Beerfarm

The first thing to understand about the Beerfarm is that it’s not just a brewery. Yes, there’s half a million litres of beer flowing out of its home in Metricup, in the Margaret River region, each year; however, in many ways the Beerfarm upends the late twenty-teen beer business model by focusing just as much on the experience.

“You can have beer and you can have a good time but you need something to connect them,” says co-owner George Scott. “Our view was to create a venue that becomes an institution and a national beer brand that goes alongside it and put Metricup on the map.

“Coming from different corners of the world, seeing all these amazing venues with great beers and we wanted to put our own spin on it for the Margaret River region.

“The Beerfarm is a place to capture experience. Whether that is great food, beer or a great event, The Beerfarm is essentially at the heart of what we do, and it’s were the brewery’s attached. The brewery is the brains but the venue is the heart.”

It’s a heart that beats within a working farm located halfway between Dunsborough and Margaret River in an old dairy farm and hayshed that was last used in the late 1940s. In this idyllic location, four self-described misfits pulled together around a shared vision to create a comfortably upcycled venue that’s quickly become a destination in the South West beer scene.

The sensibility manifests in glowing pink, shiraz-fermented Berliner weisse, grain fed beef, nationally recognised street art, footies to kick on the rolling lawn , all of which ultimately creates something effortlessly welcoming and cohesive – in anyone else’s hands this might seem cute or, at best, a forced attempt at authenticity. Perhaps most telling is the “No Dicks” policy.

A belief in seasonality and sustainability are referenced in the brewery’s “Established for the future” motto. Although the intention to minimise impact is noble, the sentiment isn’t at the exclusion of reality because, as their can labels, note: “Nobody’s perfect but we can all try a little harder.”

This extends to education as well as inclusivity while a policy of giving back to the land has fostered ongoing collaborations with Hidden Treasures and Cabin Fever as well as well as native food explorations with Fervor, including the inventive Native beer series. However, this local focus is only one aspect of the Beerfarm project: collaborations with Smith Street Taps in Singapore and Frankie’s Pizza in Sydney hint at broader aspirations.

Head brewer Josh Thomas, also known as the Beer Farmer, has created a range of beers that suits an afternoon session at the brewery, even if much of the production ends up in fridges and on bars far from home. ABVs are respectable and, although there is a New World lean to most of the beers, their design has far more in common with jug sharing beers in country pubs of old. It’s another example of the Beerfarm’s focus on experience: “Hang around for another and have a good time.”

While you’re at it, grab a bite to eat too. The kitchen echoes the local and sustainable ethos, using spent grain and grass fed Angus beef from the farm and with the rest of the ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Such items are highlighted on the menu, whether it’s those produced within the grounds or others that have been positively impacted by the Beerfarm.

Taken together, the Beerfarm creates a relaxed backyard party at its home 300km south of Perth. Sure, things might get a little loose but it’s a party with its head in the right place and beer at its heart.

Guy Southern

Name
Beerfarm
Address

177 Gale Road
Metricup
WA 6280

Website
Hours

Sun to Fri: 11am to 6pm
Saturday: 11am to 7pm

Beerfarm Regulars

Beerfarm Brown Ale

While many of Beerfarm's beers play a little fast and loose with their respective styles, there is a time for respect and, with two of the brewery's owners having fond memories of their English roots, this Brown Ale plays straight ahead. It's an approach that, in a weird and probably unintended way, still represents the subtle contrarian nature of this bunch of misfits: a core range brown ale is rarity within the Australian beer scene. Ruby tinged and with a lovely nutty character, the caramel malt… Read more
Style
Brown Ale
ABV
4.4%

Beerfarm Australian Bitter

This is as straightforward as things get, or is it? At first glance, Australian Bitter should be about jugs at the local pub with a counter meal: nothing crazy, just classic carbonated refreshment. While some of this is true, the inclusion of Summer, Topaz and Galaxy hops lends it a dash of modernity, not to mention light tropical and citrus flavours, that old school bitter drinkers wouldn't normally expect. Continuing the Aussie theme, 95 percent of ingredients are Australian, with many sourced… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
ABV
4.2%

Beerfarm IPA

Coming on the back of the success of the brewery's IPL, this IPA carries the same considered design, one that comes off as casual cool which, intentionally or not, halos all of the Beerfarm. Looking like a classic American IPA in the glass, this detours into the New World with Mosaic, Citra and New Zealand Motueka hops delivering punchy, orangey, citrus fruit and piney resin aromas. Moteuka is described as having Mojito lime like characters and it's a hard thought to shake with this beer but, with… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.6%

Beerfarm IPL

In many respects, IPL’s arrival marked the coalescence of many elements for the Beerfarm with the greatest irony being that it centred around a beer they wanted to drink themselves: modern but not too modern because we’re on a farm and let’s not get to far ahead of ourselves; not too boozy because you’ll probably want more than one; and something that’s so obvious yet not everywhere so... why has no one thought of this before? Basically, a mandate for the Beerfarm itself. Pale yellow and… Read more
Style
IPL
ABV
5.2%

