For some people, the best breweries in Melbourne are institutions. Serving as a place to hone beer-drinking skills, palate, and knowledge. With countless brew pubs to inspire you along your craft beer journey, the only problem is sorting out the goodies from the baddies. You’re in luck because we’ve conveniently put together a list of our favourites after drinking our fair share of schooners at these esteemed establishments.
Best breweries in Melbourne at a glance
Our list of the best breweries in Melbourne goes like this.
- The best craft brewery in Melbourne overall: Moon Dog Craft Brewery
- If you’re looking for value for money: The Crafty Squire
- If you want space for a large group: The Craft and Co
- When you want food with your beer: Stomping Ground Brewery
Now we’ve had a look at our favourites, let’s check out the complete list.
Table of contents
- Best breweries in Melbourne at a glance
- 1. Moon Dog Craft Brewery
- 2. Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall
- 3. 3 Ravens Brewery
- 4. The Craft and Co
- 5. Molly Rose Brewing Co
- 6. Fixation Brewing Co – The Incubator
- 7. Westside Ale Work
- 8. The Crafty Squire
- 9. Henry St Brewhouse
- 10. Mountain Goat Beer
- 11. Bad Shepherd Brewing Co
- 12. The Mill Brewery
- 13. Urban Alley Brewery
- 14. CBCo Brewing
- 15. 2 Brothers Brewery
- 16. Dainton Brewery
- 17. Hop Nation Brewing Co
- 18. Fury and Son
- 19. Temple Brewing Company
- 20. Tallboy & Moose
- 21. Boatrocker Barrel Room
- 22. Bonehead Brewing
- 23. Burnley Brewing
- 24. The Cheeky Pint
- How Man of Many Chose the best craft breweries in Melbourne
- Alternatives to craft breweries in Melbourne
1. Moon Dog Craft Brewery
With two venues (including the show-stopping Preston venue pictured above), Moon Dog Craft Brewery is one of the best craft brewers in Melbourne. You’ll love the variety of beers on tap, choose from pale ales, lagers, hazy IPAs, and a range of seasonal beers that are rotating on tap. There’s even something for those who don’t drink beer, with plenty of wine, ciders and cocktails to choose from.
Food-wise, there’s a selection of nachos, hotdogs, and croquettes for snacks. And when you’re looking for something more substantial, try out the burgers or whole roasted chicken with a side of corn and coleslaw.
Address: 17 Duke Street, Abbotsford VIC 3207
Hours: Tues-Fri 4-10pm, Sat 12-11pm
Phone: (03) 9428 2307
2. Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer lovers are in for a treat at Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall. The Collingwood-based brewery offers up some world-class beers including the Bunker Porter, Smash series fruit sour beers, Gipps St pale ale, Hop Stomper IPA, Laneway Lager and the Little Foot IPA just to name a few. At the Beer Hall, you can enjoy the warm communal vibes and some great grub along with your beers. Grilled Barramundi, Confit Duck, 300g Scotch filet plus pizzas and sharing dishes are just some of what you can expect from the menu. Plus you can get a free brewery tour every Saturday and Sunday.
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Address: 100 Gipps Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11.30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-12am
Phone: (03) 9415 1944
3. 3 Ravens Brewery
3 Ravens Brewery is the oldest independent Melbourne brewery and bar. Once upon a time, this place was ‘Pleasure Palace’, and the theme *kinda* continues inside with an eclectic back street boozer vibe that only the locals know about. The beers on tap include a mix of American IPAs, English classics and delicious barrel-aged ales. Whatever your taste buds are wanting, there is sure to be something here to quench your thirst. Not the best brewery for food, there’s only a selection of snacks, including charcuterie, cheese, bread, pickles and conservas.
Address: 1 Theobald Street, Thornbury VIC 3071
Hours: Thurs-Sat 12-9pm, Sun 12-6pm
Phone: (03) 9495 1026
4. The Craft and Co
The Craft and Co first opened its converted warehouse doors back in 2015 and has been keeping the taps flowing ever since. It’s not just a brewery though, it’s also a bottle shop, has its own kitchen and is a great place for functions and events. The skilled brewers here like to keep things fresh by mixing things up. Serving up beers for every type of palate, IPAs, fruity fermented sours, and delicious lagers it’s no wonder they’re considered one of the best breweries Melbourne has to offer.
