Matso's Broome Brewery
Hours: 7 days a week. 11am until late (lunch and dinner).
The only brewery in Broome.
In our brewery we combine the finest natural ingredients, traditional time honoured brewing techniques and modern technology, to produce a range of beer styles that ‑above all else- aim to deliver flavour.
The Kimberley lifestyle, climate and natural environment is unique and unfettered, and our objective is to create beers of individuality that will reflect the region. With the knowledge and wisdom of ‘old world’ brewing to draw from, and the imagination and innovation of ‘new world’ brewers as our inspiration, we hope to contribute to the future of Australian beer.
This brew has now become synonymous with Broome Brewery
Bishop’s Best Dark Lager
A Munich style dark lager with very pronounced chocolate/coffee notes. Rich and hedonistic.
Matso’s Store started life as the Union Bank of Australia Ltd and was built in 1900. It stood in Sheba Lane, which ran down the edge of Kennedys Hill. The Union Bank was the first bank in Broome and was to be a vital part of the financial life of the town for over 40 years.
Sheba Lane was notorious as the Red Light district of Chinatown and was the centre of the Japanese community in Broome. Among the buildings there were opium dens, brothels and mah-jong palaces. Broome was a very open town, catering for the varied needs of hardworking divers throughout the region.
During 1942 the Union Bank branch in Broome found itself trading unprofitably and caught in a rationalization of the banking industry. The year since the depression had not been kind and the pearling industry itself was changing. Plastics were beginning to have an impact on the industry. Nationally, although ninth largest, the Union Bank hadn’t been meeting expectations and was the target of a takeover. As a consequence the Union Bank was absorbed into the ANZ group.
In the late 1940s, a fire, which was thought to have been intentionally lit, either by a disgruntled client of the establishment or in response to the war in the Pacific, devastated Sheba Lane. The closeness of the buildings and poor services ensured little could survive and only a few buildings escaped destruction. One of those was Matso’s Store. It remained unharmed amid the ruins and remained operating.
Events at Matso’s
Jam night is on every Tuesday (weather permitting) from 7:30pm – 10:30pm.
Tasting paddles are available to purchase at the bar.