Kooinda Boutique Brewery

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Kooinda has changed hands a few times since a few mates started it in a Greensborough backyard. That was 2006. Back then, Kooinda was Australia’s first residentially licensed brewery. In a truly no-frills setup, with the backyard pool used as a heat exchanger to cool the beer on the way to the fermenter. How delightfully Aussie.

Now things are pretty much the same, only on a larger scale. The shed is a warehouse, and the brewing equipment is more sophisticated. Recycled furniture, table tennis, video games and footy on the big screen mean that initial familial atmosphere remains. Local musos play each Friday from 6pm.

Beer-wise, there’s plenty to choose from. Kooinda’s American Pale Ale, Black IPA, Golden Ale and Milk Porter – think creamy chocolate and coffee – are available all year round. Other special limited-edition brews pop up at different times through the year.

In-house food is usually limited, but there’s a good chance you’ll spot a food truck or two if there’s a special event on. If you’re there on a quieter night, don’t worry – customers are more than welcome to bring their own food or have some delivered.

Kooinda means "happy place" in Woiwurrung, the local Indigenous language. The brewery is only open two days a week, but the translation’s spot on: it’s a very happy place to be.