries without the need to leave your house. Here’s how.
Joining The Virtual Tours of Perth’s Best Watering Holes