Deeds Taproom & Kitchen
This local brewery's new Glen Iris HQ boasts 28 taps and a crafty menu built around beer.
UPDATE Wednesday, October 6: During Lockdown 6.0, Deeds Taproom is serving up a special menu of Southern fried chicken and sides, plus beers, available for pick up and delivery. The onsite bottle shop is also open daily for takeaway beers and crowler fills. For more details on Victoria's restrictions, see the Department of Health & Human Services website.
The ever-popular Deeds Brewing finally has a taproom and tasting bar of its own, located in the same 2600-square-metre former mechanics workshop its brewery calls home. With room for 150 people across a ground floor and booth-filled mezzanine level, the lofty, mod-industrial space offers views of the brewing equipment and fermentation tanks from wherever you sit.
A 28-tap lineup focuses on Deeds' own house creations, pouring year-round sips like the XPA (from $5.5) and Juice Train NEIPA (from $8) alongside a rotation of seasonal and limited-edition brews. The beers are backed by a curation of local wine, Aussie spirits and cocktails, plus brewery tours and tastings will also be on offer.
A clever yet approachable menu from Head Chef Paul Kasten (Stomping Ground, Host Dining) incorporates both beer and classic beer ingredients throughout. Expect bites like focaccia teamed with malt butter, hop-cured salmon with creme fraiche and Geraldton wax, and brussels sprouts elevated with pale malt and onion cream. Blue Grenadier might be coated in a Deeds draught batter and matched with malt vinegar, while a wagyu MS9+ blade fillet comes served alongside an ale glaze and green chilli harissa. And if dessert's on the cards, prepare to be won over by the likes of a stout brownie or a malted whipped cheesecake with caramelised puff pastry. Paired with a serve of Deeds' latest dark, malty creation, of course.