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Melbourne Brewery Tour – Four in One Day

Explore Melbourne with a full day brewery tour.

Our Melbourne Brewery Tour – Four in One Day tour takes you to four breweries (and one pub).

The tour starts in Port Melbourne which is a short tram ride from the centre, then it’s a short walk from North Port station to the first brewery and tasting room.

Matilda Bay Brewing Co

Part of the SABMiller empire, the Matilda Bay Brewing Co brews small batch craft beers which are available in the bar at the front of the brewery.

DSC_2857v2The bar occupies the front half of the industrial space with clear views through to the brewery and packing area. Tours of the brewery are available if you pre-book and run three times on Saturdays. On the 12 taps are the whole range of the Matilda Bay stable plus the one off specials and seasonal brews. So plenty of time to match some of those beers with the varied and large menu of quality food from the open kitchen.

Retrace your steps back to the tram, and head back the way you came for the 30 minute ride through the CBD to Abbotsford.

Moon Dog Brewery

The Moon Dog Brewery is a short walk from the tram stop near Duke Street.  It’s easy to see which industrial building is the brewery from the large appropriately branded water tank outside.DSC_2885v2

Inside is an eclectic mix of tables, chairs, barrels and couches all leading up to the small bar, behind which is the small brewery. Make sure you are there at 2pm on a Saturday as the free brewery tour is a must. The bottling and kegging area are now in the next door unit.

Six taps dispense the wonder of Moon Dog beers which go perfectly with the novel element of the free popcorn. Just salty enough to keep you drinking more of the wonderfully tasty beers. A food cart outside satisfies any further food cravings.

Back on the same tram for a 10 minute ride to Kew.

115 Grill & Brewhouse

DSC_2906v2The 115 Grill & Brewhouse is part of a new hotel.  The brewery is clearly visible through the floor to ceiling glass panels with various beer quotes on them. The small bar with its high tables or low cushioned seats offers up the range of 6 beers. An unusual feature of the tap labels is the addition of the brew batch numbers. With it being a hotel, food is always of offer and the shared plates go well with the mainly light beer range.

One final 20 minute trip on the tram to North Richmond station for the very short train ride to Clifton Hill station. It’s then a short walk across the park and down the main road.


Clifton Hill Brewpub

DSC_2948v2The old exterior of the Clifton Hill Brewpub doesn’t prepare you for the modern interior and colour scheme. The small brewery is hidden between the bar and the restaurant, and produces a small range of quality beers, all on tap together with offerings from other local breweries. If you missed the shared plates earlier, then don’t miss them here from an even bigger menu.

Return to the centre is a 12 minute train ride to the magnificent Flinders Street station, with just enough time to nip across the road to the huge multi levelled Young & Jackson pub to sample two beers especially brewed for them by Thunder Road and Matilda Bay breweries – the Young & Jackson Classic and Naked.

Opening times:

Matilda Bay Brewery: Tue/Wed 11am to 4pm, Thur 11am to 9pm, Fri/Sat 11am to 10pm
Moon Dog Brewery: Thur/Fr 4pm to 11pm, Sat 12pm to 11pm
115 Grill & Brewhouse: early to late
Clifton Hill Brewpub: Mon to Thurs 12pm to 12am, Fri/Sat 12pm to 1am, Sun 12pm to 11pm
Young & Jackson: Every day 10am to late