Scottish craft-beer brand Brewdog has opened dozens of bars, pubs, hotels and breweries across the globe since launching in 2007, including taprooms in Brisbane and Melbourne. You’ll find the juggernaut’s first Melbourne taproom in the historic Pentridge Prison site in Coburg.
Its beer garden is set in a former prison yard, with a timber deck and 26-tap container bar. While the old bluestone building is all high ceilings and cosy nooks, kitted out in Brewdog style – industrial with stone and metal accents.
The beers all come fresh from Brisbane and, while many will be familiar for Brewdog drinkers, there are a few localised tweaks. Of course, you’ll see the stock standard IPAs and pale ales, but some Aussie-exclusive brews might include the lighter Punk XPA, Shandy Shack (a mid-strength lemonade-and-lager ode to the RSL classic), Brown Snake Ginger Beer and a Melbourne-only E Division Pale Ale.
The food menu is half plant-based and leans on Brewdog favourites like sticky-glazed wings with blue-cheese sauce and 200-gram smashed-patty burgers. But there are also some local favourites, including classic pub-style chicken parmas with two plant-based alternatives. Elsewhere, the “Hoppy Meal” combos come with a burger, fries and a drink (and there’s a kid’s version with a special dessert).
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