Brewhouse Margaret River

Open a brewery. Down South. Somewhere around Margaret River. Yep, that’d be the life.

For the three families behind Brewhouse Margaret River, this “If you build it, they will come” tale has become a thriving validation of vision and belief. It’s also one that’s well on its way to becoming as iconic the mermaid logo that welcomes travellers, just metres from the small wooden bridge over which everyone crosses on arriving in Margaret River town.

Securing an inclined wedge of land in 2010, nestled between the karri forest and Bussell Highway, was the physical beginning of bringing the dream to reality. After completing much of the site work themselves before finally launching in 2016, the core concept was to create a brewery that locals could walk to.

Set behind an iconic 1940s weatherboard cottage, the venue – reminiscent of a modern surf shack – sits overlooking the terraced lawn area. Inside, the airy space holds a bar pouring 12 beers – more on that later – and an open kitchen, with the large glazed windows also lending it the feel of a treehouse. Classic surfing movies play on a subtly placed screen surrounded by vintage surfboards and retro bikes. A lone contemporary mountain bike hints at the substantial MTB tracks found only a few hundred metres from the front door – one of the many nearby attractions.

The Brewhouse’s six-armed, beer holding mermaid logo may once have been inspired by the brewery’s initial offering; these days, an octopus may be more appropriate as eight core beers flow alongside ciders both sweet and dry. And, if supporting ten taps wasn’t enough, these are joined by a guest tap plus two rotating Brewhouse seasonal beers, which has included the likes of the Peter Coupan Barrel Aged Stout which won Best WA Beer and Best Commercial Beer at the 2017 Perth Royal Beer Show awards, and its tropy-winning sibling from 2018, Panther Cream. While it’s easy to enjoy these inside or on the verandah, all of the draught beers are also available for takeaway in 500ml bottle or growler fills.

Being in Margaret River, the wine menu’s focus is on highlighting the embarrassment of riches offered up by the region’s other fermented goods and is one that would cast a confident shadow over many Perth CBD venues. Naturally, co-owner’s Aaron Brown’s food menu shares an equally local and sustainable outlook, with plates designed to share or, for the hungry, not.

Behind the venue, part-owner Andrew Dykstra’s 10 hectolitre brewery overlooks the forest, kids play area and the happenings on the lawn areas. His 25 years of homebrewing experience, plus some Edith Cowan courses, work in harmony with head brewer Ryan Ashworth, whose background includes globetrotting consulting on environmental issues for mining, oil and gas. Although some of their beer makes it to other South West venues, 90 percent of production is sold through the venue with the Kolsch, Inji Pale and Black Duck Lager firm favourites.

Now that dream is (trophy-winning) reality, people do indeed come to what the families have built. The main challenge is keeping it easy for locals to walk to as tourists and craft beer hardcore alike are proving just as keen to soak up the easy-going vibe.

Guy Southern

Name
Brewhouse Margaret River
Address

35 Bussell Hwy
Margaret River
WA 6285

Phone
(08) 9757 2614
Website
Hours

Summer:
Mon to Thurs: 11am to 7pm
Fri & Sat: 11am to 9pm
Sunday: 11am to 10pm

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Brewhouse Margaret River Regulars

Brewhouse Margaret River Black Duck Lager

Living in one of the most picturesque and distinctly Australian corners of the nation brings with it a heightened sense of place. With this background, it makes sense the Brewhouse team chose to use predominantly Australian ingredients for their Black Duck Lager. While the name suggests a Schwartzbier, the old school Aussie Lager is not in fact a black lager; instead, their "All Australia" pours a golden straw colour that says: "Knock off time is here!" Bitterness from the Pride… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.8%

Brewhouse Margaret River Undies Oatmeal Stout

Andrew Dykstra is a co-owner and the head brewer at Brewhouse Margaret River. He's also the holder of a rather unusual nickname, one that's been lent to this gold medal-winning beer. Described as the "the brewers beer", Undies oatmeal stout delivers a rich, smooth dark beer in which the rich creaminess of the oats and malt is balanced with Northern Brewer and East Kent Goldings hops to create a very traditionally minded stout. … Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
5.8%

