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Your quick guide to beer in Perth from a local Perth pub

Beer in Australia is what wine is in France. It is a staple drink that is enjoyed by many and has an illustrious history dating back to the early days of European settlement. Today, the most popular type of beer in Australia is lager; light and refreshing and ideal for drinking and cooling down in the summer heat. Crown Lager and Emu Export, as well as Australian classics like VB, XXXX and Carlton Draught, are among the most popular lagers that can be found in the best pubs in Perth.

So, let’s cut to the chase, here is our quick guide to beers in Perth.


As previously stated, lager is the beer of choice for the majority of Australian punters. After a long, hot day on the job, enjoying a nice lager or two at the local is pretty much a national pastime. Classic Australian lagers include XXXX, VB, Carlton Draught, and Crown Lager. These are all brewed by major breweries and are widely available in pubs and bottle shops across the country.

Lager is brewed by allowing yeast to work at cool temperatures, resulting in a clean, crisp, and refreshing beer. It’s ideal for a hot day or when you want something light to drink. 


Ale is a broad beer category that includes subcategories like IPAs and pale ales. Like lagers, ale is a very popular beer in Australia and can be found in many pubs and bottle shops. Ale is slightly sweeter and has a stronger malt flavour than lager; it is also brewed at slightly higher temperatures, yielding a fuller-bodied beer.

Pale Ale

Pale ale is a popular beer style in Australia. A good pale ale has a well-balanced bitterness and malty sweetness. Coopers Original, One Fifty Lashes and Little Creatures are some popular Australian pale ales found in Perth pubs. Pale ales are made with pale malt, which gives them a light colour. They are generally more bitter than lagers, but not as bitter as IPAs.


When it comes to IPAs, things get a little more nuanced. An IPA, or India Pale Ale, is a beer style that originated in England for export to India. Due to the higher levels of hops and alcohol, the beer was able to withstand the long sea voyage. Balter and BentSpoke are two Australian IPAs that you might find on tap in Perth; among other IPAs.

Stouts and Porters

Stouts and porters are dark beers that are brewed using roasted malt or roasted barley. These beers can be quite heavy, with a strong coffee-like flavour. Some popular stouts and porters that you might find available in Perth pubs and bottle shops include Feral Brewing Company’s Boris Russian Imperial Stout, Eagle Bay Brewing Co’s Cocao Stout and the classic Guinness stout.

The Sixty30 is Perth’s best-kept secret, with regular live bands, AFL action on the big screens, a massive pool hall and, without a doubt, the best pub food in the city. We are a family-owned and operated north Perth pub where you can come to enjoy the simple pleasures of life without breaking the bank. We guarantee you’ll want to stay for dinner if you come to the Sixty30 for the best pub lunch in Perth.

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