I'm time-pressed and always counting the pennies as a single-mum writer, so going out has to be worth the lipstick. It's the year of discovering tantalizing Melbourne and, sometimes, a tease of Adelaide's treasures. Join me.
Published May 3rd 2015
Up-cycle your next night out
Crafted for cheer and beer, you can design your own way to gather here.
Brothers through a brew or two, Jamie and Clyde, have put unique handcrafted character at the centre of their Eltham venture, Prosciutto Bros. Craft Bar. A position in the Peel Street industrial precinct may seem an unusual location for artisan fare, but the warehouse setting and masculine gestures of timber, steel and concrete suit an up-cycled, hands-on, raw effect that relies on genuine quality of craftsmanship and fine end-products, very much like the approach to the meats and liquid refreshment available.
Traditionally crafted beers and ciders are centre stage.
A long beer tap bank brings many fine micro-breweries from Melbourne under the same tin roof, with top pours from boutique beer producers further afield. On board are some stayers, with Mountain Goat (Richmond) and Little Creatures (Fitzroy) there, alongside Cavalier (Melbourne) and Holgate (Macedon), to name only a few. The Bros are particularly proud to host the only female brewers of Spotswood, Two Birds, who produce a full flavoured Indian Pale Ale they know you'll particularly enjoy. Cider from The Apple Thief (Adelaide Hills) and Napoleone (Coldstream) will also come from the keg. Wine snobs can get some too, with the highly awarded Brown Magpie wines (Geelong) and Helen's Hill Estate (Yarra Valley) among the family estate wines on the list.
Good things from the tap are made better with a tasty plate, so the Bros have given their menu a rustic goodness that accompanies a "quiet one" well. Free-range meats, sausages and salamis feature with cheeses, dips and antipasti served with fresh baked bread. A wood-fired oven and charcoal spit are the sole cooking sources and the menu will expand to include slow cooked meats and a variety of pizzas. Hot choc-hazelnut filled donuts with a perfect coffee may just become my winter treat here. Prices are very fair. Snack on an artisan sausage in a roll for around $10 (great when there's a glass in your other hand), or fill up for $15 with the help of a knife and fork. Shared small plates and big boards $8-$25 will be popular.
Fruity Napoleone Cider (6.5%) was wonderful with a charcuterie and cheese board.
The kitchen is open and on display, as are the ingredients, which hang from handmade meat hooks, or are stored behind refrigerated glass. Jamie and Clyde describe plans for a pig on a spit as well as meet-the-brewer nights with suggested food and beverage pairings. They are particularly excited about hosting a month-long Oktoberfest when the tenth month of the year rolls around. Live acoustic music will liven up the evenings with space cleared for a boogie.
There's a casual and welcome appeal to this earthy Eltham haunt with its Industrial Punk table tops, reclaimed vinyl seating and exposed brick bar. Skylights allow a centerpiece of olive trees to soften the surrounds, while caged key lighting creates the perfect setting to soak up an honest good night of hanging out with friends. You can trust the personal selections of Jamie and Clyde, after all, what they hope Prosciutto Bros. Craft Bar can give to every one is brotherhood through a fine brew (for ladies too).
Return to the scene of the crime. Beer keg urinals grace the men's room for a truly up-cycled approach to decor. A wine barrel concept is being considered for the ladies.