There’s nothing better than relaxing with a couple of mates and a beer. So 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.

In correlation with Beer Cartel’s 2018 awards, here are Hunter and Bligh’s Best Craft Beer Breweries in Victoria:

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’s Alpine roots (i.e. plenty of pizza on offer), it’ll suit any beer-drinking occasion. There are even brewery tours on a Saturday morning, so you can learn more about any favourite beers you might’ve tried.

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50 Ford St, Beechworth Beechy Summer Ale

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 beers like no other. Combining eclectic pieces with a rustic space gives it a modern vibe, and offerings range from Pine-Lime Ice Cream IPAs to American Oak-Aged Smokey Stout, truly showcasing their website’s promise: ‘we’ll put pretty much anything into a beer if we think it will taste good.’

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17 Duke St, Abbotsford Love Tap Lager

Little Creatures – Geelong Brewery

Elevate your 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.

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221 Swanston St, Geelong Rogers’ (American Amber Ale)

Bright Brewery

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. It has a magnificent range of beers across 24 taps, and there’s live music every Sunday afternoon. It’s not just for locals, either – the brewery was a gold winner in the 2017 Victorian Tourism Awards.

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121 Great Alpine Rd, Bright Staircase Porter

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 with friends, with beers-to-go and free tours of the brewery at noon on the weekends.

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100 Gipps St, Collingwood ‘Laneway’ Larger

Mountain Goat Brewery

If you’ve enjoyed buying Mountain Goat beers from Beer Cartel or Dan Murphy’s, go back to where it all started in Richmond, Melbourne. As one of the best in Victoria, their beers lived 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. The brewery is open on Wednesday (5pm – 10pm), Friday (5pm – 11pm) and Sunday (12pm – 6pm), so make sure to schedule in a visit.

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80 North Street, Richmond Summer Ale

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 seven exquisite beers for their beloved audience, concentrating on story and flavour to create a unique experience.

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136 Hall St, Spotswood Golden

Hop Nation

Started by two friends with a healthy appetite for life and good beer, Hop Nation 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, and dogs are allowed on leashes.

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6/107-109 Whitehall St, Footscray The Punch – Mango Gose

Bad Shepherd Brewing Co.

One of the search results for Bad Shepherd is ‘Bad Shepherd Brewing the almighty imperial IPA’, which tells you all you need to know: Bad Shepherd has truly legendary beers. As a husband and wife team, they’ve got everything covered, from the great beers perfect for relaxing with mates, to the finer details of keeping an exemplar establishment. The only ‘bad’ at Bad Shepherd is in the name.

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386 Reserve Rd, Cheltenham Reservoir Rd Draught

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 – of which they have a range, from core to seasonal to specialty beers, as well as #tinnage beers in a range of colourful designs.

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72 Watt Rd, Mornington Mornington Pale