Brewhouse Margaret River Red Track IPA

Metres from the brewery’s front door, a circuitous labyrinth of trails weave through the native forest and pine plantation – a red track on the edge of town. It’s of no surprise, then, to see dirt covered mountain bikes lined up outside the brewery seeking similar hued refreshment. The heaviest offering in the core range, Red Track layers some classic (Columbus, Centennial and Cascade) and newer (Amarillo and Mosaic) American hops upon a caramel malt based beer that delivers a light spiciness… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.2%

Brewhouse Margaret River Inji Pale Ale

Injidup Natural Spa is one of the Margaret River region’s most Instagram worthy locations, albeit one that’s a little bit of a scramble to find for the uninitiated. For the rest of us, the Brewhouse Margaret River crew has made it a lot easier to enjoy some Inji magic. The West Coast pale ale drips with grapefruit, orange and pine from the Cascade and Amarillo hops within, which also help with the dry, bitter finish. Although not available at the natural spa, this will certainly pair well with… Read more
Style
West Coast Pale Ale
ABV
5.4%

Brewhouse Margaret River Bastard Brown

With a broad style church to draw from, the Brewhouse Margaret River's brown ale opted for the classic working man’s beer that regularly sated factory workers ing the upper reaches of England. Easy drinking and malt focused, Bastard Brown features toffee and coffee notes with a toasty edge on a lighter than expected body. As the Brewhouse team says affectionately: “The Brown is a nice bastard”.… Read more
Style
Northern English Brown Ale
ABV
5.0%

Brewhouse Margaret River Golden Groper

The Brewhouse’s mid-strength offering is a beer designed to suit the hordes of weekend drivers zipping around the region. It’s hard work darting between wineries and breweries so, on arrival to Margaret River, whether on the Bussell Highway or Carters Road, we can imagine there will be plenty opting for a first sip of this welcoming quencher. European malts are paired with Amarillo (US), Progress (UK) and Styrian Golding (Slovenia) hops in a beer the team describes as a "Transatlantic Golden… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
ABV
3.8%

Brewhouse Margaret River Ills Pils

Named after co-owner Ilya Hastings, Ils Pils is another Brewhouse beer that focuses on being true to the style's origins in Europe. This is achieve with a trio of noble hops – Saaz, Hallertau and Tettnanger. You could argue that, with a Kolsch and a Lager in the core range, adding a classically minded Czech pilsener to the offering as well might be overdoing it on the approachable side of things if it wasn’t for the appealing grassy characters and crisp finish.… Read more
Style
Czech Pilsener
ABV
5.0%

Brewhouse Margaret River Küttback Kolsch

When not referencing the owners in naming of their beer lineup, it makes sense that Brewhouse Margaret River would use surfing terms; the region's worldwide big-break reputation is partly built on the earlier surfing settlers of the 60s and 70s who found the secluded beaches and waves by carving paths through the scrub. One can imagine the how nice it would have been to have a Küttback Kolsch after a day of surfing at the makeshift camp. Barley and wheat malts are combined with the noble Tettnanger… Read more
Style
Kolsch
ABV
4.5%

Brewhouse Margaret River Specials

Brewhouse Margaret River & Scott Butson Fischer's Weisse

Tapped November 27th, 2018
Each year for the past three years, the Brewhouse Margaret River crew has held a Backyard Brewing Tournament, inviting amateurs to enter a beer in the hope of being voted the best and seeing their creation scaled up to a full batch brew. In 2018, the winner is Scott Butson, with the winning beer a hefeweizen with a great family backstory. The beer's creation started out when Scott travelled to the Alps in Northern Italy in 2006 and met up with his father-in-law Gerhard Fischer in the city of Bolzano.… Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

On tap & in bottles at the brewery

Brewhouse Margaret River Panther Cream

Tapped July 10th, 2018
Eighteen months after opening, Brewhouse Margaret River won Best WA Beer and Best Commercial Beer at the 2017 Perth Royal Beer Show awards for its Peter Coupan Barrel Aged Stout. The accolade seemed to catch many, including the Brewhouse team, off guard with the beer selling out in record time from its Karri forest clad home. This year, just in time for the 2018 awards, they're released a slightly tweaked version that’s spent two months in three whiskey barrels – two ex-Port casks and one sherry… Read more
Style
Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.2%
Awards

Best Stout/Porter – Perth Royal Beer Awards

Stockists

Available from Brewhouse Margaret River on tap and takeaway via 500ml bottles and growler fills.

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