Sou’West Brewery has officially opened its doors.
Torquay’s newest brewery, Sou’West Brewery has finally opened its doors after months in the works.
The key takeaways
- Sou’West Brewery officially opens in Torquay
- The brewery has its own range of beers alongside an extensive menu for people to enjoy
- The brewery is located at 27 Baines Crescent, Torquay
In an area of the world that is quickly becoming known for delicious craft beers, experienced brewer Luke Scott has made his foray into the coastal town with Sou’West Brewery, channelling 21 years of brewing experience (at the likes of Prickly Moses), well and truly cementing Torquay as a hot spot for Aussie grown beers.
Located at the former headquarters of Quiksilver, who moved to Queensland in 2018, Sou’West is certainly in good company, with Blackman’s also in town and Bells Beach Brewery across the street, making this the prime destination for any beer aficionado.
Opening Friday, April 30, Sou’West has brewed six beers and one cider inspired by the raw ocean, rugged coast and Ancient country, which are all available to indulge in on-site at the venue. Focusing on sessionable beers much like the beers Scott brewed at Prickly Moses over the years, the lineup includes a clean, clear and refreshing Australian Lager; a fruity, new world styled Pale Ale; an easy-drinking mid-strength Lager; a refreshing and cleansing Golden Ale; a unique Keller Pils lager; and a Hefeweizen, a traditional German-style beer that boasts aromas of spice, clove and banana. As for the cider, Sou’West Brewery has created a light and bright semi-sweet Apple Cider, ideal for absolutely every occasion.
Guests can indulge in either 300ml, 500ml or try a (very visually appealing) tasting paddle at the venue.
And if you’re keen to check it out but you’re not into beer, that’s totally fine, Scott has you covered with a huge offering of local and international wines, spritz and non-alcoholic options. Whether you’re into prosecco, French champagne, rose, New Zealand Sauv Blanc, and local pinot noir, or Aperol Spritz, coffee or Spring Valley juice, there’s something for absolutely everyone.
Already a standout among one of the new coolest destinations for drinks in the sunshine, it’s their menu that reinforces just how cool with a nod to all the beer-friendly bites you’d expect to see at a brewery, plus a few special additions. You’ll find crispy fried calamari, beer brined chicken wings, beer-battered potato cakes, fried cauliflower and puffed pork crackling for those after something small, otherwise, go all out with the grilled chicken burger, South Carolina pulled pork bun, beer brined chicken parma, baked loaded nachos, and even a pepper-crusted porterhouse.
There’s even a whole list of pizzas to choose from if you’re craving, a selection of healthy bowls and an indulgent cold seafood section. Here you’ll find freshly shucked oysters, Hiramasa Kingfish Sashimi, or there’s a pretty damn tasty looking seasonal seafood platter for two, loaded with all the best bits of the ocean.
Like every good menu, this one also has a kids menu and a dessert menu, with apple crumble, a lemon tart and an incredibly intriguing ‘beeramisu’ made with lady fingers and mascarpone cream.
As for the venue, the place is HUGE. There’s a huge bar that runs down one side of the venue, an incredibly large ‘dining’ area in the main room which features a number of booths and tables perfect for both small and large groups keen to tuck into a meal and indulge in some beers on the side, as well as a relaxed bar area to the left of the entrance perfect for having a few drinks with your crew. With tonnes of natural light rushing in, splashes of greenery, clear viewing windows into the brewing tanks, and slick timber furnishings, Sou’West has truly nailed the aesthetics.
With local beers and an extensive food menu to boot, the on-site nature of Sou’West’s operations will help to build the community connection that Scott hopes will have people coming back time and time again.
Sou’West Brewery is located at 27 Baines Crescent, Torquay and is open Wednesday 4pm-9pm, Thursday-Friday 12pm-9pm and weekends from 11am-9pm. You can find out more and book in at the brewery via the website here.