Margaret River is home to more microbreweries than any other region of Australia. Among them is a handful that boast mightily impressive homes, such as Colonial Brewing: a sleek, contemporary affair sat amid 70 acres of sprawling farmland. Founded in 2004, it combines a family-friendly brasserie & brewery focused on creating "beers with integrity", a large kids' play area and a wide lawn that regularly hosts live music, DJs and mini-festivals.
Heading up the brewing side of the business is a man with a CV in beer that's taken him the length of the west coast. Mal Secourable was the founding brewer at Matso's in Broome and enjoyed a stint at Freo's Sail & Anchor. A traditionalist who favours Germanic beers, he's developed a core range of finely tuned beers, mostly inspired by the classic styles of Europe and occasionally embellished by the odd hoppy US style or off-kilter limited release.
Colonial was among the first in Australia to bring in takeaway growlers, which you'll find on offer at many of the group's venues around Australia too. In fact, the attention to detail is apparent in the presentation of their beers however you want to enjoy them. They have their own unique glassware for every size and pour - even the tasting glasses for their sampling paddles bear the names and descriptions of what you're drinking.
You'll find Mal's beers pouring at the group's venues around WA and Victoria too, venues as varied as Melbourne's Lucky Coq, Botanical, Robert Burns Hotel and Brighton's Half Moon.
For those that won't be tempted by the beers, there's a selection of wines from the region while, if you're after a feed, you'll find a fresh and simple menu done well (especially the pizzas...). In a drive to reduce food miles, they've developed a half acre kitchen garden and orchard too. It's an approach in keeping with the overall aim at Colonial's home base: to create an authentic, unpretentious and convivial atmosphere in which their beers can be enjoyed by families, tourists, beer lovers and beer novices alike.