Australia’s much-loved craft brewery, Maltilda Bay Brewing Co marked a red letter day yesterday as they finally opened the doors of their, rather imaginatively named, Matilda Bay Brewery Bar. Located at their Port Melbourne brewery, head brewer Scott Vincent has extended an official invite to all beer fans to visit their hotly anticipated new venue.

The industrial interior has dispensed with fanfare and such wimpy things as walls, with beer enthusiasts set to enjoy their pints while seated mere metres from the brewers and their equipment and separated only by some industrial-chic cyclone-style fencing. It’s an interesting step forward in the development of brewery bars and the Beer & Brewer team are looking forward to enjoying a few old favourites in the concrete-floored and wooden-benched bar, while observing the brewers toiling away.

Along with their usual stable of quality brews, there will also be some experimental beers on tap as well as the promise of some unfermented classics straight from the tanks. “The best bit is the three taps that run from the tanks,” says Scott Vincent. “The liquid pouring from them will be unfiltered, unpasteurised brews, something a bit special. Nothing tastes better than beer straight from a tank.”

Serving up food as well as drinks, the menu has been promised to be “simple yet delicious” with marinated olives, dips and top-notch cheeses to tempt visitors.

And the team, according to Vincent, are pretty chuffed with their handy work. “The whole team has been putting in long hours,” he says. ”We’ve tested all the taps, tasted the entire menu, and sat in every stool. It’s been thirsty work.”

There will also be brewery tours for those interested in seeing how the new digs – an old Cadbury factor – are coming along since the team moved to Port Melbourne from their previous home in Dandenong.

For more information email beer@matildabay.com or call (03) 9673 4545.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 7pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm

Where:
The Brewery Bar
Matilda Bay Port Melbourne Brewery
89 Bertie St
Port Melbourne VIC

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