There’s something special about drinking a beer right where it was made. And some of Victoria’s best breweries are found well outside of Melbourne. Apart from the fact breweries serve it fresher, you’ll also often get the chance to try new and limited releases that don’t make it to pubs and bottle shops in the city.

These breweries slot in nicely to an itinerary for a weekend away, but they’re also destinations in their own right.

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Breweries

Bridge Road Brewers

Wood-fired pizza, pretzels and tasting paddles of brewery-fresh beer.

50 Ford Street, Beechworth
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Holgate Brewhouse

This converted country pub has been brewing great craft beer for more than 20 years, keeping an eye on current trends without surrendering to them entirely. Look out for its chocolate porter, one of the best dark beers in the country.

79 High Street, Woodend

Red Hill Brewery

A peaceful, low-key spot that specialises in easy-drinking European-style beers.

88 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South

Grand Ridge Brewery

A charming pub with a solar-powered craft brewery downstairs.

Main Street Main Street, Mirboo North

Jetty Road Brewery

Footy on the TV, plenty of food and a big outdoor area for kids to play in. This one is made for long, lazy afternoons.

12/14 Brasser Avenue, Dromana

St Andrews Beach Brewery

A big, family-friendly brewery on the site of a former horse-training facility.

160 Sandy Road, Fingal
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Bright Brewery

Experimental ales made with local ingredients, right in the heart of hops country.

121 Great Alpine Road, Bright
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Shedshaker Brewing

Sample 10 different brews at this rustic, timber-panelled taproom, complemented by excellent pizza made on site.

9 Walker Street, Castlemaine

The Forrest Brewing Company

What better way to finish a bike ride than with a fresh beer?

26 Grant Street, Forrest

Tooborac Hotel and Brewery

Pies and craft beer in a bluestone pub that dates back to 1857.

5115 Northern Highway, Tooborac

Loch Brewery and Distillery

Farmhouse beers, native botanical gin and – after many years spent waiting – fantastic single-malt whiskies.

44 Victoria Road, Loch

Cideries

Napoleone Cider Orchard Bar

Cold cider, Yarra Valley style.

12 St Huberts Road, Coldstream

Bress Wine, Cider and Produce

Biodynamic wine tastings and long lunches among the barrels.

3894 Harmony Way, Harcourt

Montalto

After retiring, John Mitchell started growing and making wine as a hobby. Things quickly grew out of hand. Now, Montalto encompasses seven vineyards and more than 30 acres of vines. As a retirement project, it’s unquestionably a failure: Mitchell and his wife Wendy are busier than ever. By every other metric though, Montalto is a resounding success – it’s one of Red Hill’s must-visits.

33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South
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Mock Cider

Sample biodynamic apples and their many liquid expressions.

1103 Mornington-Flinders Road, Red Hill

Flying Brick Cider House

Take your tasting paddle out on the lawn.

1251-1269 Bellarine Highway, Wallington
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