Beer is all over town, but there's something special about drinking it right where it was made. Apart from the fact breweries serve it fresher, you'll often get the chance to try new and limited releases other venues don't offer. Throw in the typical relaxed warehouse vibe, pizzas or other snacks, and these are great places to lose an entire afternoon.

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Stomping Ground Brewing Co.


After many, many visits to this steampunk-lite brewery from the team at The Local Taphouse, we've come to the conclusion there's no style brewer Ashur Hall can't master. If you're settling in for a long session, the basics – pale ale, lager – are flavoursome yet drinkable. At the other end, the milk stout is as good as any going around. Every beer is helpfully rated green, orange or red, depending on how much it will challenge drinkers.

100 Gipps Street, Collingwood

Boatrocker Barrel Room


Lots of breweries around Melbourne dabble in sour and farmhouse-style beers, but none have committed as fully as this one. Here, you drink among several hundred old wine, bourbon and whisky barrels used to age lambics, imperial stouts and more. But there are also plenty of options for more casual drinkers, including a pale ale, pilsner and the gorgeous, raspberry-infused Miss Pinky.

51 Macbeth Street, Braeside

Hop Nation


This charming 1880s warehouse is owned by two ex-winemakers, who bring a different approach to brewing. We're particular fans of J-Juice, their hazy, New England-style IPA, and The Fool, a five percent raspberry sour. Arrive early for a choice spot on the mezzanine.

6 107-109 Whitehall Street, Footscray

Bodriggy Brewing Co


A South and Central American menu worth travelling for, natural wines on tap and room for 400 punters.

245 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

Wolf of the Willows


Wolf of the Willows is one of Melbourne's most exciting and consistently excellent beer brands. In 2021, it finally got a place to call its own – a production facility featuring 115-seat taproom with 12 rotating beers. Also on the menu: hard seltzers, cold brew coffee and mud crab burgers.

39 De Havilland Road, Mordialloc

Deeds Brewing


This schmick brewery specialises in hop-driven hazy IPAs and high-alcohol styles, but with 22 beers on tap, there’s something for every kind of drinker. The beer also makes its way into the food, from hop-cured salmon to malted cheesecake.

4 Paran Place, Glen Iris

Co-Conspirators Brewpub


Hop-forward IPAs are the main game at this soaring warehouse brewery, but sours, saisons and dark beers are also on frequent rotation. Pair with a charcuterie box or pizza and you’re all set.

377 Victoria Street, Brunswick

Molly Rose


In an old furniture warehouse, you'll find sour-coffee ales and beer that mimics wine.

279 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Moon Dog OG


Only in recent years have the team at Moon Dog paid attention to convention and started brewing pale ales, lagers and other barbeque-friendly beers. Before that, it wasn't unusual to arrive at the eccentric warehouse and find nothing but monstrous barrel-aged stouts and intensely sour cherry ale available. These sorts of experiments are still the main drawcard here, if you're game.

17 Duke Street, Abbotsford

Moon Dog World


Capacity for 725 patrons. An indoor waterfall (which cascades into a lagoon). A hidden tiki disco bar. A giant beer garden. Even a playground for the kids. Moon Dog World made headlines when it opened, but beyond the bells and whistles, it continues to deliver on the drinks front.

32 Chifley Drive, Preston

Range Brewing


An Abbotsford taproom from one of Brisbane's most popular breweries. The team ships its most in-demand beers twice weekly, fresh from Brisbane. Pick one of 12 pours, then order some food from local favourites, including Rita's Cafeteria and Kelso's Sandwich Shoppe.

272 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

Future Mountain Brewing and Blending


Peach, cherry and apricot sours and rustic farmhouse beers are the stars at this small-ish brewery. Enter through the roller door and settle in with a sausage roll in one hand and a frosty brew in the other.

703-707 Plenty Road, Reservoir
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The Mill Brewery


This four-man operation punches well above its weight, with an imperial stout, a black IPA and an easy-drinking American pale ale, plus other experiments and one-offs. The hard seltzers here are also noteworthy: this place is a pioneer for this emerging drink category.

40 Sackville Street, Collingwood

3 Ravens


Most breweries are relaxed, but this one feels like chilling in a mate's garage. With much better beer, of course. The well-rounded selection covers classic English styles, hoppy American IPAs and sour and barrel-aged ales.

1 Theobald Street, Thornbury

Mountain Goat Brewery


The more hardcore elements of the beer community were upset when Asahi acquired Mountain Goat in 2015, but actually, not much has changed since the sale. Victoria's second-oldest craft brewery is still making an outstanding core range – including the classic Steam Ale – plus interesting one-offs and seasonals.

