New large-scale breweries, fledgling operations, and up-and-comer brewers are defining Busselton as the place with the best (and most audacious) beers in the state.
The fact that the Margaret River Region is wine country is not exactly news, but what might come as a surprise to many, is that the region’s largest city – Busselton, loves its crafty pints. New large-scale breweries, fledgling operations, and up-and-comer brewers are defining Busselton as the place with the best (and most audacious) beers in the state.
Shelter Brewing Co is the newest addition to the region, located on the Busselton Foreshore.
Shelter Brewing Co
One of the region’s newest breweries that has quickly garnered a loyal following, Shelter Brewing Co takes centre stage on the Busselton Foreshore. It’s big, with a capacity for 600, and designed to maximise the iconic views of Busselton Jetty and Geographe Bay. The impressive two-level structure features an open brewery, function rooms, lounge area, viewing gallery, café and a kids playground complete with a custom built wooden retro caravan. The venue is open all day, starting with coffee and cinnamon scrolls at 7am, then setting up the brewery at 10am. The beer doesn’t come any fresher, straight from the tank to the tap with the core range of beers being pale ales, lagers, and a summer sour. Shelter is born and brewed in Busselton, just like it says on the tin.
From ‘ground to glass’ Rocky Ridge is one of a few breweries that also grows its own hops on their local farm. The cellar door isn’t on the farm but situated in a renovated 1930s house in the heart of Busselton with 25 taps serving six core beers and 16 or more seasonal brews. Margaret River Burger Co food truck is parked up each day to feed the hungry.
Eagle Bay Brewery
A packed car park is always a good sign and walking in, it’s easy to see why. Eagle Bay Brewing feels elegant. A modern venue that enjoys sweeping views over the lawn, and onto the Indian Ocean. The microbrewery is popular with families offering space outside for kids including a playground with a sand pit, long tables, high ceilings and big bi-fold doors that bring the outside in. Open daily from 11am, Eagle Bay Brewing Co pours six handcrafted beers that are naturally brewed: Kolsch, Pale Ale, Lager, India Pale Lager, Cacao Stout and Amber Ale mid strength. The food menu is based around seasonal local produce designed for sharing.
Settle in for an arvo brew at Wild Hop in Yallingup.
Wild Hop Brewing Company
With pretty views over a dam, a valley and onto vineyards beyond, the expansive alfresco area dotted with umbrellas and tables parked under shady cottonwood trees make this place a favourite. The family run Wild Hop Brewing Company does things a little differently. Inside the cellar door, there’s ten taps of batch-brewed beer that are continuously changing, the only constant being the Short Shorts Czech Pilsner. When it comes to food, don’t leave without trying a beer battered pickle. It blew my mind it was lip-smackingly good in a crisp, sweet and salty way.
Beerfarm is exactly what the name implies, an old 160-acre dairy farm with beer. And on the farm are Black Angus cows that feed on grass as well as grains from the by-product of the brewing process, all to minimising waste. Inside the big welcoming barn there’s a fire, high and low tables and at the bar, a core range of beers along with seasonal and speciality brews. The menu changes regularly depending on what’s available from neighbouring farms and local suppliers, with a focus on smoked dishes that are cooked over a combo of fire, charcoal and smoke.
Monkey Bar Vasse
Vasse has been rapidly evolving before our eyes with new bars, creative outlets and retail popping up. Cheeky Monkey brewery have joined the hotspot, and have opened up their production facility in Vasse, wacked in a bar, added some seating, a pool table for fun along with a menu serving pizzas to create Monkey Bar Vasse. Good news, it saves a trip down Caves Road to their main cellar door to grab their freshly brewed beer, which is incidentally loved by families for its spacious setting and huge playground.
Located inside Cheeky Monkey’s production facility, enjoy pizzas and brews at the Monkey Bar Vasse.
Black Brewing Co
The colossal Black Brewing Co impresses before you even set foot inside. The grand indoor area is flooded with light from large windows, a sky-high wood-panelled ceiling, traditional stonework housing a fireplace that also separates the tasting area and retail space from Black Brewing Co, and several large outdoor areas, plus a deck that overlooks a lake complete with a fountain. Tasting paddles are available, along with Dune Distillery spirit tastings and Ground to Cloud wine tastings. The pared-back menu caters for a range of tastes with dishes such as Korean bang bang chicken wings, miso rosemary roasted pumpkin, maple glazed beef along with a range of woodfired pizzas.
Aravina Taphouse – 8 Waves Brewing Co
No longer just making wine, Aravina Estate has launched a new craft beer label, 8 Waves Brewing Co, pouring beers from five rotating taps in the new Taphouse, situated underneath the restaurant. Aptly named after eight famous surf breaks in the region, the 8 Waves Brewing Co ties in nicely to the established WA Surf Gallery that was formed in collaboration with Surfing WA some years ago. Inside, the Taphouse wall is donned with a colourful mural from the distinctive local artist Aidan Lee Smith. The Taphouse offers a tasting paddle, tap cider, cocktails and a casual dining menu featuring seafood baskets, duck spring rolls and a range of stone-baked pizzas
Thirsty for a brew? Hop along to the region’s craft beer trail.
Shelter Brewing Co.7 days a week, 10am-10pm and from 7am for Coffee & Bagels.Great For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,WiFi
11 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280
Eagle Bay Brewing Co7 days a week from 11 am to 5 pm.Great For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Fireplace,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings
236 Eagle Bay Rd, Naturaliste WA 6281
Wild Hop Brewing Co.Monday - Thursday 11 am to 5 pm (kitchen closes at 4pm) Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 10.45 am to 6 pm (kitchen closes at 5pm)Great For: Dine In,Seated Tastings
1301 Wildwood Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
BeerfarmVenue Sunday-Thursday 11am-6pm Friday 11am-9pm Saturday 11am-7pm Kitchen Sunday-Thursday 11am-4pm Friday 11am-3pm Raise the Steaks 5pm-8pm Saturday 11am-5pm Slip n Slide December - April only Saturday-Sunday 11am-2pm School holidays 11am-2pm everydayGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground,Vegan Beer
177 Gale Rd, Metricup WA 6280
Monkey Bar VasseMonday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - Friday: 4:00 until 7:00 PM
Saturday: 2:00 until 7:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 until 6:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Dine In,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Seated Tastings
44 Commerce Rd, Vasse WA 6280
Black Brewing Co7 days 11am - 5pm Kitchen open 12pm - 4pmGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Indoor Play Area,Outdoor Playground,Rainy Day,Seated Tastings,Sunny Day,Vegan Beer
3517 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280
Aravina EstateMonday to Thursday - Closed Fri, Sat & Sun - 10am - 5pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings
61 Thornton Rd, Yallingup WA 6282