Address: 390 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-6pm
Phone: (03) 9417 4755
5. Molly Rose Brewing Co
Yet another Collingwood brewery we think is worth the visit, Molly Rose Brewing Co is a small brewery with a big heart. We recommend trying the Vegan Dessert Stout, an almond, coconut, oat and coffee milk stout that’s online anything we’ve ever had. The food menu here also hits the spot – with heaps of vegan and vegetarian options including mushroom noodles and drunken fried rice.
Address: 279/285 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Hours: Weds-Thurs 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (03) 9113 6046
6. Fixation Brewing Co – The Incubator
This Collingwood-based brewery and tasting room offers award-winning pale ale from tank to table. The Incubator’s laid-back warehouse is the perfect setting for this laid-back micro-brewery. It offers some premium craft beers including beers like Session, an Indian pale ale that packs a hoppy punch or the citrusy new world IPA, Squish; a blend of fresh fruit, bitterness and hops.
Address: 414 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Hours: Wed-Thu 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-6pm
Phone: 0435 909 364
7. Westside Ale Work
Local Brewhouse, Westside Ale Works offers made-to-order hand-stretched pizza and pints from Thursday through Sunday. It’s a place where Melbournites can take part in the tasting of premium beers in a comfy and relaxed Brewhouse with beers that are inspired by the United States West Coast brewing scene. Think IPAs, Pale Ales, and Double IPAs alongside seasonal beers.
Address: 36 Alfred Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Hours: Thu-Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-9pm
Phone: (03) 9694 2124
8. The Crafty Squire
Home of the famous James Squire Brewhouse, this is one of the best breweries Melbourne has to offer. You can enjoy hand-crafted beers at the Crafty Squire, including pale ales, pilsners, porters and more. Expect some great food to go with your pint too as it’s one of the only microbreweries that serves up full pub meals.
Hunting for something different beer-wise? You’ll find all the classics alongside the original range plus limited-release and seasonal beers on tap like the Jack of Spades, a dark complex porter with hints of coffee and malt chocolate or The Chancer, a golden ale with tropical fruit aroma and a slight bitterness. Whatever you try, you’re in for a good night.
Address: 127 Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm-1am, Fri 11am-3am, Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12-11pm
Phone: (03) 9810 0064
9. Henry St Brewhouse
Tiny micro-brewery, Henry St Brewhouse brews some of the finest ales and beers with a whole lot of passion. The bar is constantly stocked with its core beer range highlighted by a pale ale, German wheat beer, amber ale, dark IPA and an English summer-style IPA. You’ll also love the rotating selection of new creations and experiments right on tap at the bar.
Address: 5/38 Barrett St, Kensington VIC 3031
Hours: Fri 4-10pm, Sat 2-10pm, Sun 2-7pm
Phone: 0490 753 993
10. Mountain Goat Beer
Richmond’s Mountain Goat Beer is offering up handcrafted Aussie ales at one of the best Melbourne breweries. They’ve been around for 20 years with many changes in that time and have established themselves as an industry leader in the craft beer scene. At the taproom, you’ll find a rotating stream of all the favourites as well as limited and experimental releases and barrel-aged beer. All their beers are naturally brewed – their India Pale Ale was Australia’s first certified organic beer and the team has a healthy commitment to lowering the environmental impact of the brewery.
Address: 80 North Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Hours: Wed 5-10pm, Fri 5-11pm, Sat 1-11pm, Sun 1-9pm
Phone: (03) 9428 1180
11. Bad Shepherd Brewing Co
Bad Shepherd Brewing Co is the brainchild of husband and wife team Dereck and Diti Hales and offers some seriously punchy craft beers. The space is shared by two breweries and another husband and wife duo to boot, Wolf of the Willows, both beers are featured on the taps and offer some tasty ales and some awesome smoky American barbeque to go with it.
