Red Hill Brewery

Red Hill Brewery is one of Victoria’s earliest independent breweries. It opened in April 2005, 16 years after Grand Ridge Brewery and eight years after Mountain Goat.

Owners Dave and Karen Golding lived in the UK for several years and used it as a base from which to explore both Britain itself and beer-renowned countries such as Belgium and Germany. As such, their beers are largely influenced by Europe.

Inside the rustic former artists’ studio you’ll find five taps pouring Red Hill’s core range: a Kolsch, hefeweizen (wheat beer), pilsner, Scotch ale and Australian-style pale alongside a number of seasonal releases. The couple is mainly focused on drinkability but does produce limited runs of imperial stout, gingerbread-y Christmas ale and other more challenging beers on its small 800-litre set-up.

Sample the day’s pours with a tasting paddle or grab a pint of your favourite, then head to the deck. The best thing about this place is the idyllic setting. Willamette, tettnanger and hallertau hops (all fairly mild varietals) grow next to the unpaved car park, and established trees surround the main building. It feels much more private and low-key than the sweeping views typically offered by wineries around here.

A different resident occupies the kitchen for several months at a stretch. At the time of writing, Boomtown Barbeque was busy cooking burgers and smoking pork ribs and brisket.

Updated: December 21st, 2017

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