Welcome to the Margaret River Beer Region
Hot days and cold beers go together like chips and sauce, and there’s nothing better than having a delicious pint right where it’s made, at one of Margaret River’s fine craft breweries.
Our bread and butter is wine tours – especially our Eat Drink Explore tour which takes in 4 wineries – but even then we always stop for a refreshing brewery lunch.
The region is famous for wine, but thanks to some dedicated beer lovers, there’s ten awesome breweries where you can relax and sink a cold one. Here’s our short list from the northern end of the Cape to Margaret River, and everywhere in between. We’ve put in the hard yards researching!
So if you don’t mind a Denzel Frothington or two, be sure to gather up your mates and check it out.
See you at the bar!
In the north you’ll find the beautiful bayside towns of Busselton, Dunsborough and Eagle Bay, and Yallingup on the Indian Ocean side.
Eagle Bay Brewing Co
Best Beer – Kolsch
The place to be seen, you’ll have to book ahead to nab a table at this glorious sun-soaked brewery. The d’Espeissis Family ran cattle on this property for decades before they created the brewery, which their three children are doing an incredible job running.
We love the sessionable Kolsch which is available at plenty of bottle shops and restaurants around WA too. Grab a tasting paddle and a pizza or salad (there’s a special menu for the groms, too) and have yourself a fine time with views of Eagle Bay.
Open 7 days for lunch. Eagle Bay Rd, Eagle Bay. W.A. 6281. Reservations: 08 9755 3554
One of our favourite lunches in central Dunsborough, Occy’s has their own beer plus plenty of guest taps from all over WA – 18 taps in total. The beef burger has some serious chilli action, it’s delicious.
12/34 Dunn Bay Rd, Dunsborough. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.
Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough
Not a brewery, but a special mention thanks to their epic Cape to Cape Tap which has a beer from every south west brewery. Loads of excellent local wines, great fish and chips and a superb outdoor space make this an easy place to while away an afternoon.
1710 Caves Rd, Dunsborough. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.
Coming Soon to Busselton – Rocky Ridge Brewing and Blue Mile
Best Beer – Pale Ale
You’ve probably heard of these two already – their cans are available in plenty of good bottle shops and restaurants already.
Rocky Ridge is currently brewed in Jindong, just outside Busselton, and they plan to open a brewery on Marine Parade Busselton, one street back from the beach. Should be a ripper!
Blue Mile is opening a massive craft brewery in mid-2019 near The Goose in the Busselton Jetty Precinct right on the shore of Geographe Bay. It’ll be a family friendly restaurant and brewery, should be pretty spectacular. Matt Credaro is head brewer/owner, from the same family as the awesome Credaro Wines.
Breweries Wilyabrup to Cowaramup
Midway between Dunsborough and Margaret River there’s a spate of craft breweries, many on rolling paddocks between vineyards and old dairy farms. Plenty of space for great beer gardens, play grounds and helipads!
Best Beer – Prohibition Pils
The stalwart of the Margaret River brewing scene – Bootleg has been around for decades! They still do a mighty fine lunch and have a great range of beers, all in an idyllic setting in the heart of wine country.
37 Wildberry Rd, Wilyabrup. Open daily 11am – 5pm.
Best Beer – West Coast IPA
They’ve been open about six years now and they’re nailing the beers. Flavours are fantastic and the new look cans are pretty swanky too. It’s another perfect spot to relax with friends and a pint, and parents always love it because there’s an enclosed playground.
My cousin Jackson runs Scenic Helicopter flights from the paddock across the lake most weekends through Summer – possibly the best fun you can have for $85! It only takes a minute to buzz across to the ocean where you’ll see spectacular coast line and the Wilyabrup Cliffs from above.
4259 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup. Open 7 days for lunch.
The Beer Farm
Best Beer – India Pale Lager (IPL)
Another rocking new venue, they quickly made a name for their brewing skills and that giant water slide.
Set up in an old brewery shed, it’s a relaxed affair with a great vibe. Started “by a bunch of misfits, brought together by the love of making great beer” they haven’t worried about fancy fit-outs, they’ve concentrated on creating a down-to-earth place where everyone feels at home.
You’ll find the usual suspects on the menu and all done really well; burgers, nachos, some groovy snacks, but if they have the Rendang curry on the menu we say go for it – it’s a winner.
177 Gale Rd, Metricup. Open daily 11am-6pm, or 7pm on weekends.
Best Beer – XPA
Black Brewing sits where the old Duckstein once was; in that jaw-dropping glass-and-stone building with incredible views across the lake. They make a range of great beers but their most well known brew is the Honest Ale designed and Co Brewed with Taj Burrow, Jay Davies, Dino Adrian & Caley Brent-White. It’s for those who just love a good honest beer and not all the other stuff… Recently opened Little Brother beer/wine/tapas bar in Dunsborough.
Open daily. 3517 Caves Road, Metricup.
The Grove Distillery
Not only do they make a fine spiced rum, and a whopping range of liqueurs, they brew a selection of beers, too. Right in the heart of Wilyabrup wine making country is this family-run distillery, where you can have a pint and a pizza overlooking the lake.
491 Metricup Rd, Wilyabrup. Open 9am-5pm daily.
Best Beer – Kolsch
We often find ourselves at Colonial Brewery on a Friday night – it’s locals pizza night and not only are the pizzas seriously nice, they’re just $10 between 4pm and 9pm. *This is their current Autumn special, check before you go. The food is creative and totally hits the mark, the beers are great quality too. Grab a tasting paddle if it’s your first time, and take away a 6 pack of your favourite.
It’s kid-friendly too, with a wicked playground (not fenced like Cheeky’s though), live music on Saturday arvo to get the groms grooving and Sunday Fundays with games and activities.
29 Osmington Rd, Bramley. Open 11am-6pm daily, and till 9pm Fridays.
Best Beer – Hefeweizen, German Wheat Beer
Our brewery of choice on the Eat Drink Explore tour – because it’s totally awesome, and bit of an unknown gem, as far as breweries go. The food, wine and (most importantly) beer are fantastic, as is the great service. They make six beers which is plenty, and we’re quite partial to the prosciutto, leek and gorgonzola pizza.
Stunning rural setting where you can gaze out over the paddocks.
229 North Treeton Road, Cowaramup. Open 11am-6pm daily.
Brewhouse Margaret River
Best Beer – Inji Pale Ale
The newest brewery opened about 2 years ago to rapturous applause. Locals love it, tourists too, so call ahead for a table. It’s owned and operated by 3 local families all with kids and dogs, so it’s kid-friendly with a playground, water bowls for the hounds and regular live music sessions.
Located just north of the bridge into Margaret River, you can easily walk here from the centre of town. Food is some of the best around; smart casual, and their beer gets two thumbs up from us.
35 Bussell Highway, Margaret River. Open 7 days from 11am.