Get your craft beer (and, gin and cider) fix in Ballarat
Since we've already determined that Ballarat is the emerging craft beer capital, now we can disclose exactly where you can get your craft beer (and, gin and cider) fix.
From the small-batch brewer to the best gastro-pub, here are six of the best stations in and around Ballarat to access premium liquid gold.
1. Red Duck Brewery
This small and passionate micro-brewery has a tradition of being at the forefront of craft beer innovation.
Always striving to produce the highest-quality and most enjoyable beers, Red Duck is known for exploring the history of forgotten styles and tastes – inventing new brewing techniques or re-invent long forgotten ones.
They're all about all-natural, unfiltered, traditionally-brewed brews. You’ll be able to taste the difference.
Check them out online here
2. Hop Temple
This beer hall is located down one of Ballarat’s elusive laneways, and features a huge selection of local craft beers on-tap. A local favoutire, make sure to accompany your warming ales with some equally-warming brew food conjured up by one of the region’s best chefs.
Check out just how enthusiastic they are about good beer here.
Stay tuned ...
The opening of the Australian Craft Beer Centre of Excellence is likely to open later this year. The centre, which is being led by Hop Temple founder Brian Taylor, will include a brewery, a tasting bar, a teaching space and function area.
Set to become a hub for up-and-coming brewers to develop their business, Federation University – which offers one of the best beer courses in the southern hemisphere – will also deliver a range of small courses for beer enthusiasts far and wide.
3. Cubby Haus Brewing
A must-visit destination for beer lovers and beer dreamers, this family-run brewery is built on a passion for good living and fantastic beer. With its beers produced on-premises in the 500-litre brew house, Cubby Haus features a bar and play area for the little tykes. Afternoon solved!
Find out more here
4. Kilderkin Distillery
Walk into the Kilderkin Distillery cellar door in Ballarat and you'll soon find out why the guided tours are so popular. Discover their signature Larrikin Gins, Scoundrel (London Dry Gin) and Original Larrikin (an Australian Gin that uses a range of carefully selected native botanicals) as you indulge in a cheese platter and hear from the team about the long history of licit (and illicit) distilling in the region.
Check out their story here
7. O'Brien from Rebellion Brewing
With more than 40 local and international beer gongs under their belts, you can see why O'Brien beer is a fan favourite among beer enthusiasts.
Craft-brewed with ancient grains, the team at Rebellion Brewing use adaptions of traditional brewing methods. And there is good news for those with gluten intolerance, the beer is 100% zero gluten.
Checkout their story here
6. 321 Cider at Cafe Sidra
Pop by the cellar door at Cafe Sidra and you'll discover a boutique cidery with a very distinct taste – fresh, tangy cider, enriched by the fertile volcanic soil of Learmonth. But that's not all that makes this family business unique – every batch of their brew takes on Western Victorian flavours through their use of local resources and ingredients.
Find out more here
Looking for more?
Now that you know Ballarat’s flourishing brewing scene is awash with some of the best handcrafted beer, cider, gin and whisky in the state, why not check it out in-person.
Discover an unforgettable experience of craft beer, gin and cider during our three-day itinerary.
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