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Docklands Brewery Urban Alley Is Opening a $5 Million Brewpub and Distillery in Melbourne's East

Launching this week, the 750-capacity venue will showcase signature brews alongside Dasher + Fisher gin, contemporary pub fare and a stacked entertainment program.
By Libby Curran
May 09, 2022
By Libby Curran
May 09, 2022

It's been almost four years since Urban Alley opened the doors to its first inner-city brewery, making its home within Docklands precinct The District. Now, the award-winning brand is once again adding to the family, this time taking on the eastern suburbs with a new $5 million brewery and pub in Wantirna's Knox Westfield Ozone precinct.

Spread over 1000 square metres across multiple levels, Urban Alley Brewery Knox not only features an array of indoor and outdoor spaces, but plays host to a dedicated gin distillery from renowned Tassie producer Dasher + Fisher. It's also got room for enough additional brewing operations to allow Urban Alley to double its current output of craft beer.

Officially launching on Thursday, May 12, the venue is set to become a destination for beer-sipping, gin-appreciation, pub-style dining and live entertainment, with capacity for a hefty 750 people.

The bar will be heroing drops from Urban Alley's award-winning range, pouring core creations like the Urban Lager and Slapshot Aussie-style pale ale alongside a rotation of limited releases. The brewery's even crafted a brand-new beer in honour of the new digs, dubbed the Ozone Pacific Ale.

A row of shiny fermentation tanks takes pride of place behind the bar, while choose-your-own tasting flights allow you to sample five signature brews at once.

Meanwhile, gin aficionados can get acquainted with a range of internationally-awarded Dasher + Fisher creations, also made on site. And if you've got a thing for both drops, try the Plummy Brew — a special-release collaboration cocktail crafted on both beer and the distillery's Ocean Gin.

To match, the kitchen is set to serve a contemporary take on classic pub fare, though the exact menu is yet to be unveiled. And as for the entertainment, you'll find a diverse program of happenings ranging from Friday night gigs to Sunday afternoon acoustic sessions. DJs spinning until 3am each Friday should also prove a big highlight for the after-work crowds.

Find Urban Alley Brewery Knox at Shop 2215, Knox Ozone, Wantirna South, from May 12. It'll open daily from midday until late.

Published on May 09, 2022 by Libby Curran

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