Address: 386 Reserve Road, Cheltenham VIC 3192
Hours: Mon-Tues 4-11pm, Weds-Thurs 12-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12-9pm
Phone: (03) 8555 3175
12. The Mill Brewery
Another Collingwood local, The Mill Brewery is set up in what once was an old mechanics workshop. The core range includes an Australian pils, Jack D-Licious golden ale, The Mosaic Pale Ale and The Dark Lord IPA. Apart from the core range, we love how these guys are constantly changing things up on the taps, current brews include a delicious wheat beer combined with berries called Bohemian Raspberry that we can’t get enough of (it’s dangerous!)
Address: 40 Sackville Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Hours: Wed-Thu 4-10pm, Fri 2-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-8pm
Phone: 0401 717 614
13. Urban Alley Brewery
Urban Alley Brewery is all about sustainability while brewing incredible tasting beers. It shares resources with the next-door neighbour distillery to reduce energy consumption and has its own biowaste plant. Its four core beers include a signature pale ale, an American pale ale, IPA, and a crispy lager. Grab a pint and a bit and watch the brewing process through the huge glass windows or head out to the beer garden in the summer or the central double fireplace to stay toasty in the winter.
Address: G09/12 Star Circus, Docklands VIC 3008
Hours: Mon-Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (03) 8080 9800
Address: Shop 2215 Westfield, 425 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South VIC 3152
Hours: Sun-Thur 12-10:30pm, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 12pm-3am
Phone: (03) 7009 3099
14. CBCo Brewing
CBCo Brewing is serving up plenty of good beer for good times for an afternoon drink or a night out, depending on what you’re feeling. Pull up a seat at the bar and try some of their tasty concoctions. Their light and drinkable style beer is what makes them one of the best craft breweries Melbourne has to offer. They have a whole range of IPAs, ciders, draught, dark pale and more all served in tinnies of course. The food menu is also packed with goodies – we love the hot honey chicken and funghi pizza.
Address: 89 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Hours: Weds 3-7pm, Thurs 12-9.30pm, Fri 12-11pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-5pm
Phone: (03) 8644 4044
15. 2 Brothers Brewery
2 Brothers was, as you can probably guess, created by two brewing brothers in Moorabbin. Brothers Andrew and David Ong are serving up some deliciously different craft beers. From The Grizz American amber ale to the “Original rice lager” Kung Foo, there’s something for everyone so head to the beer hall and get tasting. Not just for the beer though, food lovers are also catered for at the beer hall with a tasty menu of pizzas and burgers.
Address: 4 Joyner Street, Moorabbin VIC 3198
Hours: Thurs 4-10:30pm, Fri- Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-6pm
Phone: 0451 743 978
16. Dainton Brewery
As you may be able to guess, Dainton Brewery is a family affair. Founded by father and son Dan and Kev are putting out some extremely decent beers including a core range of IPA, Pale ale, XSA and a draught, all award winners might we add. More experimental beers include a fruity lineup of flavour-infused IPAs, dubbels, sours and lagers, like the Blood Orange New England Rye IPA, a hit of Vit C can never be a bad thing. PSA- their vegan burger also goes down very nicely with a beer or two.
Address: 560 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs VIC 3201
Hours: Weds-Thurs 4-9pm, Fri-Sat 12-9pm, Sun 12-8pm
Phone: (03) 9775 0334
17. Hop Nation Brewing Co
The Footscray-based Hop Nation Brewing Co started out as a small operation that just grew and grew. It’s independently owned and operated and since the taproom opened in 2016, it has cemented its place in the craft beer scene. The brewery offers 15 taps of glorious beer like The Kalash, a Russian imperial stout, partially aged in bourbon barrels with subtle oak tar and spice flavours or The Dawn, a double Neipa that is hazy, juicy and packed full of vibrant hops flavour. Whatever you choose, you’ll be in for a treat at this fantastic Melbourne brewery.
Address: 6/107-109 Whitehall Street, Footscray VIC 3011
Hours: Thu 3-7pm, Fri 2-8pm, Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-6pm
Phone: 0450 973 644
18. Fury and Son
Fury and Son are run by father and son and you’re probably wondering, why fury? Well, let’s just say the father in the operation gets things done with a temper. The core range features an American pale ale, an IPA and a new world pilsner. On top of that, you can get seasonal brews like the mildly Peated scotch ale and a classic American red ale delivering citrus and pine needle aromas.
