Beer drinkers are well indulged in Victoria, and craft breweries are popping up everywhere. They produce full-flavoured beers, made with the best local ingredients by traditional methods. It is a well known fact that Aussies love their beer, so it's little wonder that in Victoria alone, you'll find a number of independently owned craft breweries, each taking great pride in producing their own unique tasting beer varieties.
Head to historic Beechworth for a brewery with countless of accolades to its name. Bridge Road Brewers offer visitors the chance to sample its unique hand-crafted beers while their are being brewed right in front of them. Located within a 150 year old coach house, the brewery offers a selection of ales for tasting, an impressive list of local wines and a pizza kitchen where authentic pretzels, pizza and apple strudel are baked.
Overlooking the Ovens River, the Bright Brewery uses fresh alpine water and blends quality ingredients to create their famous beers. Tours showing the brewing process are conducted. Otherwise, relax with a beer, enjoy a bite to eat or sit beside the open fire.
Located on the scenic Great Alpine Road, Bullant Brewery proclaims it is the home of "beer with bite". A range of full flavoured beers are produced which can be sampled and bought. Visitors are also welcome to watch the workings of the copper brewhouse through large viewing windows. Quality regionally sourced seasonal food can be enjoyed at the brewery including shared gourmet platters, pasta, pizza, steaks, burgers and desserts.
Producing more than 420 million litres of beer each year, Carlton Brewhouse has been around for a hundred years. The brewhouse is located only a few minutes drive from the heart of Melbourne, in Abbotsford, and is open for tours, tastings and functions. Producing over 20 beer brands you are sure to find a favourite.www.carltonbrewhouse.com.au
Clear and sweet mountain water is combined with the flavours of malt, hops and yeast to produce great beers at this true craft brewery. There is a bar where visitors can sample beers on tap fresh from the brewery while enjoying magnificent views of Mount Bogong in the background. A range of delicious food, created from locally sourced ingredients, is on the menu.
Location: Mount Beautywww.crankhandlebrewery.com.au
Set within the picturesque Strzelecki Ranges, the Grand Ridge Brewery has developed a range of world-class beers. Dubbed the "monastery on the mountain" due to its religious devotion to the beer making process, the brewery boasts totally natural beers made from pure mountain water and blended with a fine selection of hops, malt and yeast, free of any chemicals or preservatives. The brewery operates from within a redeveloped butter factory and there is a special gallery from where visitors can view the workings of the brewery. Enjoy a meal at the brewery's restaurant which specialises in local produce.
Location: Mirboo Northwww.grand-ridge.com.au
Jamieson Brewery uses traditional methods to produce craft beers, brewed mountain fresh in the beautiful high country. Learn about the brewing process and sample some of the beers which are created using local ingredients where possible. There is a tap room, bar, beer garden and bistro restaurant. The brewery is situated on the banks of Lake Eildon with sweeping views of the water and mountains.
Located in the old Astor Theatre, Mildura Brewery is found right in the middle of Mildura's restaurant precinct. The brewery opened in 2004, but the Astor Theatre's history goes way back to 1924. At the brewery you'll get to experience five permanent naturally brewed beers, as well as some fabulous and unique seasonal brews such as cocoa stout and raspberry wheat beer. Brewery tours are also available, but you'll need to book ahead. You don't have to drink on an empty stomach here either, as the Mildura Brewery also offers superb pub meals, for both lunch and dinner, as well as having two excellent function rooms available for cocktail parties, launches and meetings.
You will find Mornington Peninsula Brewery nestled in one of Mornington's back streets. Recognised as one of Australia's best craft breweries, free guided tours are offered which include sampling the end product. At the brewery bar and its rustic beer garden, visitors can enjoy a selection of beers and wines, as well as pizzas with dough that is made with beer. There is also regular live entertainment.
Nagambie Brewery & Distillery prides itself on creating all its beer, gin, whisky and vodka by hand using the best local ingredients which are then carefully crafted with creative flair. While visiting the brewery, enjoy a generous and tasty meal or drink with stunning water views of Lake Nagambie from the deck or inside the restaurant. Wood fired pizzas and burgers are their speciality.
Centrally located in Queenscliff, just around the corner from the main street and a short walk from the ferry terminal, is Queenscliff Brewhouse. This is craft beer heaven for beer lovers, with over 200 varieties on tap. Tours of the brewery can be arranged and tastings are available in the tasting room along with share platters of fresh and locally produced food. Visitors to the brewery can also indulge in a huge range of whiskies, rums and gins in the whisky bar and freshly made meals in the family-friendly bistro. There is regular live music at the venue, covering a range of genres, and it is free to watch.
This brewery on the Mornington Peninsula is unique in that all the hops used in the beer making process are organic and grown on-site. Enjoy handcrafted ales in this rustic bush setting and if you're hungry, sample some of the delights at the brewery cafe where everything is prepared from either local or home-grown ingredients.
Location: Red Hillwww.redhillbrewery.com.au
Sou'West Brewery serves handcrafted beers and high quality fresh meals. The venue includes a family room with a play area for children, the expansive main bar area with views straight into the brew house and a tasting room with natural plants and a large sky light. Experience a selection of hand-crafted beers - fresh, clean and preservative-free.
The fully integrated St Andrews Beach Brewery is set on a 37 hectare property which was once a major horse training facility. Hops, fruit and vegetables are grown on site, with craft beers brewed and poured straight from the stable doors. Visitors can sample and purchase great beer, stroll through the grounds and enjoy either a snack or long lunch at the brewery kitchen.www.standrewsbeachbrewery.com.au
White Rabbit Brewery produces Belgian inspired ales with unique and complex characters and aromas. Tour the brewery and check out the barrels, open fermenters, and sample some of their imaginative creations. Make your way to Barrel Hall where you can indulge in ales and tasting plates of cheeses and cured meats.