Mirek Aldridge started out brewing with a 70-litre homebrew set-up and a small hand-cranked Corona grain mill, which is where his new venue, The Mill Brewery, gets its name.

Then Aldridge opened the Mill in late March 2017. Now he has a 600-litre system. The move hasn’t changed his process, though. He still uses his homebrew kit to experiment with small batches before committing to a larger run.

The main beer selection consists of a vanilla porter, a black IPA and an easy-drinking American pale ale. It’s backed up by two taps that will feature a guest beer and cider and a short wine list that features local and international drops.

The Mill is small, housed in a warehouse space on a quiet road near Smith Street. Long red-gum tables and the bar occupy most of the room. All of the brewing equipment is visible at the back.

Aldridge spent more than five years looking for the right spot. After signing the lease he did the fit-out himself and he’s still the only main employee.

There’s a different food truck parked out the front each day the brewery is open.

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Updated: August 23rd, 2023

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