Breweries on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia

Our beer tasting adventure around the world continues with a tour of the breweries on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula! Mornington Peninsula is southeast of Melbourne and is known for its beautiful beach views, nature hikes, and wineries. It is the perfect weekend getaway from the urban life of Melbourne, and the ideal setting for our first community brewery tour. So grab a glass and settle in for a trip to the Mornington Peninsula breweries!

Mornington Peninsula Breweries

A map of the Mornington Peninsula Breweries with pictures and labels: Hickinbotham of Dromana, Jetty Road Brewery, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Red Hill Brewery, St Andrews Beach Brewery - The Places We Live


Hickinbotham of Dromana

Hickinbotham of Dromana. Dromana VIC Australia. Fireplaces with a paddle of five beer tasters in the foreground ranging from light to dark. - The Places We Live World Beer

Hickinbotham of Dromana is definitely more of a winery than a brewery. The restaurant is surrounded by farmland and vineyards, complete with lawn games and farm animals. The restaurant is upscale with lovely decor, white tablecloths, and quality cuisine. However, it is also family friendly; when we were there, we saw parents out playing with their children, and what we think was a toddler birthday party.

As part of our Mornington Peninsula breweries adventure, we ordered an $11 USD paddle. It came with five 100 ml tasters from a good sized collection of prize winning brews. We tried the Hix Summer/Aussie Pale Ale, Pilsener, Pale Ale, Wheat Beer, and Irish Stout. All of the beer received our top marks, but the Summer Ale in particular was amazing! We even purchased a $7 USD “stubby” (bottle) to take home and it was just as delicious a few days later. Josh and I both agreed that the Hix Summer/Aussie Pale Ale is one of the best brews we have ever had. So yummy!

Address: 194 Nepean Hwy, Dromana VIC 3936, Australia [MAP]

Phone: +61 03 59 810355

Hours: Wed-Mon 11AM-5PM

Links: WebsiteFacebookInstagram


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Jetty Road Brewery

Jetty Road Brewery, Dromana, VIC Australia. Four glass tasters stand in a line: two light colored, one brown, and one cider. The Places We Live World Beer

Jetty Road Brewery is tucked away in an industrial zone, which is one of my favorite styles for a brewery. The slogan at JRB is “By Locals, For Locals” and they seem to be living up to that, with a laid-back, blue collar feel, mixed with an upscale hipster decor. It definitely had the feel of a neighborhood hang out spot for those with an appreciation for fine food and good beer.

We ordered the $11 (USD) paddle of four tasters. Each paddle comes with the Pale Ale, Amber Ale, IPA, and a choice of either the Northern English Brown or Apple Cider. We selected the cider, which was crisp and delicious, but I think we should have had the brown instead. The beers were all quite tasty, but the pale ale stood out above the rest. Of the Mornington Peninsula breweries, Jetty Road’s collection seemed to have a bit more carbonation, giving their beers a nice, crisp flavor. I also wish I had ordered food because their farm-to-kitchen menu looked amazing!

Address: 12-14 Brasser Ave, Dromana VIC 3926, Australia [MAP]

Phone: +61 03 59 872754

Hours: Thu 4PM – 9PM, Fri & Sat 12PM – 11PM, Sun 12PM – 9PM

Links: WebsiteFacebookInstagram


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Mornington Peninsula Brewery

We weren’t able to visit all of the Mornington Peninsula breweries, and in an unfortunate twist of fate, the one we missed is actually named “Mornington Peninsula Brewery”. However, we did pick up a selection of their beer from the local bottle shop, and thoroughly enjoyed them. The brewery is located in the city of Mornington, at the Northern end of the shire. They have a large selection of brews which are distributed widely across the country.

It’s a shame we weren’t able to visit in person, because the Brewery Bar looks amazing! Their kitchen specializes in wood-fired pizza, complimented by a selection of Mornington Peninsula wines (in addition to their beer, of course). Check out their website for specials and a schedule of live music events.

Address: 72 Watt Road, Mornington VIC 3931, Australia [MAP]

Phone: +61 03 59 763663

Hours: Thu & Fri 3PM – 11PM, Sat 12PM – late, Sun 12PM – 7PM

Links: Website


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Red Hill Brewery

Red Hill Brewery. Red Hill South, VIC Australia. Menu next to a line of half empty beer tasters. The Places We Live World Beer

Our tour of the Mornington Peninsula Breweries continues with a trip to Red Hill Brewery. The city of Red Hill is surrounded by rolling hills, windy roads, and their famous vineyards, perfect for cruising with the top down on a sunny day. Just past the Red Hill Vineyard lies the collection of buildings which houses Red Hill Brewery and their attached restaurant… which specializes in American Southern food. These guys know the key to my heart.

