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Published March 9th 2013
This Matilda has got a good reason to waltz
Matilda Bay Bar & Brewery
If you find yourself riding through the quiet back streets of Port Melbourne it will most likely be for a trip to Bunnings or to pick up a package at the Australia Post parcel centre. You will most likely ride down Williamstown Road and miss a turn into Bertie Street, and even if you did, you might just think nothing of the unassuming (and deceivingly small) entrance marked "Matilda Bay Bar and Brewery".
A jungle of metal intertwined with mysterious beer-making mechanisms and intricate piping sits immobile in the high-ceilinged space, where visitors can go for a tour to witness first-hand the slightly alchemic process of milling-mashing-lautering-boiling-whirpooling-cooling-fermenting-maturing that turns raw materials into brew.
A neat row of sneakers placed just beyond the fence allows unaware open-shoed visitors not to miss out on the tour of the brewery.
The style of interior decor is appropriately industrial, with its stripped back raw materials, factory-functional objects and permanently unfinished look, giving the place that utilitarian appeal that is on such high demand for New York lofts right now.
Anyone who has witnessed first-hand the annual Oktoberfest in Munich has come across a large, braided, beer-swinging waitress named Helga. Much like her German namesake, this Munich style dry lager beer is described as "malty, full bodied and well rounded."
...or Itchy Green Pants. Long story, apparently, involving long hours on the job and green working gear. Matilda Bay's own version of Australian cloudy ale.
7. Dirty Granny
The liquid version of a ripe Granny smith apple - I can vouch for that! - this cider hits you with its harmonious interplay of sweet and acid notes. Made from native apples, it has no sugar added and it is ideally paired with soft cheeses.
8. Small Batch Brews
Last but not least, a trip down to this place allows you to taste the best fruits of a brewer's never-ending effort to come up with a bigger, badder, better brew.