White Rabbit Brewery & Barrel Hall
A stalwart of the craft beer scene, White Rabbit has been creating experimental brews since 2009 when its first brewery opened in Yarra Valley’s Healesville. The brand is a spin-off from the Little Creatures team, who wanted to start making beer on the east coast and expand its Fremantle-based craft beer empire.
White Rabbit has since outgrown its original spot and headed to South Geelong. Its Barrel Hall site is a red-bricked industrial space where the walls are lined with barrels of ageing ales and open fermenters. It’s the place to try all the creations this unconventional beer brand has come up with on its journey from small batch to the big time. A low-key restaurant serves ploughman-style sharing boards, woodfired breads, toasties and salads that balance all that beer.
The classic Belgian-inspired white ale and the richer dark ale are both must-tries, along with more experimental options like the Weisse-ling Sour Ale (made from barrel re-fermented riesling grape skins) and the maltier Chocolate Stout, made with Pana Chocolate organic cacao. A tasting paddle “adventure round” at the bar gets you four ponies of your choice for $17.