14 BEST Margaret River Breweries: LOCALS 2023 Guide!

Are you planning a trip to Australia’s southwest and looking for the best brewery in Margaret River? Or perhaps you want to go on a holiday with your best mates and sip lager, overlooking the vineyards?

Look no further, I am a Margaret River Local, I love beer and I am here to share with you all the information on the best breweries in Margaret River!

Whilst Margaret River is predominantly known for the vineyards and wine produced, it’s also fast becoming recognized for its craft beer scene, with boutique Margaret River breweries popping up throughout the region. 

What I love most about a brewery is the relaxed atmosphere, making it perfect for families with kids or a casual way to spend a Margies afternoon.

Whether you’re stopping in for a quick beer in between adventures around the southwest or settling in for a late lunch and a lazy afternoon, here’s a roundup of my favourite breweries to satisfy everyone from the beer connoisseurs to the foodies, the families with little ones and everyone else in between.

 

Don’t have time to go through the entire list? Here are my picks for Best Brewery Margaret River:

For those who want a deep-dive, keep reading to discover the 14 best breweries down south. After you see all the options, check out the breweries Margaret River area FAQ at the end of the article, so you can visit Margaret River like a pro.

people cheersing their beer at a Margaret River brewery
Enjoy a beer with friends at a Margaret River Brewing Company!

 

14 Best Breweries in Margaret River

  1. Beerfarm
  2. Margaret River Brewhouse
  3. Cheeky Monkey
  4. Wild Hop Brewing Co
  5. Black Brewing Co
  6. Colonial Brewing Co
  7. Rocky Ridge Brewing Co
  8. Bootleg Brewery
  9. Cowaramup Brewing Company
  10. Eagle Bay Brewing Co
  11. Occy’s Dunsborough
  12. Shelter Brewing Co
  13. The Sophisticated Beast
  14. Cheeky HQ

 

What Are The Best Margaret River Breweries?

🍻1. Beerfarm Margaret River

The Beerfarm, it’s all in the name! Quite literally, beer is brewed onsite and served up in a converted barn on an old dairy farm, providing the ultimate setting of rolling pastures to sit back and enjoy a simple fuss-free lager, a complex IPA, or a refreshing cider.

 When it comes to food, the team is all about supporting locals, which makes them famous for their Margaret River brewery lunch, and as well as utilizing their own farm produce, they support their neighbouring farms and local growers, making their menu not only delicious and tasty but fresh and sustainable. But mostly did we say tasty?!

The Beer Farm Margaret River has a philosophy of All Are Welcome – bring the kids who will love the gigantic slip and slide during summer, as well as the dogs, making it a great family-friendly Margaret River brewery.

⭐Locals Tip: This place is great for kids of all ages, but probably better for older kids, as the playground is a way away from the seating, so you can get stuck down there if you need to supervise smaller kids. There are also heaps of lawn here too for the kids to run around on!

⭐⭐Bonus Locals Tip: Best to double-check the menu, but the kid’s menu includes a “picky plate” (well, that’s what we call it in our house!) with fruit, veggie sticks, cheese and popcorn rather than the usual nuggets, which is a winner in my books!!

 🚗Find the Beerfarm;

📍Address: 177 Gale Road, Metricup

📞Phone: 08 9755 7177

💻Website: https://www.beerfarm.com.au/

 

🍻2. Margaret River Brewhouse⠀

If you are looking for a beer in Margaret River, you will want to head to the only brewery located in the township of Margaret River, the Margaret River Brewhouse picture wandering down from your accommodation for an afternoon bevvy under the trees of the surrounding Karri Forest.

Why not even grab a bite to eat, since this is a contender for best lunch Margaret River, relax, unwind, and stay the afternoon at the Brew House Margaret River, it’s not like you need to drive!

 A great spot for families with a kid’s menu to please even the fussiest of eaters and an outdoor playground. With live music every Friday and Sunday, it’s the perfect place to kickstart your weekend or wind down on a Sunday afternoon.

