MARGARET RIVER | I’ve enjoyed many Beerfarm beers over the years, but it wasn’t until this year that I managed to make it to the brewery in Metricup, in the Margaret River region.
The independently owned craft brewery is built on 160 acres of what used to be a dairy farm. You can still see the old dairy equipment at the brewery, which only takes up a small portion of the entire space. The rest is still an operating farm.
The space is large – a converted open shed like space as well as covered and uncovered outdoor spaces overlooking the farm. There’s a variety of beers on offer – the core range and rotating seasonal and one off brews. They also brew their own cider and stock local wines and spirits for non-beer drinkers.
The smashable 5.2% ABV India Pale Lager is a must try, as is the formerly one-off no core range Asam Boi Gose. The latter is a unique 4.5% ABV sweet, salty, fruity and sour Berliner Weiss brewed in collaboration with Singapore’s Smith Street Taps, using Asam boi / salted plums. The annual seasonal release, Shirazzaweiss, is another unique beer worth trying, brewed in using Shiraz grapes in collaboration with nearby LS Merchants.
Sustainability is a big part of what Beerfarm does. Black Angus cattle are reared on the farm, and other produce is sourced from neighbouring farms. Spent grain from the brewing process is fed to the cattle, and all water is recycled. The brewery is constantly implementing new sustainability initiatives, aimed at reducing their impact on the environment.
Food wise, It’s pitmasters Burnt End manning the smokers on Friday and Saturday, cooking up delicious BBQ. There’s American BBQ favourites like beef brisket and pulled pork, along with other things like spiced tamarind felafels, charred South West octopus, and panko crumbed fish tacos.
177 Gale Road
Western Australia 6280
Telephone: (08) 9755 7177
Sun – Thu: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Fri: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Sat: 11:00am to 6:00pm