Beers Flourishing Amid Vineyards

Margaret River, an area well known for its award winning wines, relaxed atmosphere and surf breaks has in recent times become just as popular for its world class craft breweries, each with its own unique style. Tourists have long been drawn to this region for its fine wines but nowadays no visit to Margaret River is complete without setting aside some time for tasting the wonderful beers that are produced here.

Surrounded by scenic vineyards, the Colonial Brewing Company is one of the newest additions to WA’s flourishing brew-pub industry. The brewery has positioned itself as a one-of-a-kind experience for the entire family, not only beer swelling blokes. Parents can enjoy hand crafted, award winning ales and relax in the wonderful Margaret River setting while kids amuse themselves on the lush grassed areas and playground.

As well as the Colonial Brewing Co, the south west is home to a number of other creative boutique breweries. The article “Australia: Beer culture grows amid vineyards” says, “Few others have braved the beer culture amongst the grapevines, including the Bootleg (a well-established venue, opened in 1994), The Duckstein Brewery (a German-themed newcomer) and Eagle Bay Brewing Co (a third-generation operation, led by a brewer who once worked at New Zealand’s Dux de Lux).”

Another popular new player in the local beer arena is the Cowaramup Brewing Co, a family-run microbrewery located just north of the Margaret River township. This little gem started in 2006 and the brewers utilised hops grown on the premises, keeping it an entirely local operation.

Bush Shack Brewery is another place worth paying a visit for beer enthusiasts. Visitors can come along and enjoy home brew style beers in a tranquil rural setting. The microbrewery specialises in all natural, unfiltered novelty beers and wine-based flavoured drinks.

Winning the award for the trendiest beer labels in the region, Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery has come up with the most peculiar names for its beers, such as the Crooked Tale (cider) and the Travelling Monk (red ale). Visitors can enjoy five premium beers and two ciders on tap amid a comfortable and friendly environment, surrounded by stunning lake and gardens.

With the emergence of a creative and close-knit brewery fraternity, it’s not a surprise that the beer culture is starting to gain popularity in the Margaret River region. Most of the local breweries also offer enticing culinary experiences to match their beers.

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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