⭐Locals Tip: This is an excellent kid-friendly Margaret River brewery. My kids love the playground here! You can also snag a table close to the playground so you can watch the kids while you enjoy your beer, the best way to spend an afternoon!

⭐⭐Bonus Locals Tip: The Brewhouse is close to the Wadandi and all of the Carters Road Biking Trails so you can easily ride there. I often send my husband to his friend’s house in Cowaramup and they ride from there – it’s 13km and takes them half an hour to get there, and 45-minutes to get home!

⭐⭐⭐Bonus Bonus Locals Tip: Are you into homebrew? Enter the annual Backyard Brewers Comp hosted by the Brewhouse every year and compete against the best Home Brewers in the region!

 🚗Find the Brewhouse Margaret River;

📍Address: 35 Bussell Highway, Margaret River

📞Phone: 08 9757 2614

💻Website: https://www.margaretriverbrewhouse.com.au

 

people drinking tasting paddles of beer at a brewery in Margaret River
Grab a tasting paddle at a down south brewery!

🍺3. Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co

The perfect place for a few cheeky pints with mates. Cheeky Monkey is a firm favourite of Margaret River breweries and never fails as our go-to catch-up spot with mates.

 Located about 15 minutes north of Margaret River, Cheeky’s serves up some seriously exciting Margaret River beers and ciders, has an award-winning restaurant, playground for the kids, and a panoramic view of a lake and vineyard, meaning it never fails to please everyone.

In fact, Cheeky Monkey is probably my kids favourite brewery (that sounds worse than it should!) as its playground and expansive lawn makes it one of the best kid-friendly breweries in Margaret River. 

⭐Locals Tip: This is another brewery Margaret River kid friendly – you can totally watch your kids safely play in the playground from the comfort of your table!

 🚗Find Cheeky Monkey Brewery Margaret River;

📍Address: 4259 Caves Road, Wilyabrup

📞Phone: 08 9755 5555

💻Website: https://cheekymonkey.com.au/

 

🍺4. Wild Hop Brewing Co

If you’re looking for a Yallingup brewery then here is one of the newest additions to the southwest brewery scene and it didn’t take long (literally one visit!) for Wild Hop Brewing Co to become a favorite.

A little further afield from the town of Margaret River, we can guarantee it’s absolutely worth the 30-minute drive to the Yallingup hills.

 Being a kid-friendly Margaret River brewery with an epic playground that will keep them entertained all afternoon AND dog friendly, it’s the perfect spot for the whole extended family, especially if you’re looking for a brewery in Dunsborough. 

With a slightly different approach to the menu, basing the majority of the menu around their rotisserie oven, plus a rotating beer tap list, there’s always something new to try, and trust us, you will find yourself coming back to this spot over and over!

Finally, can we please take this opportunity to recommend the deep-fried pickles, because, yes, you need these in your life – what better than this from a brewery Yallingup!

 ⭐Locals Tip: Get there early so you can get a table by the playground (if you have kids), and if you’re wanting a rotisserie chicken to share amongst four or more of you, alongside a few of their vegetable-style dishes, pre-order it online here, but make sure you give them 48 hours notice, as otherwise, they can’t guarantee you one.

🚗Find Wild Hop Brewing Company;

📍Address: 301 Wildwood Road, Yallingup

📞Phone: 0488 990 154

💻Website: https://www.wildhopbeer.com.au/

 

people sitting at a table drinking beer margaret river
Enjoy some time with friends at breweries south west!

🍻5. Black Brewing Co.

Can’t decide between a winery or a brewery, casual or fine dining? We know the feeling, so we’ve done the research (it’s tough we know, but someone has to do it!), and we’ve found the answer!

