Busselton, in Western Australia’s South West, will welcome a brand new brewery and event venue in October, when Shelter Brewing Co swings open its doors.
The venue has been architecturally designed with an emphasis on sustainability, with a 100-kilowatt solar panel system perched atop the venue’s roof that aims to produce 80 per cent of the brewery’s power requirements.
Licensed for 650 people, the two-level venue will boast a first-floor event space with capacity for 120 people and views of the jetty and Geographe Bay.
With 90 per cent of the venue’s construction now complete, general manager Paul Maley said the venue is on track for a late October opening.
“The commercial kitchen is fitted, the flooring is done including jarrah floorboards in the lounge area, the first-floor function room is almost finished, the brew deck is done and the silver birch indoor trees have been planted – when they start budding, they’ll be a unique feature,” he said.
“Outside, the pavement has been laid, the playground installation starts this week and the tanks and the brewery equipment arrive this week.”
Maley said the construction project has been “colossal”, but he hopes the end result is something all visitors will be proud of.
“Shelter is more than a craft brewery, it’s a place for locals to meet, families to get together and visitors to include in their itinerary of Busselton,” he said.
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone in soon.”