Little Creatures Geelong Brewery
This Fremantle-born brewery's east coast home features three bars and lots of booze.
In early 2016, Little Creatures opened a large-scale brewing operation — its second in Australia — in Geelong, occupying the structure that was once home to the Old Valley Worsted Wool Mill. Keeping the rustic character of the mill and adding its own creative touches, the team — which has since acquired White Rabbit Brewery and launched Furphy — has adapted the property into three distinct sections: The Canteen, White Rabbit Barrel Hall and Furphy Hall, all with unique menus and — most importantly — a range of in-house brew options.
The Canteen sits at the end of an old laneway which has been brightened up with colourful stools and flags, while old wooden crates have been repurposed as seats and bar tables to complete the thrown-together space. The kitchen does a classic brunch from 8am on the weekends and otherwise serves pizza and plates to share — think mac 'n' cheese, kangaroo skewers and beef sliders.
Just around the corner from The Canteen you'll find White Rabbit Barrel Hall. Stacked wooden barrels and towering brewing tanks invite the visitor down a long hall to explore the internal workings of the nationwide operation. It's also is home to a fully stocked pantry and a menu featuring refined treats like open sandwiches and cheese and salumi options.
Both spaces can be booked for events, but the site's premier and newest event venue is the Furphy Hall. Opening its doors in January of this year, Furphy Hall was created in sorts to give back to the Geelong community and celebrate the Furphy Ale: a brew made with 100 percent Victorian hops and malt.
If you've made it this far you now know how much there is to explore in Little Creatures' Geelong location. There are brewery tours every day of the week at select times (for $15) and each space offers the option to double as an event venue.