On a hot summer day, two young women fresh out of the ocean strolled along the trail at Cottesloe with big smiles, a towel over one arm and a box of Single Fin under the other.
Although it looks like the quintessential Aussie beer ad, that’s exactly what I saw while driving on Marine Terrace a few months ago.
Although I don’t drink beer, I could recite Gage Roads’ range of beers, and just like a country’s flag color list, I could also tell you its branding colors.
The brand has become so huge and iconic in WA that it’s hard to miss them in the center of your local bottle shop, on billboards or just down the street.
Its flagship hospitality business was certainly an ambitious project – transforming the historic 100m-long A Shed at Victoria Quay into a craft brewery worth up to $10million – but since opening in January it has proven to be a winner. , with full tables inside and out, and the occasional row outside.
Having dinner with friends who had a 10 month old in tow at the weekend, we needed a child friendly venue that the adults could enjoy as well.
Gage Roads ticked the boxes for us and countless other families (and a few furry friends) enjoying a meal. Tables are plentiful and well spaced out in the huge room, not to mention there’s an excellent play area that offers plenty of space for parents to sit and sip while their little rascals watch.
The menu is the kind of big, crowd-pleasing line-up you’d expect from a mega brewery of its kind, with party entrees, beer in one hand, taco in the other, pizza, great deeds, make friends with salad and carnation dishes.
The seafood dishes we ordered were the stars of the day.
The snapper crudo with kiwi, herb oil, orange, tangerine and sour cream ($20) is the kind of dish you’d be happy with at a trendy wine bar, a harmony of flavors with the fresh fish complemented by sweet and tangy touches of fruit.
The Abrolhos octopus with harissa butter, pickled green chili salsa, cucumber ($34) was perfectly cooked occy sitting on a bed of savory salsa, a resounding dish of the day from the group.
Catering to what people are looking for with an infusion, the Harvey Beef Striploin with Green Pepper Sauce and Braised Mushrooms ($39) and the Mount Barker Grilled Chicken with Lemon Cream and Fennel Slaw ($32) are all two accompanied by a good portion of fries.
There’s a lot to like about this place as a whole, whether you have kids who can’t sit still or just want to sit outside with an iconic beer (or a decent selection of local wines) and watch the world go by.
Address: Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle
The verdict: Massive venue with a great crowd-pleaser menu that has plenty of local produce to sample. Perfect for families or dog owners with plenty of space and a large outdoor play area.