Discovering the Margaret River region’s beer has never been so much fun. With the highest concentration of microbreweries in the state, beer lovers are spoilt for choice in the Margaret River region. Even more so with its new 135km Craft Beer Trail, where you will discover a Saison, Stout, Kolsch, Lager or Pale Ale around every bend in the road as you weave your way from Busselton to Margaret River.
Local writer Danielle Costley got out on the trail to bring you a taste of what to expect at each brewery featured along the trail.
Let the kids cut loose in the playground while you sit lakeside in Cheeky Monkey‘s country style beer hall with a tasting paddle of your favourite selections. Try the Session Ale, Pale Ale, stout or cider with a generous serving of beer battered fish and chips, grass-fed beef burgers, or Korean gochujang pork ribs with thick rice noodles.
Set in the rolling Yallingup Hills, Wild Hop is a relatively new family-run brewpub with an ever-changing list of small batch seasonal beers brewed on site. There’s usually a traditional Czech pilsener or pale ale to be enjoyed whilst sitting on the shady deck overlooking the brewhouse and distant hopyard. The food is woodfired, with seasonal produce such as roasted and smoked meats, or tuck into a brewer’s bun.
Eagle Bay Brewing Co.
Set on a picturesque family farm, Eagle Bay Brewing Co. produces an impressive range of craft beers, including a Kolsch, Pale Ale, Cacao Stout and a beer-wine hybrid called Sparkling Cider Ale. Purchase a two-litre growler filled with your beer of choice – and take it home. The menu features a selection of share plates, as well as more substantial fare such as sticky beef shin with Chinese omelette.
Black Brewing Co.
Sipping a pint of craft beer overlooking a lake and basking in the summer sunshine is what you can expect from Black Brewing Co., housed within Caves Road Collective. An interesting selection of ales can be tasted here, such as the Bao Bao Milk Stout and a farmhouse Saison.
The region’s oldest brewery, Bootleg Brewery is the perfect place to visit for an introduction to some of Margaret River’s multiple award-winning ales, such as the Raging Bull or the Tom’s Amber Australian ale. It specialises in some seriously delicious craft beers, with creative small batch releases such as the Flaming Youth, with a hint of coriander and sea salt. The food is equally impressive, with smokey wings, nachos, beef short ribs, burritos and meaty burgers.
The usual suspects can be found on tap at Beerfarm‘s rustic brew shed, but it is also very clever at handcrafting small batch releases such as the Berlinner Weisse made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, or a barrel aged American Barley Wine.
The Grove Brewery & Distillery
Head brewer Doug Whiteside is the brains behind the development and production of The Grove’s ales and is constantly engaged in creating new tastes and flavours. His love of craft beer, especially in the field of real ale has led to the company’s latest range of four brews. Try the rounded, red House Ale (like an American pale ale) or the intriguingly-named Gangster Stout, redolent with roasted malts, coffee and chocolate overtones. There’s an IPA and a ‘boring’ beer too – all worth trying.
Situated within the township as Margaret River’s only “urban” brewery, Brewhouse remains ensconced by towering forest. Its Inji Pale Ale is a local favourite, as is the Bastard Brown ale with its burnt biscuit and toffee malts. The food offering is impressive, whether it’s squid salad, fish and chips, pizzas, or pork tacos.
Cowaramup Brewing Co.
Book into Cowaramup Brewing Co. for an immersive brewing tour, ending with six-beers matched to food. There’s a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, a German-origin noble hop Pilsener, and a fruity Lightsign Summer Ale.
Colonial Brewing Company
There is space aplenty at this sun-drenched brewery, with a playground and live music on weekends. Colonial Brewing Co. ales range from a classic draught and IPA to a South West Sour featuring pale, wheat and Munich malts with hops from both hemispheres.
If you’ve been to Dunsborough, you’ll be aware that Occy’s is in the heart of the town, and seems to be a permanently popular fixture for many. It’s got a dog-friendly beer garden, serves up huge plates of pub food and with an ever-changing 18 beer offering under the watchful eye of owner brewer and beer master Bill, it’s hard to think of a more convivial place to spend a few hours on a summer’s day. Bill’s beer, brewed on his cattle farm, is made with filtered rainwater, and is preservative and finings-free.
Thirsty for a brew? Hop along to the region’s new craft beer trail.
Occy's DunsboroughMonday - Sunday: 11:30am until 9:00pm
12/34 Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough WA 6281, Australia
The Grove Distillery & BreweryMonday - Sunday: 9:00am until 5:00pm
Eagle Bay Brewing CoMonday - Sunday: 11:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Fireplace,Outdoor Playground
252 Eagle Bay Road, Eagle Bay, Western Australia, Australia
Wild Hop Brewing Co.Monday - Sunday: 11:00am until 6:00pm
1301 Wildwood Road, Yallingup WA 6282 Australia
Cheeky Monkey Brewery & CideryMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 6:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Outdoor Playground
4259 Caves Road, Metricup, Western Australia, 6280, Australia
Bootleg BreweryMonday - Sunday: 11:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground,Picnic Spot,Scenic Spot,Sunny Day,Vegan Beer
37 Wildberry Road, Wilyabrup, WA 6281.
Caves Road Collective, home of Black Brewing CoMonday - Sunday: 11:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Indoor Play Area,Outdoor Playground,Rainy Day,Sunny Day,Vegan Beer
3517 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280, Australia
The BeerfarmMonday - Thursday: 11:00am until 6:00pm
Friday: 11:00am until 9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am until 7:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am until 6:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground,Vegan Beer
177 Gale Road, Metricup WA 6280
Colonial Brewing CoMonday - Thursday: 11:00am until 6:00pm
Friday: 11:00am until 10:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am until 6:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Outdoor Playground,Vegan Beer
Osmington Road, MARGARET RIVER
Brewhouse Margaret RiverMonday - Thursday: 11:00am until 7:00pm
Friday - Sunday: 11:00am until 9:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground,Sunny Day
35 Bussell Highway, Margaret River, WA 6285, Australia