The craft beer movement is in full swing in Melbourne (and surrounds). Today, there’s only the odd bar or pub that doesn’t have at least a couple of craft beers on tap. However, if you’re after the full craft beer experience we’d recommend a trip out to these craft breweries where you can down a crafty pint and learn a thing or two about the brewing process.
James Squire, a featured name is the craft beer world, have set up their own microbrewery within the Melbourne city center (the only one in the CBD), located in the iconic venue formally known as the Portland Hotel. Sample the much celebrated range of James Squire varieties (my personal favourite, The Chancer Golden Ale) and hand-crafted special ales brewed onsite. If you’re feeling peckish, try same true Australian delicacies including crocodile meatballs, emu koftas and chermoula roasted kangaroo.
From humble beginnings as a backyard project in the mid 90’s to now being one of the more established craft beer brands in the market, Mountain Goat has become a true favourite for Melbournians and beer lovers in general with varieties regularly found on tap across pubs and bars. Their Richmond brewery is a fantastic spot for a medium sized function (Saturday only) or just for a casual ale and pizza in The Goat Bar. Recommended beer, the Organic Steam Ale is a tasty drop.
Heading over the Westgate Bridge to Spotswood, you will find the headquarters or ‘nest’ for Two Bird Brewing. As the name may suggest, Two Birds was founded by two women, Jayne and Danielle who while together on a two-week tour of US, discovered that they both shared a rich passion for fine ales, which ultimately lead them to starting their own brewery in 2011. Since then they have established a firm foot hole in the craft beer market producing award winning drops such as the Sunset Ale and Taco Beer. You can visit the onsite tasting room (open 3 days a week) to sample the full Two Birds range and indulge in some authentic American snacks that compliment every sip of beer.
Founded by yes you guessed it two brothers, Andrew and David opened the doors to their Moorabbin based brewery in 2007 and have not looked back since with the 2 Brothers brand consistently producing exciting beer varieties that push the envelope in creativity. Try the American Brown Ale, The Growler that combines the flavours of chocolate and citrus for a mighty tasty bottle, or the Boom Xtra Pale Ale with a rich fruity aroma of pine hops that will scream freshness to the noise and taste buds. The famous Beer Hall is open to the public every Thursday, Friday and Saturday were you can enjoy the sounds of some great local artist on stage while you sample some appetising cuisine and beer.
‘Be true to the beer & those who drink it’. That is the adopted motto that has driven everyone involved at Mornington Peninsula Brewery for the last 8 years. Located on the famous peninsula strip south east of Melbourne, The Brewery Bar offers the keen beer connoisseur or the casual sampler a chance to taste some of the best brews available in the region. Our recommendation, try the German-style Lager for a super crisp drop or the limited released Imperial Stout for that extra kick. Open every Thursday through till Sunday, The Brewery Bar features fantastic live entertainment including talented musicians and vinyl DJ’s.
You don’t have to travel far to visit this micro-brewery and distillery. Located at the bottom end of Smith St, The Craft & Co have an onsite micro-brewery, distillery, cured meats and cheese making rooms, and coffee roaster. They run regular classes and events for patrons to learn how produce is made, why they are made in that way and how to take your new skills and use them at home. Collaborating with some of the industry’s most interesting brewers, and supporting Australian producers, this is one place not to miss.
Meet the creator of Hahn and James Squire breweries at The Swanston Hotel’s, For the Love of Beer event on 15 September, 2016. Enjoy quality beer and food matching as Chuck Hahn takes guests through a night of insight and indulgence. More information here.