Cheeky Monkey

It's not uncommon in the beer world for prospective brewery owners to experience delays. In fact, when someone tells you they're planning to open a brewery in six months it pays to add on another six. At least. Yet, for all the delays faced by breweries across the land, few - if any - can have experienced as many as the Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery.

By the time they poured their first beer, the brewery's owners had been locked in court battles with the owner of a neighbouring winery for nearly two years. She had argued that the yeasts used in brewing could potentially contaminate the indigenous yeasts at her biodynamic winery, but in April 2012 final approval was granted and Cheeky Monkey opened its doors.

The doors opened onto a venue befitting its location in Caves Road in the heart of the world famous Margaret River region. Designed as a family-friendly destination - complete with a seriously impressive kids play area - it combines a 450-capacity brewery bar and restaurant with a cellar door for Killerby and Ferngrove Wines.

If there was a plus side to the long delay in opening, it's that local boy Jared "Red" Proudfoot, who has since gone on to become one of the founders and head brewers at Pirate Life, had time to spend 18 months brewing at Scottish craft beer giants BrewDog before returning home to head up the brewing side of the business.

After Red moved on, the head brewer mantle passed to Alex Poulsen and then Ross Terlick, who had learnt the ropes at nearby brewery Cowaramup. Under his watch, the brewery became one of the first WA brewers to start putting beers into cans, gradually releasing more and more seasonals and then, in winter 2017, unveiling a new core range – all in colourfully designed cans.

For the most part, you'll have to travel to WA to get your hands on them, or, better still, head to the brewery's home in Margs and try them at source. Be warned that in peak season it gets darn busy, so much so the brewers can watch their most popular beers draining from the tanks before their eyes.

Name
Cheeky Monkey
Address

4259 Caves Rd
Margaret River
WA 6285

Phone
Brewery: (08) 9755 9555; Rest: (08) 9755 5555
Website
Hours

10-6 everyday, except Christmas / Good Friday and before 12pm on Anzac Day

Tours

Whenever the brewer isn't grumpy or when the assistant brewer is here.

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Cheeky Monkey Regulars

Cheeky Monkey Cans

Tapped November 4th, 2015
Margaret River's Cheeky Monkey has become the latest Aussie micro to install a canning machine, with the technicians from Cask getting the line in place in time for summer 2015/16. Initially at least, they'll be available in WA only – just like the brewery's draught beers and ciders. The first three of brewer Ross Terlick's range to get the tinnie treatment are the Old Reliable pale ale, the Blonde Capuchin summer ale and Crooked Tales dry apple cider. For those unfamiliar with Cheeky Monkey,… Read more
Style
Various
Strength
Various
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Cheeky Monkey Brewery

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Cheeky Monkey Blonde Capuchin

Tapped December 17th, 2014
On The Crafty Pint's first visit to Cheeky Monkey in the Margaret River just before it opened, we managed to steer our poky hire car over one of the saplings freshly planted in the car park. On a second visit at Christmas 2014, we were relieved to see the car park trees flourishing and, more importantly, the brewery and venue absolutely cranking too. WA tends not to do things by halves when it comes to microbreweries and that's certainly the case at Cheeky Monkey, which had drawn a crowd in the hundreds… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
4.9%
Bitterness
18IBU

Cheeky Monkey Hagenbeck

It may not be the most obvious choice for a flagship beer, even in these fast-evolving times, but when Cheeky Monkey opened, it was a Belgian IPA that head brewer Red chose as the beer to hang his hat on. Then again, as someone who had spent 18 months at BrewDog, it was unlikely to be a kolsch... There are hints of the fruity, bubblegum like esters you'd expect from the Belgian yeast strain they use, but they play second fiddle to the tropical, grassy hops and solid bitterness caused by not one dose… Read more
Style
Belgian IPA
Strength
5.8%

Cheeky Monkey Old Reliable

While most WA breweries tend to look to the States for inspiration for their pale ales, Cheeky Monkey instead looked to the UK. Theirs is a take on the original pales, with a restrained hop character and biscuity malts in an easy-drinking, sessionable ale.… Read more
Style
English Pale Ale
Strength
5.0%

Cheeky Monkey Hatseller

Kiwi hops are so well suited to the pilsner style, that a few years back a new style category was created for Kiwi pilsners. This is Cheeky Monkey's take on the style, using 100 per cent NZ hops to create tropical fruit characters atop a soft pilsner malt base.… Read more
Style
Kiwi Pilsner
Strength
4.8%

Cheeky Monkey Travelling Monk

Think of Stone Brewing from the US or BrewDog and you don't automatically think of midstrength red ales. But having worked at the latter and fallen for their 5am Saint – as well as having a soft spot for Stone's Levitation and Little Creatures' Rogers – Red designed the Travelling Monk with them in mind. It's low in alcohol but looks to make up for it with a dry-hopping regime that adds a distinct hop character to the caramel malt flavours and, since Red moved on to pastures Pirate-like, has… Read more
Style
Midstrength Red Ale
Strength
3.5%

