Nothing sings the flavour of summertime more than a crisp cold beer.

But sometimes, actually deciding what to drink is the most difficult part of this process, particularly with so many delicious releases. So, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling this definitive summer beer guide, in no particular order, to help you spend less time deciding and more time enjoying a supremely tasty brew.

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Cali Car Park Dreaming

Rocky Ridge

For fans aching for those sun-soaked Cali vibes, this one’s for you. Rocky Ridge have released this summertime banger, a crushable hazy boi that will hit the spot after a big surf sesh, making it oh so delicious and drinkable. Best enjoyed with the feet up on a sunny day.

Rocky Ridge Tap House in Busselton is a great place to while away a few hours, it really feels like you are visiting a mate (who happens to have an incredible beer selection). Margaret River Burger Co are on-site every day ensuring bellies are full.

Rocky Ridge Cali Car Park Dreaming beer
For fans aching for those sun-soaked Cali vibes. Photo: Rocky Ridge

Hazy Standard


Beerfarm’s Hazy Standard is now a staple release from the team, and this flavour bomb is definitely one to add to your esky. An easy drinking mid strength, this Hazy Pale Ale has citrus and tropical notes with low bitterness. Feeling adventurous? Keep a keen eye out for their Watermelon Mojito Sour (Summer Release) in mid-November.

Beerfarm is also the perfect spot for those sultry summer afternoons, with the converted dairy farm looking out over bucolic pastures, shady trees down by the dam, and a waterslide for the kids.


Hillzeez Hazy

Shelter Brewing Co.

Shelter Brewing Co has again teamed up with iconic Hillzeez Down South Surf Shop, this time to release the perfect summer smasher – the Shelter Hillzeez Hazy pale ale.

Like sunshine in a glass, it glows bright with a golden haze and packs a big mango and tropical punch. There’s passionfruit, peach and citrus on the palate and a light bready malt. Well balanced and weighing in at 4.2% ABV it’s highly sessionable.

Their venue occupies prime real estate on the Busselton Foreshore, and overlooks the historic old jetty. It’s the best kind of brewery; relaxed, welcoming, genuine, and a place where you can watch the bay, taste the sun and soak up the good vibes.

Shelter Hillzeez Hazy
The Hillzeez Hazy, like sunshine in a glass. Photo: Annabel Claire Photography

Citrus Sour

Eagle Bay Brewing Co.

A delicious grapefruit soda dance for your mouth, the answer to long beach days and lazy sundowner sessions on the lawn – it’s the Eagle Bay Brewing Co. single batch Citrus Sour.

Lightly soured, highly sessionable and coming in at 3.2% abv, it’s brewed with a citrus symphony of lemon, orange and grapefruit. All handpicked from the brewery orchard and meticulously zested by Eagle Bay’s brew crew, too.

The Citrus Sour is currently available at the Eagle Bay Brewing Co. home quarters, selected local breweries, and at good local liquor stores in the region.

Eagle Bay Brewing Co.'s Citrus Sour is a perfect summer beer
Like a delicious grapefruit soda dance, yes please. Photo: Eagle Bay Brewing

Cheeky Monkey XPA

Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery

Cheeky Monkey’s multi-award winning XPA is ridiculously refreshing and bursting with citrus. It’s perfect for a post-surf tinny, or watching the sun go down at Prevelly, Yallingup, or any other regional favourite. It has taken home the Perth Royal Best Pale Ale, and the Australian International Beer Award’s Best Australian Pale Ale.

It also goes down a treat on tap at Cheeky Monkey’s Caves Road Brewpub, and the central Caves Road location makes it the perfect post-surf stop off after a jaunt down to Margs or Gracetown, or coming back from up the coast.

Local Summer Beers: Cheeky Monkey XPA. Photo credit Lewis French.
Cheeky Monkey's award-winning XPA is bursting with refreshing citrus.

Mer Mid

Brewhouse Margaret River

The Brewhouse’s Mer Mid is a hazy mid-strength, easy drinking style. Described by Jono Outred from The Crafty Pint as having “vibes that are very much tropical meets coastal: ripe stone fruit, mango, grassiness and a light minerality all feature.”

It’s a cracking summer thirst quencher and packed with flavour. The Brewhouse is at the bottom of the hill in Margaret River, and a great place to kick off a night out or enjoy a few beers on a lazy summer afternoon.


Sunset Lager

Black Brewing Co.

Out on the boat, after a hard day’s yakka, or as a post-surf frothy, keep this in the arsenal for every occasion.

Black Brewing are huge proponents of summer, and their annual release of limited editions are always crowd-pleasing favourites. This time, just like we’re frothing our South West sunsets, we’re frothing Black Brewing’s Sunset Lager. It’s native, it’s fresh and crisp and it’s true Aussie Lager with 100% Aussie flavours.

The brew is infused with Maarr (native lemon grass) and Wyrrung (wild rosella), created to be unique and refreshing. It goes down a treat on tap at the brewery, where you can sit on a shady veranda overlooking the large dam, or out in the stunning, shady grounds out back.

Black Brewing Co Sunset Lager
We're frothing Black Brewing's Sunset Lager. Photo: Black Brewing Co.

South West Sour Tropical

CBCo Brewing

Life in Margaret River is uncomplicated, and so is the philosophy of CBCo Brewing. The team crafts beer to suit our down south weather, our celebrations, our quirks, habits and our unique take on things.

So, yep, the much-loved South West Sour Tropical summer seasonal is now a year-round favourite. It’s perfect brew for a hot sunny day – and we have a few of those.

With hops from both hemispheres provide a vibrant tropical aroma, but with low bitterness to keep this golden sour light and refreshing, this ale bursts with the flavours of summer and is begging to be drunk in the warm afternoon sunshine at CBCo Brewing.

CBCo South West Sour
The South West Sour Tropical summer seasonal is now a year-round favourite. Photo: CBCo Brewing

Lightsign Summer Ale

Cowaramup Brewing Company

Cowaramup Brewing Co make more traditional, European style beers, and as one of the oldest breweries in the region they have plenty of years’ experience in crafting a delicious brew. Their Lightsign Summer Ale is refreshing and with great drinkability for the summer ahead, make sure that this one is on your must-try list. Gold in colour, fruity aroma and a slightly spicy finish.

The brewery is set on a picturesque rural property just a smidge north-east of Cowaramup township, with a shaded deck area and large grassed beer garden that’s just perfect for sunny day picnics with friends. And to top it off, the playground means the kids will be happy too!

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