Sunny arvos and cold beers are a perfect pairing, but don’t get stuck in a beer rut — tickle your taste buds with one of the latest brews on the block.
When you spend your morning surfing pristine water followed by a lazy day at the beach, there’s no better way to end a hot summer’s day than by kicking back with a cold beer in hand.
Thankfully, the Margaret River region has a whole bunch of breweries, each offering their own unique styles of beer. From pilsner and pale ale to lager and wheat beer, they are all perfectly crafted to suit the season and quench even the hardiest thirsts.
EAGLE BAY BREWING CO
With sweeping views across the landscape, Eagle Bay Brewing Co is an ideal setting for a post-beach beer and a spot of lunch. Owned and operated by the d’Espeissis siblings, brothers Nick and Adrian along with sister Astrid make absolutely certain that Eagle Bay’s craft beers are of a consistently high quality and ever-evolving.
Co-founder and head brewer Nick explains: “For summer 2017/18 we have a brand new lager joining our core range, which was voted in by our expert beer-drinking panel.
“We couldn’t decide which lager to bring into our main line-up and we thought what better way to make a decision than by calling on the help of all our loyal beer drinkers. Following a four-week voting period the results finally came in.”
THE BREW Eagle Bay Lager
THE TASTE Light and bright with some spicy and tropical fruit notes coming through
THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT Golden, crisp, clean
BEST FOOD PAIRING Crabs, prawns, dhufish or the fish burger off the summer menu at Eagle Bay Brewing Co.
“We also have a new beer to add to our ‘Brewer’s Series’.The ‘Brewer’s Series’ is made up of four handcrafted beers released once a year and inspired by the seasons of down south Western Australia.
“To celebrate blue skies and summer days
in the Margaret River region meet our Hoppy Blonde. It will be joining us from November 25 until the end of February 2018.
THE BREW Brewer’s Series Hoppy Blonde
THE TASTE Fresh and clean with loads of tropical fruit characters coming through
THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT Bright, fresh, fruity
BEST FOOD PAIRING Fish tacos, guacamole and corn chips or the beer plate off the summer menu.
Eagle Bay Brewing Co
236 Eagle Bay Road, Naturaliste Visit: Eaglebaybrewing.com.au
THE BREWHOUSE MARGARET RIVER
Opened in January 2016, the Brewhouse Margaret River is owned and run by three families from the area who wanted to give locals and holidaymakers easy access to a microbrewery. Just a short walk or bike ride from the centre of town, the Brewhouse offers a wide range of beer styles, plus a bunch of seasonal showcases.
“This year we’ve released 8 Ball Double IPA, Peater Coupan, Barrel Aged Imperial and The Quadfather, which is a dark, strong Belgian style beer.The all-time favourite summer brew is our Kuttback Kolsh,” says The Brewhouse general manager Iliya Hastings.
“It’s a delicate, light, German-style ale with a little bit of wheat, tettnanger and hallertau hops.
“The other fairly new addition to our range of beers is the Saison.This is a French/Belgian style farmhouse ale that’s full of spice and a real pallet lifter. It pairs well with our fish, beef cheek or pork tacos.”
The Brewhouse Margaret River
35 Busselton Highway, Margaret River
COWARAMUP BREWING COMPANY
This family-owned microbrewery is located in a charming rural setting, just four kilometres east of Cowaramup. Offering a modest line-up of core brews, Cowaramup Brewing Co continues to perfect its beers, adding an occasional ‘special’ to the mix.
By far the most popular is the Cowaramup Pilsner, a German-style beer with a crisp, refreshing taste. Jeremy Good, co-founder and brewer, tells me that a common choice for summer is the brewery’s newest release, the Cowaramup Lightsign Summer Ale (3.6% ABV).
“It has a tropical fruit aroma, medium body with low to moderate bitterness and a slight spicy finish. It’s full flavoured, refreshing and easy drinking, making it a great choice for a summer afternoon or evening down south.
“Food-wise, it goes really well with seafood – scallops, prawns and crayfish – but also with light, spicy food.”
Cowaramup Brewing Company
229 North Treeton Road, Cowaramup Visit: Cowaramupbrewing.com.au
Other new Brews:
Black Brewing Co
Passion Hop 5.8%
West Coast Pale Ale brewed in collaboration with Perth bottle shop Cellarbrations Super Store. Featuring Passionfruit pulp, super punchy and tropical and loads of Passionfruit.
Available on tap at Black Brewing Co
Frosty Fruit Sour
Berlinerweisse (beer style) made with passionfruit, mandarin and lime sorbet. This beer is a collaboration brew with Cheeky Monkey, Perth bottle shop Mane Liquor and Chi Cho Gelato.
Available on tap and in package at Cheeky Monkey