Best craft breweries near the Goldfields
Holgate Brewhouse, Woodend
Holgate started out as a microbrewery operating from owners Tash and Paul Holgate’s backyard. They’ve come a long way since then, taking over the former Keatings Hotel and transforming it into a production base to showcase their brew pub with a $1.5-million redevelopment. While their premises has changed, their passion for craft beers, good food, and supporting the local community remains steadfast. Choose from a range of hand-crafted beers on tap – from brewpub classics to special keg releases – before moving into the restaurant for a hearty meal.
Red Duck, Ballarat
There’s no shortage of fine boutique breweries in central Victoria’s Goldfields region (Cubby Haus Brewing and Dollar Bill Brewing) among them, but Red Duck in Ballarat punches well above its weight. This microbrewery uses its diminutive size to its advantage, experimenting with new methods and all-natural ingredients, and taking time to talk to visitors about what they’re after. If you’re looking for new flavour combinations or to break away from your usual drink, this is the brewery to visit.
Daylesford Brewing, Daylesford
Putting the ale back in Daylesford: that's the slogan behind this crafty spa country taphouse. Established in 2015 by a couple of beer-loving locals (one with a background in environmental science and the other in design), Daylesford Brewing is bringing a modern touch to the art of beer making. The taphouse takes pride of place on the main street, where the decor and menu are inspired by the town's golden history.
Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine
Castlemainians have been frothing over this local taphouse since is poured onto the scene in 2016. Located in the trendy Mills precinct in the town's north, Shedshaker Brewing certainly lives up to its name. For those who like their beer rich, dark and handsome, the Espresso Black Lager, brewed with arabica beans from nearby Coffee Basics, is a must-sip. The taproom is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Bookings recommended.
Palling Bros, Heathcote
Heathcote might be wine country, but the Palling Bros Brewery is firmly establishing itself as a beer-lovers paradise in a shiraz heartland. The Goldfields temple of hop worship specialises in handcrafted, artisan brews that are made to be enjoyed with fine food and good tunes. Bring your fur babies and pour over a mouth-watering menu that features everything from salt and pepper calamari and goat tacos to lamb curry, while sipping on a crisp lager or tropical golden ale.