If you are any kind of beer nerd, you HAVE to go to the Pourhouse in Dunsborough. You have to. Their beer list is amazing, and so far the best I've seen. Anywhere. It's easily recognised by the Dutch style bakfiets (bike with a box attached for transporting kids) out the front, on Dunn Bay Rd just off the main drag down the road from the beach.
They had the Rogue Hazelnut Brown on tap for a while, but by the time we got there, they'd sold it all. S was a bit sad about that, but he soon forgot about it as they have so much else to choose from, and the bartender was so excited about beer that they soon descended into a nerdy dialogue of hops, malts, brewing methods and tasting notes. Which beer to try though!?
I'm not a really big beer drinker, but with S being a total beer nerd, he's always getting me to try his latest purchase. The Renaissance Chocolate Oatmeal Stout was his first choice, and after the first sip it was given to me with a "YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!". It is DELICIOUS. It actually tastes like chocolate porridge in beer form. It was viscous and smooth without the bitter end that many stouts have. It's a big beer and you don't need much of it, so we were happy to share it.
We followed our chocolate stout with a couple of sliders for $6, bargain! They were really tasty as well. Just enough for us as a little snack between meals. They change everyday and I believe these ones were beef, caramelised onion with some blue cheese. I've heard good things about their food, and next time we head down south we may actually stay closer to Dunsborough so we can have a night out here - food, drinks, the lot.
The next beer, S had no idea what to choose... He gave me his wallet and asked me to go up and pick something out for him, or ask the bartenders what they recommend. As S loves the bitter, hoppy beers, I asked for the hoppiest beer they have. They gave me JJJ IPA from Moor Brewing, with the warning "Good luck". It's a massive beer. I hated it, but I don't like crazy hops. S was into it, trying to pick out which hops they used and commenting on the flavour of the barley wine. It's a triple IPA so it's full on, but S noticed as his palate got used to the bitterness, that it was actually very sweet. Moor Brewing wrote about this beer that if you are looking for a one dimensional hop bomb this is not for you, as they've worked hard on the layers of flavour, and I'd say even though I didn't like it, they've done what they set out to achieve.
So like I said... If you're into beers, this is a destination pub for you. They have such a comprehensive beer list not seen anywhere in Perth. The only place in the city that would have a beer list like this is Mane Liquor/International Beer Shop/Cellarbrations Carlisle. The food has had good things said about it, and the comfy setting of the pub, with a fireplace, soft couches, board games and long tables has pretty much everything you need to chill here for many an hour.