 Black Brewing Co is not your average brewery, in fact, it’s a restaurant, brewery, and distillery, alongside some of Margaret River’s finest wines, all conveniently bundled up into one glorious setting in a convenient location being a brewery Caves Road. Think high ceilings, large wooden doors, a stone open-fire place, and an alfresco deck overlooking the water.

At Black Brewing Margaret River, you can eEnjoy something from the tapas-style menu with a Mexican twist paired with a chardonnay, or a classic juicy burger and hot chips washed down with a refreshing pint. Combining all the good stuff that Margaret River has to offer, if you’ve only got time for one stop, this is it.

⭐Locals Tip: Looking for a wedding venue? Black Brewing Co is famous for its weddings and other functions.

 🚗Find Black Brewery Margaret River;

📍Address: 3517 Caves Road, Wilyabrup

📞Phone: 08 9755 6500

💻Website: https://blackbrewingco.com.au/

 

🍻6. Colonial Brewing Co.

Beer, golf, good food, you can’t go wrong. Wait, did you read golf? Yes, yes you did. Colonial Brewing Co is the only brewery in Margaret River to combine beer and a driving range. And, well quite frankly, why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?

This is also my number one pick for a kid friendly brewery Margaret River, with its golf range, expansive lawns and playground.

Colonial Brewery was one of the first breweries near Margaret River established in the southwest, you can trust that when it comes to handcrafted beer and cider, they know what they’re doing. 

Uncomplicated and unpretentious is their approach to making great beer and food, making it the perfect place to bring your mates, grab a cold one, and hit the driving range.

 ⭐Locals Tip: Allow $5 to hire a bucket of golf balls, and have a ridiculously fun time!

🚗Find Colonial Brewing Co;

📍Address: 29 Osmington Road, Bramley

📞Phone: 08 9758 8177

💻Website: https://www.colonialbrewingco.com.au/pages/margaret-river

a storeperson bottling beer in Margaret River

Take some drinks home with you from breweries in Dunsborough.

7. Rocky Ridge Brewing Co.

Are you looking for a brewery in Busselton? Rocky Ridge Brewing Co is the new brewery in Busselton, an excellent Busselton brewery to visit, and well, they are causing quite a stir! Or brew rather, and a delicious one which is quickly earning them their place towards the top of the southwest brewery scene.

 Based in the heart of Busselton, just a 10-minute walk from the iconic Busselton Jetty, and set in a refurbished and renewed 1930s family home, it’s about as boutique as you can get, and we’re here for it.

 Worked up an appetite (and a thirst!) after walking the entire 1.8km length of the iconic Busselton Jetty? Settle in at this awesome brewery near Busselton and quench your thirst!

 🚗Find Rocky Ridge Brewing Co;

📍Address: 10 Marine Terrace, Busselton

💻Website: https://www.rockyridgebrewing.com.au/taphouse

 

🍺8. Bootleg Brewery

Are you looking for a brewery near Margaret River located alongside a picturesque lake? Bootleg Brewery is a family-friendly boutique brewery that produces award-winning beers with relaxing views to match. 

Established in 1994, Bootleg is one of the oldest breweries in Margaret River and proudly claims to be ‘an oasis of beer in a desert of wine’. Here, you can enjoy a selection of ales and lagers brewed on-site, traditional, pub-grub-style food, live entertainment on weekends, and an indoor brewery museum. 

For the kids, there is a beanbag tosses and a large chess board, heaps of lawn to run around on, and a massive playground!

 🚗Find Bootleg Brewery;

📍Address: 37 Wildberry Road, Wilyabrup

📞Phone: 08 9755 6300

💻Website: http://bootlegbrewery.com.au/the-bootleg-brewery/

people enjoying a brewery in Margaret River

Enjoy a beer at breweries near Busselton and breweries near Dunsborough

🍻9. Cowaramup Brewing Company

Cowaramup Brewing Company has been operating for the last 15 years, making it one of the oldest breweries in the region, and a perfect place to find Margaret River beer. The venue has shaded decking and a grassed area with huge, family-friendly grounds for the kids to run around on. If you’re looking to do beer tasting Margaret River, this is a relaxed place to go.