80 North St, Richmond

The Tasting Room at Two Birds Brewing


The first brewery in Australia 100 per cent owned by women has a knack for lighter, well-balanced beers. The classic Sunset Ale pours a beautiful ruby colour with a light caramel richness in the mouth, and Taco Beer (flaked corn, coriander, fresh lime, Citra and Amarillo hops) is as fresh and zesty as you'd expect. The newer Passion Victim is another highlight.

136 Hall Street, Spotswood

Alchemy Brewing Co


In a warehouse space furnished with little more than few plants and a pool table, get classic ham-and-cheese toasties and beers by a home-brewer with over 12 years of experience.

396 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

The Incubator


There’s beer, and then there’s award-winning India Pale Ale served straight from the tank. Here, you’ll get the latter.

414 Smith Street, Collingwood

Bad Shepherd Brewing Co.


This husband-and-wife turns out a well-rounded offering, including the popular Hazelnut Brown Ale, with notes of vanilla. Bonus: proper American barbeque is served on-site.

386 Reserve Road, Cheltenham

Dainton Family Brewery


It took Dan Dainton seven years to get his own brewery. And now that he does, there's no stopping his parade of cheeky, outlandish beers. Past highlights include the Bad Daughter choc-orange porter (it tastes exactly like Terry’s Chocolate Orange) and Cherry Sack Attack, a sweetish ale which uses real cherry juice and apparently, “absolutely no sack”.

560 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs

2 Brothers


Brothers Andrew and David Ong make their brewery feel more inclusive than most. The beers are as good as any and there's a wide variety to choose from – we like The Grizz, an American amber ale – but the environment feels a bit more pub-like and down-to-earth than most, especially when there's live music on.

4 Joyner Street, Moorabbin

Westside Ale Works


In America there's such a thing as an east or west coast-style IPA. The latter is known for its unrestrained use of big, bitter hops with tropical or resinous characters. It's this style US expat Casey Wagner loves the most and brews the best, though you'll also find pale and amber ales on offer.

23-25 Alfred Street, South Melbourne

Bonehead Brewing


This small, two-man operation has plenty of personality. The stand-out among is four core beers is Prickled Pink, a rich, mouth-filling wheat beer fermented with prickly pear. It also happens to be pink.

86 Parsons Street, Kensington

Henry St Brewhouse


This tiny brewery still manages to pump out five core beers to thirsty locals. The setup is pretty basic, but you can order food in if you feel the need.

5 38 Barrett Street, Kensington

Burnley Brewing


A stylish brewpub putting classic Italian dishes side-by-side with American bar snacks, with a Melbourne-born brewer trained in Germany.

648 Bridge Road, Burnley

Tallboy & Moose


Even Stomping Ground – which has a cubbyhouse – isn't as kid-friendly as this spot, where there's a small library of toys and books to keep toddlers entertained while their parents throw back easy-drinking, ultra-fresh ales.

270 Raglan Street, Preston

Thunder Road Brewing


This one is almost an anti-craft brewery. Owner Philip Withers has been drinking beer and collecting memorabilia since well before that movement came along. Bitter hop-bombs and barrel-aged beasts are available – the latter made on site in a limestone “cave”, no less – but they’re the B-team. Crowd-pleasing styles such as lager, bitter, pale ale, Kolsch and cider are the stars.

130 Barkly Street, Brunswick

Colonial Brewing Co.


Colonial Brewing is an offshoot of Colonial Leisure Group, which owns dozens of pubs across Australia. It generally sticks to lighter, more drinkable styles, but sacrifices nothing in terms of flavour. Case in point: the mid-strength Small Ale, which will keep you sensible, even if you're drinking all day.

89 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne

Fury & Son


This father-and-son operation is all about clean, easy drinkers. The core range consists of a pale ale, a pilsner and an IPA. Seasonal offerings include the refreshing Citra Sour and a deftly balanced, smoky and sweet Scotch ale.

46 Concorde Drive, Keilor Park

Temple Brewing Company


Known locally for its bicycle beer, a refreshing summer ale with seven varieties of hops. Head up to the mezzanine for a birds-eye view of the brewing process.

122 Weston Street, Brunswick East
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The Public Brewery


TPB is unique among breweries in Melbourne. Here, you get to make the beer yourself. It’s common for groups such as hens or bucks nights to come in and brew beer to serve at the wedding. They can select from a range of recipes, and even create a personalised name and label. If you're just in for a drink, there are six taps pouring three house beers and three from guests.

Bottle Shop 13 Lacey Street, Croydon

Stomping Ground Morris Moor


The Collingwood brewery’s third venue, located in a cavernous old cigarette factory, has room for 460 punters. Find 25-plus taps pouring easy-drinking and out-there ales, plus some exclusive to the site. On the menu: cheesy pretzels, parmesan-crumbed schnitties and steaks with boozy bacon jam.

9 Cochranes Road, Moorabbin