Beerfarm West Coast Lager

The surfboard stacked Woodie - it’s a car - with a family in the front on the way to play cricket on a South West beach that adorns the cans of this beer is telling: West Coast Lager is a beer for enjoying the moment. It pours a light pale yellow with a fine white head, from which you'll pick up aromas of classic cereal malt, a touch of honety and the faintest mandarin and spice. This is easy, uncomplicated refreshment with a dry, moderately bitter finish that begs for another sip while you're… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.6%

Beerfarm Calm Ya Farm

Sometimes you’ve just gotta play it safe. Slow down. Calm ya farm. When that happens, the Beerfarm has you covered with an Australian pale ale that remains equal parts enjoyable and responsible. Sweet malt characters run parallel to a balanced bitterness. The lighter body is filled out slightly by the inclusion of rolled oats but remains imminently drinkable. Judicious use of Galaxy and Topaz hops keep Calm Ya Farm approachable while leaning towards spicy rather than tropical fruit bomb in nature.… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
ABV
3.5%

Beerfarm Specials

Beerfarm Save The Harvest Strawberry Sour

Tapped December 12th, 2018
The Beerfarm’s "Established For the Future" ethos is expressed through many endeavours, in this case via the saving perfectly good fruit from landfill. Early in 2018, The Pineapple was created after tonnes of rescued overripe fruit was reincarnated as a Berliner Weisse whose cans were tasteful adorned with head brewer Josh Thomas’ noble profile on a crisp $50 note. Fast forward to the tail end of the year and a nationwide needle contamination issue forced many strawberry growers to… Read more
Style
Fruited Berliner Weisse
ABV
4.6%
Stockists

Available in limited release from the brewery and select WA stockists

Beerfarm Double IPL & Double IPA

Tapped November 28th, 2018
The Beerfarm is celebrating its third birthday with a couple of doubles in the shape of supersized versions of its most popular beers. It’s a confident move to play around with the India Pale Lager (IPL) in particular, given it's a beer that arrived as an instant classic, however, the beerfarmers do like a party and there is a lot to celebrate. Although still light on its feet, the IPL arrives with more weight and alcohol sweetness than the original. This seems obvious given the light malt body,… Read more
Style
Double IPL & Double IPA
ABV
7.8%
Stockists

And other good beer retailers across WA

Beerfarm & Smith Street Taps Asam Boi

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
In 2011, Daniel Goh opened the first craft beer joint in Singapore inside the Chinatown Hawkers centre and, three years later, launched Smith Street Taps in the stall next door. For those that have never been to Singapore, your humid arrival through the bustling labyrinthine second floor is akin to Indiana Jones finding the Holy Grail that just happens to be surrounded by some of the best food in the Lion City. Drawing from this rich culinary history, Daniel and the Smith Street Taps suggested using… Read more
Style
Salted Plum Gose
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

From the Beerfarm, selected WA locations and, if you happen to find yourself in Singapore, Smith Street Taps.

Beerfarm La Maison Marmalade Saison

Tapped October 20th, 2018
La Maison Marmalade is something of an annual release for the Beerfarmers that now leaves its Margaret River home in canned format. Francophiles will note its name means "home", a reference to not only place but also an ethos that’s expressed in the beer via the use of seasonal fruit from the large Seville orange tree that grows directly behind the brewery. Indeed, using the saison style, which translates to "season", further compliments this sensibility. Classic saison esters… Read more
Style
Orange Saison
ABV
6.5%

Beerfarm & Clancy's Gose From The Black Lagoon

Tapped October 11th, 2018
While the Beerfarm may be landlocked, their collaborator’s affinity with the ocean has manifested in a quirky take on one of the most enduring renaissance styles of the past half decade. To think that only four years ago gose was nigh on extinct and, yet, here we are with a playful creativity that is normally reserved for styles with a rich history is somewhat mind-bending. Mind-bending is also a term likely to crop up when describing this black gose with lobster. Lobster, you say? In a beer?… Read more
Style
Lobster Gose
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

Available now from the Beerfarm and all four Clancy’s Fish Pub venues.

Beerfarm Shirazzaweiss

Tapped February 1st, 2018
"Collaborate with some local mates to celebrate the end of harvest." That’s pretty much the core of Shirazzaweiss. Yet, in setting out to do just that, little did the Beerfarm crew and their mates at LS Wine Merchants know their collab would become one of Australia’s most celebrated beers, taking a podium spot in The Crafty Pint's Best New Beers Of 2018 – So Far list and impressing beer lovers across Australia. In creating the beer, carefully selected parcels of minimal intervention,… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse with Shiraz Grapes
ABV
4.5%

Beerfarm Black IPL

Tapped July 15th, 2018
The Beerfarm flagship is blackened for winter... Even the label’s hop laden ships appear to need a Jolly Roger flag rather than one highlighting the brewery’s environmental ethos but, this being the Beer Farm, the change is not at the expense of drinkability. Indeed, it’s a clever iteration that references their iconic IPL and, at once, pushes it forward into uncharted territory. This exudes far more tropical and citrus aromas than the IPL’s stone fruit vibe. The use of darker malts doesn't… Read more
Style
Black IPL
ABV
6.0%
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