 Their most popular beer is the Cowaramup Pilsner, but they also offer a Hefeweizen, a Summer Ale, an Indian Pale Ale, a Chocolate Porter (our personal favorite!), and a Reggie Mandarina which has aromas of tangerine and citrus.

 If you’re after a meal, the Cowaramup Brewing Company offers a small menu with a focus on local produce, alongside delicious pizzas!

 One of the coolest things about the Cowaramup Brewing Company is that they have a Working Craft Brewery Tour, where you get a behind-the-scenes look at their working brewery and how they turn just four key quality ingredients into their range of tasty craft beers. 

You also receive a six-course degustation tasting menu alongside their craft beers to ensure maximum enjoyment of each flavour profile. Bookings are essential for this experience.

⭐Locals Tip: All I can say here, make sure you visit and try the Pilsner. It’s the locals favourite and we don’t take our favourites lightly!

 🍻Find the Cowaramup Brewing Company;

📍Address: 229 North Treeton Road, Cowaramup

📞Phone: 08 9755 5822

💻Website: https://cowaramupbrewing.com.au/

 

🍻10. Eagle Bay Brewing Co

Eagle Bay Brewing Co is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of what Eagle Bay has to offer.

Located 10 minutes out of Dunsborough towards Cape Naturaliste, this popular brewery offers a wide range of unique beers and ciders that are perfect for enjoying on a sunny day.

 Located on a 66-year-old working farm in Eagle Bay, Eagle Bay Brewing Co is a family-owned and run microbrewery, restaurant, and vineyard.

With its stunning views and friendly staff, Eagle Bay Brewing Co is the perfect place to relax and sample some of the best brews in town. 

Our favorite varieties are the Kolsch, which is a perfect thirst quencher on a hot day, the Pale Ale, which is a really delicious everyday brew, and for the colder months, the Cacao Stout, which is made with chocolate from local chocolate makers Bahen and Co and has notes of bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee.

 Eagle Bay Brewing Co is on a mission to bring you the world’s finest beers, all handcrafted with only four ingredients – freshly harvested rainwater from their own rooftops, malted barley, yeast, and hops. 

No additives or preservatives are added during production; instead, they let nature do most of the work for them!

Their supplier network spans many countries so that each brew has access not just to local flavors but also to international traditions too – creating something uniquely personal in every glassful brewed at this small-batch brewery.

 So whether you’re a beer lover or just looking for something new to try, be sure to add Eagle Bay Brewing Co to your list of breweries to visit in the Margaret River Region!

 🚗Find Eagle Bay Brewing Company;

📍Address: Eagle Bay Road, Eagle Bay

📞Phone: 08 9755 3554

💻Website: https://eaglebaybrewing.com.au/

tasting paddle at a margaret river brewery

Gab yourself a tasting paddle at Breweries Dunborough, Breweries Busselton and Breweries Yallingup!

🍻11. Occy’s Dunsborough Brewery

If you are looking for Dunsborough breweries, and a perfect spot to enjoy some down south hospitality and unique beers, then look no further than Occy’s Food & Brews in Dunsborough.

With 18 tap points that frequently mix up both local favorites as well as guest brews from around the globe; Occy’s brewery Dunsborough will surely have something new for you to try every time you visit! 

Special mention that all the beers and ciders are brewed nearby on the owner’s cattle farm – how cool is that? All their own delicious recipes are preservative-free so they can be enjoyed without any worries about artificial flavors or sweeteners ruining your experience (talk about refreshing!).

When the doors are open at Occy’s, so is the kitchen! They’ve designed a menu that caters to all different styles of patrons and tastes because they want there to be something for everyone! From share plates or full meals – even pizza options – serves are very generous, and the chili burger is their signature dish for a reason!