Cheeky Monkey Crooked Tale Ciders

Cheeky Monkey makes two ciders under the Crooked Tale banner: one pear and one apple. The pear variant is inspired by pear ciders of southwest England, with a fresh acidity from the apples blended into it complimented by the complex characters from a Belgian yeast strain. The apple cider is based around the Pink Lady apple, with a splash of pear added to round out the the mouthfeel and provide body.… Read more
Style
Cider

Cheeky Monkey Specials

Cheeky Monkey & Chicho Gelato & Mane Liquor Frosty Fruit Sour

Tapped November 9th, 2017
For beer drinkers, few things can top the wonderfully zippy refreshment of a cold Berliner Weisse on a hot summer’s day. Those below the nation's drinking age would argue that few things can top the fruity, brain-freeze inducing head rush of a tropical Frosty Fruit either. Frosty Fruit's pre-summer release from this trio of collaborators blends these two warm weather joys into a lightly puckering passionfruit, mandarin and lime gelato infused nostalgia trip that raised plenty of smiles and recalled… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Strength
4.4%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey

Mane Liquor

And good Western Australian beer retailers

For comparison, the passionfruit, mandarin and lime sorbet was available from Chicho Gelato at time of writing too

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Cheeky Monkey Double IPA

Tapped September 25th, 2017
In an increasingly hazy world, Cheeky’s brewing monkeys have bucked the trend and announced the arrival of spring with a straight up double IPA. As the can's evocative label – one of the best yet from the brewery – suggests, this beer is designed to be all about citrus, something the brewers set out to achieve through judicious use of Citra, Mandarina Bavaria and the relatively new Lemon Drop hop. A resinous aroma teases while the taste keeps things tight with light marmalade, a clean but weighty… Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
8.1%
Stockists

And other good beer outlets across WA

Cheeky Monkey Pale Ale

Tapped July 20th, 2017
Cheeky Monkey’s fifth birthday celebrations included a present to themselves: new branding and new recipes. Under the gift wrap were such things as the Travelling Monk Session Red mainstay now packaged in a responsibly sized 375ml can, an award-winning Australian Lager and the debut of this American style Pale Ale. Once an outlier, the West Coast IPA released at Christmas last year now also looks very much a part of its familial troupe, with the tallboy cans saved for single batches such as the… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
5.0%

Cheeky Monkey Imperial Monk

Tapped February 28th, 2017
Cheeky Monkey’s first limited release beer for 2017 shows the Margaret River brewery building momentum for bigger beers. Last year, the limited release Southern Wailer series included the Silverback, a 10 percent ABV imperial stout revived after laying dormant for three years, a West Coast IPA that evolved into a core range beer and a hop forward, multi-collaborator XPA to name a few. The Imperial Monk is an amplified version of their core range session red ale, Travelling Monk, where the flavours… Read more
Style
Red IPA
Strength
8.3%
Stockists

Imperial Monk is available on tap at the brewery and select venues, with 500ml cans available from good WA liquor stores.

Cheeky Monkey Hop Flinger IPA

Tapped October 12th, 2016
As far as images you might want to associate with things you're planning to put in your mouth, a monkey flinging poo probably isn't that high on your list (unless you're a subscriber to niche websites). But, for their latest limited release in cans, Margaret River's Cheeky Monkey has decided to go there, not just calling their IPA Hop Flinger but putting a monkey sat atop a pile of, um, something with hops in it, pulling lumps from said something and hurling them in your general direction. Thankfully,… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

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Cheeky Monkey Silverback Stout (cans)

Tapped July 18th, 2016
Having stepped up their canning plans earlier in the year by putting their smallest beer (Travelling Monk) and one of their biggest (an imperial India pale lager) into 500ml cans, WA's Cheeky Monkey is at it again. A few weeks on from sending the latest batch of their Silverback Stout – originally created by Red Proudfoot (now head brewer at Pirate Life) for the Margaret River brewery's first birthday – in kegs, they've now released the 10.1 percent ABV beast out in tinnies too. In bringing the… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
Strength
10.1%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Five Bar

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Cheeky Monkey Southern Wailer IIPL

Tapped April 21st, 2016
Cheeky Monkey recently installed a canning line at its Margaret River home. Up until now it had been used to send three of its core beers around WA: Old Reliable pale, Blonde Capuchin summer ale and Crooked Tales cider. Now they've used it to package one of their Southern Wailer seasonals in a bigger 500ml tinny. And, taking a lead from Pirate Life, they've decided that a bigger tin deserves a bigger beer. The IIPL is being likened to RO-SHAM-BO, a game from a South Park episode that involves contestants… Read more
Style
Imperial IPL
Strength
8.0%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Select WA bottleshops

