Nothing is more important than finding all the great craft brewery locations in your great city! Here is Crafty Beer Bros top suggestions for you to wet your palate, so get amongst it and enjoy some of the best craft beer on the planet!
Hop Nation Brewing Co
6/107-109 Whitehall Street, Footscray
Craft brewery started in 2014 by winemaking friends Sam Hambour and Duncan Gibson, who opened the doors to their industrial Footscray tap house earlier this year.
Bad Shepherd Brewing Co
386 Reserve Rd, Cheltenham
Date night, Sunday sesh, knock-off beers, birthday celebrations, chore procrastinations. The husband and wife duo behind Bad Shepherd have heard the call of the wiley witbier seductress, and they’re enticing you into her amber embrace with fine craft beer and good ol’ fashioned comfort food. Check out their Bayside brewery and enjoy a cheeky Hazelnut Brown — brewed with real hazelnuts, hazelnut and vanilla extracts and a splash of Frangelico, an amazing oatmeal stout or a fresh farmhouse saison.
Moon Dog Brewing
17 Duke Street, Abbotsford
Pizza from a van. Beer from a glass. What’s not to love about this inner-Melbourne brew bar? Because with craft sips the likes of Old Mate, Mack Daddy and Jukebox Hero on tap, as well as Nash’s Pash Rash, Bock Naked and Bad Boy Bubbly rotating through — there are not only good tastes to be had, but good times as well.
4 Joyner Street, Moorabbin
In true Aussie fashion, these beer-obsessed brothers commandeered their brewery from the now-defunct Times Square Brewery, bringing a little piece of New York to Melbourne. Get down to their Moorabbin-based beer hall for some live music, food truck Saturdays and a Taxi Pilsner or James (Belgian) Brown, and show your support for the true blue larrikin spirit.
Temple Brewing Company
122 Weston St, Brunswick East
The aim at Temple Brewing Company is to produce a range of distinctive, handcrafted beers that are brewed with passion and dedication to the craft — beer, that it. Their Bicycle Beer, a delectable blend of seven secret hops and spices, is a popular choice among the local two-wheel drivers.
167 Henty St Reservoir
Hawkers is a craft brewery producing mighty ales from one of the most hi-tech facilities in the country. Their beers are so good, in fact, that at the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards they received nine medals. One for every beer entered (#winning). Head to their Reservoir cellar door to get a lick of their seriously sip-worthy selection. Like their Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.
Two Birds Brewing
136 Hall Street, Spotswood
As the name suggests, Two Birds Brewing was founded in 2011 by, you guessed it, two birds; Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen. They make the kind of beers that they enjoy drinking — like a Taco Beer, which is brewed using flaked corn, coriander and other marvellously Mexican-sounding ingredients. Get around it, amigos. Head to their Spotswood sip house to sample the full range.
The Boatrocker Brewery
51 Macbeth Street, Braeside
The Boatrocker philosophy is simple; make the best beer possible using the best beer ingredients possible. We dig their bold, full-bodied Hop Bomb IPA. Because hop damn, gurrrrl (or guy — craft beer is all about equal bender opportunity) Now pouring from their Braeside beer hall.
The Public Brewery
13 Lacey Street, Croydon
A microbrewery for cult brew lovers. At this outer eastern gem you get to craft your own beer, with the hands on brewing experience taking you through each step of the beer-making process. The Public Brewery is also home to a boutique bottle and retail shop. A delighful bar and dining area opens out to a paved beer garden complete with a green grassy knoll — it’s a Sunday sesh dream just waiting to come true.
Dainton Family Brewery and Tap House
560 Frankston-Dandenong Road Carrum Downs
A family of dedicated and tragic beer lovers crafting the best, freshest and most sessionable beers they can.
Wolf of the Willows
386 Reserve Road, Cheltenham,
These beer cubs have a passion for producing handcrafted, modern ales that are distinct in quality, flavour and character — what we like to call ‘Ales of Distinction’. Get in touch with your distinguished side and wolf down one some fancy pants craft brews. We’re big fans of the sweet, smooth and smouldering Johnny Smoke Porter.
Wolf of the Willows brewery is co-located with Bad Shepherd Brewing Co.
Inspired by the American-style ales of yore, the 3 Ravens range is all about classic combinations. Think subtle spice, stalwart bitterness and rich, earthy aromas. Treat your tastebuds to their Black 55 American Pale Ale and prepare yourself for all the lingering chocolate and coffee notes.
Devastatingly delicious hand-brewed craft beer inspired by Godzilla and the Power Rangers. The Kaju! family includes a Robohop IPA, Behemoth Black Ale and, our personal favourite, the Hopped Out Red Ale. It’s like a moreish malten lager of complex biscuit toffee and tropical pine.
Himmel Brewing Co
After a few years in Germany and some seriously good times at Oktoberfest celebrations, Himmel Hund brewer Annabel couldn’t wait to bring the exotic Eastern European bier tastes back to her home town. Give her Himmel Witbier a whirl. It’s citrus and spice and all things nice.
Barrow Boys Brewing
Sure, Australia could live without another craft beer, cold drip coffee, or stitch and bitch workshop. But North Melbourne’s Barrow Boys really love beer and felt they had to brew and share their own marvellous malt creations.
Hawthorn Brewing Company
In the days of old, travelling merchants crisscrossed the globe, journeying to exotic lands in search of the finest treasures. Following in this bold tradition are the Flavour Merchants of the Hawthorn Brewing Co. From their base in Hawthorn, these intrepid explorers scour the beer world, risking life and limb to bring home the secrets of its best brewers. It is only by trialling and refining these techniques that we are able to create award winning beers of distinction including our Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Pilsner, Witbier, IPA and Golden Ale. Yes. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.
A small, family-owned brewing company, based in Melbourne that prides itself on making fresh, exciting, yet easy-drinking beer. We think you’ll agree; Venom Beers are deadly good. See what we did there?
Red Hill Brewery
A wee way out of the city, based in Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. You will find Red Hill Brewery nestled between the trees and vineyards. With Fresh hops growing just outside, you know this beer is fresh and full of crafty beer love. Well worth the trip I promise you.
Crafty Beer Bros really hope you enjoy our list of favourite places to hang out, please let us know how you go and what you tried, would love to know!