12 Unmissable Breweries in Margaret River
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019. Written by Benson Holland.
Yes, it is true, Margaret River is more than surfing and wine paradise. We are also an up-and-coming go-to location for excellent standard and trailblazing craft beers and ciders.
Our brewhouses are creatively growing and typically use local, fresh ingredients. If beer is what you desire, then you’ll be delighted with the exceptional varieties found in the Margaret River area.
With the multitude of breweries, distilleries, and pubs that abound in the Margaret River area, it may be a conundrum to select which breweries to visit during your visit.
Don’t worry. We have done all the research for you and proudly recommend the following dozen establishments, in alphabetical order, as the dozen best breweries in the area based on the quality and consistency of their beers and on their reputations for outstanding customer service. Sip, savour and enjoy.
Best Breweries in Margaret River
1. Beer Farm
The Beer Farm is a popular gathering place for locals and tourists, fur-babies included. There is a play area for children and an indoor play area with pinball machines for the bigger kids.
The Beer Farm is situated on land that used to be a dairy farm and the old hay shed is now the main bar area with a long, beautiful Jarrah bar counter. Another outstanding feature is the doors that open up for entrance into the paddock are on window rollers.
The beer lineup includes nine core beers, nine seasonal beers, nine limited releases, and a dozen past favourites. The bar offers 7 core beers and 3 limited releases on tap. You can view the full lineup on their website at: Beerfarm.
The Beer Farm Brewery is located at 177 Gale Road, Metricup WA 6280. They open daily at 11 AM and do not take reservations, walk-ins are one of the family-friendly enticements at the Beer Farm.
2. Black Brewing Company
The Black Brewing Company is locally owned and operated treasure as they are all-round producers of traditional beers, craft beers, and wines. When visiting their location in the Caves Road Collective you can enjoy their panoramic view of a tranquil lake while strolling through their brewery, distillery, and winery or enjoying a delectable repast from their dining menu that features local produce.
The core beers are IPA, fresh and pale ale, Bao Bao Stout, lager, Saison No. 1, and Cider. There is also a lineup of single releases, seasonal favourites, and farmhouse and Belgian ales.
The Black Brewing Company is located at 3517 Caves Road, Wilyabrup WA 6280, and they are open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. For additional information, visit their website at Black Brewing Co.
3. Bootleg Brewery
The Bootleg Brewery was one of the original establishments in Margaret River and proudly claims to be ‘an oasis of beer in a desert of wine’.
This brewery has it all; a selection of ales and lagers brewed on-site, an eatery with savoury beer-friendly lunches, a very large children’s play area that includes beanbag tosses and large chess boards, doggie exercise areas, an indoor brewery museum on the second floor and live entertainment on the weekends. All of this vitality is ideally set alongside a scenic lake with shaded picnic tables lining the expansive lawn. When you find that exceptional beer that pleases your tongue, your palate, and your nose, you’ll be glad to know that you can purchase takeaways.
The Bootleg Brewery is located on the corners of Puzey and Johnson Roads, Wilyabrup WA 6285. The brewery and the bar open daily at 11 AM and the restaurant opens at noon. For more information about their beer lineup, you can call the brewery on (08) 9755 6300.
4. Brewhouse Margaret River
This local favourite brewery is ideally situated on the edge of Margaret River where it is an easy walk for residents and visitors. A comfortable, relaxing, outdoor setting great for all members of the family, including your fur-babies. There are several fun activities for children and bike trails for those seeking some adventure.
The Brewhouse is locally owned and operated. They craft their 18 varieties of beers using four main ingredients: hops, malt, yeast, and water. They offer one Lager, four Ales, four IPAs, one Kolsch, one Ginger Beer, three Stouts, one Pilsner, one Weissbier, one Porter, and one Passionfruit Sour.
The Brewhouse is located at 35 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285, and they are open seven days a week beginning at 11 AM. For additional information and questions, visit their website at Craft Beer | Margaret River Brewhouse | Margaret River.
5. Bush Shack Brewery
The Bush Shack Brewery is one of the original Margaret River breweries, founded in 1998. This brewery is operated by Danial and Coralie Wind and has a reputation for outstanding small-batch brews.
Their offerings are uniquely classified as Immediate Family, Visiting Relatives, Distant Cousins and the In-Laws that range from traditional beers and craft beers to ciders and flavored alcoholic beverages. You can view the full list on their website at Bush Shack Brewery.
If new and novel is on your agenda, then the Bush Shack Brewery is a must-visit for your bucket list. The brewery has a scenic location with BBQ facilities, a playground for the children, a brewery shack and a wild bush environment where kangaroos are frequently seen.
The Bush Shack Brewery has two locations. The brewery is located at 791 Ferguson Road, Ferguson WA 6236 and you can call (08) 9728 3553 for more information. The Bush Shack Steakhouse is located at 72 Causeway Road, Busselton WA 6280 and you can call (08) 9794 2518 for more information.
6. Cheeky Monkey Brewery
The Cheeky Monkey Brewery is a locally owned and operated favourite location for the entire family. Besides a lineup of classic beers and cider, they also offer a limited range of beers and a seasonal IPA that customers look forward to with gusto. You can enjoy a tasting paddle of five beers or take your pick of single mugs straight from the tap. The main offerings include lager, mid-ale, pale ale, IPA, and Ginger.
As an alternative to beer, the brewery also has a selection of red and white wines from local Margaret River wineries. Non-alcoholic beverages are available for their younger visitors. The brewery boasts a majestic view of a beautiful lake and their own vineyard. Their entertaining playground creates a memorable adventure for the children. A great day’s outing for everyone.
