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Cheeky Peak Brewery

Cheeky Peak Brewery

A brewery that also sells homebrew equipment sounds like the road to economic ruin for many a visitor, but that’s exactly the danger you run into when dropping into Cheeky Peaky Brewery. After a couple of beers, spending thousands on the latest stainless steel gear sure would sure seem like a good idea. Cheeky Peak was originally a ‘U Brew It’ store, before being bought by its current owners and transformed into its current format. The … Read entire article »

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Black Dog Brewery Revisited

Black Dog Brewery Revisited

It has been a few years since we visited James Booth at Black Dog Brewery in Taminick, North East Victoria. His latest update is the addition of a canning line. James has progressed from the 50 litre pilot brewery to a beautiful Italian Lainox steam Il Mastro Birraio. The brewery is now very well equipped with a row of five Lainox fermenters, CIP (Clean In Place) system, bottling line and a new ABE canning line. The canning … Read entire article »

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Social Bandit Brewing

Social Bandit Brewing

Open the door to Social Bandit Brewing and you are struck by the magnificent gleam coming from the polished brass of the brewery. The Austrian made Salm brewery is the centrepiece of the building and commands attention like a fire on a dark night. Social Bandit is the creation of Jeff and Jeanette Whyte. Previously Jeff had owned the Jamieson Brewery, and even continued brewing there for a while after selling. He eventually took to the … Read entire article »

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Cascade Brewery

Cascade Brewery

Picturesque Cascade Brewery is one of the most iconic breweries in Australia. You may have seen photos showing its historic façade rising from the midst of dense Tasmanian bushland. What’s it like to take a tour of the brewery? The tour itself begins across the road from the brewery at ‘Woodstock’, the visitor and brewery function centre. Inside the function centre were many historic pictures and objects. The centre itself was the traditional site of the … Read entire article »

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Rebellion Brewing – O’Brien’s

Rebellion Brewing – O’Brien’s

John O’Brien and Andrew Lavery both suffered from coeliac disease that prevented them from enjoying their regular glass of beer. With nothing available at the time to fill that need, John started brewing his own beer from gluten free ingredients. After many trials, he finally settled on a good recipe. He then teamed up with Andrew and came up with a plan to brew it on a commercial scale. This would help fill their own … Read entire article »

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Red Duck Brewery

Red Duck Brewery

Red Duck Brewery is the handiwork of Scott Wilson-Browne. Scott is a graphic designer who began brewing beer on a commercial scale around ten years ago. Originally brewing from his home at Lake Purrumbete, he moved his 600L Brewhouse to the outskirts of Ballarat in late 2011. At the front of the brewery is a small cedar door tasting room. Here he keeps a selection of most of the beers that he still has available. Behind … Read entire article »

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Mildura Brewery

Mildura Brewery

Brewing beer can provide plenty of spectacle and drama. So much so that in Mildura they have taken the workings out of their movie theatre and installed a brewery. Patrons are able to sit quietly enjoying a meal or a drink and watch the workings of a modern brewery through a glass partition. It’s a little like watching an ant farm through the glass, only on a much larger scale. The building itself began life as … Read entire article »

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Tooborac Hotel and Brewery

Tooborac Hotel and Brewery

A bluestone, ironstone, and granite edifice stands like a beacon amongst the pastoral fields in central Victoria. This is the Tooborac Hotel, which had been built to support the local community in the gold rush days of 1857 and is listed with the National Trust. Some of the most dramatic changes at Tooborac ever since the gold rush ended have perhaps been in recent years. The ramshackle pub had been sitting idle for three years, when … Read entire article »

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Brookes Beer Bendigo

Brookes Beer Bendigo

“A home brewer who got out of control.” That is how Melissa Church describes how her partner, Doug Brookes, came to have his own brewery. After almost three years of thought and planning Doug’s aspiration of becoming a professional brewer was fulfilled in July 2013 when Brookes Beer became operational. The brewery is located in an industrial food park in Bendigo, which was originally an abattoir for Mayfair hams. The abattoir closed in the late 1980s … Read entire article »

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True Love – True South

True Love – True South

There is a treasure carefully hidden along Melbourne’s bayside suburbs. In amongst the local beachfront shops at Black Rock you will find the True South brewery and restaurant. It may not be true south from where you are, however if you are a beer nerd, it is closer to True Love. Just over eight months ago the task of brewing at True South became that of Renn Blackman. Renn is a young brewer who seems to … Read entire article »

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