We ordered a $9 USD paddle that came with four 130ml tasters. The paddle included their Golden Ale, Pilsner, A Crazy American Lost in Belgium, and Red Bike Session IPA. My favorite was the Golden Ale, but I really enjoyed the unique flavoring of the Belgian. It was described as a fruity and yeasty Belgian that was “dangerously hopped” with USA-style hops. We also grabbed some Mac n’Cheese and cornbread to compliment our liquid treats, and were not disappointed. Red Hill was the smallest location we visited, but they are punching above their weight when it comes to delivering great food and drink.

Address: 88 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South VIC 3937, Australia [MAP]

Phone: +61 03 59 892959

Hours: Thu – Sun 11AM – 6PM

Links: Website Facebook Instagram Twitter


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St. Andrews Beach Brewery

St Andrews Beach Brewery. Fingal, VIC Australia. Front page of the menu next to a labeled beer tasting paddle with four full glasses. The Places We Live World Beer

If I lived here, St. Andrews Beach Brewery is absolutely the kind of place I would take my friends on every sunny weekend. It is located on the grounds of an old horse racing stable, with 92 acres of tracks that have been turned into gardens and farmland. The restaurant gates let into the open-air stables that have been refitted with tables, lighting, and televisions. I could have easily spent all day there… and nearly did. As it was raining during our visit, we opted to enjoy our brews inside next to the fire.

St Andrews Beach Brewery. Fingal VIC Australia. Nice quality picnic benches with umbrellas sit on a green lawn. In the background, horse stables have been converted to intimate dining rooms with chairs, tables, and flat screen tvs. The Places We Live World Beer

For our Mornington Peninsula breweries adventure, we ordered the $9 USD paddle that included four pre-set tasters. The set included their 6 Furlongs Pale Ale, The Strapper Australian Lager, Box 54 Golden Ale, and Race Day Pilsner. I appreciated that each brew had a unique logo and name; it shows that the brewer really took some time and care with each one. It’s a simple, professional touch that blended well with the overall atmosphere. Our favorite was the Pilsner, which had a nice, crisp flavor with just the right amount of hoppy bitterness.

Address: 160 Sandy Rd, Fingal VIC 3939, Australia [Map]

Phone: +61 03 59 886854

Hours: Mon – Thu 12PM – 5PM, Fri 12PM – 7PM, Sat & Sun 11AM – 7PM

Links: Website Facebook Instagram


Wrapping Up

And thus concludes our tour of the Mornington Peninsula breweries! All in all, we had a great time exploring the local beer culture and getting the chance to spend some time mixing it up with the locals. We found the people of the peninsula to be warm and inviting, and had a great time at each and every stop along the way. If you’re planning to visit the area, you would do well to plan some extra time for exploring the booming beer scene on the Mornington Peninsula.


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Idaho Brews – World Beer Collection

Idaho has a pretty decent beer scene and is growing in popularity for wineries as well. Here is my collection of Idaho brews!

Idaho, USA has a pretty decent beer scene and is growing in popularity for wineries as well. Since my birding in Idaho didn’t seem to be going very well, I figured I better put some extra effort into my world beer collection. We participated in a couple organized pub crawls and did some of our own Idaho brew adventuring as well. I was pretty happy with just about everything we tried.

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Idaho Brews

My favorite Idaho brew was Udaho Gold by Salmon River Brewing in McCall, Idaho. I didn’t get to try this while I was in McCall, but if you get the opportunity, I strong suggest going. McCall, Idaho is, in my humble opinion, one of the best places on earth.

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I set up a Happy Hour tour for Josh and I with several stops scattered throughout downtown. We didn’t end up making it to a single planned stop because we kept getting distracted by other pubs and breweries along the way. One such place was Barbarian Brewing Downtown Tap Room. Very few locals I have talked to have even heard of it, which surprises us, since it ended up being our favorite Boise brewery! We only had time for three tasters, but each one was better than the last. We enjoyed the service, the vibe, and really enjoyed the delicious beers. My favorite was The Everman, a honey beer.

World Beer

Idaho ended up being a great stop along our world beer tasting journey. I only got a taste for the flavors around me, as there are so many local breweries. Please share your favorite Idaho brews in the comments, and if you’re an Untappd user, add us as friends.

