Sail and Anchor Pub - Freemantle - Western Australia

In the historic Western Australian port Town of Fremantle lies the Sail and Anchor pub. It sits within the historic building that was formerly the Freemasons Hotel. Most famously it has the distinction of the People’s Choice Award for Best Beer Venue in Australia for 2011.

The Sail and Anchor is a brewpub in its truest form. Not only is there a small working brewery on site, but also a pub dedicated to beer and beer lovers. They boast over 40 different beer taps with approximately half on rotation. So you can keep on going back again and sampling the new fantastic beers that the good people at Sail and Anchor have sourced.

Picture of inside Sail and Anchor pub

Opening Hours and Directions

The pub is located at 64 South Terrace, Fremantle 6160, Western Australia. Fremantle is approximately a 30 minute drive from Perth city. Just be warned when driving, the streets of Fremantle, especially around the market where Sail and Anchor is based can get very congested on the weekends and parking space is at a premium. You might have to prepare yourself for a walk from wherever you manage to find a parking space.

A good alternative is to get the train from Perth central train station which run approximately every 15 minutes on weekends. Check out the timetables at the TransPerth website

The pub opens is open seven days a week and opens its doors to the thirsty at 11am (10am on Sundays) and is open as late as 1am on Friday’s and Saturdays. Food is available from midday to 9pm.

Read more at the homepage of Sail and Anchor

Sail and Anchor brewing equipment

Beers on Offer

The sheer number of good quality beer that is available is what makes this pub a real gem for any beer lover. Even better is that there is so many different offerings on tap. Within the 43 taps is 3 English style pumps and a tap that is linked to a cylinder of fresh hops so that the beer running through that gets a real fresh hop kick to the flavours.

As well as their own beers such as Dry Dock there are a number of Australian craft beer favourites permanently on tap. A distinctly Western Australian flavour to the regular beers – and rightly so – they are of high quality and the Sail and Anchor is really the flagship of Western Australian craft beer. The guest beers on offer are mostly from the other states of Australia, but there is also a nice smattering of imports from the rest of the world. There is a huge range of different beer styles on offer, but there is a general emphasis on ales. Lovers of stouts or lagers will not be disappointed though as there is still an ample range of these styles.

What I really like most about the beer offering is on the customer side of each tap is a brief description of the beer on offer. A guide of the style and tasting notes as well as the ABV, and even (unusually for Australia) the price!

Food

Although primarily a brewpub focussing on its vast offering of beers the food here is also a draw-card. Just don’t expect the traditional gastro-pub experience, where the food takes president to the drink. You are still in a very much a drinking pub and dining tables are basic – no fancy silverware or table settings.

The menu is simplistic with an expected pub offering of burgers, steak and pizza. You will probably find a greater range of flavours (enough to match the range of beer styles) in the snacks and tappers section. Even if you are not going with the intention of having a meal I recommend the India pale ale beer nuts with a nice fresh hop IPA.

Date Reviewed : Sunday 1 July 2012

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