The recipe for success for Eagle Bay Brewery is to play hard to get. This is unlike other breweries who accept all clients through the door, crowding young ruffians and cashed up bogans into a sticky-floored room with music that shakes the windows.
The delightfully minimalist decor, single long bar, and concrete walls open fully on one side to a view of the country, complete with a fenced in hillside and playground, and large (oak? lets say oak..) tree for shade. I tried to come here last year, but unfortunately I was unable to secure a reservation. This year, about twenty of my extended family came, many of which were children. This is a perfect place to have a few drinks, a nice lunch and even kick the footy around with the little ones.
Of course, on a different day, there would be flies, but there were no flies, thank God. You see when you are down south you don’t talk about the weather because the weather is always good… you talk about the flies, and the flies were just fine.
The beer is just fine too. All their beer is made from natural ingredients and using rainwater, which (presumably) explains the large reservoir in their back yard (but maybe not).
Anyhoo this pale ale I snapped is an American Style pale ale, and it was quite nice, actually, and from their website is a 5.1% alcohol, meaning it is at least in the running for full marks. I would have docked a few points for the fact I couldn’t get in last year, but I like that they don’t sell their beer elsewhere, and I like that they have a beautiful setting that is family friendly, so that definitely helps the cause.
Overall, this is a great beer experience, and something you must do if you are in the Margaret River area.
I would also suggest trying their beer sampler, a tray of smaller portions of each of their beers.
For more information you should visit www.eaglebaybrewing.com.au.