Small Brewery Update: The newest addition to Ballarat’s craft beer scene, Athletic Club Brewery, will open its doors to the public on Friday November 25.
Foreshadowed 12 months ago, the brewery was founded by a former Ballarat trades teacher, Peter Parry.
“Ballarat has such a rich brewing heritage and [that] is something we wanted to recapture,” Parry said.
“It’s really important for us to share our passion for brewing with the local and wider community – we want Athletic Club to be Ballarat’s beer, something they can be proud of and call their own.”
Athletic Club has installed a 15hL digital brewery supplied by Spark Engineering, with a matching 50L pilot brewhouse for development batches.
“We also built them four separate small kettles for community brew days,” Spark Brew founder Julian Sanders told Australian Brews News.
The venue features a tap room with up to eight Athletic Club beers on tap and casual American diner-style food supplied by the adjoining Freight Restaurant.
“As a small batch community brewery, we are working to provide fine examples of a large variety of styles of beers, whether you’re a beer nerd or novice we want to educate our drinkers and share our passion for craft beer,” Parry said.
The Athletic Club moniker reprises the former name of the adjacent pub. Parry said it also pays homage to Ballarat’s rich sporting heritage.
“It is the essence of a sports club – that of shared passion and a sense of community – that really encapsulates what the Athletic Club Brewery is all about,” he said.
The Athletic Club Brewery is located at 47 Mair Street Ballarat, Victoria.
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