Swan Valley: Onebar Distillery plan gets nod


Armando Formica and Brodie Butler at the soon to be developed Onebar Distillery site in Henley Brook.
Picture: David Baylis
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Artist impression of the Onebar distillery.
Armando Formica and Brodie Butler at the soon to be developed Onebar Distillery site in Henley Brook. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d468904 Artist impression of the Onebar distillery.

THE Swan Valley will soon be home to an Australian first, with plans approved this week to build a one-stop shop cellar door and cafe.

The craft distillery, which also produces craft beer, wine and cider, will open its doors early next year, with plans to encourage more people into the Swan Valley and promote its produce on an international level.

Armando Formica and Brodie Butler, co-founders of the Onebar Distillery, said the cellar door was an Australian first and possibly even a world first.

Mr Butler said the venue would also be eco-smart and energy efficient, with the whole facility being built from recycled sea containers and composite decking, powered by solar, wind and battery, and irrigation from recycled wastewater and stormwater.

He said the idea naturally evolved with the duo home brewing their own cider.

“It’s something no one has seen before,” he said. “We won’t be selling any products that aren’t our brand and aren’t made on site, except for tequila, which has to be made in Mexico.”

The plans were given council approval at the City of Swan meeting last week.

The venue will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week from 10am to 6pm, with a cafe and rooftop viewing area.

Mr Formica said they were trying to create a tourist destination in the Swan Valley, with an 8.3m-high still.

“We want people to be able to see how we are making it and feel like they are part of the process,” he said.

“We’ve had a massive amount of support from bars, restaurants and retailers who are interested in stocking our products and we’re currently in negotiations with an American distributor.”

Mr Formica said he was excited for the cellar door and cafe to open.

“It’s a great concept and I think it will be great for the Swan Valley and we can’t wait to see people enjoying it once it’s up and running,” he said.

Anyone interested in supporting the venue can email info@onebar.com.au.