With Margaret River becoming one of the fastest growing micro brewery regions in Australia and distilleries and breweries popping up everywhere, it gives you plenty of reasons to skip the wineries and try something different on your next visit to the Margaret River wine region.
Who doesn’t love a cold beer on a hot day? Or just any time really! The hardest part is picking just where to have a cold one while grabbing a bite to eat for lunch.
Our top Margaret River Breweries for lunch
The Beer Farm – A big converted barn makes a great space for a brewery. Perched at the top of a natural hilly slope, there’s plenty of things to keeps kids amused for hours in the summer, while beer-loving parents can peacefully taste their way through The Beer Farm’s brews. The atmosphere is casual, and the beer is good, and the food especially their chips (the real deal) are fantastic.
Black’s Brewery – Born out of a passionate backyard brewing project in suburban Perth, Black Brewing Co has its roots firmly planted in the ethos of “making good booze and having fun” and continues to do business with this in mind at it’s Caves Road home in Margaret River. Black’s executive chef takes a road less travelled in beer venue cuisine and the brewery is better for the globally influenced but pan-Asian focused menu
Bootleg Brewery – back in the mid-90s there was just the one: Bootleg Brewery. It was the first to bring craft beer to WA’s wine-producing heartland, just a short drive off the famous Caves Road, and soon found favour with local winemakers and tourists. Head brewer Michael Brookes has been there for almost as long as the brewery itself, joining as a home brewing barman in 1998 and instantly showing a desire to move into the brewery. Since becoming head brewer, he’s helped Bootleg earn a reputation as home to some of the state’s finest and most creative beers.
Brewhouse – The Brewhouse Margaret River, a brew pub on the northern border of town and the local for locals. Families, dogs, footy teams, kids, couples, loud 20-somethings are all welcome and all there.
Part of it’s success is because it’s owners designed a brewing operation and dining facility around the sort of place they’d like to go on a day off. It’s quite literally like a party in your friend’s backyard. On a busy weekend you will find the Brewhouse buzzing with an energy and the team banging out the food and drink at a frantic pace — or as my son would say “Getting slammed”, but nothing fazes this well-oiled machine as they service the masses.
Bush Shack Brewery – Beginning its life as the Wicked Ale Brewery in Yallingup in the late 1990’s; the Bush Shack Brewery as they are now called is a small family run business. They have a hands-on approach to creating very unique beers. A boutique brewery in a relaxed rustic setting. Their beers are unique – think Chilli Beer, Twisted Lemon Lager, Chocolate Beer and Yallingup Old, just to name a few. Not a beer drinker? Try their popular Ginger Beer, Passionfruit Beer, Scream’n Cream’n, Kick’n Kole and Mango Madness. BYO picnic or have a few while you cook lunch on the barbecues provided. There is a light menu offering snacks from 11am – 4pm.
Colonial Brewery – Colonial Brewing Company is a short drive from Margaret River town. It is a really great place to take the kiddies as it has a huge grassed area and a large playground which is partly shaded, offering lots of casual food options. It’s a nice setting inside with an open fire, and outside with the green pasture. The vibe is relaxed and easy. It’s not hard to spend an afternoon here just sitting back enjoying a brew, while watching the sun set on another amazing day in the Margaret River Region.
Cheeky Monkey – A family friendly brewery in the middle of the Margaret River wine region, where you can experience how beers and ciders are made before enjoying the fruits of the brewers’ labour. Cheeky Monkey provides a state of the art, warm and welcoming venue where patrons can relax in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere, surrounded by gardens in which to enjoy a beer or a cider. With a huge playground visible from Caves Road, it’s little wonder this place is popular with families and locals. Cheeky Monkey offers a modern Australian restaurant, sourcing the freshest local produce.
Eagle Bay – Located on the southern side of Eagle Bay Road, opposite Wise winery, Eagle Bay Brewing Co is set in a large modern building filled with a tonne of wood and stone giving it a typical ‘down south’ rustic feel. The other thing you can’t help but notice is the sweeping view over the vineyards. Boasting a natural beer with no preservatives and a kitchen that produces wholesome food, with the added bonus of a winery on site, beer, wine and food lovers, could tick all three things off their list in one visit.