Raise a glass to your local drop at these boutique distilleries, micro-breweries and cellar doors.
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Henry Street Brewhouse
Discover the hidden gem, Henry Street Brewhouse, and sip on one of 10 beers on tap. It's named after Kensington’s own Henry Street, where the founders began their brewing journey in the backyard. This artisan microbrewery uses only the finest ingredients to create its fresh ales and beers. Pop in from Friday to Sunday and enjoy a glass or two.
Urban Alley Brewery
You don’t need to drive out to the ‘burbs for a legit brewery experience. Urban Alley has the capacity to produce 1 million litres of beer a year, and its unique eco-model means your sips are super sustainable. Settle in for a signature bev in the loft style surrounds and order from a menu of burgers, pizzas and steaks.
Bonehead Brewing is another laid-back Kensington brewpub, serving up fresh and creative drops. Its four signature beers were perfected over years by the founders. The 'sweet pea' is a must try, a malty dark lager infused with a hint of coffee. With an 80 person capacity, this space is the perfect warehouse-style bar for you and your mates. Families and pets are all welcome too.
The Crafty Squire
The only microbrewery in the CBD, The Crafty Squire is a beacon for thirsty city workers and craft beer drinkers. Duck out on your lunch hour for classic pub-grub specials. Think parmas, Wagyu burgers and fish and chips. Then try the full range of James Squire beers, including specialty drops brewed onsite. Want a sneak peak behind the scenes? Take a tour of the brewery and enjoy a tasting paddle for just $35.
The best distilleries in Melbourne
Head behind the cute picket fence at Melbourne Cellar Door to visit Melbourne’s newest distillery. Duke's is housed in a rustic former motorbike workshop in South Wharf. Knock back a muscat gin or try a selection of bevs with a cocktail flight. Then soak it all up with an antipasto plate and hearty mains. Not into spirits? Try rare wines from the cellar door’s towering wine wall.
Little Lon Distilling Co
Escape the skyscrapers and enjoy the red brick heritage of Little Lon Distilling Co. One of the city’s last remaining single storey cottages. Little Lon serves gin made right here in the city, enjoy yours with fresh fruit garnishes. Book a seat at the bar or get up close and personal with a distillery tour and gin masterclass.
Fossey's Distillery Lygon is a young gun whisky and gin producer fresh out of Mildura. Known for its small-batch spirits and modern approach to distilling, its cosy Carlton location offers a homey spot to enjoy a drink. Or purchase a bottle to enjoy at home. If you're staying awhile, munch on share plates of homemade dumplings or baked Camembert with a malt honey glaze.
Last updated on Wed 20 Sep 2023
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