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Nagambie Brewery and Distillery

A lakeside brewery and distillery worthy of a weekend road trip — it's only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne.
By Libby Curran
March 04, 2019
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Nagambie Brewery and Distillery

A lakeside brewery and distillery worthy of a weekend road trip — it's only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne.
By Libby Curran
March 04, 2019
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Regional Victoria has scored a new waterfront craft booze destination, with the launch of Nagambie Brewery & Distillery. You'll find it just a 90-minute drive out of Melbourne, perched right on Lake Nagambie and boasting some primo water views.

The site, once home to the town's police camp, has been transformed into a bright, sophisticated venue, at the hands of Melbourne architecture firm Six Degrees. It's an impressive space, featuring floor-to-ceiling lakeside windows, a bar crafted from brass, steel and concrete, and a sprawling deck over the water.

The focus here is on bespoke beers and spirits, crafted on ingredients sourced as locally and sustainably as possible. There have been big efforts made to minimise the venue's carbon footprint and to reuse and recycle throughout.

Nagambie Brewery & Distillery already has three house beers under its belt, with plans to launch a gin, vodka and whisky later this year. Many more drinks are in the pipeline, too. For now, the signatures are backed by a thoughtful curation of brews, wine and spirits.

To match, is a food offering inspired by the smokehouses of America. Prepared by Executive Chef Dan Hawkins (Mitchelton, The Prince Hotel), the lineup includes burgers, woodfired pizzas and a selection of barbecue meats. A cafe, dubbed Ma Forbes Kitchen, is also under construction and is expected to open in April 2019.

Images: Gareth Sobey.

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