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Beer Update – December 2017

New Idaho Brews: 12

 New Idaho Breweries: 9

Flavor Life List: 35


Laughing Dog Brewing – Sandpoint, Idaho

  • Cream Ale

Salmon River Brewing – McCall, Idaho

  • Udaho Gold

Edge Brewing Company – Boise, Idaho

  • Edge Lager

Barbarian Brewing – Garden City, Idaho

  • The Everman Honey Beer
  • Wolf Pup Pale Ale
  • NeoWolf 001 IPA

Powderhaus Brewing Company – Garden City, Idaho

  • Hinterlander Porter

Wallace Brewing Company – Wallace, Idaho

  • Compressor SMaSH

Bear Island Brewing Company – Boise, Idaho

  • Christmas in Your Mouth Winter Warmer

Boise Brewing – Boise, Idaho

  • Broad St Blonde Ale

Payette Brewing Company – Boise, Idaho

  • North Fork Lager
  • Hazelnut Mutton Buster Brown Ale

 

Idaho Brews – December 2017

Idaho has a pretty decent beer scene and is growing in popularity for wineries as well. Here is my collection of Idaho brews!

Idaho has a pretty decent beer scene and is growing in popularity for wineries as well. Since my birding in Idaho didn’t seem to be going very well, I figured I better put some extra effort into my brew collecting. We participated in a couple organized pub crawls and did some of our own brew adventuring as well. I was pretty happy with just about everything we tried.

I think my favorite brew of the month was the DBA (Double Barrel Ale) from Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California. My favorite local brew was Udaho Gold by Salmon River Brewing in McCall, Idaho.

I set up a Happy Hour tour for Josh and I with several stops scattered throughout downtown. We didn’t end up making it to a single planned stop because we kept getting distracted by other pubs and breweries along the way. One such place was Barbarian Brewing Downtown Tap Room. Very few locals I have talked to have even heard of it, which surprises us, since it ended up being our favorite brewery! We only had time for three tasters, but each one was better than the last. We enjoyed the service, the vibe, and really enjoyed the delicious beers. My favorite was The Everman, a honey beer.

I only got a taste for the flavors around me, as there are so many local breweries. Please share your favorite Idaho beers in the comments, and if you’re an Untappd user, add us as friends!


Brew Update – December 2017

New Idaho Flavors: 12

 New Idaho Breweries: 9

Flavor Life List: 35


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Laughing Dog Brewing – Sandpoint, Idaho

  • Cream Ale

Salmon River Brewing – McCall, Idaho

  • Udaho Gold

Edge Brewing Company – Boise, Idaho

  • Edge Lager

Barbarian Brewing – Garden City, Idaho

  • The Everman Honey Beer
  • Wolf Pup Pale Ale
  • NeoWolf 001 IPA

Powderhaus Brewing Company – Garden City, Idaho

  • Hinterlander Porter

Wallace Brewing Company – Wallace, Idaho

  • Compressor SMaSH

Bear Island Brewing Company – Boise, Idaho

  • Christmas in Your Mouth Winter Warmer

Boise Brewing – Boise, Idaho

  • Broad St Blonde Ale

Payette Brewing Company – Boise, Idaho

  • North Fork Lager
  • Hazelnut Mutton Buster Brown Ale

Florida Brews – November 2017

14 new beers from four different breweries. Yum!

Florida has a better beer scene than I expected. The breweries looked very similar to the ones I have visited elsewhere, but with the added perk of actually being able to sit comfortably outside on the adorable patio (maybe it’s just my luck, but the weather almost always keeps me from sitting outside). All of the ones we attended did not provide food in-house, but did have a food truck or two in the parking lot that proved to be quite delicious.

I think my favorite brew of the month was the Florida Beer Company’s Conchtoberfest and Copperpoint Brewing Company’s Copperpoint Lager. They were both very fresh and provided the perfect warm-weather reprieve.

My favorite brewery was Due South. It was under renovation, so not at it’s best, but I could really see the potential. It had a clean look with a picnic vibe. However, my favorite brewer was Copperpoint. I didn’t enjoy all of their beers, but I liked that each flavor was unique and purposeful.

[Josh’s take: I wasn’t a fan of Due South, either the feel of the taproom or the beers. The beers all had the same body, which shouldn’t be the case; there’s should be a difference between a lager and an IPA. Copperpoint had better decor, friendlier staff, and delicious beers that were well crafted and stood out. I’d highly recommend visiting Copperpoint Brewing Co.]

I only got a taste for the flavors around me. Please share your favorite Florida beers in the comments!


Brew Update – November 2017

New Flavors: 14

 New Breweries: 4

Flavor Life List: 14


 

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Due South Brewing Company

  • Ginger Snap Imperial Brown
  • Kevin’s Bacon (Cream Ale)
  • Oktoberfest
  • Craft American Lager

Copperpoint Brewing Company

  • Slick Shoes (IPA)
  • Das Pilsner
  • Pumpkin Queen Ale
  • Copperpoint Lager

Florida Beer Company

  • Florida Lager
  • Conchtoberfest

Intracoastal Brewing Company

  • Dry Hopped Lager
  • Belgian Pale Ale
  • Eau Gallie Weiss
  • Intracoastal Lager