Melbourne's craft beer scene is a global contender, well deserving of a craft brewery dedicated to its culture. Stomping Ground Brewing Co.'s new brewery and beer hall is just that, and the next great venture by craft beer heroes Guy Greenstone and Steve Jeffares.
The duo are well known in the beer scene as two of the originators of craft in Australia — they're the minds behind The Local Taphouses in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as the GABS festival which is now considered one of the best beer festivals in the world.
"This brewery is an opportunity to distil down what we love about the city that we live in and what we love about independent beer and hospitality in our city," says Greenstone. "We're brewing all of that love into a bottle," he adds.
The two are going full steam ahead with Stomping Ground, their flagship APA aptly named after their new Gipps Street location. "It's a logical progression for us to move into the brewing space," says Greenstone. "We're passionate about craft beer and hospitality, so it made sense to make an independent beer brand."
The team is joined by long-time Taphouse manager Justin Joiner and head brewer Ashur Hall, who hails from Illawarra Brewing Company, where he worked closely with Wayward's head brewer Shaun Blissett.
The massive brewery houses a twenty four-tap bar, a 2000-litre brewhouse and a beer garden with retractable roof. "We want to create an all-inclusive space where our guests can be social," says Greenstone. "We love being a catalyst for people's craft beer awakening and providing them with an awesome experience that they'll remember."