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Published September 6th 2014
Craft beer lovers rejoice
It's been known by a few other names in it's past, 'A Bar called Barry', the 'Last Laugh' as well as hosted Circus Oz until its roof. But now, this newly opened craft beer house and late night music venue, Forester's Beer and Music Hall has injected a new life into the iconic building at Smith and Langridge St in Collingwood.
Newly opened, Forester's Beer and Music Hall offers a huge variety of craft beer.
Recently opened, the venue offered 50 taps with 32 different craft beers from around the world.
Forester's Beer and Music Hall is divided over two levels. The main hall is a huge open space with high ceilings, a 14 metre long bar, seating for 160 people and standing room for another 140 yet still manages to have a cozy feel. You're also certain to love the 1920s style clam shell stage. The upstairs bar, which is set to open in spring, will accommodate a further 100 people.
The venue promises to provide the largest and most diverse range of craft beers in Australia including those from both established and emerging Australian craft brewers as well as those sourced from around the world. Eight house beers will also flow constantly and a further 24 different beers will be rotated.
Additionally, regular beer tastings and special events are planned.
The concept is the newest offering from the team who also own The Royston Hotel in Richmond and Fitzroy North's award winning The Terminus Hotel. They were also behind A Bar Called Barry.
The venue will have live bands every Friday and Saturday from 9.30pm to 11.30pm followed by a DJ until late with no cover charge. And what goes with beer and live entertainment? Pizza. In a nod to the former tenant, 'Barry' the pizza oven will churn out pizzas daily and long into the night.
Forester's is located at 64 Smith Street, Collingwood and is open from 4pm to 4am (Thursday to Saturday), 6pm to 2am (Sunday to Wednesday).