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Published November 26th 2022
Former prison infirmary takes on a new life
BrewDog Pentridge is now open and it is your number one destination for after work drinks, family reunions, weddings, parties, and live music.

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Friendly BrewDog staff member with the 'Plain Jane' pizza

With an array of fresh and flavoursome brews and a menu, which is 50% plant-based - there is something for everyone at this family-friendly venue.

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Front gates of BrewDog

Formerly the HM Pentridge Prison infirmary, BrewDog is conveniently located right inside the Pentridge complex next door to Palace Cinemas Pentridge and mall.

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BrewDog outdoor deck

BrewDog is a true labour of love. Carved out of the heritage bluestone this indoor/outdoor brewhouse with lives bands, deck and beer garden is a dream come true for the growing population of hipsters and young families in Coburg.

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BrewDog beer garden aerial view

'Flights of beer!' cry the ghostly inmates of the past. Imagine if the former residents could brew beer instead of hard labour, when serving time in HM Pentridge Prison from 1851 to 1997?

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BrewDog burgers, tacos, brews

In daylight savings, BrewDog is a dream location for after work drinks and live music. There are plentiful supplies of BrewDog beer to sample and a great menu too, which is 50% plant-based!

What does that mean?

Well, typically beerhalls and breweries have sturdy food like beef burgers, fries, and pizzas. BrewDog has a decent menu for carnivores but also a plant-based alternatives for vegetarians and vegans.

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Friendly BrewDog staff member with Crispy Squeaky Cheese

For meat options try the 'Patriot Burger', 'Cluck Norris', Buffalo Chicken, Aussie and Punk XPA Brisket burgers. You can ask to swap your protein for a plant-based alternative – 'Plant Powered Patriot', 'Clucky This Time' (plant based schnitzel) or a 'Shroom-ing' (pulled shitake 'pork').

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BrewDog Lager

There are also parmas, pizzas, tacos, a hoppy kids and adult menu, salad bowls, sides, wings, a grazing menu, and desserts. All items have plant-based alternatives, and the menu also has gluten-free options too. The friendly staff will happily assist you with your dietary needs.

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BrewDog inside

I enjoyed the Buffalo Chicken Wings and Buffalo Cauliflower plant-based alternative which were loaded with 'punch in the face' flavour with a blue cheese dip on the side.

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Pinball machines

The Gambino pizza with prawns, chilli, garlic, and smoked mozzarella was my favourite, closely followed by the Plain Jane (margherita) pizza.

My favourite grazing option was the Crispy Squeaky Cheese, which is halloumi basted in BrewDog Raspberry Blitz Sour, seasonal berries and native pepper berry. A tasty sweet and cheesy combo with the silky soft texture of halloumi. Divine!

If you are not a fan of spicy buffalo chicken wings, try the buffalo cauliflower instead. There's a mushroom burger and bowls - if you are watching your carb intake.

Vegan Mondays - 2-for-1 vegan and vegie mains all day

Wings Wednesday - bottomless chicken or cauliflower buffalo wings and Thursday Beer launches.

For ease of convenience BrewDog use the 'Mr Yum' app which you can scan on each table and order your own food. This wipes away the tears and awkwardness of splitting the bill.

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Friendly BrewDog staff ready to take your drink order

Don't like beer, but have a partner who does?

Don't worry – there is a large array of other beverages - wines, bubbles, soft drinks, cocktails and mocktails.

Margarita anyone?

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BrewDog beer garden at night


So what does a brewery do in winter?

Well, you can still hang outdoors with lots of covered seating with outdoor heaters, an outdoor bar, fairy lights and cosy booths. Inside are warm and cosy spaces for a hot date or intimate dinner or a birthday party with an arcade of pinball machines to boot.

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Upstairs at BrewDog

Or step inside to the maze of many rooms inside BrewDog.

Like to sip a whisky on a Chesterfield?

There are cosy couches with open fireplaces, and large dinner style tables for big groups.

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Upstairs function room

You can hold a wedding or party at BrewDog with their many function rooms upstairs and downstairs.

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One of the many cosy dining rooms inside

BrewDog has kept the original heritage facade and polished up the original concrete floors, painted the inside walls, added downlighting and contemporary vintage décor and a warm and comfy vibe.

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The many rooms of BrewDog

BrewDog is open 11am to 10pm Sundays to Wednesdays and 11am to midnight Thursday to Saturday.

Can't make it in person to BrewDog? No worries. You can order all their beers, ciders, spirits, and merchandise online for delivery to your home.

Have you tried Raspberry Blitz, Dead Pony Club, Shandy Shack, Elvis Juice and Jack Hammer?

There's also Brownsnake Ginger Beer, a variety of sours, nitros, lager, pilseners, pale ale and Punk XPA!

There is also an alcohol free beer 'The Nanny State' if you don't drink alcohol or want to enjoy the party without the hangover.

There is also a kids menu so parents can enjoy a night out with the family.

BrewDog claims to be the first 'carbon negative brewery' using renewable solar energy, 99% plastic free packing and carbon neutral online deliveries. They are also working to create their own 'Lost Forest' in 2023.

Check out BrewDog now!

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Why? Enjoy brews in the beer garden with live music
When: Monday to Sunday, from 11am until late
Where: Pentridge E Division
Your Comment
Great job!
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6113) 66 days ago
When I saw Pentridge, I immediately thought of the prison but thought, no I must be wrong. What an incredible transformation of the site.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|6205) 71 days ago
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