Address: 46 Concorde Drive, Keilor Park VIC 3042
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-3:30pm
Phone: (03) 9331 6818
19. Temple Brewing Company
In the heart of Brunswick East, the local brewery Temple Brewing Company is something special. The range here includes pale ales, IPAs, pilsner and American stout. The Brewhouse bar combines all that lovely beer with a comfy dining area, a dog-friendly beer garden and a delicious menu. Expect burgers, fried chicken and pork belly. We love the extra effort these guys go to immerse you in the process – you can tour the brewery for a fun bit of education before things get a bit messy.
Address: 122 Weston Street, Brunswick East VIC 3057
Hours: Weds-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-9pm
Phone: (03) 9380 8999
20. Tallboy & Moose
Just 15 minutes outside the CBD, Tallboy & Moose offer up some exclusive craft beers and Scottish-themed food at their Melbourne brewery. The beers are always rotating which keeps things fresh and exciting so you can expect some delish amber ales, IPAs, crispy lagers, sour beers, milk stouts and more. On top of that is a comprehensive list of ciders and wine plus they sometimes have some guest beers on tap to shake things up a bit. The food is provided in-house by Wee Man’s Kitchen and is a modern take on Scottish grub like the Mussels Fae Brussels, The great Glasgow fry up and more!
Address: 270 Raglan Street, Preston VIC 3072
Hours: Wed-Thurs 4-11pm, Fri 4pm-1am, Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12-8pm
Phone: (03) 9484 7803
21. Boatrocker Barrel Room
Boatrocker Barrel Room are the founder of Australia’s first barrel room and cellar door and started from humble beginnings as being sold out the back of a car. The barrel room features 8 rotating taps of Boatrocker beers as well as spirits. Sample some of the finest craft beers in Melbourne like imperial stouts, pale ale, pilsner or the new wild ale series.
Address: 51 & 34 Macbeth Street, Braeside VIC 3195
Hours: Thurs 4-10pm, Fri 2-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-6pm
Phone: 0438 394 972
22. Bonehead Brewing
Bonehead Brewing is another two-man operation with the taps open from Thursdays to Sundays. The relaxed vibe and industrial décor is the perfect spot for locals to meet up for a drink. Nine taps offer Bonehead’s core range plus more like the Sweet Pea dark lager or their famous Prickled Pink, a wheat beer infused with prickly pear. Regular food trucks also stop by to keep visitors well-fed.
Address: 86 Parsons Street, Kensington VIC 3031
Hours: Fri 4-11pm, Sat 1-11pm, Sun 1-8pm
Phone: 0490 334 892
23. Burnley Brewing
Burnley Brewing’s bold and distinctive beer flavours are matched perfectly with their classic Italian cuisine like hand-rolled pasta and stone oven pizzas. Come for a pils or a pale ale but stay for the oatmeal sweet stout. In collaboration with The Mill House, the oatmeal sweet stout is a creamy full-bodied and silky smooth pour guaranteed to knock your socks off.
Address: 648 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121
Hours: Mon-Weds 4-10pm, Thurs 12-10pm, Fri 12-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (03) 9429 3042
24. The Cheeky Pint
This craft brewery is one of our favourites in Melbourne, thanks to the delectable core range, epic collaborations with other local breweries and the stellar food menu. The core range here includes The Cheeky Victorian Lager, Perfect Change Pale Ale, 5 Eyes IPA, Mr Albert Stout, Fiva Cider and an English-style Ale. For food, we can’t get enough of the birria tacos with beer-braised brisket, cheese, guac and pico de Gallo.
Address: 231 Barkly St, Footscray VIC 3011
Hours: Mon-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-9pm
Phone: (03) 9279 6488
How Man of Many Chose the best craft breweries in Melbourne
This list was compiled through online research, commentary and expert reviews. Moreover, we leaned on author Aimee O’Keefe’s own expertise – as North Melbourne with a recently developed love of beer, she knows a thing or two about where to go for top-quality pints in and around Melbourne.
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