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Published July 29th 2018
Wine tours are so 90s - it's time for a boutique beer or two
The range of boutique breweries and craft beer producers has boomed in Melbourne and towns nearby in the last few years. Many venues include a restaurant or dining hall serving delicious fried food and meals to complement your beer selections.
Stomping Ground Brewery is a popular brewery and dining hall at 100 Gipps Street in Collingwood. The menu includes a range of small dishes such as oysters natural, black pepper spiced calamari, and grilled haloumi fingers. Mains cover the classic fish and chips, burgers, and steak, as well as a range of pizzas to complement the wide selection of beers. Stomping Ground also hold free brewery tours every Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon leaving from the bar in the Beer Hall. Click here for a review. The venue is open from 11.30am daily (closing at 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, and at midnight for the rest of the week).
Mountain Goat beers are now widely distributed, but the Brewery at 80 North Street in Richmond is still well worth a visit. Click here for a great review of their range. They are open from 5pm to 10pm on Wednesdays, 5pm to 11pm Fridays, and from noon to 6pm Sundays.
Entrance to Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond. Credits:https://www.goatbeer.com.au/
Holgate Brewhouse is in Woodend at 79 High Street, and they have a hotel, restaurant and brewery. As well as beers on tap, Holgate have tasting paddles for sale, and a live music schedule if you are up for some entertainment (they are open from noon to late each day). The menu includes a huge burger, vegetable thai curry, and other delicious options for your enjoyable afternoon. A great review is here. Bookings are essential on 5427 2510.
Red Hill Brewery is a boutique brewhouse that has operated on the Mornington Peninsula since 2005. You can sample the delightful range of Red Hill beers over lunch or dinner. The menu is fairly basic at the moment and includes burgers, wings, and tater tots. Red Hill Brewery is open from Thursdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm. They are located at 88 Shoreham Road in Red Hill South. The site also has a small house for hire if you are planning a weekend away with friends.
Another brewery on the Mornington Peninsula is St Andrews Beach Brewery. at 160 Sandy Road in Fingal. The beer selection includes ales, pilsners, and lagers. The kitchen serves a range of salads, pizzas and burgers to go with your beverage of choice. A review is here, and a link to the menu is here. St Andrews is open from noon to 5pm Monday to Thursdays, noon to 7pm Friday, and 11am to 7pm Saturday and Sundays. It's best to call ahead on (03) 5988 6854 to check availability and restaurant bookings.
Head down the coast with some mates this weekend. Credits: St Andrews Brewery
Hargreaves Hill Brewery is at 25 Bell Street in Yarra Glen, and serves up a range of beers to meet all tastes. The cosy restaurant also has an extensive menu including a beef burger on brioche, southern fried chicken, and other delicious options. Hargreaves Hill is open from 11.30am daily (until 3pm on Tuesdays, 4pm on Sundays, and 8pm every other day of the week).