Help breathe life back into Collingwood's brewery scene
To celebrate the revival of one of Melbourne's oldest inner-city suburbs, five Collingwood breweries have teamed up with the help of the City of Yarra to launch the Collingwood Beer Trail.
To help breathe life back into Collingwood's brewery scene, you are invited to join a bear-filled neighbourhood walking trail, complete with a hydration pitstop at each brewery, that celebrates the revival of Collingwood's long lost brewing industry.
In the late 1800s, Collingwood was arguably the epicentre of Australian brewing with many breweries operating in the area, including Fosters Brewing in Rokeby Street. By the early 1900s, however, as a result of mergers, amalgamations and closures, all the breweries were gone.
1887 View of Collingwood from the Town Hall tower looking south-west. Yorkshire Brewing tower is seen in background
More than a century later, Collingwood has once again become a mecca for independent craft breweries with the likes of Stomping Ground, Bodriggy, Fixation, Molly Rose and The Mill all opening within the past five years. Together, they have now joined forces in a bid to support their community and highlight, not only the local breweries, but the many galleries, cafes and venues in the flourishing area.
Pick up a free Collingwood Beer Trail map available at all participating breweries, or by download, and explore the trail in your own time. A 'Trail Pass' is also available for just $30, which includes beer samples at all venues and a Beer Trail tote bag once you visit all five breweries. $5 from every Trail Pass sold will be donated to a local charity.
Stomping Ground is a neighbourhood Brewery & Beer Hall bringing people together over a great beer. Under the sawtooth roof of the massive converted warehouse, the crew at Stompo brew great beers to suit all tastes, from laid-back easy drinkers to adventurous spirits. Bask in the sunny beer garden, grab a meal from the open kitchen or let the kids run wild in the cubby house while enjoying 30 taps worth of tasty brews direct from the source.
More on Fixation Brewing Co
Born out of a fanatical obsession with India Pale Ales (they solely brew IPAs), their flagship Fixation IPA first graced glasses in 2015. In 2018, they opened their brewery, tasting room and innovation space, the incubator. The incubator is where they dream up their hoppiest ideas and pour them directly from their tanks. A hophead's paradise! Fresh new beers drop every week with delicious food prepared by their neighbours Red Sparrow Pizza.
Once-upon-a-time an Auto LP gas conversion garage, venture beyond the faded yellow brick facade of 245 Johnston St, Abbotsford, and you'll find a fun-palace culmination in a brewery, brewpub cocktail bar and more. Dedicated to local culture, arts and music, the space, and froffs brewed within it, are forever exploring the best experiences for drinking beer and the people they brew for.
More on Molly Rose Brewing
Molly Rose is a small brewery which embraces the way that great beer can bring all sorts of people together to enjoy good times. Monday-Wednesday founder/brewer Nic Sandery and the team brew sour, hoppy, and farmhouse in their small venue on Wellington St. Thursday through Sunday they swing their doors open to serve their beers alongside great wines, cocktails and food and make it their mission to welcome everyone who visits.
The Mill Brewery resides in what was once an old mechanics workshop, just 100m off Smith St. With a huge outdoor beer garden it has a relaxed vibe, with a brewhouse and tanks on show. Experimenting over 9 taps with all types of ales and lagers, guest beers, and paired with delicious handmade pizzas, they love to share the fun of brewing with friends.