Fremantle: first look at Freo.Social

Rhys Lopez (Brewer Freo.Social and Otherside Brewing) Where: Fremantle What: Freo.Social Photographer: Andrew Ritchie
Rhys Lopez (Brewer Freo.Social and Otherside Brewing) Where: Fremantle What: Freo.Social Photographer: Andrew Ritchie

WITH rotating craft beers, food trucks and musical acts Freo.Social is trying to bring something new to the port city.

The venue is set to open on March 20 in the old Artillery Drill Hall, between Holdsworth and Parry streets.

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Brewer Rhys Lopez said this may be the only craft beer venue with a live music venue attached.

“We will be doing a new batch of beer every week, hopefully 52 beers a year,” he said.

“We’ve got a great wine section as well as ciders and spirits.

“It’s going to be pretty cool, instead of just having standard macro beers you can drink something unique and handcrafted.”

Group venues manager Matt Marinich said he is looking forward to seeing a range of musical acts.

“There will be lots of emerging acts that play here, things that people haven’t heard of,” he said.

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“I am looking forward to listening to it first here and then in five years hearing them put out an album.

Mr Marinich hopes Freo.Social can be the beginning of a turnaround for Fremantle.

“It’s no secret Fremantle has been struggling in the past five years, but there are things happening,” he said.

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“We are one of the first venues to be brave enough to go ‘look we are going to do all this and it will be awesome’.

“We understand in three to four years when everything is up and running hopefully this venue will be apart of a new vibrant port city.

“We are a large 800-patron venue but we hope to add to the wealth of the City, our message is really about a quality offering.”

John Butler, The Waifs, San Cisco and Superego are set to be the first musical acts for the venue on April 3.