The Cheeky Monkey Brewery is located at 4259 Caves Road, Wilyabrup WA 6280, and they are open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. For additional information and questions, visit their website at Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co.
7. Colonial Brewing
The Colonial Brewing Company has been a local favourite for nearly two decades. The popularity of this brewery is a combination of great beers, great atmosphere, the extra friendly staff, and a comfortable, family-friendly environment. Everyone is welcome at the Colonial Brewing Company, and this includes the family dogs. There is an exciting play area where the children can enjoy themselves under the watchful eyes of their parents as they are tasting some exceptionally brewed local beers and taking in the scenery.
The brewery offers a light menu and a lineup of six core beers, one seasonal Porter beer, all seven beers in tinnies with creative can designs, and 12 creative project beers. You can view the full lineup on their website at Colonial Brewing Co. You can watch their taste pleasing ales being brewed while dining inside the ultra-modern facility.
The Colonial Brewing Company is located on Osmington Road, Margaret River WA 6285. They open at 11 AM Thursday through Monday, and they are open daily during school holidays. For more information, visit their website at Colonial Brewing Co.
8. Cowaramup Brewing Company
Cowaramup Brewing Company is a microbrewery locally owned and operated. The brewery, restaurant, and bar are scenically set in a rural location with a beautiful vista of surrounding country grounds and a dam. The brewery caters to the entire family with a play area for the children placed in full view of the indoor and outdoor eating areas. The expansive lawn has ample space for Cricket and Jenga games.
The lineup of beers includes handcrafted ales and lagers available for takeaway and for tasting on tap. For those who prefer wine with lunch, the brewery offers a small selection of popular wines from local Margaret River wineries. Unlike other breweries in the area, the Cowaramup Brewing Company offers brewery tours twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Fridays. You need to sign up in advance for the tours.
The Cowaramup Brewing Company is located at 229 North Treeton Road, Cowaramup WA 6284. The brewery and restaurant are open daily from 11 AM to 6 PM. For more information, visit their website at Cowaramup Brewing Company.
9. Eagle Bay Brewing Company
The Eagle Bay Brewing Company is an all-in-one microbrewery, vineyard and restaurant on a 66-year-old working family farm. The vista at the Eagle Bay Brewing is an eye-pleasing overview of farmland and bushland that embraces both Cape Naturaliste and the Indian Ocean. The menu is savoury and has specialised selections for children. There is also a large playground on-site.
All the beers, ciders, wine, and bubbles are produced in small batches for individuality and available only at Eagle Bay. The lineup of beers includes the core collection of Kolsch, Pale Ale, Lager, IPA, and Amber Ale. The brewers’ collection includes IPA, Ales, Lager, Cacao Stout, and Nut Brown Ale.
Their wines from their own vineyard include Shiraz, Semillon, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Bubbles series include Rose and Blanc. Try a visit to taste the unique creativity of the beers and wines, spend some time savouring the seasonal dishes, or just relax indoors or outdoors enjoying the atmosphere and the view.
The Eagle Bay Brewery is located on Eagle Bay Road, Eagle Bay WA 6281. They open the doors daily at 11 AM. For more information, visit their website at Eagle Bay Brewing Co.
10. Occy’s Brewery
Occy’s is one of the most innovative breweries in the area beloved by locals and out-of-towners. They have taken enjoyment and entertainment for everyone in the family into consideration. Overlooking the Lions Park in the center of Dunsborough, there is a spacious play area for the children, and all the beers and ciders are brewed on the owner’s cattle farm. Occy’s also has a doggie beer garden, with a non-alcoholic paddle tasting board. How awesome is that?
Occy’s has a rotating selection available on 18 separate taps. They have a complete beer lineup that includes Stout, Ales, IPAs, APAs, Lager, Pilsner, and Ciders. You can view their individual selections on their website. Maybe it is part of the ambiance of Occy’s that sees many return customers is that there are no takeaways, all beverages are to be savoured at the brewery.
Occy’s is located at 12/34 Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough WA 6281. The brewery and eatery are open daily from 11:30 AM to 9 PM. For more information, visit their website at Occy’s Food & Brews.
11. Rocky Ridge Brewing Company
The Rocky Ridge Brewing Company is a real gem when it comes to native brewing. The local owner, Hamish Coates, proudly proclaims that every beer he brews is made from ingredients he grows on the family farm including the hops and the barley. The brewery has recently opened their cellar door in the heart of Busselton. It is situated in the family’s refurbished 1930s family home.
They offer 100mls tastings available from 25 individual taps. You can view their full range of core and limited beers on their website at Rocky Ridge Brewing Co.
The Rocky Ridge Brewing Company’s Cellar Door is located at 10 Marine Terrace, Busselton WA 6280 and they are open daily from 11 AM to 7 PM.
12. Wild Hop Brewing Company
Wild Hop Brewing Company is the newest member of breweries in the Margaret River area. While it is stretching its brewing wings, it is already a popular gathering place for locals and out-of-town visitors. There is a play area for children and dogs on leads are also welcome. There is an indoor and open veranda for dining. During the cooler temperatures, the veranda will be heated.
The brewery is locally owned and operated, and it is situated on the family’s 50 acres of private property with a panoramic view of the Yallingup Hills and stretches from the flat plains to the rocky coastline. At present there is no plan to develop a standard lineup of beers, but to create different beer styles with an exciting array of recipes and ingredients. The goal is to have something new and delectable every time someone visits the brewing company.
The Wild Hop Brewing Company is located along a winding, picturesque road at 1301 Wildwood Road, Yallingup WA 6282. The doors are open daily from 11 AM to 6 PM and reservations are not required. For more information, visit their website at WILD HOP BREWING COMPANY.