Matilda Bay Brewery Bar calls first drinks in Port Melbourne
Today marks an important day in Matilda Bay Brewing Company’s history books as head brewer Scott Vincent declares the creatively named Matilda Bay Brewery Bar at the Port Melbourne Brewery officially open to all beer fans and curious passers-by.
Australia’s original craft brewer, Matilda Bay has dispensed with fanfare or fireworks to herald this significant event. Rather, today was marked simply with the garage door rolled up, the taps polished all shiny and the glasses freshly washed, ready to welcome in beer loving friends from near or far. Pouring all of the Matilda Bay favourites there’ll also be some experimental brews and even some unfermented classics piped in to the tap straight from the tanks.
The concrete-floored and wooden-benched bar has room for 30, and sees beer lovers in the heart of the brewing action, sitting only metres away from the towering tanks and brewers hard at work. The menu will be a mix of simple yet delicious treats to keep hunger at bay, with warm marinated olives, dips and top-notch cheese making the perfect food partners for the star of the show…the beer.
Scott can’t wait for people to drop in after weeks spent unpacking and redecorating the new digs.
“We’re now settled in at Port Melbourne. The whole team has been putting in long hours, not leaving any stone unturned to make sure the bar is a beauty for all our friends… We’ve tested all the taps, tasted the entire menu, and sat in every stool. It’s been thirsty work.
“The best bit is the three taps that run from the tanks, straight into schooner glasses. The liquid pouring from them will be unfiltered, unpasteurised brews, something a bit special. Nothing tastes better than beer straight from a tank,” says Vincent.
Outgrowing its previous home in Dandenong, Matilda Bay’s roomier residence is an old Cadbury factory on Bertie St minutes from the Melbourne CBD in Port Melbourne. Keeping with tradition of only brewing delicious things at the site, the 2000 sq. metre chocolate-haunted space now serves as home base for Matilda Bay whose revered range of beers and cider includes the golden child Fat Yak, the big boy Alpha Pale Ale, and the crochet cider queen, Dirty Granny.
The Matilda Bay Brewery Bar is set to be the place to go for any beer fan that finds themselves south of the city for an after work drink or lazy Sunday catch up with mates. There’ll also be free brewery tours daily – you’ll have to call ahead though to lock in a time as Barney, the bar manager will need to practice his speech.
For more information you can email [email protected] (get it?) or call the guys on (03) 9673 4545.
Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 7pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm
The Brewery Bar
Matilda Bay Port Melbourne Brewery
89 Bertie St
Port Melbourne VIC