Margaret River is the fastest growing micro brewery region in Australia and boasts 10 in the region. Breweries are popping up everywhere, and we think it can only be a good thing. Who doesn’t love a cold beer on a hot day? Or after work? Or any time really! Here’s our pick of where to have a coldie and some a bite to eat over lunch.
Breweries for lunch
In alphabetical order:
The Beer Farm – A great big converted barn makes a great space for a brewery. Perched at the top of a natural hilly slope, the geniuses at The Beer Farm installed a giant slip and slide which keeps kids amused for hours in the summer, while beer-loving parents can peacefully taste their way through The Beer Farm’s brews, all the while taking comfort in the fact that the kids will be worn out when they get home. The waterslide is up and running this summer and previous council issues have been resolved. The beer is good, the atmosphere is casual, lively and fun, and up until recently the food is supplied by a roster of food trucks. The Beer Farm has opened their kitchen in time for this summer’s peak period. It’s on my list to check out next time I head to Margaret River. Let me know if you have tried their new kitchen.
The Beer Farm, 177 Gale Road, Metricup, WA. 08 9755 7177
Black Brewery – There’s little doubt that the setting is absolutely stunning, classed-up. The Indonesian fusion menu has been the talk of the town. I’ve yet to eat or drink here, so will rely on your feedback – let me know if it’s worthy?
Black Brewery, 3517 Caves Road, Wilyabrup WA 6280. 08 9755 6500
Bootleg Brewery – The oldest brewery in the region that started operating in 1994, the beer – ales and lagers – are great and the setting is picturesque – think rolling green pastures and a huge lake. There’s a plenty of space for the kids to run around, picnic tables ad umbrellas out on the grass and casual food on offer. It’s a popular spot and gets busy, so much so that the service was really struggling last time we went (after waiting a the counter for ten minutes and getting no closer to getting a beer, we left). Hopefully that was just a once off – I’m told by a local beer expert that the service is generally great.
Bootleg Brewery, Puzey Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280. 08 9755 6300
Brewhouse – this is my pick for where to eat, drink and hang out. The Brewhouse make beer to my liking (ok, I’ll admit it, I like lager), the food is excellent and the vibe is casual but cool in an unpretentious ‘down south’ way. In winter the pot belly stove keeps the place toasty warm, and there’s a huge deck outside surrounded by tall eucalypts. A sand pit and playground keep both kids and parents happy. There’s usually live music on Sundays too.
Brewhouse Margaret River, 35 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285. 08 9757 2614
Bush Shack Brewery – 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. The is light menu serving snacks from 11am – 4pm.
Bush Shack Brewery, 40 Hemsley Road ,Yallingup, WA, 6282. 08 9755 2848
Colonial Brewery – this is another favourite of mine. The beer is to my liking – they make a great lager. Best chips I’ve had in ages, tasty pizza and lots of other casual food options It’s a nice setting inside with an open fire, and outside the green pasture has a big playground and sand pit for the kids and again. the vibe here is relaxed and easy. It’s not hard to spend an afternoon here and you might want to take a case of cans home with you when you go.
Colonial Brewery, 56 Osmington Rd, Margaret River WA 6285. 08 9758 8177
Cheeky Monkey – With a huge playground visible from Caves Road, it’s little wonder why this place is heaving. The beer isn’t to my palate (remember I like lager) and last time I visited they had some unusual brews on offer. There has been some recent hype around their beers -Russian Imperial Stout / Hop Flingera so it’d be worth checking out, especially if you have kids. It’s big, busy, noisy and a hit with families. Because of those reasons, we didn’t stay to eat so I can’t tell you about the food. Have you eaten there? What was it like?
Cheeky Monkey, 4259 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280. 08 9755 5555
Eagle Bay – It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Eagle Bay, and I must get back. I recall it being a fab place. They boast natural beer with no preservatives (like the sound of that) and a kitchen that produces wholesome food. There’s also a winery on site, so if you are with beer and wine lovers, you could tick both off in one stop. If you get there, let me know it it’s as good as I remember it being.
Eagle Bay Brewing Co, Eagle Bay Rd, Eagle Bay. WA 6281. 08 9755 3554
Occy’s Dunsoborough – While it’s a little unexpected to have a brewery in the heart of Dunsborough, Occy’s definitely feels like more of a pub and the food is a mix of good pub grub and fresh delights like Thai inspired salads. It’s in a great spot and the outside tables get the afternoon sun which is glorious on a mild spring or autumn day. Outside tables are dog friendly too. I’d go back.
Occy’s Dunsborough, 12/34 Dunn Bay Rd, Dunsborough WA 6281. 08 9756 7777
Don’t drive – take a tour
Let Julian Lelah from Margaret River Brewery Tours take you and your friends around to the region’s small batch breweries where you’ll get to taste different concoctions as well as get behind the scenes access. No one has to drive and it’ll be a fun day out. Jules and his team also run dedicated cider tours. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jules 0458 450 120.
Cowaramup Brewing Co is a place that offers lunch also, but I’ve not been there so can’t recommend it. Have you been? What did you think?
Other places to eat
Check out my post on best wineries for lunch in Margaret River – read it here