Margaret River Brewhouse

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

For the three families behind Margaret River Brewhouse (initially called 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 trophy-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.

For the first three years, the focus was mainly local, with the vast majority of their beers sold at the venue. As the decade drew to a close, the owners started looking further afield, unveiling a new look, new beers and their first cans as they set about bringing their vibe to the wider WA beer community.

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
Margaret River Brewhouse
Address

35 Bussell Hwy
Margaret River
WA 6285

Phone
(08) 9757 2614
Open Hours

Summer: 11am to 9pm
From Feb 3 onwards:
Mon to Thurs: 11am to 7pm
Fri to Sun: 11am to 9pm


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Margaret River Brewhouse Regulars

Brewhouse Margaret River Kolsch

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Margeret River Brewhouse would look to brew a beer designed for enjoying as you come out of the surf. 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 can of the brewery's kolsch after a day of surfing at the makeshift camp. Barley and wheat malts are combined… Read more
Style
Kolsch
ABV
4.7%
Bitterness
23 IBU

Brewhouse Margaret River Pilsner

Originally named Ils Pils after Brewhouse co-owner Ilya Hastings, when the brewery released the beer in cans they opted to give it the more traditional name Pilsner. Like that name, it's another Brewhouse beer that focuses on being true to the style's origins in Europe which is achieved 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… Read more
Style
Czech Pilsener
ABV
4.5%

Brewhouse Margaret River 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
3.5%

Brewhouse Margaret River 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 Pale Ale

The Brewhouse's pale ale is one inspired by American craft brewing pioneers and therefore, is one focused on American hops. 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 watching the afternoon sun set over the forest from the brewery’s verandah – something highly Insta-worthy itself.… Read more
Style
West Coast Pale Ale
ABV
5.4%

Brewhouse Margaret River Red 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, this Red IPA - originally called Red Track - layers some classic (Columbus, Centennial and Cascade) and newer (Amarillo and Mosaic) American hops upon a caramel malt based… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.2%

Brewhouse Margaret River Oatmeal Stout

Described as the Margeret River brewery's "the brewers beer" being that it's one the team loves to drink, Brewhouse's stout is an one with a big mix of oatmeal in the malt beer. It's a beer that delivers 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 Black Duck Lager

Lager is a beer designed for Western Australia's long days being 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 of Ringwood and Pacific Jade hops (the latter the only non-Aussie influence) is reserved and the approachability of the beer has seen it become a crowd favourite since opening in 2016.… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.8%

Margaret River Brewhouse Specials

Margaret River Brewhouse Rhubarb Berliner Weisse

Tapped August 31, 2020
Margaret River Brewhouse have been on a bit of a tear in 2020. Following on from their 2019 rebrand, they’ve rereleased some past crowd favourites in fresh new clothing while also dropping a couple of new one-offs to acclaim from local beer lovers. And, as spring approaches, they've released this Rhubarb Berliner Weisse a little bit on the down low… Brewed with a stack of locally grown rhubarb, this bright and vibrant fruited sour is strikingly tart and gushes with rich rhubarb and sweet strawberry… Read more
Style
Rhubarb Berliner Weisse
ABV
4.4%
Bitterness
10 IBU

Margaret River Brewhouse Panther Cream 2020

Tapped July 31, 2020
Sitting atop the long list of beers brewed at Margaret River Brewhouse is Panther Cream. It sits atop the pile in part due to its reputation as one of the best of its class in the state (with multiple trophies to prove it), and also due to its terrorising demeanour as a behemoth of a 10.4 percent ABV barrel-aged imperial stout. This year's iteration finds itself in 375ml cans with a new label, a touch more booze and more time spent in peated ex-Port barrels. Brewed to be big, Panther Cream features… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.4%
Stockists

Available on tap and in cans at the brewery

And at selected WA stockists.

Margaret River Brewhouse 8 Ball DIPA

Tapped July 15, 2020
When Margaret River Brewhouse grace us with one of their limited release brews, it’s often akin to being walloped across the face with a sucker punch, whether that's in the shape of a big stout, a puckering sour or a wall of hops. 8 Ball Double IPA fits in the last of those categories: an 8.2 percent ABV, 60-plus IBU hop bomb. American in style and resinous by design, 8 Ball is a full-flavoured, big-bodied IPA of days gone by. The Margaret River Brewhouse team are brave enough to drop such a style… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.2%
Bitterness
60-plus IBU

Margaret River Brewhouse Inside Out IPA

Tapped May 18, 2020
When Margaret River Brewhouse isn’t busy pumping out their core range beer for locals and thirsty, holiday-making punters visiting the idyllic South West, they fill their spare time and tanks with limited release, one-off beers. Inside Out is one such offering: a juicy, single hop IPA inspired by the West Coast IPAs of California and loaded with a whole heap of Strata. Brewed in collaboration with Grain Cru (Cellarbrations Carlisle), Inside Out is loaded with dank, resinous hop character thanks… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
47 IBU
Stockists

Found at good WA stockists

Brewhouse Margaret River Chocolate Orange Porter

Tapped April 29, 2019
This autumn limited release from the crew at Brewhouse Margaret River couldn't have come at a better time: a chocolate and orange infused porter that landed days before the Easter weekend and just as the cold South West nights were starting to settle in. Available on tap and in takeaway bottles from the brewery, the Brewhouse Choc Orange Porter features robust flavours of dark chocolate, red berry and an earthiness derived from a whopping 8kg cocoa nibs added both in the boil and as a chocolaty dry… Read more
Style
Choc Orange Porter
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Brewhouse Margaret River Sour and the Passion

Tapped March 13, 2019
Brewhouse Margaret River can fly a little under the radar in the craft beer world, but that isn't to say they're not holding their own against the other brewers in the South West of WA; their on premise sales are significant and they've done a great job in capturing the family market in a region drowning in boutique wineries. The quality and consistency of their core range suggests they've got their brewhouse dialled in, but their limited release beers tell us that head brewer Ryan Ashworth has plenty… Read more
Style
Passionfruit Sout
ABV
4.0%

Brewhouse Margaret River Saison

Tapped February 8, 2019
As Ryan Ashworth stepped into the head brewer’s role at Brewhouse Margaret River an expanding range of possibilities opened up not only for himself but also the brewery. While the temptation to go a little crazy was ripe, the desire to craft something seasonal and refreshing was also front of mind. Enter: the saison, a creative middle ground for brewers. Here the classic Dupont style is explored with elements of peppery spice and lemon rind as well as a little funk derived through partial fermentation… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

This summer 2018/19 seasonal is available from the brewery on tap and in takeaway bottles

Brewhouse Margaret River In The Pines NEIPA

Tapped February 8, 2019
The recent creative run from Brewhouse Margaret River brewery has brought them to one of the styles of the moment, the NEIPA. That said, the brewery has taken some licence with their expression in creating a beer that leans a little closer to a classic IPA than the trubby examples that threaten to hold cutlery upright, Uri Geller-style, in the glass. This is more a fruit bomb than a juice bomb as evidenced by the big tropical aromas of melon, mango, pineapple and more derived from Citra and Mosaic… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

Available from the brewery on tap and via takeaway bottles.

Brewhouse Margaret River & Scott Butson Fischer's Weisse

Tapped November 27, 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 10, 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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