I was beginning to think I would have to open a pub myself to fulfil the need of the Wyndham area for something new, something up with today's trends of boutique beer and diverse quality food but alas my prayers were answered when craft beer hall and eatery known as The Park Hotel was opened last year in Werribee.
Situated on the corner of Watton St and Station St, the pub is easy to get to by train, bus, car or taxi and the timber striped facade on the corner is hard to miss.
Once you get passed the friendly bouncer, who gives you a big smile as he opens the door for you, the bar is yours to take in with a long bar that stretches as long as the side of the room on the left with a couple of pool tables to the right, followed by a chimney with a couple of fires on either side and comfy lounges and the rest of the room is scattered with different sized tables and chairs to cater for different sized groups.
The door at the end of the main room leads into a beer garden of course which is part covered, part open and the outsides are timber booths and in the middle are some picnic like tables with plenty of spots to sit.
As aesthetically pleasing as the pub was the best bit was still to come when I opened up the menu and was greeted by pages of beers and the majority of them I had never heard of which for someone who likes their boutique beer is exciting. I made the pledge over a few visits to get through all the beers but definitely not in the one sitting.
There are 14 beers and 2 ciders on tap which are changed over regularly to keep it interesting.
In bottles there are well in excess of 200 beers from around the world with an obvious focus on home grown brew. They have left no stone unturned when it comes to variety of beer – Lagers, Pilsners, Stouts, Porters, Abbey Ales, Ambers, Red Ales, Ales, Pale Ales, Indian Pale Ales, Black Indian Ales, Extra Special Bitter, Wit Beers, Hefeweizen, White Ales, Dark Brown Ales, Mid and Light Strength, Speciality beers, Limited releases and Reserves. Or for those that prefer Cider there are over 10 varieties from Australian producers. The last time I saw a beer menu this extensive was in the country that lays claim to some of the best most complex beer in the world, Belgium.
The bar staff are generally friendly and depending who you get, they can help you decide on a beer by giving you a taste of the beers on tap. If you opt for a bottled beer, it may understandingly so take the bar person a little while to locate the beer of your choice.
The food menu offers a good reasonably priced spread of gourmet style pub grub, pizzas and tapas such as pork belly. If you are up for something a little different, give the rabbit croquettes a try.
On Saturdays and Sundays you may be lucky enough to hear an acoustic performance, which makes for great background noise while you soak up the sun in the relaxing beer garden.