 🚗Find Occy’s Dunsborough;

📍Address: 12/34 Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough

📞Phone: 08 9756 7777

 

🍻12. Shelter Brewing Co

The newest Busselton brewery to hit the scene, Shelter Brewing Co is located a stone’s throw away from the Busselton Jetty. Step inside their brewpub to enjoy some of the best locally-made beers, wines & food.

 They have a beer paddle where you can try four different varieties of their beer, which include Sours, Pale Ales, Lager, Red Ale, and Cider. And, if you’re really keen, you can also buy a ticket for a tour at Shelter Brewing Co! What an interesting way to learn about this brewery Busselton!

The first stop is a behind- the-scenes look at how your favorite beer gets made, and then onto lunch on the Brewer’s Deck, where you get a tasting paddle and pint alongside your food. Tours run daily all year long for $65, which includes the tour, tasting paddle, pint, and lunch as well as 10% off merch and takeaway beers.

 But there’s more than just great-tasting beer on tap here; their motto in the kitchen is “simple food made beautifully,” and their share menu is equal parts exciting and delicious. They even have a “Chip Butty” on the menu! 

Their pizza dough is rested for 48 hours, topped with the best local ingredients, then cooked in their fancy Marana Forni pizza oven that was imported from Italy!

As Shelter Brewing Co is one the more popular brewery Busselton area, if you were planning on eating here it’s best to book ahead so you don’t miss out.

 🚗Find Shelter Brewing Co;

📍Address: 11 Foreshore Parade, Busselton

📞Phone: 08 9754 4444

💻Website: https://shelterbrewing.com.au/

 

people cheersing their beer at a margaret river brewery
Brewerys Margaret River are always a nice day out.

🍻13. The Sophisticated Beast

The Sophisticated Beast is one of the region’s newest, smallest, and most interesting microbreweries. Their Instagram bio says that they “are a small brewery who thinks big… (and they) don’t dabble in the mundane” and this is true! 

As well as producing interesting small-batch beers, they also make cold brew coffee and pink oyster mushrooms, which are grown on the used coffee grinds and grains from the brewing process.

 While other breweries in the Margaret River Region are famous for their large properties and ability to host a big crowd, The Sophisticated Beast offers an intimate experience at a small cellar door tucked away in the business park of Vasse.

 They do farmhouse and sour ales, gluten free IPAs,  kolschs, saison and weisses, amongst heaps of other seriously small-batch varieties, with fun names like “Margot,” “Franco,” “Leonard,” and “George,” there is something here for everyone to try!

 The Sophisticated Beast also has a weekly presence at the Margaret River Farmers Market so if you can’t make it out to their cellar door, you can try and buy their beers in town every Saturday morning – what a unique way to taste Busselton breweries.

 🚗Find The Sophisticated Beast;

📍Address: 2/30 Burler Drive, Vasse

📞Phone: 0407 990 740

💻Website: https://beast.beer

 

🍻14. Cheeky HQ

Cheeky Monkey Margaret River has already made it onto this list, but we feel we need to mention Cheeky HQ as well! This is where all the beer is made for their Brewpub on Caves Road brewery as well as all their takeaway beer. 

Cheeky Monkey Vasse is a heaven for any beer nerds – a tap house within a production brewery! Everywhere you look you’ll see all the equipment they use to make their amazing beers and it makes for interesting viewing especially if you’re into the production side of things.

This is a spot you can come to try some of their famous beers, such as the lager, pale ale, session ale, west coast IPA, ginger beer, and apple cider as well as their flagship tasting paddle. They also have a small selection of pizzas available as well as some bar snacks.

Cheeky HQ is based in Vasse, so if you’re staying in Busselton it’s closer than their Brewpub, and it’s also just around the corner from The Sophisticated Beast so why not hit up two breweries in one go? These are a pair of brewery down south you don’t want to miss!

