Five Collingwood breweries have teamed up with the City of Yarra to launch the Collingwood Beer Trail, a brewery trail that celebrates the revival of the area’s historic brewing industry.
In the late 1800s, Collingwood was arguably the epicentre of Australian brewing, with many independently owned breweries operating in the area, many producing craft ales using closely guarded brewing recipes. The depression of the 1890s accelerated a pattern of brewery mergers that eventually saw just a handful of leading market players that would ultimately water, or dumb down craft ale brews, targeting national mass-market sales.
A century later, Collingwood has been revived by a group of newly established independent craft breweries taking the concept of premium, handcrafted ales to frothy new heights. Within the past five years, operators including Stomping Ground, Bodriggy, Fixation, Molly Rose, and The Mill have opened their doors. Together, they’ve joined forces to help promote the region, sharing in the community spirit which initially connected Collingwood as Melbourne’s socially active brewing capital.
The free Collingwood Beer Trail map will be available at all participating breweries or by download, and people can explore the Trail in their own time. A ‘Trail Pass’ is also available for just $30, which includes beer samples at all venues and a Beer Trail tote bag once you visit all five breweries. $5 from every Trail Pass sold will be donated to a local charity.
For general information about the Trail and to purchase a Trail Pass, visit collingwoodbeertrail.com.au
Stomping Ground Brewing Co
Stomping Ground is a neighbourhood brewery and beer hall bringing people together over a great beer. Under a massive converted warehouse, the Stomping Ground team delivers a wide range of beers, including easy-drinking session ales up to hop-heavy flavour packed pale ales and other unique brews. Bask in the sunny beer garden, grab a meal from the open kitchen or let the kids run wild in the cubby house while enjoying 30 taps worth of foamy creativity.
Fixation Brewing Co
Born out of a passionate obsession with India Pale Ales (Fixation solely brew IPAs – and why not!), their flagship Fixation IPA was first produced in 2015 before opening the brewery to the public. In 2018 they opened their tasting room and innovation space, the incubator. The incubator is a hop head’s dream come true as it provides a space where IPA lovers can sample a range of wild and somewhat edgy new creations poured directly from the brewery’s tanks. Fresh new beers drop every week, complimented by bites prepared by their neighbours at Red Sparrow Pizza.
Bodriggy Brewing Co
Once an Auto LP gas conversion garage, venture beyond the faded yellow brick facade of 245 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, and you’ll find a combination brewery and cocktail bar dedicated to local culture, arts and music.
Molly Rose Brewing
Molly Rose is a small brewery that embraces the bringing together of good people and brewing good times. Monday to Wednesday, founder/brewer Nic Sandery and the team brew sour, hoppy, and farmhouse ales in their small venue on Wellington Street. Thursday to Sunday, they open their doors to serve beers alongside local wines, cocktails, easy-going bar snacks, tapas, and toasties.
The Mill Brewery
The Mill Brewery resides in an old mechanics workshop, just 100m off Smith Street. It has a relaxed vibe with a huge outdoor beer garden, with brewhouse and tanks on show. Experimenting over nine taps with all types of ales and lagers, guest beers, and paired with delicious handmade pizzas, they love to share the fun of brewing with friends.