Duckstein Brewery in the Swan Valley, Perth is not just for beer lovers. Yes that’s right all you non-beer drinkers!
Duckstein located on West Swan Road has an absolutely delicious menu of German fare, a semi-decent wine list made up mostly of wines from Swan Valley wineries as well as a few unusual German wines, German spirits like Jagermeister, Underberg and a range of fruit schnapps and liqueurs as well as an interesting schnapps cocktail called ‘Fruit Jar’, plus they stock Heil Cider from Germany and have a Radler on the menu. Oh yes and of course soft drinks and coffee & tea are available for the unfortunate sober drivers – who we love so dearly!
If it’s a hot day I would definitely suggest to book ahead and to ask for a table by the fans or cooling spritzers as some of the tables do get rather toasty in mid-summer and it is a highly popular venue so it does fill up fast (always a good sign!). I love how they have the long tables and benches (very German) as well as normal table settings inside and out. There is also an outside bar however I’ve found that sometimes it’s manned and sometimes not. I have also had both table service and times where you have to go up and order at the bar.
The first time I visited Duckstein Brewery was during the Valley & Vines festival in 2013 which was by far the best venue of the day in my opinion. The beer (Duckstein’s pilsner is my favourite) was ice-cold, and the bratwurst hotdog was huge – a special deal on the day for $15, absolute bargain! The second time I went was just for a tasting plate, 5 samples of beer for $12. A great deal however since I don’t drink dark beers I found I only really wanted to drink the pilsner and hefeweiss (wheat beer) – so not such a good deal for me, however it made Mr. Spittoon one happy man.
My most recent visit to Duckstein was another fantastic experience. It was midweek so it was quiet and it meant we had a good selection of tasty lunch specials (only available Monday-Friday) to choose from.
For drinks I decided to try something new and try a glass of the Katlenburger Strawberry Sparkling Wine (read my tasting note here) and Mr. Spittoon naturally went for the $22 keep the beer handle 400ml beer (he loves branded glasses!).
To go with our drinks Mr. Spittoon went for one of the lunch specials:
Duckstein Sausage Sandwich – Traditional bratwurst, Swiss cheese, smoked bacon, sour cream, caramelised beer onions, mustard and German curry ketchup, served in a Panini roll with fries for $23
And I went for the:
Brewer’s Pan; smoked Kassler chop, Bratwurst, pan-fried potatoes, Sauerkraut, `red cabbage, beer onions and mustard, $35
Click on the images below to view the Duckstein Swan Valley food, drinks and Monday-Friday lunch specials menus.
Both meals were huge!! Neither of us could completely finish our meal. The presentation was awesome (a big knife sticking into the middle of the sandwich and mine actually came in a pan!), the flavour was mouth-watering and having spent quite a bit of time in Germany on our backpacking adventures we thought overall the food, drinks and atmosphere were all very German. Duckstein is Little Germany in the Swan Valley, Perth!
I wouldn’t hesitate going back to Duckstein at all. We even bought Mr. Spittoon’s parents a voucher for the brewery knowing they would not only love the drinks and amazing meals but enjoy the laid back ambiance and Mr. Spittoon’s Mum just loved the gorgeous entrance way covered with beautiful magenta coloured flowers.
You can also purchase beer to take away, did someone say 5 litre Duckstein Pilsner keg for $55?? Yum! For more information check out the Duckstein Brewery website or the Duckstein Brewery Facebook page.
Mmm.. I’m strangely craving Berlin street stall currywurst now..