Take Shelter in Busselton: Shelter Brewing Co Opening.
Standing on centre stage of the Busselton Foreshore, Shelter Brewing Co opened its doors about four weeks ago and already has racked up an impressive list of stats.
Since the soft opening in early November, Shelter Brewing Co has served more than 33,000 beers, 16,000 coffees, 4,200 pizzas, 2550 burgers, 2,250 cinnamon buns and 3,000 bowls of chips.
Inside and outside in the beer garden facing Geographe Bay, customers have sat on 32 tables that were handmade by Shelter Brewing Co Directors and local company Timber Grooves.
Shelter has 120 staff employed making it one of the biggest, if not the biggest, private employer in Busselton.
Shelter Brewing Co General Manager Paul Maley says the response to Shelter’s opening has been overwhelmingly positive.
“We’re really proud that Shelter is a locally owned business and we’re grateful to the amazing local community who have embraced it – their feedback has been incredible. We love seeing them having a good time here, and that’s what it’s all about it.”
Shelter is an impressive two-level structure with a central open brewery, function rooms, lounge area, viewing gallery, kids’ playground complete with a custom built wooden retro caravan, also designed and built by the Shelter Brewing Co team.
The café is gaining a cult following thanks to its good Margaret River Roasters coffee, freshly house-baked cinnamon scrolls and bagels available every morning from 7am. It’s lovely to see locals bump into other after a morning walk, stop to pat each other’s pooches (Shelter is dog friendly), and sit and catch up over coffee.
The main brewery itself is open from 10am to 10pm, serving its own beer range, namely, Shelter Extra Pale Ale, Shelter India Pale Ale, Shelter Summer Sour and Shelter Lager, along with a large selection of south-west wines and a food menu that is fresh, dietary friendly and just works well with beer. It’s simple food made beautifully.
Revolving around the Italian imported Marana Forni pizza oven, besides pizza, the menu comprises of approachable dishes designed for sharing such as chilli mussels, sweetcorn poppers (you’ll want more than one), really good hand-cut chips, 12-hour slow cooked beef brisket and gluten-free dark chocolate brownie. Shelter’s woodfired pizzas are made with dough that’s been rested for 48 hours for an extra crisp base.
General Manager Paul Maley says that the menu is designed to cater to everyone.
“The food is based around freshness with delicious dishes for meat lovers, seafood lovers, vegans, vegetarians as well as gluten free options including our pizzas and burgers, healthy options, dishes that are modern as well as old classics such as the chip butty and choc top,” Maley says.
If drinking and eating wasn’t enough, Shelter Brewing Co is sharing its knowledge with brewery tours that include meeting the brewers, tasting the freshest beer straight from the tanks and a talk and tasting paddle of beers currently being poured.
Director and head brewer Jason Credaro says that he is very happy with the beers and how they were pouring.
“The beer I’m drinking the most at the moment is our summer sour – I like sour beers, and with this one, I like the acidity, saltiness and its tropical notes along with the flavour profile,” Credaro says.
“And the not-so-secret ingredient in the Summer Sour is sea water from the bay in front of the brewery that gives the beer the salty edge.
“In time, I’ll play around with hopping rates and varieties and continue to develop the beers, as well as adding seasonal brews to the range,” the head brewer says.
Shelter is more than a craft brewery, it’s very quickly become part of the fabric of the Busso community.
“Shelter is a place for locals to meet, families to get together and visitors to include in their itinerary of Busselton, whether they stop in for a quick coldie or stay for a long session,” Maley says.
“The beer is great, the food is delicious, the team is in place and running like a well-oiled machine, and we are excited to have Shelter full of people and buzzing with life.
“The construction project was colossal, and the end result is something that we hope everyone is proud of, like we are,” Maley said.
Shelter’s architecture is centred around the working state-of-the-art brewery which is open and forms part of the venue in the Main Hall. The canning line will be installed in a few weeks.
Shelter Brewing Co began construction in August 2019, designed with an emphasis on sustainability that includes 100-kilowatt solar panel system on the twin-gabled roof that aims to produce 80 per cent of the brewery’s power requirements.
Externally, the Corten steel cladding is designed to rust over time to form a protective layer, and on the back wall is a beer-inspired mural by artist Andrew Frazer in earthy colours that complement the cladding.
The 10.6 metre floor-to-ceiling windows are designed to maximise the stunning view of the jetty and Geographe Bay, with the 120-person first-floor function room offering the best views, which also includes a stunning beach-inspired canvas by artist Frans Bisschops.
Licensed for 700 people, the venue is 1,078 square metres on the ground floor, 427 square metres on the first floor and sits on an 1,850 square metre site adjacent to the Busselton Visitors Centre.
City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley endorsed Shelter Brewing Co as an enhancement to the Busselton Foreshore precinct.
“We have the best brewery in the best corner of the best State in the country,” Mayor Henley said.
It seems that the Mayor isn’t the only one to think that. Shelter has been packed since day one, and if future bookings are anything to go by, its popularity isn’t waning.
“We’d love to see you at Shelter,” says Maley, “and please book, especially on the weekends.”
For bookings, visit www.shelterbrewing.com.au