Mountain Goat Beer
One of Melbourne's original craft breweries serves exclusive drops to the public three nights a week.
Mountain Goat Beer has been around since 1997 — right back near the start of Australian craft beer. Emerging from Dave Bonighton and Cam Hines' backyard, it's now one of the industry's largest players and its dedication to the craft has stayed the same over the last 22 years.
Featuring many old-favourite drops, the large-scale brick warehouse also has a selection on tap that you can only taste out here. The North Street IPA is a fine choice with its fruity aroma and earthy hints, while the Fancy Pants Amber Ale makes for an easy-going drink — a good one to kick off the day's festivities.
The Richmond brewery also has a handpump serving dark beer the old English way and an infuser that lets you add different flavours to your freshly brewed beer. Food comes in the form of simple but tasty pizzas (vego and gluten free options available) and the occasional food truck parked out the front.
While the space is only open to the public three days a week (the beer has to get brewed sometime), there are free brewery tours every Wednesday at 6.30pm, and you can book out the whole space for private functions on Thursday nights and Saturdays.
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