Yarra Valley Breweries & Distilleries
The Yarra Valley is known for being home to some of Australia’s best wineries, picturesque cellar doors, and award-winning restaurants. But did you know it’s also home to a thriving craft beer and spirit scene? Throughout the Yarra Valley you’ll find welcoming breweries serving up high-quality craft beer and ciders, and modern distilleries reinventing classis spirits.
For those wanting to explore beyond the wineries we’ve put together 5 of our favourite Yarra Valley breweries and distilleries.
Image Credit: Detour Beer Co.
Located in one of Victoria’s oldest wood fired bakeries, Alchemy Distillers prides itself on creating small batch spirits in their custom 1,000-litre Hybrid Pot Still. Their range includes gin, vodka, and whiskey, but they also offer craft beer and local wines in their onsite cocktail bar.
Gin enthusiasts must try their Chamomile Gin, which picked up the 2019 Gold Medal at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards. Made with 14 botanicals this gin has aromas of chamomile, balanced with sweet and savoury notes such as vanilla, cardamom, aniseed, cassia bark and rosemary.
For those wanting something a little more refreshing, their citrus vodka made with Yarra Valley lemons, limes and lemon myrtle, has been described as ‘a grown up lemonade icy pole on a hot summer's day’.
Be sure to join their team for a guided distillery tour and tasting of their range, before enjoying a cocktail outside in their greenery-filled beer garden.
Detour Beer Co. is lead by a passionate team of beer producers who have a long family history of producing wine in the Yarra Valley. The brewery is set in a converted dairy on the old Emperor’s Prize property on St. Hubert’s road, which is half covered in Apple Orchard and half covered in Vineyard.
Their core craft beer range consists of their popular Trail Ale, a classic Black Spur Draught, and an Indian Pale Ale that is hoppy and full of flavour. They also offer seasonal specialities that aim to push the envelope on creativity and uniqueness, sometimes only producing one or two kegs. Most recent varieties have included a Quandong & Lemon Aspen Grisette, Crab-Apple Sour, and a Mandarin NEIPA.
Their Taphouse is open 10am-5pm every day with plenty of staff on hand to walk you through their range of craft beers.
From starting out as a crowd funded campaign, Four Pillars Gin has grown to become one of Australia's best craft spirit distilleries, picking up multiple gold medals and accolades at international spirits competitions. Their rare dry gin uses whole oranges, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, lemon myrtle, and Tasmania pepperberry leaf to create the perfect modern Australian gin. It’s picked up gold awards at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2017, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2016 and 2014, and the Global Gin Masters 2016.
For something a little different make sure to try their limited edition Bloody Shiraz Gin. The iconic gin is made by soaking Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes in gin for 8 weeks before pressing the fruit and blending it with more of their Rare Dry Gin. Each year’s gin is different depending on the season’s grapes, with each release selling out for the last 5 years.
Their Distillery Door is open seven days a week, and offers visitors guided tastings and master classes, gin and tonic paddles, build-your-own Negronis, and Scotty's Ginger Mules.
Crafting unique Australian ciders from locally grown apples and pears, you’ve never quite had a cider like St Ronans before. The team at St Ronans set out to produce a cider that offered class, finesse, and sophistication, and they sure did deliver!
Using traditional process normally reserved for sparkling wine and champagne, their ciders come presented in 750ml bottles complete with cork and cage. The apple cider is the perfect accompany to a charcuterie board, while their Pear MT Cider goes perfectly with cheese.
Their cellar door is hosted by Badger Creek Blueberry Farm. Sit outside on the patio with a glass of cider and a regional platter, or stay warm and cosy in winter by grabbing a seat next to the fire.
The Public Brewery
The Public Brewery is not your average brewery! In addition to brewing their own range of beers the dedicated team also grow their own hops, fruit and herbs, giving their range of beers touches of grapefruit, mangoes, pine, and floral notes.
Our favourite part of Public Brewery is their premium hands on brewing experience. Visitors are invited to join one of their trained brewers as they brew their very own 50L batch of craft beer. Choose your beer style (pale ale, amber ale, brown ale, stout, or IP), then your perfect recipe, and get brewing! It’s perfect for individuals wanting to learn more about the brewing process, or for groups wanting a great day out.
Their sun-drenched beer garden hosts live music on Sundays and offers visitors a rotating range of craft beers with a special emphasis on beer brewed by independently owned breweries. There is also an impressive wine list focusing on independent Yarra Valley wines.