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Cheeky Monkey & The DTC Dark Secret

Tapped March 4th, 2016
They do love a venue / brewery collaboration in the west. Latest to join forces are the guys from The Dutch Trading Co (The DTC) and Margaret River's Cheeky Monkey. Originally brewed for last month's South West Craft Beer Festival in the region, a full batch was brewed meaning there was enough left over to head to a few bars and bottleshop to fill glasses and growlers. According to Cheeky brewer Ross: "The DTC crew was originally thinking along the lines of an Aussie hopped and dry hopped pilsner.… Read more
Style
Black Pilsner
Strength
4.8%
Bitterness
34 IBU
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey

Cheeky Monkey Cherry Saison

Tapped February 5th, 2016
Having spotted they had a new beer out, we chased Margs' Cheeky Monkey for info. They replied in an instant like the troopers they are. And then we totally forgot to actually do anything about it. However, despite it being launched during the brewery's busiest period of the year we're hoping there's still some around. The latest in their ever-evolving Southern Wailer seasonal series is a Cherry Saison. It's been brewed with fresh pitted cherries from nearby Manjimup that were added to the farmhouse… Read more
Style
Cherry Saison
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
26 IBU
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Clancy's Dunsborough

Clancy's Canning Bridge

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Cheeky Monkey Southern Wailer: The Cheeky G

Tapped September 21st, 2015
Sad to admit there's a sense of disappointment around Crafty Towers with the latest seasonal from Cheeky Monkey. Nothing to do with the beer (which we've not actually tasted, just been told about). It all comes down to the photography. Head brewer Ross Terlick had been doing a fine job of sending through images for each new beer that featured at least one cuddly, stuffed monkey and usually some other props too; this time around, there's just a beer in a glass against a beautiful Margaret River springtime… Read more
Style
Grodziskie
Strength
4.4%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery Bar

Other venues TBC

Cheeky Monkey Not So Common Stout

Tapped July 22nd, 2015
Being the gregarious chap he is, Cheeky Monkey's head brewer Ross Terlick decided to share the creative load at the Margaret River brewery and invited his new assistant Hamish to come up with this winter's edition of their Southern Wailer seasonal releases. It's Hamish's first ever stab at creating a commercial brew from scratch, no less. Ross says: "I told him he could have a crack at our winter warmer, thinking he would come back with a porter or stout recipe." And he did. Sorta. It's… Read more
Style
Golden Chilli Stout
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

The Commons – a new beer bar in Margaret River

Cheeky Monkey Brewery Munchen Monkey

Tapped April 23rd, 2015
With the temperatures dropping and the biggest of the summer crowds a thing of the past, Cheeky Monkey head brewer Ross Terlick has had time to concoct a new seasonal for the brewery's Southern Wailer range and time to concoct one that's suitable for the weather and benefits from a little longer in the tanks. Munchen Monkey is a Munich style lager is described as a "super approachable, copper-coloured lager brewed using all German malts." Ross says he's kept the bitterness low and added… Read more
Style
Dunkel
Strength
4.1%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Pork and Cider Festival, Swan Valley

Cheeky Monkey Southern Wailer #17: Extra Special Belgian

Tapped February 9th, 2015
Having spent a couple of hours in Cheeky Monkey head brewer Ross Terlick's company over the festive period, it's a wonder he gets anything done at this time of year. The brewery venue in Margaret River's popular Caves Road attracts so many guests the core beer tanks empty so fast it's like they've sprung a leak. But somehow he's found the time to add to the brewery's growing list of specials they release under the Southern Wailer banner. The Extra Special Belgian is as you might expect from the title:… Read more
Style
Extra Special Belgian
Strength
5.1%
Bitterness
38 IBU
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Cheeky Monkey Milk of the Hoppy

Tapped September 18th, 2014
It would seem that we’re among a very small number of people not to have watched Game of Thrones (more The Wire sorts here, although Mrs Pint has suffered a few sleepless nights and sought reassurances that everything is OK with the world after becoming hooked; something to do with a Red Wedding, apparently…). So the chances are that all of you will know that the latest seasonal from Cheeky Monkey in Margaret River is a reference to said boobies-and-violence saga. “They call opium Milk of the… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
8.5%

Cheeky Monkey Southern Wailer Rogered Uncle Rye Porter

Tapped June 27th, 2014
When you see Southern Wailer attached to the name of a Cheeky Monkey beer that means the brewers have been at play. It's the tag given to their limited release beers, which in the past have included the likes of a black IPA, double IPA and tripel. With the temperatures dropping and rain falling in Margaret River, they decided to try to warm their guests up from the inside this time around. The Rogered Uncle is a rye porter brewed "as the name suggests with a slightly ridiculous amount of rye… Read more
Style
Rye Porter
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey

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