Don’t you love finding those unexpected places, sometimes virtually on your doorstep? Thanks to reading a review in my local paper that’s exactly what happened last weekend.
A last minute lunch plan with friends saw us enjoying shared tapas in a shipping container! How nice to cocoon in a cosy yet spacious booth where nearby an indoor lagoon shimmered through the filtered sun. In the middle a waterfall cascades and paths wind up stairs to elevated bars, cosy lounge areas and secret nooks and crannies. Unexpected? Hell yes. Cool? Very.
There’s a buzz of music and conversation, it’s almost a party atmosphere and the decor is bold and bright. It feels like a cross between Las Vegas and Disneyland for beer lovers!
In one of the newest, hippest venues around Melbourne. Moon Dog World is like a world of it’s own. It’s set inside four warehouses and it’s HUGE.
The bar has 72 taps. As well there’s espresso martinis on tap, cocktails, wine and a delicious menu with something for everyone. It has a beer garden, a hidden disco tiki bar, hidden alcoves with pinball machines, lounge areas and much more.
There’s elevated sun decks and a retractable roof to let in those sun rays on a sunny day.
We ended up sharing our shipping container “booth” with an eclectic bunch: Fiti from Samoa Fiji, Larissa from Russia and Jon the Pom. Our very affable waiter, Cian, made ordering a breeze and we passed a highly enjoyable afternoon.
Moon Dog Brewing is at 35 Chifley Drive in Preston. It’s bigger than Ben Hur, loads of fun and the most unusual brewery I’ve ever been to.
Most breweries aren’t quite so over the top as this one but each has its own charm.
Further out from Melbourne there are dozens of microbreweries. Whilst I’m more of a winery gal myself, I don’t mind trying a new ale. Here’s a few we’ve enjoyed over the years:
Jamieson Brewery & Grill
This is a gem of a place, tucked away on eight lush acres in the High Country. Set by the picturesque Goulburn river with views and brews to satisfy any traveller.
There’s a great selection of delicious food and great ales to taste. I can highly recommend the Raspberry ale, delicious!
5953 Eildon-Jamieson Rd, Jamieson
Forrest Brewing Company
Forrest Brewing Company has such a fun atmosphere. It’s equal parts micro brewery, eating place and mountain bike hang-out.
I love this part of the Otways. You can walk up a thirst around beautiful Lake Elizabeth nearby. Then venture into town and head for the brewery.
Enjoy lunch or a paddle of ales. It offers a true boutique product not widely available outside of Forrest and all beers are brewed using water from the Otways rainforest. How cool is that?
It’s at 26 Grant Street Forrest
Loch Brewery and Distillery
If you like your gin and vodka, as well as beer, you’ll love this place. Loch is a quaint little stopover, half way between Melbourne and Wilsons Prom. It’s worth the short detour off the South Gippsland Highway.
The small batch of beer was born because “to make good whisky, first you need to make a good beer base.”
You can sample all of this at the cellar door which occupies an imposing 19th century bank from Friday to Sunday. There’s no food available but a couple of great cafes in town. You can also take a stroll across the suspension bridge. Across the other side is a very peaceful campground!
44 Victoria Road Loch
“Life and beer are very similar. Chill for best results.”
King River Brewing
King River Brewing is a microbrewery in the picturesque King Valley in Victoria’s High Country. Inside it’s a lively and welcoming ambience.
Available on the six rotating taps are the latest fresh brews, straight from the brewery which is only metres away.
The brewery offers both familiar and exciting beer styles. The rustic and comfortable taproom is built inside the original tobacco kiln, which was once this locations previous industry.
4515 Wangaratta-Whitfield Road, King Valley
Located not far from one of our most visited overnight stops at Macedon (i.e the in-laws place) Holgate Brewhouse at Woodend is one of the most popular craft breweries to come out of Victoria. The award winning brewery has been around since 1999 and was set up in Paul and Natasha Holgate’s backyard,
It’s very much a country corner pub, the bar has eight tabs, classic pub grub and live music every Friday night. If you’ve over indulged, no worries, you can grab a room upstairs for the night, with a dinner and beer tasting package while you’re at it.
79 High Street Woodend
High Country Beers
In the High Country there are literally dozens of breweries crafting beer on-site and serving up a range of handmade ales. The High Country Brewery Trail covers the length and breadth of the region comprising many that I haven’t even been to. Suffice to say, beer lovers will never be thirsty in this region.
One of the best parts about exploring these delicious breweries is the incredible scenery and vistas around every corner. Discovering new places and meeting people who love making their craft is what makes travel so memorable.
Whether it’s beer you love, or gin or wine or maybe it’s none of the above, every place has something that makes it unique.
Cheers to drinking responsibly, to safe travelling and epic adventures.
In light and love
Even the dunny block in Loch is picturesque!