From Melbourne out to regional Victoria, we’ve found the best craft beer breweries to visit in 2021.
There’s nothing better than relaxing with a couple of mates and a beer. So why not do it in style?
Victoria is a state teeming with tremendous creative talent, and that shows in their craft beer breweries – from tropical-inspired décor to majestic views of Victoria’s beautiful scenery, each brewery has its own unique charm that manifests best in the dazzling range of beer on offer. So whether you prefer a decadent stout or a refreshing lager, heading to a local brewery or craft beer pub is one of the best experiences for a Victorian beer lover.
To help to get you hopping on your way, we’ve found the 10 best craft beer breweries in Victoria that are a must-visit in 2021.
Bridge Road Brewers
If you’re looking for the whole experience, Bridge Road Brewers is the place to go. Housed in a building that exemplifies traditional Australian architecture, with a menu inspired by co-founder Maria Alpine’s roots (i.e. plenty of pizza on offer), it’ll suit any beer-drinking occasion. Bridge Road Brewers even hosts brewery tours on a Saturday morning so you can learn more about any favourite beers you might’ve tried.
Moon Dog Craft Brewery
Want some time to relax but can’t afford a tropical holiday? Head over to Moon Dog Craft Brewery where you can find craft beers like no other. Located in the heart of the CBD, this Melbourne-based craft beer brewery combines eclectic pieces with a rustic space giving Moon Dog a modern vibe. Much to their websites promise, “[they’ll] put pretty much anything into a beer if we think it will taste good.”
Little Creatures, Geelong
Elevate your Victorian craft beer brewery experience by turning it into a brewery village one. Specialising in hop beer, Geelong’s edition of Little Creatures has all the elements of a bustling community. With the Furphy Cinemas in the summer, a vibrant Mystery Lane, and a White Rabbit Barrel Hall, there’s even a canteen to grab a bite before heading out to enjoy the sunshine. We’ll cheers to that!
Named after a town with surroundings as stunning as the name suggests, Bright Brewery overlooks the beautiful Ovens River and pays homage to its natural surroundings by using natural ingredients and being solar powered. Environmentally conscious as it is refreshing to drink, Bright Brewery has a magnificent range of beers on tap, and there’s live music every Sunday afternoon. It’s not just for locals either – the brewery has also taken home the gold in the 2017 Victorian Tourism Awards. One beer brewery in regional Victoria you must visit in 2021.
Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall
Stomping Ground’s founders have really covered their ground – after starting both The Local Taphouse and GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest they took their beer-brewing expertise to their very own Stomping Ground. Functioning as an expansive restaurant, it works for a family outing or a night out with friends, with beers-to-go and free tours of the brewery at noon on the weekends.
Mountain Goat Brewery
If you’ve enjoyed buying Mountain Goat beers from suppliers, go back to where it all started in Richmond, Melbourne. As one of the best in Victoria, their beers live up to their tremendous reputation by taking home two trophies and three gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2017 Australian International Beer Awards, so you know you’re in good hands. Schedule in a visit or just pop on by for a cold one at one of the best craft beer breweries in Melbourne.
Two Birds Brewing
You might think that all birds do is chirp and fly around, but it seems they make beer, too. As the first female-owned brewery in Australia, Two Birds Brewing is a place to pay attention to. Since beginning operations in 2011, they’ve crafted a lengthy range of exquisite beers for their beloved audience, concentrating on story and flavour to create a unique experience.
Hop Nation Brewing Co.
Started by two friends with a healthy appetite for life and good beer, Hop Nation Brewing Co. is housed in a beautiful, open-spaced brick building with a past life as a factory. Their natural beers are fermented on site, giving them the freedom of 15 taps to share with eager customers. There’s even a selection of non-alcoholic drinks, ciders and local wines to enjoy. Plus, so everyone can join in, dogs are allowed on leashes.
Bad Shepherd Brewing Co.
Looking for a brewery in the south-east of Melbourne? We’ve found one pub to put on your list. Meet Bad Shepherd Brewing Co. Led by a husband and wife team, they’ve got everything covered in this Cheltenham-based venue. Perfect for relaxing with mates, Bad Shepherd Brewing Co. is also a great brewery to source, you guessed it, beer.
Mornington Peninsula Brewery
Not so much a Mornington secret as it is an Australian craft beer legend, the Mornington Peninsula Brewery is nevertheless nestled away in the suburb. With a rustic beer garden and a comforting atmosphere to complement the industrial look and the excellent beers. And, for the Victorian beer lovers out there, they certainly do have quite a range available – from core to seasonal to specialty beers, as well as #tinnage beers in a range of colourful designs.
Looking for more beer-filled ideas? Discover beers to enjoy at home with our list of the 10 Best Australian Made Craft Beers for Winter 2021. Alternatively, test your talents with our Ultimate Craft Beer Quiz.