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 Co: 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.
You'll find Colonial Brewing Co’s beers pouring at venues all around WA and Victoria too, venues as varied as Melbourne's Lucky Coq, Hawker Hall, Cookie, The Botanical and Half Moon. The company now operates a second brewery in Port Melbourne too, helping get more of the beers into the hands of drinkers on the East Coast.
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.