We interrupt our self imposed blogging break to bring you an important guide :
Where to find the best beer in Melbourne this long Australia Day weekend.
It occurred to me last night as I was scrolling through Instagram that we are indeed spoilt for choice when it comes to great, locally made and locally poured BEER. It'd be a shame to drink anything but the best....wouldn't you agree ???
TWO BIRDS : Two local Melbourne gals making great beer. Need I say more ?
You can find Two Birds in many a good bar and bottle shop, but why not head to Spotswood and visit the brewery and tasting room.
Carwyn Cellars : One of our favourite local Thornbury haunts, Carwyn Cellars is not just a bottle shop with exceptional fridge line up, but also great bar with over SIXTEEN taps of awesome craft beer. This long weekend, the lads even have two brews brewed just for them (and for our drinking pleasure) by the motley crew of brewers below.
Summer in Melbourne to me, is the tennis, cricket, Midsumma, crazy weather and embracing the tennis watching crowds at Rod Laver and Fed Square. Conveniently located amongst all of this is Beer Deluxe with it's exceptional craft beer list, outside tables and live music.
Taylor Swift controversary aside, it wouldn't be Australia Day without Triple J's Hottest 100. The annual countdown of the best songs of the year as voted by the listening public. A very local haunt and home of Northern Regards, Northcote Social Club will have the countdown and 3 Ravens in the fridge to keep you hydrated with a very tasty brew.
Did you know that Triple J is not the only Hottest 100 happening on Australia Day ?? For months, craft beer lovers (geeks) have been voting on their favourite brews. All will be revealed at The Local Taphouse StKilda with a bbq (of course) on Australia Day. My tip is that the very drinkable Hop Hog may just take the top spot again.
Our favourite beer garden in town and (almost very) regular Sunday haunt, The Alehouse Project has TWELVE taps of rotating beer goodness ! Seriously, we've never been dissapointed by the line up or great service. And they love Wogan.
Slightly cheekily, I've left this last reccomendation to last, even though it's on TODAY. But you see, I really don't want everyone rushing to The Rooks Return tonight and risk the keg of (one of the best beers EVER) Barrel Fermented Hop Hog running out before we get at least two pints each.
Selfish ? Yes. Worth it ? Yes ! And now you know where to find us tonight........
So, there you have it. My guide to drinking exceptionally good beer and enjoying this beautiful long weekend in Melbourne.
Hope you have a great one whatever you are doing. And the hope the beer (or wine, or even cider) is cold and locally made.