As Australia’s original beer capital, Ballarat is home to a burgeoning and passionate brewing and distilling scene.
Built in 1856, the Golden City Hotel offers an exceptional range of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.
Ballarat Home Brew Centre understands the passion of home brewers and its philosophy is simple – provide the best quality products, service and advice to a dedicated and growing community of people committed to the ancient craft of brewing.
Follow the umbrellas and festoon lighting to a hidden laneway delight.
Hop Temple boasts more than 220 craft beer and ciders – the largest range in Victoria – and an extensive selection of wine and spirits with food to compliment.
It's a two-for-one deal here, with both Red Duck Beer and Kilderkin Distillery calling this stop home.
Red Duck is a small, independent brewer, dedicated to making beer that is good for you using all natural brewing processes and ingredients.
Meanwhile, Kilderkin is the first distillery in the Ballarat region since the 1930s, with a focus on the very best premium gin and whisky.
An intimate and friendly local pub, The Mallow serves up Ballarat's largest range of independent craft beers on tap (as well as classic Melbourne Bitter) and a wine list full of tasty local drops.
It is renowned for quality dining options, including classic pub dishes and a constantly-changing specials board.
The George Hotel offers luxury, serviced accommodation in a traditional hotel atmosphere.
Self-contained accommodation is also available on the hotel's second storey, with access to the balcony area overlooking historic Lydiard St.
Start day two of your craft beer trail with the Oscar's Breakfast — your choice of eggs with slow roasted Yendon tomato, English pork sausage, bacon, hash browns and field mushrooms on sourdough.
Once known as the Criterion Hotel, Oscar's has been a Ballarat fixture since the gold rush days.
At the heart of Cafe Sidra is top local cider and wine, great food plus a relaxed ambience.
It also serves as a cellar door for 321 Cider, which is traditionally made using cider apples grown chemical-free at Learmonth's Spring Vale Farm.
Cubby Haus Brewing’s aim is to create small batch classic styles as well as contemporary interpretations.
From a 500-litre brew house and three fermenters, it produces six core beers and an ever-expanding list of seasonals based on traditional styles from around the world.
Dollar Bill Brewing is a Ballarat-based brewing and blending company which sources fresh pressed fruit, honey and wort from local producers to ferment and age in French oak barrels.
These barrels are then blended to create Belgian-inspired ales, ciders, mead and barrel-aged beers.