 🚗Find Cheeky HQ;

📍Address: 44 Commerce Road, Vasse

📞Phone: 08 9755 8433

💻Website: https://www.cheekymonkey.com.au

 

FAQ About Best Breweries Margaret River

What types of beer do breweries in Margaret River and breweries in Busselton produce?

Breweries in Margaret River offer a wide variety of beers, from lagers and IPAs to stouts and sours. Many also specialize in unique styles, such as Belgian wits and saisons. In addition to craft beers, many local breweries also produce ciders, hard seltzers, and other flavored alcoholic beverages.

Are there any special events or tours at breweries in Margaret River?

Yes! There are many events and tours offered by breweries down south. Local businesses often host beer tastings and pairing dinners, as well as brewery tours that allow visitors to learn more about the brewing process. There are also a variety of seasonal festivals and special events throughout the year, such as beer dinners, live music performances, and craft markets.

Are there any restrictions on visiting breweries in Margaret River?

Yes. Breweries in Margaret River require guests to be 18 years of age or older to purchase alcoholic beverages. Proof of ID may be requested at the door, so visitors should always carry valid photo identification with them when visiting a brewery. Additionally, guests must comply with any COVID-19 safety protocols that are in place, such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

Is there a particular beer style that Margaret River breweries are known for?

Yes! Margaret River’s local breweries are well-known for producing top-notch IPAs, as well as a variety of other craft beers. The region is also known for its barrel-aged sours and fruit-forward ales, which are often made with local fruits and herbs. Many breweries offer seasonal beers that take advantage of the flavors and ingredients found in Margaret River’s diverse landscape.

Are there any breweries in Margaret River that offer food?

Yes! Many breweries in Margaret River have their own in-house restaurants, which serve a wide variety of dishes to enjoy with your beer. From pub classics like burgers and fries to more adventurous eats such as charcuterie boards and tacos, there’s something for everyone. Some breweries also offer speciality desserts and other food items to complete your meal.

What are the opening hours of breweries in Margaret River?

The opening hours of breweries in Margaret River vary by establishment. Generally speaking, most breweries open at 11 am and close around 5 pm on weekdays, with some offering extended hours on weekends. It is best to check the brewery’s website or social media pages for specific opening times.

Are there any kid-friendly breweries in Margaret River?

Yes! All breweries in Margaret River are family friendly and offer a range of activities and menu items designed specifically with kids in mind. These businesses typically have age restrictions in place for the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages, so minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Most breweries also offer non-alcoholic options such as sodas and juices, as well as fun activities like board games and coloring books to keep children entertained. Margaret River breweries also tend to have epic playgrounds that the kids love!

Are there any Margaret River Beer Tours?

Are you looking for brewery tours Margaret River?

Margaret River Brewery Tours offers an exciting day-long tour with a beer, wine or cider at every stop. They buy a full round at every brewery you go to, and the cost also includes a delicious brewery lunch. If you’re looking for beer tours Margaret River, these guys are the experts.

Is there a Margaret River Cidery?

No, unfortunately there are no specific cideries in Margaret River, however most of the breweries offer their own unique cider varieties alongside all the delicious beer they offer!

Who has the best brewery lunch Margaret River?

I like Beerfarm best for brewery lunch in Margaret River, however Margaret River Brewhouse is a close second.

people enjoy pints of beer at a margaret river brewery
It’s always a fun time at a Margret River brewery!

Final Thoughts On Breweries Margaret River

🤔Are Margaret River breweries worth it?

YES – If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a beer or two, then a Margaret River brewery is the perfect spot. With plenty of Margaret River breweries to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. So why not add a visit to one (or two) on your next trip to the southwest? You won’t regret it!

Just to recap, here are my picks for Best Brewery Margaret River:

If you enjoy my recommendations, be sure to let me know! You can tag me on Instagram @accommodationmargaretriver

 

a tasting paddle at a margaret river brewery
Enjoy a tasting paddle at Breweries Dunsborough, Busselton and Margaret River

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