Melbourne's Brick Lane has just opened a new multi-million dollar brewery in Dandenong. But, it's not an ordinary brewery. It's big — with the capacity to churn out more than 100,000 pints a day — and it's opening its doors to the public and other brewers alike.
Brick Lane Brewing Co was founded by Paul Bowker and Andrew Scrimgeour, an all-star lineup of sporting legend shareholders — including Melbourne Storm's Billy Slater and Bart Campbell, All Black's Dan Carter, Collingwood's Eddie McGuire — as well as radio presenter Mick Molloy and restaurateur Shane Delia. From a group of mates who unanimously agreed on their love of craft beer, Brick Lane Brewing Co was created, with Jon Seltin hired as head brewer.
Now, the eclectic team has set up a brewery, which has the capacity to churn out more 10,000 bottles and 15,000 cans each hour. In addition to the magnitude of the bevvies being produced, there are also opportunities for other brewers to use the state-of-the-art facilities within Brick Lane for their own brewing purposes.
The tap room will also open to the public, with events and festivals hosting on the horizon. To start, the brewery will fling open its doors one weekend each month serving up tasting flights of its beers and hosting a rotating lineup of food trucks.
Brick Lane's new brewery is also hoping to to have a limited environmental impact — by reducing waste, energy and water use and sending spent grain to local farmers then, ultimately, buying back beef to feed their diners.
Brick Lane Brewing Co is located at 16 Jayco Drive, Dandenong South. For future public opening dates, check the brewery's Facebook page.