There’s something for everyone at these breweries, from refreshing summer varieties, to heartier winter stouts and seasonal ales that feature undertones of everything from chocolate to chilli.
Dave and Andrew. Brothers by blood, brothers in brewing. The duo opened their Moorabbin based beer hall in 2007 and now boast a line up of ales including the Kung Foo Rice Lager, the Taxi Pilsner and the Growler American Brown Ale.
4 Joyner St, Moorabbin
Date night, a lunch-time lager or a Sunday session. The team at Bad Shepherd declare that they make beer the way it should be, for any occasion and for any reason. The Reserve Rd Draught is refreshing and clean, while the Pineapple Sour Ale brings aromas of sauvignon blanc alongside lychee for the more adventurous.
386 Reserve Rd, Cheltenham
Barrow Boys is the brainchild of a group of Melbourne based hospitality workers chasing a new challenge in craftsmanship. Their ‘cellar door’ is constantly on the move with Facebook keeping fans posted on where they’ll find their next fix.
A mere 500 metres from the beach, Blackmans brings independent brewing to the surf coast town of Torquay. A grazing menu at their beer hall matches the ales available, including the always popular Angry Reginald Double IPA
26 Bell St, Torquay
Australia’s first barrel room and cellar door, Boatrocker offers a unique experience to visitors of their store in Braeside. The brand began when Matt and Andrea Houghton began selling their fare from the back of a car and today boats once of the largest barrel ageing facilities in the country.
34 Macbeth St, Braeside
A staple tap beer at bars across the north side of Melbourne, Bodriggy’s beer is described as shameless, brewed with false oaths, a single wild idea and vain glory much like the man behind the label himself.
Home brew for family and friends by two mates for more than ten years led to the launch of this western suburbs based brew house, with food trucks out the front providing the perfect side to handcrafted ales perfected after years or experimenting.
86 Parsons St, Kensington
No pasteurisation. No preservatives. It is beer brewed naturally at the Bridge Road Brewers. Beer at this brewery is created with a personal touch, with hands on brewing delivering small batches with unique flavours and accents. Maria, from the Tyrolean Alps in Austria, heads up the kitchen of the attached pizzeria and restaurant.
50 Ford St, Beechworth
The Clifton Hill Hotel, serving thirsty locals for more than 100 years, has undergone an impressive revitalisation to include a shiny new microbrewery serving craft beer fans a range of ales and lagers. The beers match the restaurant menu to ensure the perfect combination for visitors to the bar.
89 Queens Pde, Clifton Hill
Four people, two couples, one conspiracy - to make great beer. Co-Conspirators is the brainchild of Jacqui Saco and her partner Tim Martin and husband and wife Maggie and Deon Smit, with their hobby of home made beer making becoming a full-time obsession that launched with the West Coast American IPA.
On the outskirts of Ballarat in Mount Pleasant, visitors will find Cubby Haus Brewing famous for its small batches in classic styles, as well as contemporary interpretations. A family run operation, the brewery launched in 2016 in a converted industrial shed, offering stunning views of the surrounding region.
884 Humfray St South, Mount Pleasant
Named after the family behind the brand, Dainton is the legacy of father and son, Kevin ‘KD’ and Dan Dainton. From humble beginnings brewing their maiden batches in a garage, Dainton now boatst a brewery and tap house in Carrum Downs, where visitors can indulge in a behind the scenes tour before dining on a grazing menu.
560 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs
An avid home brewer since 2005, Adam Betts established Edge Brewing in 2013. A gypsy brewery, Edge Brewing is brewed at multiple facilities, renting equipment at existing top breweries rather than having a single production site. All brews are unfiltered and unpasteurised, with a focus on native and organic ingredients.
Led by a father and son team that have been brewing beer in one way or another for more than 15 years, Fury and Son Brewing Co delivers on a combined passion to create good quality Australian beer from locally sourced ingredients. Fury refers to the hot-headed persona sometimes evident in director Reno, with his son Andrew and head brewer Brenton Aylward also critical to the operation.
Before making beer, it was more likely that founder Simon Walkenhorst would be found in a concert hall as a classical pianist. His obsession with classic mastery and refinement were redirected to amber ales in 2004, establishing Hargreaves Hill with his partner-in-like Beth Williams. It’s the perfect pit-stop for those looking to break up a day at the wineries of the Yarra Valley.
25 Bell St, Yarra Glen
Launched in 2016, Hawkers was established by Mazen Hajjar, the founder of the Middle East’s first craft brewery in 2006. A range of bottled, can and limited-edition beers are the result of his dedication to brewing, with the ‘cellar door’ open Monday-Friday.
167 Henty St, Reservoir
In the late 1990’s, three mates from Hawthorn embarked on the Australian rite of passage - a round-the-world adventure that introduced them to stories of great beer, even better flavours and a plan to start brewing their own. A nod from their mates after a home-brew party saw Hawthorn Brewing Company launched in 2008, with a year-round menu including a pilsner, amber ale and golden ale.
Beer - check! Bar - check! Restaurant - check! Hotel - check! It’s a one-stop shop for visitors at Holgate in Woodend, with their beer menu bold and brimming with character. No preservatives. No chemicals. No pasteurisation. Just years of brewing lore and an uncompromising approach.
