I have talked about hidden gems of the Mornington Peninsula before, but this one easily takes the cake. If you're planning a trip to this region, and beer and no-fuss food tickles your fancy much more than the thought of wineries or up-market restaurants, (or even if you are just looking for something a little more laid back) I would put the Mornington Peninsula Brewery on the top of your Weekend Notes. However be sure to take your GPS or your Melways with you if you are from out of town, as it is a little off the beaten track so-to-speak.
Situated within the industrial sector of Mornington (it is almost unnoticeable, but that is just part of it's mystique) the Mornington Peninsula Brewery (MPB) has been open to the public since September 2010. The Brewery is brainchild of neighbours Matt Bebe and Malcolm McLean, who first threw around the idea of opening a brewery whilst celebrating Hawthorn's 2008 AFL Premiership win (over more than a few beer's we can assume). With extensive planning and research, along with assistance from industry professionals such as Rod Attenborough, from what started as a seemingly flippant proposal, has now evolved into one of the best brew houses in Victoria.
MPB is certainly not like your conventional alcohol-soaked carpeted corner pub with that musky smell and an uninspiring selection of ordinary beer and wine. On the contrary, it boasts an impressive repertoire of beers brewed on site including three regular beers, pale ale, witbier and brown ale. There is also specialty beer on tap and a selection of local wines (for those whose pallets are yet to develop the taste for MBP's "liquid gold").
The drinking area is set among the brew house itself, with the vats and equipment adding character and a relaxed casualness to the tin shed type warehouse. A collection of miss-matched antique chairs and couches adorn the mezzanine level where you can overlook the entire brewery, and there are also seats outdoors, perfect for those sunny Sunday sipper sessions. I must not forget the tasty wood fired pizzas, a perfect accompaniment to a tasting board of five beers (approx $12.00).
Observing a table of twenty-something year old males, each with a different type of beer in hand, MPB interestingly serves as a great example of how far we have come in terms of 'draught appreciation.' It is great to see the apparent appreciation of food and wine in a relaxed social setting in comparison to the likes of most pubs and clubs where (generally speaking) the mentality of younger people is to binge drink, rather than recognise the actual value of what they are drinking. MPB really shows the coming of age of the Mornington Peninsula and provides an inviting and comfortable environment that welcomes a patronage of varied ages.
Considered a popular, exciting and successful cult establishment of the area, the Mornington Peninsula Brewery is certainly a model for what is to come in this ever-developing town. Open Thursday and Friday from 3pm to 11pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm (live music on Sundays). It is also available for functions on Saturday nights from 7pm to 11pm.
If it wasnt created as a result of a Hawthorn Premiership, I might be impressed. No, its great and a wonderful idea. Victorians have taken a little bit of time to follow what WA has in terms of breweries etc. Good on you. Its a vast improvement from the Pier Hotel.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Saturday, 23rd of April @ 10:47 am
What a surprise, I arrived early with my friend so first ones there. But it wasn't long before the place was hopping no pun intended! I had to leave a little after the band began but what heard was excellent and again a huge surprise. The band had four members but has the unusual name Blues Train Trio. I don't drink beer at all, and I would have loved a good coffee, see I was hosting an event for my group The Melbourne Coffee Lover Group, and I just expected coffee to be on offer, wine and pizzas were so why not a good frothy coffee? Pizzas very tasty but I felt a little pricy for the size and toppings. Will certainly offer this venue for another Meetup as the guys actually came and the count was 3 to 1 a first I do believe.
So if you like a great place that offers all an aussie loves then pop in and savour their delights.