After jumping the fence from wine making to brewing in 2014, Sam Hambour and Duncan Gibson opened their brewery and tap room in 2016, joining the burgeoning culinary landscape f Melbourne’s west. Since then, the team have been living up to the brewery’s namesake, releasing several hop-driven beers showcasing high-quality ingredients with distinct origins.
6/107-109 Whitehall St, Footscray
Self-described nerds with a passion for the science behind brewing, the team at KAIJU! launched their craft brewery in 2013. The name is Japanese for ‘strange creature’, with each of their hand-made ales and lagers featuring a label design that includes a mad-looking monster.
No website, no worries. The beer does all the talking at Moon Dog. Located in a side-street of Abbotsford’s industrial district, the brewery began with a potent double IPA before expanding their range to include inspiring ingredients such as watermelon, truffle, chilli and pumpkin. Those in the bar can enjoy free popcorn alongside their pot or pint, with a projector screen dropping down for everything from movies to AFL.
17 Duke St, Abbotsford
Nestled in the back streets of this thriving beach side town, the bar at Mornington Peninsula Brewery boasts a casual and relaxed atmosphere where you can watch the brewers create your favourite drop. Together with a contemporary menu of wood-fired pizzas and wines from across the region, it’s the perfect start to a journey down the coast.
72 Watt Road, Mornington
Launched in 1997, the first Hightail Ale was served at the Great Britain Hotel in Richmond after the founders carefully brewed their maiden batch in the basement of the Scottish Chiefs Hotel in Geelong. Today, Mountain Goat boasts a wide-range of tasty offerings from their brewery in Melbourne’s inner suburbs including a Steam Ale, Pale Ale, Summer Ale and the ‘Fancy Pants’ Amber.
80 North St, Richmond
A tap room with twelve rotating options, Mr Banks boasts a mix of core and seasonal beers on their ever-expanding menu alongside a range of wines, gin, whisky and cider. Mr Banks was established with a firm believe in fresh, full-flavoured beer, made by a passionate and enthusiastic team who brew every batch in the knowledge that there can never be too many beers to enjoy.
12 Hi-Tech Place, Seaford
Upon returning from the UK in 2011, Simon Bismere’s humble beginnings in brewing kick-started via a small batch of home brew in his parent’s garage. It was on his honeymoon with wife, Alex, that the decision to open a brew-pub was made and today Ocean Reach Brewing is a family-run project alongside his father Wayne. The Island Pale, a homage to Phillip Island, leads the menu of core offerings.
47 Thompson Ave, Cowes
Founded by husband and wife Scott and Vanessa Wilson-Browne, Red Duck originated on the shores of Lake Purrumbete before moving to Ballarat in 2009. The brewery’s bottle shop offers a mix of staple offerings alongside more seasonal varieties including the very tasty Orange Mosaic, a single hope IPA with hints of citrus.
11A Michaels Dve, Alfredton
Featuring its own hop garden, Red Hill is a microbrewery located on the Mornington Peninsula. A core range of Golden Ale, Wheat Beer and Scotch Ale, while visitors in the winter months can feast on the hearty Imperial Stout.
88 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill
A sea change for Chris and Gab Moore led to the launch of Sailor’s Grave in East Gippsland, with the former butter and produce factory now welcoming a brewery that creates a range of craft beers including the Down She Gose and the Drowned Man IPA.
7 Forest Rd, Orbost
Established in 1988 to be one of Victoria’s preeminent craft breweries, the Geelong-based brewhouse was renamed to Southern Bay Brewing Co. in 2005. The brewery sources their malt locally and to continue to foster the market with the best offers contract brewing services for newcomers to the brewing industry.
80 Point Henry Rd, Moolap
Taking out the top-spot in the second annual Beer & Brewer Top-50 in September 2017, the brewpub that is Stomping Ground is fast becoming an institution of Melbourne’s inner north. Family-friendly, with the beer hall embracing visitors of all ages, the brewery was responsible for 65 variants in its maiden year, with new offerings featuring on the taps regularly.
100 Gipps St, Collingwood
Visitors can come together with mates, and their dog, at Tallboy and Moose as house-brewed beers and cider provide the perfect accompaniment to a menu that features a range of shared options. There are eight beers on tap, as well as a rotating guest tap that features the best craft beers from breweries across the country.
270 Raglan St, Preston
Jane Lewis and Danielle Allen met in Perth 16 years ago before making the trek east to open Two Birds Brewing after a trip to the U.S west coast in 2010. ‘The Nest’ is based in Melbourne’s inner west, and features not only the brewery, but a bottling facility, a tasting room and an event space for those looking to host their next big night in a tap room.
136 Hall St, Spotswood
Owned and operated by two young families, Watts River have recently opened their ‘cellar door’ in Healesville. Their current range features a light-coloured ale, known as the Blonde, an IPA and a dry and roasty stout, with chocolate and coffee undertones.
7 Hunter Rd, Healesville
White Rabbit takes a dash of the wondrous and a touch of the curious to create a unique range of classic, flavoursome ales. A skilful balance of old-world techniques sprinkled with new world thinking enables the brewing of beer that reaches beyond the conventional. Searching high and low for ingredients of spellbinding quality, their ales exhibit everything needed for a range that’s very drinkable.
221 Swanston St, Geelong
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